Innovations from the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are widely deemed as the driving force for the next wave of social changes, industrial revolution, and scientific paradigm shift. Germany, China, and the US are not only at the forefront of research and development, but also frontrunners in exploring working routines for AI governance. These include clarifying values, establishing the criteria for risk assessment, making policies that can foster innovation, and engaging citizens while alleviating public distrust and fears.
This project systematically examines the factors and dynamics that are driving convergence and divergence in the policy and public discourses in the three countries. Primarily drawing on the concepts of “sociotechnical imaginaries” and “co-production” from Science and Technology Studies (STS), the project investigates to what extent scientific accounts of AI are produced in relation to the political cultures in these three political units vis à vis a globalized knowledge-sharing network.