Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media

With the ComLab format, IJP and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) promote global cooperation between science and media.

Leading academics and media professionals work in small teams on a journalistic product. Three of the contributions produced during ComLab will be selected by a jury and awarded a prize of 500 Euros each.


ComLab#4: Smart New Worlds: How AI, Robotics and Digitization Transform our Lives

Artificial intelligence, robotics and new digital technologies are changing our lives. To which extent, benefit or at which cost is often hard to grasp for regulators, civil society and media. While transformative technologies hold great potential in medicine, industry, logistics and urban planning, hardly any other scientific fields spark so much speculation.  From automated mobility to biorobots and intelligent implants: The relationship between humans and machines is full of promise, but is also marked by misunderstanding and ignorance.

Together, journalists and researchers can point out research trends and development trajectories of AI, robotics and digital innovations, assess designs and possible applications, and discuss their ethical implications.  And this is not any easy task since the expectations of future technologies are high. They should have an innovative and effective impact on society and equally benefit the common good.  The social complexity raises important questions:

  • Have diversity and participation been sufficiently considered in technological developments, especially in the areas of medicine, public health and connected living?
  • What will digital human rights look like in the future? What ethical and legal aspects need to be considered?
  • And how must the digital transformation be designed to counteract a monopolisation of knowledge and global inequality?

We will talk about these and many other topics during ComLab#4 in November 2021 (5-6 & 12-13 November).

Applications are still possible until October 5.

For details on how to apply, please see the call for applications  as well as the video guidelines.

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