Contributor: Bennie Mols

Bennie MolsBennie Mols is a science journalist, author and speaker with twenty years of experience, specialising in artificial intelligence, robots and the human brain. He published twelve books, most notably Hallo robot (translated into English and Chinese), Robotics for future presidents and Turings Tango (in Dutch only – about artificial intelligence). He regularly appears on radio and tv to talk about artificial intelligence and robots. He is also a public speaker on the same subjects. Among many other presentations, he gave a TEDx-presentation about human-machine-interaction: ‘The one thing computers and robots will never be able to do‘.He graduated from physics and philosophy and holds a PhD in physics. With this background he uniquely combines in his work the fields of science, technology and philosophy, always asking the question how the combination of these three disciplines can improve people’s lives.

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Nicholas Diakopoulos about AI in journalism

Interview with Nicholas Diakopoulos, associate professor in communication studies and computer science at Northwestern University where he directs the Computational Journalism Lab (CJL). His research focuses on computational journalism, including aspects of automation and algorithms in news production, algorithmic accountability and transparency, and social media in news contexts. One of the conclusions of the 2019 ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof Natali Helberger about AI in journalism

Interview with Natali Helberger, distinguished university professor of law and digital technology, with a special focus on AI, and affiliated with the Institute for Information Law (IVIR) of the University of Amsterdam. Her research focus is on how digitization, algorithms and AI are transforming the media and its implications for public values, diversity in the ...

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AI in journalism : with power come responsibilities

Media organisations worldwide show a growing awareness and adoption of artificial intelligence for information gathering, storytelling and news distribution. Given the potential transformative power of AI in journalism, media organisations must consider how best to use AI tools to fulfill their mission. They should reflect on the impacts that AI in journalism has on democracy, diversity and public values.

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof. Rose Luckin about digital education

Rose Luckin is a professor at University College London. She is also the director of EDUCATE, a London based hub for educational technology start-ups, researchers and educators. What is your own favourite tool in digital education? It’s not so much a tool as a way of thinking. It’s helping people to understand how artificial intelligence ...

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Digital education in times of lockdown – A massive real-life experiment

Worldwide lockdowns forced education to move online all of a sudden. Despite the great potential of digital education, the everyday practice proved to be unruly. While existing inequalities continued to grow, on the positive side students, teachers and parents became more confident in using digital tools.

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr. Pedro De Bruyckere about digital education

Pedro De Bruyckere is a Flemish educational scientist at Arteveldehogeschool in Gent (Belgium) and Leiden University (Netherlands). Personalised education through technology has been a dream for a long time. What does science tell us about the results up until now? Personalised education comes at a human cost. First of all, it takes an enormous effort of ...

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Digital entertainment in lockdown: the new life of culture online

During the months-long European lockdown, entertainment moved online like never before. Creativity flourished on social media platforms and, despite being locked up in their homes, people were longing for entertainment that connected them with friends and family. Meanwhile with all museums closed, European cultural heritage was given a new life online.

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Aleksandra Strzelichowska about digital entertainment in lockdown

Interview with Aleksandra Strzelichowska, senior online marketing specialist at Europeana, based in The Hague, Netherlands. She has a bachelor degree in Literature, languages and linguistics, and a master degree in European Studies. What is Europeana? We are a European platform for cultural heritage, an initiative of the European Union founded in 2008. Our goal is ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Dan Hassler-Forest about digital entertainment in lockdown

Interview with Dr Dan Hassler-Forest, assistant professor in the department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University (Netherlands). He has published books and articles on science fiction, fandom and cultural studies, media theory, anti-capitalism and popular culture, and even zombies. He writes frequently for The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Review of Books. ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Mattia Peretti about impact of AI on the newsroom

Studying the impact of AI on the newsroom, a scientist's opinion Interview with Mattia Peretti, manager of the project ‘Journalism AI’ at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The project is funded by the Google News Initiative and started in April 2019. What is the aim of the project ‘AI in journalism’? ...