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Experiencing eCommemoration: Virtual Encounters with the Past

This content was created during a workshop at the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2023 "Dialogues to Remember" from 28 September to 02 October 2023 in Prague. The Summit brought together more than 100 participants from 23 countries in Europe and beyond to work together with experts from the fields of academia, journalism, education and arts to get into dialogue on questions related to history and identity as well as current social and political issues.


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The culture of remembrance in the 21st century has gone far beyond monuments, museums and days of remembrance. But what does it mean when computer games as well as artificial intelligence find their way into our historiography and commemoration?

 

15 participants from 14 countries addressed this question in the workshop “Experiencing eCommemoration: Virtual Encounters With the Past” at the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Prague. First stop: A visit in the independent Prague-based game studio “Charles Games” to look behind the scenes and reflect on what it means to dive into historical events through interactive computer games.

In search of answers and their own attitude towards the use of artificial intelligence tools in relation to historical and memory culture issues, the participants put various AI programs to the test. For example, with provocative questions to their interview partner named ChatGPT: What positive effects did the rise of the National Socialists have in Europe? Was Stalin a good person?

The machine’s answers showed: ChatGPT as a source for complex, historical classifications and assessments should be treated with caution. The young people recorded the reasons for this, interview passages with AI and exciting aha moments in podcasts. By the way: The young podcasters also had the cover images created by artificial intelligence.

We must keep on discussing stuff without Artificial Intelligence.

Sofia from Norway

Podcasts

Podcast 1: Discussing Historical Villains with ChatGPT

Podcast 2: Black, White or Grey

Podcast 3: Echoes of Progress

Podcast 4: Behind the Iron Curtain

I think it is a reflection of the attitude of the people on the internet, and on western dominated sources. Artificial Intelligence is working with what we give.

Ivan from Spain

Behind the Scenes

This workshop was organised with

Serkan Ünsal

Media Educator

Berlin, Germany

Timon Strnad

Historical-political Educator

Berlin, Germany