From Analysis to Paralysis

Big Data is often portrayed as witches’ brew. But such judgments miss the crucial point: supporting data analysis will facilitate our everyday lives.

Think Small

They don’t seem worth paying attention to, but for companies like Facebook, they are pure gold: the tiny digital footprints that we leave behind as we wander the Internet. To avoid undesirable consequences, we must focus on small data instead of big data.

Fishing in a Sea of Numbers

Online data is a partial reflection of the way humans act and think. Human behavior is too complex to be measured only by Facebook statuses and “Like-buttons.”

A Place Under the Sun

Energie transition is a costly business. Not every country can afford to shut down its nuclear plants, as Germany has done after Fukushima. Experts from different countries look towards a sustainable future.

Your Fears Destroy Our Planet

Germany's irrational fears about nuclear energy have led to a resurgence of coal as an energy source. The cost of short-sighted policies: Long-term climate change.

Decoding Human Evolution

New technologies allow for an unprecedented look at the origins of homo sapiens. They tell us where we came from, and with whom we mingled.

Fused Future

The promises of fusion technology are well-known. And a breakthrough seems within reach at the French ITER reactor: It could help to solve global energy problems and propel Bolivia to the forefront of international politics.

The Pencil Revolution

Graphene is so thin that it's barely visible. But it has the power to reshape the world: paper-thin touchscreens, a cure for blindness, and a solution to water scarcity might all be based on a thin layer of carbon atoms.

From the Ashes of the Old

The economic crisis has not undermined our potential to reinvent ourselves. Around the world, scientists and entrepreneurs are working on technologies that will revolutionize industry and manufacturing.

The Future Looks Brighter in 3D

What if we could manufacture the world around us with a simple mouse-click? 3D printing is turning dream into reality - and promises a second, hyper-personalized industrial revolution.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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