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Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing

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Dirk Helbing is Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Z├╝rich.

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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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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.
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    The Gaza War Goes Global

    Joschka Fischer

    The escalating war in the Middle East must be understood in a broader context. The fact that the Iranian regime felt emboldened to risk a direct strike on Israel attests to a changing world order in which Western power is increasingly open to challenge.

    considers the implications of Iran’s unprecedented decision to launch a direct strike on Israeli territory.
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    Gender-Neutral Fintech Isn’t Working for Women

    Emmanuel Nyirinkindi & Jessica Schnabel show that the industry is not fully delivering on its promise to accelerate financial inclusion.
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    The Urgency of Palestinian Statehood

    Gareth Evans explains why formal international recognition is crucial to ending the intolerable status quo.
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    Quality Journalism Is More Important than Ever

    Anya Schiffrin, et al. explain how policymakers can support rigorous, objective reporting, just as they provide other public goods.
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    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.
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    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.
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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.

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