“Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.”
― Isaac Asimov.
When is a robot really social? What do we feel, when we talk with Alexa? Will neural networks help us to defeat Cancer or Parkinson’s Disease? How does Virtual Reality change the way we learn? And how do these technologies work – what are their limits?
I’m a freelance writer with a focus on the relationship between humans and machines. I write about information technology, especially robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and medical technology, video games, cyber security and industrial automation.
My articles are published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines, for example Technology Review, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Psychologie Heute („Psychology Today), t3n, Computer Bild Spiele, brand eins, Neue Zuercher Zeitung am Sonntag, Spiegel Online, Zeit Online and others. I’m a member of the German Journalists Association.
In 2013 my story „Vertrau mir!“ („Trust me!“) about social robots has been nominated for the German Price for Innovation Journalism. My article „Ich denke, also steuere ich“ („I think, therefore I control“) has been shortlisted for the journalism award „PUNKT“ in 2014 by the German Academy of Science and Engineering.
From 2014 to 2017 I have been a member of the Advisory Board of the European research initiative BNCI Horizon 2020 – The Future of Brain/Neural Computer Interaction. In 2018 I wrote the expertise for the permanent robot exhibition in the National Museum of Switzerland in Zuerich.
I’m also author of several books. The first is the SPIEGEL bestseller „Als wir zum Surfen noch ans Meer gefahren sind. Unser Leben vor dem Internet“ (engl. „When We Still Drove to the Beach to Go Surfing. Our Life before the Internet“). It is a collection of humorous short stories about our everyday life before the internet changed it. My second book is the non-fiction book „1978“ about consumer technology of that year.
My third book will be about the influence of robotics and artificial intelligence on medicine. It will be published in 2019.
My blog Robotergesetze (Laws of Robotics) is about robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, video games and digital arts. The project started as part of the SciLogs community, a blog community hosted by Spektrum der Wissenschaft / Nature Publishing Group. The blog has been nominated for the SciLogs award 2013.
I’m father of four children, three boys and one girl. I live in Bonn, Germany. My passions other than writing are drawing & sketching, creating soapstone art and electronic music.