Dirk Riehle's Industry and Research Publications

Category: 4. Society-at-large

  • Quote for Unicum Beruf on how IT changes your job (in German)

    Quote for Unicum Beruf on how IT changes your job (in German)

    German student magazine Unicum (Beruf) asked for a quote on the impact that IT and the software industry is having on everyone’s job, so here it is: Die IT verändert die Arbeitsweisen in vielen Berufen. Initial galt dies nur für die IT-Branche selbst und hier insbesondere für die Softwareentwicklung, inzwischen aber sind deren Arbeitsweisen auch…

  • High-tech and the rights to your body

    High-tech and the rights to your body

    A friend’s post alerted me to the potential overreach of copyright and commercial law when it comes to the human body. The particular post was about tattoo artists who tried to make money of sport professionals who had integrated the tattoos into their professional persona: The company who had bought the tattoo artists’ designs claims…

  • Open data is moving, slowly but surely

    Open data is moving, slowly but surely

    I’ve been participating in various workshops and working groups on open data now. It is hard scrabble, but things are moving. Today I participated in a workshop of the open data task force of Bitkom which I am a member of. The highlight of the day was the participation of Saskia Esken who explained some…

  • Some progress on Wikipedia editing

    Some progress on Wikipedia editing

    Wikipedia has long been suffering from its rather raw “wiki markup” editing experience. The reason is that the underlying software is stuck in the mud and any progress is slow and painful. Right now there is some excitement over progress on the “visual editor” of Mediawiki. As you can see in the video below the…

  • Einladung zum 2. Offener IT-Gipfel — Offenheit, Innovation & Gesellschaft

    Einladung zum 2. Offener IT-Gipfel — Offenheit, Innovation & Gesellschaft

    Ich werde am 18.11. in Berlin auf dem 2. offenen IT-Gipfel mit einem Vortrag zu Open Source vertreten sein. Sie sind herzlich eingeladen, die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Mehr Information zur Veranstaltung.

  • Should cars be programmed to make life or death decisions?

    Should cars be programmed to make life or death decisions?

    With self-driving cars in our near future, I’ve seen more and more articles about the moral dilemma of what the car should do when faced with an impossible decision, for example, to either kill a grandmother or drive into a flock of children. In my mind, the pundits are getting it all wrong; the underlying…