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In our Sunday newsletter, we, as editors, reflect on the past seven days. We do this on the initiative of our cartoonist Albert Jan Rasker. He chooses a subject, draws a picture, and we take it from there.

Of course, there is a common ground – it’s called Innovation Origins. We not only combine a wide range of topics, but we always know how to connect them to real-life issues and the needs of our future. That’s why you can’t only find in-depth knowledge about health-related issues but also about our energy challenges, deep-tech industrial developments, and the latest findings from academia. And indeed, for all those topics, artificial intelligence is never far away. On the contrary, finding stories without a prominent role for AI is getting harder and harder.

We chuckled a bit about Albert Jan’s choice for this week. He clearly represents the non-carnival part of our country. While in our Eindhoven-based headquarters, everyone is only focused on dressing up for the annual party, our cartoonist (who is from “above the rivers”) chose new Dutch research showing how to significantly reduce the time it takes to see if an antidepressant is working as the topic-of-the-week. Even while preparing for tonight’s pub visit, we can acknowledge the importance of this research.


So it’s carnival, the annual 3-day celebration where everyone gets to shake off all their worries for a while. Music and human emotions play an essential role. Not exactly a place where artificial intelligence can play a role, you might think. And yet, Danny Bloks and Erdinc Sacan, two ICT teachers at Fontys University of Applied Science, have tried just that. “To spark discussion about the role of AI in our lives.” Read about their effort here

Still, we understand there’s more in life than a carnival party. Today, Feb. 11, is also International Women and Girls in Academia Day. Attention to this theme is much needed because women are severely underrepresented in scientific positions. Even worse, the higher the job level, the more skewed the ratio of women to men. With unchanged policies, it will take many decades for this to change. That’s why we are happy to offer you this overview of the developments around women in academia. Read it here.

Here you can read what else caught our eye this week:

Enjoy your week!