Teilnehmer der EPTA-Konferenz 2023 zu den Herausforderungen generativer KI für Demokratie und Gesellschaft in BarcelonaParlament de Catalunya 9/10/23
The Superchat Year and Technology Assessment. About chance encounters and how to prepare for them

In the year 2023, artificial intelligence models for language processing will have had an almost disruptive impact on many areas of life. Technology assessment is challenged - and well prepared. A review and outlook by Steffen Albrecht. (Article currently only available in German)

Wassertropfen vor bunten Lichtreflexionenmaxbender/unsplash
Safe drinking water despite climate change. How digital technology can be used - and how it must be protected

In the light of current legislative projects in the field of critical infrastructure in Germany and Europe, Pauline Riousset and Jan-Henning Hansen invite you to take a closer look at the trends in the digitalisation of the water industry. (Article currently only available in German)

Why it is important to address the collection and use of health data

Health data is a sensitive good. The TAB report "Data Mining" provides comprehensive information on the possibilities, protective measures and limits of the use of data stocks for the parliamentary deliberations on the "offensive for the use of health data" at EU and national level and for the development of socially acceptable solutions. (Article currently only in German)

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.

a futuristic oil painting of a young female scientist looking into a cooking pot fo digital methods for technology assessmentMidjourney
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.

Bilder, die von DALL-E2 auf den Prompt "How would an AI in the year 2022 look like in the style of 1930s technology visions?" hin generiert wurden.
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)

Technology assessment in times of multiple crises – more important than ever. A conference report

On 17 October 2022, members of parliament and scientists met for the international EPTA conference in Berlin to discuss the political and social handling of disruptions and the role of TA for parliament.

Schultafel mit Aufschrift: Hausaufgabe Resilienz!TAB (mit Tafel von rawpixel.com/freepik.de)
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)

Krisenradar – Resilienz von Gesellschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft durch Krisenvorhersage stärkennatanaelginting/freepik
How can proactive management of multiple crises succeed?

A report from the "Crisis Radar" project, which examines how a continuous forward-looking crisis radar should be designed and institutionally anchored in order to enable timely crisis and risk management. (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.