We live in a world where robots increasingly build our cars, algorithms trade stocks and computers translate texts. Robotics, digitalization and artificial intelligence are transforming numerous professions. Some jobs are disappearing, while other new ones are being created.The online game ‘The Automated Life’ now enables users to try out how they might survive in an increasingly automated world of work

Can you win against automation?

We live in a world where robots increasingly build our cars, algorithms trade stocks and computers translate texts. Robotics, digitalization and artificial intelligence are transforming numerous professions. Some jobs are disappearing, while other new ones are being created.

The online game ‘The Automated Life’ now enables users to try out how they might survive in an increasingly automated world of work

The brain’s neural activity is irregular, changing from one moment to the next. To date, this apparent “noise” has been thought to be due to random natural variations or measurement error. However, researchers have shown that this neural variability may provide a unique window into brain function.

How the “noise” in our brain influences our behavior

The brain’s neural activity is irregular, changing from one moment to the next. To date, this apparent “noise” has been thought to be due to random natural variations or measurement error. However, researchers have shown that this neural variability may provide a unique window into brain function.

The online world is largely driven by the logic of the attention economy: Users’ attention is a precious currency, and online environments are designed to capture and steer that attention. How can users respond to these challenges of the digital age and how might the design of the online world be improved? A team of researchers has addressed these questions from the perspective of behavioral science.

Citizens versus the Internet: How can we protect ourselves against manipulation, fake news, and other digital challenges?

The online world is largely driven by the logic of the attention economy: Users’ attention is a precious currency, and online environments are designed to capture and steer that attention. How can users respond to these challenges of the digital age and how might the design of the online world be improved? A team of researchers has addressed these questions from the perspective of behavioral science.

How is mental health linked to brain development? To answer this question neuroscientists have launched an app that tests cognitive brain functions and anonymously queries mental health. Anyone can take part, regardless of whether or not they have a mental illness. The researchers' goal is to gather as much data as possible from a wide range of age groups in German and English-speaking countries.

Space travel for brain research: Game app on mental health and brain development

How is mental health linked to brain development? To answer this question neuroscientists have launched an app that tests cognitive brain functions and anonymously queries mental health. Anyone can take part, regardless of whether or not they have a mental illness. The researchers' goal is to gather as much data as possible from a wide range of age groups in German and English-speaking countries.

Citizens of East Germany wanted to use music and lyrical forms to propagate hopes, desires, and visions of socialist Germany’s future and to influence the coming generation on an emotional level. Writing of the GDR as a “modern time regime”, Juliane Brauer tells the story of a promised future and the results of its failure to be realized. The certainty and belief in progress that characterized the beginnings were replaced with mistrust and disappointment over shattered dreams.

Feeling Time - How the GDR Sang its Future. A History of Emotions

Citizens of East Germany wanted to use music and lyrical forms to propagate hopes, desires, and visions of socialist Germany’s future and to influence the coming generation on an emotional level. Writing of the GDR as a “modern time regime”, Juliane Brauer tells the story of a promised future and the results of its failure to be realized. The certainty and belief in progress that characterized the beginnings were replaced with mistrust and disappointment over shattered dreams.

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Can you win against automation?

March 16, 2021

We live in a world where robots increasingly build our cars, algorithms trade stocks and computers translate texts ...

How the “noise” in our brain influences our behavior

February 17, 2021

The brain’s neural activity is irregular, changing from one moment to the next. To date, this apparent “noise” has ...

Citizens versus the Internet: How can we protect ourselves against manipulation, fake news, and other digital challenges?

February 12, 2021

In contrast to the offline world, the online world is largely driven by the logic of the attention economy: Users’ ...

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