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Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing

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Dirk Helbing is Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Zürich.

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  1. Death by Algorithm?
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    Death by Algorithm?

    Nov 26, 2020 Dirk Helbing & Peter Seele argue that increased resilience, not artificial intelligence, is humanity's best defense against crises.

  2. The False Promise of Digital ID
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    The False Promise of Digital ID

    Sep 2, 2020 Dirk Helbing & Peter Seele show why Big Data and AI are no panacea for the COVID-19 pandemic, and why a less risky approach is better.

  3. Engineering a More Responsible Digital Future
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    Engineering a More Responsible Digital Future

    Mar 15, 2018 Dirk Helbing says more ethical technology is essential to prevent the digital revolution from enslaving us.

  4. The Hidden Danger of Big Data
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    The Hidden Danger of Big Data

    Aug 16, 2016 Carlo Ratti & Dirk Helbing warn against optimizing society for total efficiency, at the expense of chance discoveries.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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