Blog Lars Jaeger

Daring more future - How we all benefit from technical progress

An amazing contradiction shapes our time. More and more people live a life with highest comfort, in almost total safety and with an unprecedented level of health into old age. At the same time, most people think that the world is in a bad state and that it is getting worse. One could say: heaven […]

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Lars Jaeger August 19, 2019 0

The lame walk again and we are becoming happier and happier - On the potential of modern neuro-technologies

In Mark 2: 1-12 (Mt 9: 1-8, Lu 5: 17-26) Jesus of Nazareth heals a paralytic: “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all”. What for two millennia has been presented to Christians around the world as […]

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Lars Jaeger August 3, 2019 , 0

Yet again researchers bump into an ethical borderline: On the breeding a human-animal chimera for the purpose of creating substitute organs

The spectacular accounts from science and research do not break off. From increasingly powerful artificial intelligences, genetically modified CRISPR babies, new quantum technologies, prolonging life by modifying our genes, super-medicines, meat from 3D printers to miraculous nanomaterials – the reports about the rapid technological and scientific progress do not find an end. Philosophers, politicians and […]

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Lars Jaeger July 19, 2019 , 0

The moon landing 50 years ago – The immense possibilities arising upon science and politics having a mutual vision

The landing of the first humans on the moon on 20 July 1969 was one of the most moving moments of the 20th century and the television broadcast of the “Apollo 11” mission its first and largest global media event. Up to 600 million people worldwide watched Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the […]

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Lars Jaeger June 28, 2019 , , 0

After the crash is before the crash - On crypto currencies, blockchain and Facebook’s new currency Libra

There is a ghost going around in the financial world, and this time it is not communism that is frightening the money establishment in Europe. The ghost today is called “crypto currencies”, and it threatens to turn the established power structures in the global financial industry upside down. Similarities with the communist manifesto are limited […]

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Lars Jaeger June 18, 2019 , 0

"Machines Like Me" – On Ian McEwan's new novel

Most readers of novels, and probably also their authors, barely understand the details of technological progress that is developing at breathtaking speed. There is a lot of discussion about new technologies, but few are able imagine how much we will be shaken up by them in the future. In 2006, the American researcher and Stanford […]

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Lars Jaeger June 6, 2019 , 0

Re-Design of the human being - What are we: Molecular genetic machines or autonomous individuals?

Considering the groundbreaking developments in genetic engineering in recent years, it is all too surprising that the new opportunities to bioengineers have not yet provoked a broader public debate. In concrete terms, as humanity we are facing what is probably the most important crossroads of the last 2’000 years: the appropriation of nature by man, […]

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Lars Jaeger May 25, 2019 , 4

A path towards artificially produced life - From designer bacteria to designer humans?

Meanwhile, everyone is talking about the genetic scissors “CRISPR”: The news at the end of November 2018 that the Chinese researcher He Jiankui had genetically modified two embryos to protect them from HIV and then implanted those into a woman’s uterus who subsequently gave birth to genetically modified twins (“CRISPR babies”) shocked the world far […]

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Lars Jaeger April 8, 2019 , 1

Listen to the sound of science - On denials and the lack of intellectual integrity in the climate debate

They take place all over the world, mostly on Fridays, most recently also on the weekend in Switzerland: Climate strikes and climate demonstrations. They have finally brought the debate on how to deal with climate change into the public domain. It says a lot about the state of our society that it took the initiative […]

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Lars Jaeger March 17, 2019 , 1

The emperor's new clothes – Against the lies in the climate debate

The political and economic establishment is concerned. What climate researchers, environmental politicians and committed citizens have in the past not been able to achieve is now being accomplished by our children: the danger of global warming is being pushed into the foreground of common attention. Conservative politicians, business associations and right wing intellectuals display their […]

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