ESMH regularly publishes articles on topics related to science and new technologies that provoke a lot of media attention and that are important in the European context. Most importantly, the articles are written with the help of science writers in journalistic style and always provide the opinion of one or more scientists on the topic. The publications are accompanied by a selection of links to related information and with a focus on European research and knowledge in the field.
Deepfake, shallowfake and speech synthesis: tackling audiovisual manipulation
Despite alarmist news stories about deepfake heralding the end of democracy or truth itself, the technology – for better or worse – is far from perfect, which suggests that there is still a window of opportunity to prepare society, institutions and regulatory frameworks for the moment it is. The state of play Deepfakes (i.e. synthetic ...
New technologies in medicine: time to prepare
The technological revolution involving artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and robotics is posed to deeply change healthcare and biomedical research, and things are changing fast. In this rapidly evolving scenario, researchers and health professionals need to acquire new skills and knowledge.
Europe to take up brain disorders challenge
Brain illness is far more common than is generally perceived and has serious effects on the lives of many people, in terms of limitations on activity and restrictions on participation. The cost of these diseases in Europe is similar to the combined costs of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. These disorders are a prominent burden ...
Meet the new Members of the STOA Panel
The new leading team of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) for the next 2,5 years was elected on 24th of October 2019 by the Members of the Panel.
Do we need an ethical charter or European agency for Artificial intelligence ?
Artificial intelligence and robotics are seeping further and further into our lives. Although they are convenient, these new technologies also raise a number of legal and ethical questions. These are some of the challenges in the focus of the attention of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) of the European Parliament ...
Europe leads the way in the transition to open access publishing : what is at stake?
Open access publications will be exceeding 43 000 journals in 2020 thanks to a push by some research funders. Critics object on grounds of sustainability, tight timelines and restrictions that look unsuitable for social sciences.
e-Governance: the Estonian Case
Estonia is one of two countries worldwide to offer an e-Residency, a government-issued status and identity granting access to the EU’s digital business environment. Even Barack Obama is an Estonian e-Resident. Which challenges do e-Residency and e-Governance in general pose for the public sector, and how does scientific research evaluate the digital transformation?
Bean there, done that : why we should eat more beans and legumes in general
The world needs more protein, but animal-based protein intake is by no means sustainable. Legumes are a good alternative to meat and thanks to their biological nitrogen fixation capacities, they also benefit the environment.