Sustainable AI is becoming increasingly important. But how sustainable are AI models really?
Why is Artificial Intelligence so commonly depicted as a machine with a human brain? This article shows why one misleading metaphor became so prevalent.
Barriers in our physical environment are still widespread. While AI systems could eventually support detecting them, it first needs open training data. Here we provide a dataset for detecting steps and stairs.
Current research issue in focus
Whether civil society, politics or science – everyone seems to agree that the New Twenties will be characterised by digitalisation. But what about the tension of digital ethics? How do we create a digital transformation involving society as a whole, including people who either do not have the financial means or the necessary know-how to benefit from digitalisation? And what do these comprehensive changes in our actions mean for democracy? In this dossier we want to address these questions and offer food for thought on how we can use digitalisation for the common good.
Further blog articles
How can we address the many inequalities in access to digital resources and lack of digital skills that were revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Complex automated decision making systems have become ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Should we even care to understand how AI-based decisions are made?
How can an African perspective help us reframe our view of digital sovereignty? We shed light on economic independence in the digital economy and how states need to become aware of it.
Civil society participation is key to ensure an ethical and equitable AI. But what are the challenges facing societal actors who want to actively engage in governance processes?
Explainable AI (XAI) frameworks focus strongly on individual interests, while a societal perspective falls short. The solution? An incorporation of collective interests in target group specific communication.
We depend on large companies to mean well with us and our data. Jan Götte and Björn Scheuermann developed Inertial Hardware Security Modules, enabeling small-time users and sysadmins to regain digital autonomy.
The health and care sector faces a myriad of irresolvable challenges. The Digital Urban Center for Aging and Health (DUCAH) is developing digital solutions.
Deep fakes are certainly not the first occurrence of manipulated media content. So what fuels this extraordinary feeling of uncanniness we associate with them?
How does the design practice of digital technology need to be fundamentally changed to create a more inclusive digital future? Adriaan Odendaal & Karla Zavala Barreda on creating the idea of technological pluriverse through board games.
How can we communicate digitalisation in SMEs in a appropriate way for the target group? 4 core characteristics of sustainable support formats for long-term success.
Why do translation programmes or chatbots often contain discriminatory tendencies towards gender or race? Here is an easy guide to understand how bias natural language processing works.
Tina Krell interviewed Magdalena Piech from Allegro, Poland’s leading digital marketplace. What are its community-driven efforts and views on regulation and self-regulation in platform entrepreneurship?
The Platform Alternatives research team looks back on two years of research into the European platform economy and tells which insights have surprised them the most so far.
Tina Krell sat down with Zenjob co-founder and CLO Frederik Fahning. They discussed the platform dynamics in the temp industry, the labour market and the challenges of scaling in Europe.
The Platform Alternatives project spoke to various highly experienced stakeholders. In this article we want to share four ideas on sustainability and fairness for platform companies.
What visions do we need to implement so that an ethics-led digitalisation of our society works for everyone? We take stock.
Intersectional AI (IAI) is the key to greater inclusivity. It draws on practices of marginalised perspectives to fundamentally reshape the development, design and use of AI.