Familiarity with sharing views and opinions via social media provides a possible mechanism for citizens to engage with politicians and take part in shaping policy We all recognise that the reach of the Internet should add so much so the democratic processes [1,2]. But it turns out that there are still differences between on- and offline discussions [3], since although people are used to social networks for personal, leisure and retail activities,… Read More

The sharing economy, a.k.a. collaborative economy, is expected to see substantial growth in Europe the coming years; a much cited PwC study estimates that the value of sharing economy transactions in 2015, at 28 billion Euro, will increase to a potential value of 570 billion Euro in 2025. Nevertheless, important challenges remain on the road from the sharing economy as an emerging current phenomenon to sharing being established as a mainstream mode of… Read More

…The main objective of the HUMANE survey was to engage practitioners, such as policy makers, domain professionals, user groups, IT experts and researchers in the development of the roadmaps in the domains of sharing economy, eHealth and citizen participation, to collect their feedback and input, as well as to validate or challenge the work that has done for the HUMANE roadmaps so far… In the course of the HUMANE project we examine… Read More

The advancements in micro/nano-, bio-technology, data management and telecommunications are revolutionizing the provision of healthcare services worldwide. Healthcare services assisted by telecommunications and electronic equipment, also known as eHealth services, include Electronic Health Records (EHRs), telemedicine networks and applications (including telesurgery) and networks for physiological monitoring of patients with smart mobile or wearable devices. Assisted by technological developments, the healthcare community is moving toward early  detection  of  diseases,  health  status monitoring,  healthy … Read More

What do networks of humans and machines actually do? We expend a lot of time and energy, especially in a project like HUMANE, trying to understand the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of human-machine networks, but it is during a workshop such as the recent, excellent, discussions in Oxford that bring to the fore the question of ‘why’. We are apt to think of the machines in the network as the important feature… Read More

Three solutions: increased automation, social ties, and extended use of common systems Crisis management systems (CMS) are human-machine networks consisting of a diversity of actors working together towards achieving the common goal of saving human lives and values. In addition to organizations and people with different capabilities, CMS are important in coping with disastrous events. These systems are meant to support humans in coordinating the handling of an event, and providing information… Read More

The HUMANE project is building roadmaps that can help guide future policies in specific social domains such as Sharing Economy, eHealth, and Citizens’ Participation. The HUMANE roadmaps act as a reference on which a collaborative effort for a complex task, such as the one needed for finding and implementing efficient policies for Human-Machine Networks (HMNs), can be based on. It helps all the involved parties recognize the goals and the steps needed for… Read More

In the course of the HUMANE project, we examine a sample of social domains, where human-machine interaction is expected to be significant in the future. We study the type of interactions, the roles of humans and machines, and the challenges that must be addressed to ensure the successful integration of machines in a way that is beneficial for society. We then create a roadmap implementation for each domain that can guide future… Read More