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Good morning, this is Zelda, and today we're tackling the gender divide in IT with University of Geneva Professor, Isabelle Collet.

Could floating solar panels help Africa double its hydropower capacity? Plus, with AI headlining many conference agendas - including AI for the Planet launched yesterday - researchers ask who's there to ensure new breakthroughs do not cross the ethical line.

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Zelda Chauvet, Geneva

17.02.2021


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Professor Isabelle Collet (Photo: Sabine Papilloud)

👩🏽‍🎓 Isabelle Collet: 'We need to fix the system for stereotypes in tech to vanish'. The University of Geneva professor and former computer scientist describes her encounter with gender bias during her career and argues that fighting stereotypes is the key to ensuring more diversity in IT.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🤖 Who should stop unethical AI? At artificial intelligence conferences, researchers are increasingly alarmed by what they see as the ethical line becomes increasingly blurred.

The New Yorker (EN)

🎨 CERN awards artists residency to Philadelphia-based collective. CERN's Collide residency, which encourages multidisciplinary collaboration between art and science, has been awarded to artist duo Black Quantum Futurism, who will spend two months in Geneva.

CERN (EN)

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Reservoir location, floating solar coverage and floating solar annual electricity production for 108 of the reservoirs analysed.

Floating solar panels on one per cent of reservoirs ‘could double’ Africa’s hydropower capacity. Solar panels floating on lakes formed by Africa’s hydropower dams could be a major new source of power, according to a new study. Hydro dams are the largest renewable power source in a continent where millions of people still lack access to electricity. However, their future potential could be hampered by climate change.

WEF (EN)

Anticipatory reads by GESDA


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Quantum for all. Quantum computing seems as distant to our everyday world as it is hard to explain simply. But this is a false image. With many quantum computers being refined all over the world, the stakes are very high: such digital tools offer an incredible power to the entities, be they public or private, that will master this technology. Using quantum computers might well have many benefits, in various fields such as meteorology, medicine and material sciences. But the potential pitfalls can’t be minimised.

A new editorial platform designed to independently inform about advances in quantum research proposes a mini-documentary to raise awareness and generate discussion about the ethical decisions that face society in the quantum era. Give it a watch!

- Olivier Dessibourg

Quantum Ethics. A call to action.

The Quantum Daily (EN)

Can privacy coexist with technology that reads and changes brain activity? Ethicists, scientists and our readers consider the ethics of brain technology.

Science News (EN)

The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than covid vaccines. Next up: sickle cell and HIV.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

Sequence three million genomes across Africa. Capture the full scope of variation to improve health care, equity and medical research globally.

Nature (EN)

Bitcoin is protecting human rights around the world. "It's an escape hatch from tyranny," writes the Human Rights Foundation's Alex Gladstein.

Reason (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.


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📍17 February | Humanitarian look at assistance programming and social protection systems. The second episode of the DigitHarium will focus on the issue of humanitarian assistance, cash transfer programming and social protection mechanisms.

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📍18 February | 6th Geneva Engage Award. The annual Geneva Engage Awards recognise International Geneva actors in their social media outreach and online engagement.

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