Institut für Philosophie

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Prof. Dr. Rainer Mühlhoff

Assoziierte Professoren

Tel.: +49 541 969-3364


Rainer’s work focuses on ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of technology and media studies of the digital society. Current topics include

  • ethics and social philosophy of artificial intelligence,
  • ethics and critique with regard to structural effects,
  • privacy and data protection in the context of Big Data,
  • intersectionality and anti-discrimination in digital technology,
  • critical media philosophy of Human-Machine interaction.

Rainer’s research on Artificial Intelligence starts from the assumption that Machine Learning Systems are sociotechnical systems (see “Human-Aided AI”). To map out the ethical and societal implications AI technology, he uses different philosophical schools and perspectives to analyze the interplay of technology, power and subjectivation. In particular, he brings together ethics with social philosophy and critical theories to analyse the effects of AI in terms of discrimination, social selection and inequality (see “Automatisierte Ungleicheit”).

A particular research interest is data ethics in the Context of AI and Big Data. These technologies make it possible to predict sensitive information about individuals based on the anonymized data of many other data subjects. This results in a novel, collectively induced invasion of privacy of the individuals concerned, raising new questions of collective responsibility in the digital society. Under the title Predictive Privacy Rainer works on an ethical and regulatory approach to restricting negative impact of predictive analytics.

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