Blog Lars Jaeger

A forgotten female pioneer of quantum physics - The mathematician and philosopher Grete Hermann

Those who are more concerned with the early development of quantum theory will quickly realize that the pioneers of modern physics appear to be a pure men’s club: Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Max Born, Paul Dirac, Enrico Fermi, later Richard Feynman or Freeman Dyson, to name only […]

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Lars Jaeger October 28, 2018 , 0

The Woman Who Explained Nuclear Fission - On Lise Meitner's 50th Death Anniversary

With Donna Strickland in 2018 only for the third time a woman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963 (only the economists have less Nobel Prize laureates, but the Nobel Prize for Economics has only been awarded since 1969). The most well-known physicist, who remained […]

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Lars Jaeger October 27, 2018 , 1

Attacking the liberal order and our democracy - When technologies are being abused by authoritarian states

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg stresses at every opportunity the total transparency, he and his company are dedicated to. “We bring the world closer together” is his motto. In reality, however, Facebook is a covert surveillance company that earns its money by collecting and selling detailed records of our private information. What kind of customer they […]

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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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Lars Jaeger October 3, 2018 , 1

Eradication of entire species – What has become possible with Gene Drive and CRISPR

The genetic modification of not only the characteristics of individuals, but the permanent genetic manipulation of entire populations is one of the biggest dreams – or, depending on the reading nightmares – of geneticists. The effects would be enormous: For example, insects such as tsetse flies or mosquitoes could be modified throughout their entire species […]

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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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Lars Jaeger August 26, 2018 , 0

The Second Quantum Revolution - From Entanglement to Quantum Computing and Other Super-Technologies

In Douglas Adams’ parody of intergalactic life The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one reads at the beginning of the second book: There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more […]

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Lars Jaeger August 1, 2018 , 1

Towards global leadership in Artificial Intelligence - The view of the German government

Just over two years ago, the general public was surprised by the victory of the Google computer AlphaGo over Go World Champion Lee Sedol. Suddenly, many realized how far the learning algorithms of Artificial intelligence (AI) systems have developed already. Because in the game Go, intuition and creativity are far more important than stubborn arithmetic […]

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Lars Jaeger July 14, 2018 , 1

Attack on the immune system of our democracy - How we are being digitally manipulated

In 1983 there was a theme that moved all West-Germany: a planned census. Every household in the country was supposed to fill out a questionnaire with 36 questions on the housing situation, persons living in the household, and their income situation. Massive resistance developed against this “governmental interference with our privacy sphere” at that time. […]

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Lars Jaeger June 23, 2018 , 4

Exiting the comfort zone of absolute certainties - From quantum physics to today’s political populism

One may at times wonder whether Donald Trump does not a macroscopic quantum system. His intellectual, emotional, and general mental state is objectively not determinable. He lives, so to speak, in a superposition of willingness to talk and stubborn anger politics, social promises and super-rich-clientele lobbying, charm efforts and snotty brat-performances. Only the concrete interaction […]

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