In the Digital Age: EPFL and RTS to host radio series for the public

How has digitalization impacted creativity, memory, privacy & public engagement? © iStock

How has digitalization impacted creativity, memory, privacy & public engagement? © iStock

A series of four weekly radio shows will be recorded by Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) at EPFL’s ArtLab in November. EPFL professors and external experts will debate key issues at the intersection of digitization and society, and members of the public are invited to attend.

This unique series, organized by RTS and the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH), will bring 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 will range from artificial intelligence, privacy and law, to art, culture and history.

Each of the hour-long programs will focus 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.

Members of the public are invited to attend the recordings and join in the discussion, which will be held in French. Questions or comments can be sent before or during the programs to the following email: [email protected].

Those interested in attending are invited to register in advance for one or more of the programs below:

Privacy in the digital age: How can we protect the boundaries of our private lives without giving up digital tools that are becoming increasingly essential?

Recording: Saturday, November 2nd, 17h-18h, ArtLab DataSquare (ArtLab Pavilion A). Guided tours of the ArtLab exhibition Infinity Room 2 (ArtLab Pavilion B) will also be held before the recording, at 11:30 and 15:30
RTS broadcast: November 9th from 17h-18h on “Espace 2”; November 10th from 20h-21h on “La Première

Guests:
Jessica Pidoux: Doctoral assistant at the EPFL Institute of Digital Humanities (DHI)
Daniel Gatica-Perez: Professor at EPFL DHI and at Idiap Research Institute
Sébastien Fanti: Data protection lawyer
Niels Weber: Psychologist specializing in hyperconnectivity

Engagement in the digital age: What impact does digitization have on our political conscience and on public engagement?

Recording: Saturday, November 9th, 17h-18h, ArtLab DataSquare (ArtLab Pavilion A). Guided tours of the ArtLab exhibition Infinity Room 2 (ArtLab Pavilion B) will also be held before there recording, at 11:30 and 15:30
RTS broadcast: November 16th from 17h-18h on Espace 2; November 17th from 20h-21h on La Première

Guests:
Magaly Mathys: co-head of Powercoders Lausanne
Edouard Bugnion: Vice President for Information Systems at EPFL
François Marthaler: Entrepreneur and former member, Vaud Conseil d’État
Dominique Boullier: EPFL lecturer and sociologist

Memory in the digital age: Are digital tools a hindrance or a help when it comes to preserving personal, collective, and cultural memories?

Recording: Saturday, November 16th, 17h-18h, ArtLab DataSquare (ArtLab Pavilion A). A guided tour of the ArtLab exhibition Infinity Room 2 (ArtLab Pavilion B) will also be held before the recording, at 15:30
RTS broadcast: November 23rd from 17h-18h on Espace 2; November 24th from 20h-21h on La Première

Guests:
Isabella di Lenardo: Lecturer in the EPFL ENAC-SAR in Digital Methods in Urban History
Florence Graezer Bideau: Lecturer in the EPFL CDH Institute for Area and Global Studies
Ralph Rimet: Founding Director of data and asset transmission platform Tooyoo.ch
Delphine Preissmann: Lecturer in cognitive and behavioral psychology at the University of Lausanne

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?

Recording: Saturday, November 23rd, 17h-18h, ArtLab DataSquare (ArtLab Pavilion A). This final instalment will be followed by an electronic music concert and aperitif. A guided tour of the ArtLab exhibition Infinity Room 2 will also be held before the recording, at 15:30 in ArtLab Pavilion B

RTS broadcast: November 30th from 17h-18h on Espace 2; December 1st from 20h-21h on La Première

Guests:
Marc Atallah: Lecturer in the EPFL CDH Social and Human Sciences program
Florian Colombo: Doctoral student in the EPFL Computational Neuroscience Lab
Kirell Benzi: Data artist
Giulia Bini: Curatorial and production assistant at ArtLab


Author: Celia Luterbacher