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Videos online of “Humanizing technology through design” conference

View the original post“Humanizing technology through design” was a three-day conference in June 2021 in Torino, Italy, curated by Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels and Sara Fortunati, director of the Torino Circle of Design. It dealt with the best international practices about the humanization of technology, casting light on the experiences of designers, sector companies, researchers, and institutions. Talks and […]

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The incompatibility of Nudge and Co-Design as tools for policymaking

View the original postThe use of nudge theory to inform policy interventions in response to COVID-19 has re-opened debates over the politically paternalistic nature of governing by ‘nudges’ and has given momentum to calls to include the more participatory elements of co-design into policymaking.  In an article on the LSE blog, Emma Blomkamp and Colette Einfeld of Australian […]

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AI still sucks at moderating hate speech

View the original postFor all of the recent advances in language AI technology, it still struggles with one of the most basic applications, writes Karen Hao in MIT Technology Review (and meanwhile also reported by Luigi Mischitelli in Italian in Agenda Digitale). In a new study, scientists tested four of the best AI systems for detecting […]

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Human behaviour: what scientists have learned about it from the pandemic

View the original postSeveral Covid-19 policies have shown “just how deeply some governments distrust their citizens. As if the virus was not enough, the public was portrayed as an additional part of the problem”. But, asks Prof. Stephen Reicher of the University of St Andrews, “is this an accurate view of human behaviour”? The distrust […]

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The potential of behavioural interventions for optimising energy use at home

View the original postIndividuals and households can adopt a variety of measures to optimise their energy consumption, writes Elisabatta Cornago of the International Energy Agency. Changes in our everyday habits can help to reduce home energy bills, lower carbon emissions and ease pressure on the power grid. Modest behaviour adjustments can, over time, yield substantial […]

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[Report] Behavioural insights for demand-side energy policy and programmes

View the original postBehavioural insights for demand-side energy policy and programmes – An environmental scanUsers TCP and IEA (December 2020)User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme100 pages During its first year of activity, the Behavioural Insights Platform of the UsersTCP, with the IEA (International Energy Agency), has developed an environment scan report assessing how behavioural insights have been […]

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Top 10 books of everyday social anthropology

View the original postGillian Tett, anthropologist and chair of the US editorial board of the Financial Times, has published – in the Guardian – her list of 10 books offering insights into how we structure our lives. De fining what anthropology really is sometimes feels like chasing soap in the bath. We all know we […]

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Review and insight on the behavioral aspects of cybersecurity

View the original postReview and insight on the behavioral aspects of cybersecurity Maalem Lahcen, Rachid Ait (, Caulkins, Bruce, Mohapatra, Ram and Manish, KumarCybersecur 3, 10 (April 2020). Stories of cyber attacks are becoming a routine in which cyber attackers show new levels of intention by sophisticated attacks on networks. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have figured out profitable business models and […]

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Understanding the human aspects of cyber security

View the original postCyberBitsEtc. is a website and a blog by Ganna Pogrebna (Professor of Behavioural Economics and Data Science at the University of Birmingham and Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute) and Boris Taratine (Cyber Security Architect and visionary) that “aims to provide the community of practitioners with leading ideas and news about the […]

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Anthro-Vision: a new way to see in business and life

View the original postSimon Roberts of Stripe Partners has written an excellent review of Gillian Tett‘s new book “Anthro-Vision” for the Epic website: If there’s one simple message for the general reader in her new book Anthro-Vision it is this: the promise and value of anthropology lies in making visible that which is close to hand but […]