Category: BINCmisc

Negotiating a common narrative

Jos van den Broek, Professor in Science Communication at Leiden University, mentioned four global narratives during the workshop ‘An emerging Technological and Societal Transition’. Narratives are needed to understand the world and they determine how we think and act. The first narrative he called ‘Paradiso’, after one of the three parts of Dante Alighieri’s La…

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Wat komt, dat komt

Zonder dat iedereen zich er bewust van is boekt technologie flinke vooruitgang. Langzamerhand beginnen steeds meer mensen, en dan vooral de deelnemers van deze Lorentz workshop, inzicht te krijgen in het effect van technologie op de mensheid. Sommigen van ons menen dat de technologie een schadelijk en ongewenst effect zal gaan hebben op de mensheid.…

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From dictatorship to democracy

Back when John van Neumann invented his version of computer architecture, he predicted beforehand what would be its limitation in the future. The machine used simple binary bits that paved the way for the booming computer industry. Today, this system is used within almost every device. Van Neumann knew that his machine would ultimately not…

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Getting closer to technology

The government has to set limits on the increasing intimacy of technologies, states Rinie van Est, an engineering physicist at the Rathenau Institute and trendwatcher in technological innovations. The distance between technology and our being is decreasing rapidly. We have accepted technology to position itself in between us, gather information about us and it has…

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Intimiteit met technologie

De overheid moet grenzen stellen aan de toenemende intimiteit met technologie stelt Rinie van Est, technisch natuurkundige aan het Rathenau Instituut en trendwatcher in technische innovaties. De afstand tussen technologie en mens neemt steeds verder af. Technologie nestelt zich tussen ons in, verzamelt gegevens over ons, en begint steeds meer op ons te lijken. Rinie…

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Verstedelijking voorspellen met wiskunde

Steden zijn complexe systemen die kunnen worden samengevat in universele wiskundige formules. Luis Bettencourt, professor in complexe systemen aan het Santa Fe Instituut, laat dit zien in zijn artikelen. Deze artikelen zijn het afgelopen jaar onder andere in het tijdschrift Science verschenen. Met de formules die hij heeft ontwikkeld kunnen sociale, ruimtelijke en infrastructurele eigenschappen…

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Predicting urbanization with mathematics

Cities are complex systems that can be described in universal mathematical formulas. This is what Luis Bettencourt, professor of complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, shows in his articles. These were recently published in Science and other respected scientific magazines. With his theoretical framework, social, spatial and infrastructural properties can be predicted for real…

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How to improve data security

To improve security of online data current security systems should be automated. Currently, successful cyber attacks cost society billions of euros each year. Risk management to prevent these cyber attacks is still done manually. Attacks can only be identified and prevented if people can foresee them. This process is too slow and is limited by…

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Databescherming ontoereikend

Om online data beter te kunnen beveiligen, moeten de huidige beveiligingssystemen worden geautomatiseerd. Succesvolle cyberaanvallen kosten de samenleving miljarden euro's per jaar. Momenteel wordt risicomanagement handmatig gedaan. Aanvallen kunnen dan alleen worden voorkomen wanneer mensen ze vooraf aan zien komen. Dit proces is te traag en wordt beperkt door het menselijk verbeeldend vermogen. Wolter Pieters,…

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Taking a plunge

Students of the department of Science, Communication and Society from Leiden University started this Monday with the workshop-week ‘An Emerging Technological and Societal Transition: preparing for the post-industrial world’. During the week these students are responsible for the outreach regarding this event. They have to take a plunge to accomplish this goal, as they only…

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