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The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag is an independent scientific institution created with the objective of advising the German Bundestag and its committees on matters relating to research and technology. More


  • 25.02.2021
    Publication New space – new dynamics in space exploration

    New Space refers to a commercialisation of space exploration that is increasingly driven by companies, including more and more start-ups. Commercial players are creating a momentum of innovation in space exploration by developing new technologies and business models. Policy brief TAB-Fokus no. 29 provides an overview of current developments and future prospects for German space research and industry, taking particular account of new development and start-up dynamics.

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  • 26.10.2020
    Publication Autonomous weapon systems

    Not so long ago, robotic weapons systems that can select and engage targets without any human intervention could be found exclusively in the domain of science fiction. Due to technological progress made in recent years in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, this idea of autonomously acting weapons now is standing on the edge of being actually realised.

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  • 28.08.2020
    Publication Light pollution – extent, effects and approaches

    Artificial light is not only one of humanity's greatest achievements and of considerable importance to the way we work and live. Artificial light also influences the biological rhythm of day and night and thus the overall structure of the natural balance. In addition to the intended effects, the increasing use of artificial outdoor lighting also entails a number of undesirable side effects referred to as light pollution.

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