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News 2020

Here you can find the so far published news in 2020. News on publications you can find below. Subscribe to the ITAS news via RSS feed.

2020
Online symposium: Future of 3D printingOnline symposium: Future of 3D printing

International experts on 3D printing from the humanities and social sciences will meet in March 2021 to discuss how society can use the technology. The ITAS Vision Assessment team will organize the symposium.

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news_2020_034_technikkontroversTheme evening “Back to the technology future“

What do we know today about the future consequences of technologies? On 17. November 2020, scientists will take the guests of “technik.kontrovers“ on a journey through a quarter century of technology assessment in Karlsruhe.

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logo_tab_400mal300Public discussion “Autonomous Weapon Systems”

On the occasion of the new TAB study “Autonomous Weapon Systems”, scientists will comment on the state of technical development, ethical aspects and political questions during a public expert discussion on 04.11.20.

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news_2020_030_KI-Bewusstsein_PodcastPodcast series “Self-Conscious AI” launched

Can artificial intelligence develop consciousness? How would it work and what effects would it have? ITAS researcher Karsten Wendland goes in search of answers in the podcast, holding exciting weekly discussions with experts.

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news_2020_029_DaDuHealthMedicine and health: New project on data use

Digital health technologies generate “data treasures”, but their use raises ethical, legal, and social questions. ITAS will pursue these questions in cooperation with the University of Freiburg. In July, the project partners met for the kick-off event.

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news_2020_030_ITAS4FutureOnline event: ITAS for Future

On 24 September 2020, the ITAS will be open to pupils, students, and those interested in its work. They are invited to find out more about approaches for better climate protection and more sustainability and discuss these topics with researchers.

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Synthetic fuels: A sustainable option for the gas pump? Sustainable mobility: Fuels from renewable sources

Synthetic fuels from Power-to-X processes could make a valuable contribution to the energy and transport transition. In his doctoral project, Manuel Andresh examines how to design and use the technology as sustainably as possible.

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news_2020_024_Corona_UmfrageSurvey: Consequences of the corona pandemic

What are the long-term social consequences of the corona crisis? How will everyday life change, and where should policy intervene? ITAS researchers have put theses up for debate that can be evaluated in an online survey.

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technik.kontrovers "Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks"Thematic evening “Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks”

Do we print the world as we like it? This is the motto of a digital theme evening in the "technik.kontrovers" series on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, where scientists will discuss the present, future and the social dimension of 3D printing.

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AI with heart? A dissertation project at ITAS explores ways to consider ethical principles during development. AI development: Focus on people

Artificial intelligence should help to improve our lives in many different areas. But how do we ensure that society actually benefits from these systems? This question is now in the focus of a dissertation project at ITAS.

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Geothermal energy for KIT CampusGeothermal energy for KIT Campus

It’s hot beneath KIT’s Campus North. At a depth of only three kilometers, the temperature is about 170°C. The GECKO project investigates how this potential can be used for the transition of the heating sector while also considering societal concerns.

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The “ErWiN” project is looking for tree species that can reduce the risk of forest fires. Forest management: Resilience to fires

More frequent droughts can lead to an increase in the number of forest fires in Germany. Together with other KIT institutes, ITAS wants to contribute to a better understanding of their dynamics and to making the forest more resistant.

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TAB logoWorld without cash - changes in the classic banking and payment systems

The interim results of the short study “World without Cash” on current trends and developments in the payment traffic ecosystem will be discussed with experts in a public expert meeting.

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The new co-chairpersons of the National Support Body: Miranda Schreurs and Armin Grunwald. (Photo: Aygül Cizmecioglu/NBG)Final repository search: Head of ITAS takes over chair of Support Body

Armin Grunwald is the new co-chairman of the National Support Body for the search for a final nuclear waste repository. During the inaugural meeting, Grunwald explained that the body has to play a proactive role in the selection process in the future.

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In the BATTERY 2030+ project, AI systems will independently plan and evaluate new experiments. (Source: Daniel Messling, KIT)Roadmap for the battery research of the future

On the way to a climate-friendly society, the demand for innovative battery storage systems increases. The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ has presented a roadmap for new concepts. Researchers from ITAS are also involved.

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How sustainable are different approaches to use carbon dioxide as raw material instead of emitting it into the atmosphere? An ITAS team deals with this question in two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).Climate change: Carbon dioxide as a sustainable raw material

How sustainable are different approaches to use carbon dioxide as raw material instead of emitting it into the atmosphere? An ITAS team deals with this question in two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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With the “tools” of the AI Ethics Impact Group, the ethical quality of AI systems can be classified. (Source: William Warby / Unsplash)Ethics label developed for AI systems

The discussion on how algorithms can be designed ethically is making great progress. But how to apply the guidelines in practice? This question is the subject of a new study involving ITAS researchers.

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Armin Grunwald, head of ITAS on consequences of the corona pandemicSociety and technology: consequences of the corona pandemic

Digital technologies are a great help, but cannot replace analogue communication in the long term, says head of ITAS Armin Grunwald. At the same time, it is important to make us more aware of our dependence on technologies and economic processes.

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Logo TABPresentation of TAB activities in the 19th legislative period

The work of TAB was on the agenda of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag.

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Logo of the BMBF-project MOTRATechnology monitoring: Preventing extremism

What is the potential of new IT and communication technologies with regard to radicalization processes? In the BMBF project MOTRA, ITAS deals with innovation dynamics and examines their side effects and ethical aspects.

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technik.kontrovers "Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks"Thematic evening “Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks”

Do we print the world as we like it? With this motto, scientists will discuss the present, future and the social dimension of 3D printing with the guests of the “technik.kontrovers” series on Wednesday, 11 March 2020.

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European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)Transforming the European energy system

How can the EU implement its climate targets without losing sight of social, economic, and environmental objectives? Indicators developed by ITAS in the EU project SUPEERA are intended to provide orientation in the evaluation of energy policies.

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TeQfor1 - project is looking for citizen scientistsType 1 diabetes: “citizen scientists” wanted

In the TeQfor1 project, researchers at ITAS are investigating the effects of open source technologies for automated insulin delivery on the quality of life of people with type 1 diabetes. The project is looking for people using such systems.

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Venue of the Open Science Summer School: Palacio de Miramar in San SebastiánInternational Summer School on Open Science

This year’s ITAS Summer School in San Sebastián deals with the ambivalences of “open science” in times of social and scientific change. PhD students are welcome to apply until 15 March 2020.

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Event "Mensch Macht Klima"Thematic evening “Mensch | Macht | Klima”

How climate protection works in everyday live is hotly debated. For the second time, on Tuesday, 18. February 2020, the series technik.kontrovers at ITAS offers food for thought for making a personal contribution to climate protection.

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New podcast: „Labor Zukunft – Forschung ohne Kittel“ (Future Lab – Research Without Lab Coats) District Future launches podcast

On 28 January 2020, the podcast „Labor Zukunft – Forschung ohne Kittel“ started on Campusradio Karlsruhe. Every two months, it now provides insights into real-world lab research and practice for a good and sustainable life in Karlsruhe.

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New publications

An overview of all publications you find here.

2020
news_2020_034_Publikation_CrowdWorkCrowd working in Germany

From food delivery services to simple click jobs: online platforms have created an extremely flexible job market. An ITAS working paper analyzes this development and provides an overview of initiatives to represent crowd workers in Germany.

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news_2020_033_KI_Whitepaper_querEthics guide on artificial intelligence

How can AI be designed and used in the interest of users? An important condition is that decisions of learning systems can be clearly understood in the future, says a team of authors including ITAS head Armin Grunwald.

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news_2020_032_Publikation_Subsurface_querSubsurface environmental modelling between science and policy

Whether for energy storage, CO2 storage, or geothermal energy – the earth’s subsurface can be used in a variety of ways. Researchers from Karlsruhe and Stuttgart show the role played by computer models and how they influence political decisions.

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news_2020_031_Normativität_der_TechnikfolgenabschätzungNormativity of technology assessment

Is TA committed to other factors besides impartial expertise and basic democratic values? How should its actors deal with normative claims? Researcher from the field are looking for answers in a new book.

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news_2020_tab_006New short thematic profiles from TAB's Horizon-Scanning published

The spectrum of topics ranges from technologies for more sustainable material cycles to the use of artificially intelligent assistants in the working world.

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Algorithms: Study on discrimination risks translatedAlgorithms: Study on discrimination risks translated

In a study for the German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency ITAS researcher Carsten Orwat analysed “Risks of Discrimination through the Use of Algorithms”. To make the results internationally accessible the publication is now available in English.

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news_2020_tab_005TAB activity report 2019 published

The compact review of activities and research results of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag is available online.

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news_2020_tab_004Causes, extent and effects of light pollution

The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 186 summarizes the state of scientific knowledge regarding the extent and trends of light pollution and its effects.

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news_2020_021_TATuP_Converging_InfrastructuresNew TATuP issue on “Converging Infrastructures”

Digitalization allows networks for energy, mobility, and information to be linked ever more closely. How these “converging infrastructures” can be used for social transformation is addressed in the current TATuP.

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Paper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is neededPaper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is needed

A statement by the German academies of science highlights research needs, potentials, and options for action in dealing with additive manufacturing processes. One of the authors is Rafaela Hillerbrand, professor of philosophy of technology at ITAS.

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news_2020_015_Dein_Quartier_und_DuReal-world lab: Experimental book “Dein Quartier und Du”

The ITAS real-world lab “District Future” presents a multi-perspective book about research, change, and approaches for a good future for all of us. It depicts the events surrounding the experiment series “Your SustainabilityExperiment”.

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news_2020_tab_003Legal Tech - Potentials and applications of technology-based legal advice

TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 185 deals with the use of technologies in legal advice, ranging from simple, platform-based support to partially or fully automated solutions.

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news_2020_012_VA_3D_DruckVision assessment on 3D printing

What visionary narratives and technology futures are associated with 3D printing technologies? The first report of the ITAS vision assessment team in the Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order” explores this empirical question.

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TATuP 1/2020 “Cybersecurity”New TATuP issue on “Cybersecurity”

Modern societies depend on digital infrastructures and have to defend themselves against cyberattacks. The Special Topic of the current TATuP issue deals with the possibilities and risks of the employed technologies.

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news_2020_tab_002Pharmaceutical residues in drinking water and water bodies

Against the background of increasing consumption of pharmaceuticals, TAB presents in its Arbeitsbericht No. 183 a concentrated overview of the state of knowledge on quantities, qualities and effects of micropollutants on humans and the environment.

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news_2020_tab_001From “Dark Patterns” to “Beyond Big Data”

Five new short thematic profiles from TAB's Horizon Scanning offer condensed information on current scientific and technological trends and socio-economic developments in early stages of development.

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