Trust the Computer – but how far?

Friday, 17. October 2003 | 11:45 Uhr


Joseph Weizenbaum


MIT, Cambridge USA


The spirited, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the MIT is not only one of the pioneers of Information Technology. He has also been a committed warning voice over the last 30 years pointing to the dangers of misusing the computer. “If there were only a few computers, trust would not be an important issue. But if the computer is everywhere, it is easy to cause immense damage.” Precisely because the computer is pervasive, the issue of trust is of the utmost urgency.

Joseph Weizenbaum

Joseph Weizenbaum (*1923 in Berlin) emigrated to the United States in 1936 and studied Mathematics (BS 1948, MS 1950) at Wayne University in Detroit. Collaboration on a computer project. From 1955 to 1963 he was Systems Engineer in the Computer Development Laboratory of General Electric and was involved in the conception of the first computer bank system.


In 1963, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1970 to 1988 Professor of Computer Science. Visiting professor at several universities. Joseph Weizenbaum concerned himself with the ethical issues of the computer and modern technology. In 1998 he was awarded the prize of the Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility for his contribution and commitment to responsibility in Information Technology.

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