A series of four weekly radio shows were recorded by Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) at ArtLab in November 2019. EPFL professors and external experts debated key issues at the intersection of digitization and society, and members of the public were invited to attend.
This unique series, organized by RTS and the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH), brought together experts in digital humanities, social sciences, government, the non-profit sector and industry to explore the impacts of digital
technologies — both positive and negative — on our lives. Topics ranged from artificial intelligence, privacy and law, to art, culture and history.
Each of the hour-long programs focused on a theme relating to our increasingly digital and data-driven world: Privacy in the Digital Age, Engagement in the Digital Age, Memory in the Digital Age, and Creativity in the Digital Age.
Privacy in the Digital Age
How can we protect the boundaries of our private lives without giving up digital tools that are becoming increasinglyessential?
- Sébastien Fanti: Data protection lawyer
- Daniel Gatica-Perez: Professor at EPFL DHI and at Idiap Research Institute
- Jessica Pidoux: Doctoral assistant at the EPFL Institute of Digital Humanities (DHI)
- Niels Weber: Psychologist specializing in hyperconnectivity
Engagement in the Digital Age
What impact does digitization have on our political conscience and on public engagement?
- Dominique Boullier: EPFL lecturer and sociologist
- Edouard Bugnion: Vice President for Information Systems at EPFL
- François Marthaler: Entrepreneur and former member, Vaud Conseil d’État
- Magaly Mathys: co-head of Powercoders Lausanne
Memory in the Digital Age
Are digital tools a hindrance or a help when it comes to preserving personal, collective, and cultural memories?
- Florence Graezer Bideau: Lecturer in the EPFL CDH Institute for Area and Global Studies
- Isabella di Lenardo: Lecturer in the EPFL ENAC-SAR in Digital Methods in Urban History
- Delphine Preissmann: Lecturer in cognitive and behavioral psychology at the University of Lausanne
- Ralph Rimet: Founding Director of data and asset transmission platform Tooyoo.ch
Creativity in the Digital Age
What can digital tools bring to creativity, and does it still make sense to differentiate between digital and contemporary art?
- Marc Atallah: Lecturer in the EPFL CDH Social and Human Sciences program
- Kirell Benzi: Data artist
- Giulia Bini: Curatorial and production assistant at ArtLab
- Florian Colombo: Doctoral student in the EPFL Computational Neuroscience Lab