Blogposts from the category: Topics in context

Porträt Armin GrunwaldS. Göttisheim / KIT
Policy advice yes - but how?

On the occasion of the "Vienna Theses on science-based advice to politics and society" recently put up for discussion by academies of science, Armin Grunwald reflects on the relationship between science and politics - and pleads for a "thinking in alternatives" cultivated in TA.

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A glimpse into the cooking pot of digital methods for technology assessment

What digital knowledge tools can be helpful in researching socio-technical developments? And how can they be used in TA in the future? Pauline Riousset, herself an enthusiast of machine analysis tools, introduces three European colleagues and their lighthouse projects.

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Chatting with the biggest potential technology? Encounters with AI in 2022

Even though other topics were in the foreground in 2022, the topic of artificial intelligence accompanied the technology assessment throughout the year. A report on interactive encounters with and lasting impressions of AI systems.(Article currently only in German)

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Learning resilience

Resilient societal systems do not emerge overnight or by themselves. How the multiple crises and disruptions in European parliaments are leading to a new awareness of precaution, security and resilience strategies. (Article currently only in German)

Berliner Bürgermeisterin Franziska Giffey mit Vladimir Klitschko, das sich später als Fake herausstellteSenatskanzlei Berlin
Deepfakes in the video call or: The captain from Köpenick goes zoom

Why new challenges arise for the reception of (digital) images and why a competent distinction between reality, deepfake or shallowfake is not so easy. (Article currently only in German)

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First WHO recommendation for a malaria vaccine

The WHO recommendation is the final vote needed to add a new vaccine to the portfolio of international health initiatives. It is therefore considered a milestone in the fight against malaria. But does this malaria vaccine have what it takes to become a game-changer? (Article currently only in German)

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Building and housing

The new German government has put the topic construction and housing at the top of its agenda and wants to give a massive boost to residential construction. The focus is on various technical innovations and solutions, which TAB is currently investigating in various projects. (Article currently only in German)

People in face masks strolling in Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy during the Covid pandemicGabriella Clare Marino/unsplash
Lessons from COVID 19 pandemic

Countries around the world have dealt with the pandemic in different ways. What political and social discussions took place about the role of technology, science and innovation? What can we learn from them? The European network of parliamentary technology assessment institutions has sought answers to these questions.