Posts Tagged ‘artificial intelligence’

EFP Brief No. 152: Combining ICT and Cognitive Science: Opportunities and Risks

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Many experts think that the technological convergence of previously separated sciences like nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technologies and cognitive sciences will have a deep, long-term impact on society and economy. Key actors in society need to become aware of the challenges linked to converging applications (CA) and take decisions in support of developing them. By analysing CA-related opportunities and risks at a very early stage, we hope to contribute to reducing possible adverse effects in the future.

EFMN Brief No. 152_ICT and Cognitive Science

EFP Brief No. 126: “In the Long Run” Best Practices for New Foresight Conditions

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The objective of this foresight brief is to summarise foresight experiences made by foresight practitioners of international companies attending the conference “in the long run” in Berlin in October 2004. The paper summarises new environmental conditions for corporate foresight and the resulting challenges for foresight work as perceived by the speakers. The paper also gives an overview of best practice solutions for the challenges presented.

EFMN Brief No. 126_In_the_Long_Run

EFP Brief No. 114: The Singularity Scenario

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Although the term ‘Singularity’ or ‘Technological singularity’ has already infatuated both the scientific and the science fiction com-munity alike throughout the 20th century, there is reason enough to report about the ongoing activities in this area. So far it is possible to distinguish between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related issues and the prospective fusion of emerging technologies such as nano-, bio-, information and cognitive technologies (NBIC) – also referred to as converging technologies. It is assumed that there will be an immense technological and consequently economic shift once those technologies surpass the boundaries of human intelligence in the 21st century.

EFMN Brief No. 114 – Singularity

EFP Brief No. 93: Changes in German Production and Demography – the Supporting Role of ICT

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The automobile industry is one of the most important industries in Germany and one of the key areas for R&D. To hold this position the industry has to face two challenges: 1st, changing parameters in and for industrial production like minimizing the time to market or shortened product life cycles; and 2nd, demographic change. The purpose of the study was to identify need for action and to present sub-sectors in which ICT could take a supportive role for industrial production.

EFMN Brief No. 93 – Changes in German Production

EFP Brief No. 63: South African Benchmark 2020

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The overall goal of this foresight study is the identification of global technological trends, which will influence the competitiveness and future development of South African industries over the next 15 years. The study specifically focuses on innovation areas that hold the potential to reduce industrial dependency on foreign technology. Broad-based recommendations are formulated, intending to support the formulation of policies, strategies and programmes aimed at growing South Africa’s technology and innovation base.

EFMN Brief No. 63 – South African Benchmark 2020

EFP Brief No. 48: 2020 Living in a Networked World Individually and Securely

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Our public, private and professional lives will become interrelated and dependent on technology. This will lead to a ‘networked world’ in which separate technologies will be systematically interconnected and adjusted to specific and individual needs. The Lead Vision of the German Futur initiative ‘Living in a networked world: individually and securely’ is based on an exploration of possible trajectories for these developments that take account of how the dual process of networking – networking between technologies as well as networking between human beings and machines – can be politically shaped and directed.

EFMN Brief No. 48 – 2020 Living in a Networked World

EFP Brief No. 22: Cognitive Systems 2020

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The objective of the UK Cognitive Systems Project was to produce a vision for the future development of cognitive systems through an exploration of recent advances in neuroscience, computer science and related fields, and their potential for future interaction.

EFMN Brief No. 22 – Cognitive Systems 2020