RHET AI Center

Center for Rhetorical Science Communication Research on Artificial Intelligence

Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) poses enorm­ous social, cul­tur­al, and eth­ic­al chal­lenges. This raises a num­ber of press­ing ques­tions with regards to how (self-)learning sys­tems work and can be used, the risks and oppor­tun­it­ies of AI, what inter­ac­tion between intel­li­gent sys­tems really means, and how auto­mated decision-mak­ing sys­tems can alter pub­lic discourses.

While research in the field is advan­cing rap­idly, the pro­spect of wide­spread AI-based tech­no­lo­gies has not only been met with enthu­si­asm. In fact, the cur­rent social debate has also revealed wide­spread skep­ti­cism, doubt, and fear. At the same time, Ger­man and European poli­cy­makers are only begin­ning to dis­cuss approaches to reg­u­lat­ing AI research and applications.

To exam­ine these and related issues, the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen has estab­lished the Cen­ter for Rhet­or­ic­al Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Research on Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (RHET AI). The RHET AI Cen­ter is fun­ded by the Volk­swa­gen Found­a­tion with­in its fund­ing port­fo­lio Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Cubed.

The RHET AI web­site and social media chan­nels are man­aged by a stu­dent edit­or­i­al team. You can find out more about the stu­dent edit­or­i­al team and their work here

Project partner

Under the dir­ec­tion of Prof. Olaf Kramer of the Uni­ver­sity of Tübingen’s Rhet­or­ic Depart­ment, experts from dif­fer­ent depart­ments, fields of research, and insti­tu­tions will col­lab­or­ate in joint research units. Involved are the Rhet­or­ic Depart­ment and the Insti­tute of Media Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen, the Chair of Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion with a focus on Lin­guist­ics (Depart­ment of Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion) at the Karls­ruhe Insti­tute of Tech­no­logy, research­ers from the Excel­lence Cluster Machine Learn­ing and Cyber Val­ley, Europe’s largest AI research con­sor­ti­um, as well as our prac­tice part­ner Wis­senschaft im Dia­log in Ber­lin. The RHET AI Cen­ter also cooper­ates with the AI Media Research Net­work of the Nor­we­gi­an Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Technology.