Blog Lars Jaeger


On the eco-ethical indifference of business leaders - The example of Glencore

At times, one has to study the newspaper very closely to learn about insightful statements by top business executives providing a deeper insights into what our economic leaders think about pressing questions in our world than any journalist’s editorial or comment. Often one then stumbles over phrases and statements that at first sound rather harmless […]

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Nobel Prize for Economics 2018 - The economic importance of technological innovation and the environment

With the announcement of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics, the annual and ever- anticipated process of Nobel Price announcements has come to an end. The prize for economics is the only one awarded for a social science instead of a natural science. Its discipline deals with processes in which many factors […]

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Fantasies of technological omnipotence - The "Silicon Valley Dream"

In the 1970s, biologists celebrated a major breakthrough: The discovery of so-called restriction enzymes enabled them to perform “gene transplantations”. It was the birth of gene technology. Artificial genes produce certain proteins that can then be used to treat respective human diseases. With this form of “genetic engineering,” the biosciences suddenly aroused the imagination and […]

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Beyond the bitcoin crash - What will be the lasting impact of crypto currencies and the blockchain technology?

A spectre is haunting the financial world. It is not as 170 years ago the spectre of communism that threatens the establishment in Europe. The ghost today is called “bitcoin”, and it threatens the entire power structures in the global financial industry. The similarities with the Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are […]

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Does Artificial Intelligence start wars? – Thoughts on Elon Musk

The billionaire and acclaimed tech visionary Elon Musk just expressed another dire warning about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI). In a Twitter message (where else, we are to ask today) a few days ago he warned that this technology represents a greater risk to world peace than the current conflict with North Korea. His […]

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Superpower Science - Who or what really shapes our technological future?

The current development in biotechnology (around the new gene-editing technology CRISPR) illustrates once again: The desire of the scientists to understand the world has long turned into man’s determination to design and shape it according to his needs. Numerous new innovations have lead us into dimensions of possibilities, which only a few years before seemed […]

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Lars Jaeger June 25, 2017 , , 0

The battle for CRISPR - A technological revolution between the desire for scientific insight and capitalist utilization logics

Copyright battles for scientific discoveries are by no means occurrences of modern times. The most well-known dispute on intellectual ownership of a scientific finding took place more than 300 years ago: Newton’s struggle against Leibniz about the invention of calculus. But while the Newton-Leibniz priority dispute was about fame and glory and was fought with […]

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Lars Jaeger May 29, 2017 , , 0

The proximity of simplicity and chaos – On the essence of linear and non-linear dynamics

It is a nightmare for pond owners: From one week to the other the water becomes cloudy and opaque, on the surface forms a green algae carpet, it stinks terribly, and the fish swim belly up. And yet just a short while ago everything was okay with the water. What happened? The pond ‘tipped over’. […]

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Politics and post-factualism - What Trump means to science

If you are reading blogs like this one and are interested in the rich and sometimes joyous discourse of the sciences, it is likely that the result of the US elections last week has created a similar mixture of shock, anxiety, grief, shame, and disgust for you as it has for the author of these […]

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Lars Jaeger March 3, 2016 , , 0

Discussion among economists – On the permanent underestimation of technological and scientific progress

Recent observers of discussions among economists have been able to notice a by no means insignificant shift that has developed within the spectrum of opinions on the part of the experts on economic questions which often displays a diversity (even with respect to fundamental questions) that natural scientists find rather difficult to get used to: […]

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