Tag: Engels

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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The Tuesday sessions

“How many people do you see? If you look very, very closely, you can see one person. The photographer wanted to have a picture with a person in it, the factory had to be shut down for this picture. We’re in a technological age.” Per Ödling, on a picture of a factory in India where…

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Global Collaboration, Global Narrative, Global Technology

Are we the masters of technology, or is technology controlling us? During the second morning of the workshop participants discussed the need for global collaboration and regulation on technology, the implications technology could have on our identity as humans, and the future of biotechnology. As technology is levelling the playing field in real life, storytellers…

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Computers are able to replace lawyers

During the workshop Jaap van den Herik was talking about AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the question whether computers are able to replace people. He used court cases as an example to show what computers can do. Some problems for judges and computers in a court case are the use of vague concepts, norms, values and…

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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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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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It is coming, and it is coming fast.

“If I like to herd sheep, can’t I do that all day? Does everyone need a payed job?” That is what one of the participants in the discussion about the transition to the BINC-age asked. This question was directed at the scientists who have been brainstorming all week about how to make a smooth transition…

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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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Facing scientific and technological changes

“Science and technology are fundamentally changing society”, says Steen Rasmussen, physicist, center director at the University of Southern Denmark and now one of the main organizers of the workshop ‘An Emerging Technological and Societal Transition’. He states that not only he, but everyone should be aware of these dramatic changes. These changes make it important…

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