Debate: Pros and Cons - The Impact of Digital Technologies on Society

Three of the following topics / statements / hypotheses will be talked about in the debate.
The event visitors will be able to select them before the event:
  1. Artificial Intelligence is booming, Machine Learning is the new buzzword in modern IT. What is already possible today and what will be the real technological outcome of AI and ML in the next 5-10 years?
  2. How will this affect the economy of the industrial societies?
  3. What countries will benefit and who will be left behind?
  4. What industries and what skills will benefit and who are the losers?
  5. Are we heading towards an extremely unequal society?
  6. Or will AI help us to overcome the two most pressing problems of the 21th century: inequality and climate change?
  7. Is it really smart to create machines that are much smarter than we are?

Background information

Program

Debate: Pros and Cons - The Impact of Digital Technologies on Society

moderated by Philipp Löpfe, Economics Journalist, Watson.ch

Speakers

Debate: Pros and Cons - The Impact of Digital Technologies on Society

More speakers will be announced soon.

Philipp Löpfe

Philipp Löpfe, 63, in 2012 and 2015 was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year.

He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).

In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».

He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).

Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.

Watson.ch

We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.

Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.

Leo Keller

In 2000, Leo Keller started as a Business Angel for Startups in the area of Semantic Intelligence. He re-founded Netbreeze GmbH in 2002, and successfully performed as co-CEO until 2009, inciting interest from Microsoft, who finally acquired Netbreeze GmbH in 2013.

For the past 10 years, he has developed over 50 different business solutions using Semantic Technologies and Open Data implemented across multiple professional disciplines (Private Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Reinsurance, Automotive, FMCG, Government and Research) and business sectors (Business Intelligence, Product Development, Marketing and Market Research, Risk and Issue Management, Communication and Reputation, Compliance and Anti-Counterfeiting). With his company Blue Ocean SWS, Leo continues to act as a business angel and entrepreneur in this technology sector, successfully entering the field of M&A.

Previously, Leo Keller was co-Head of A.T. Kearney Switzerland and a member of the Executive Group of Arthur D. Little (Switzerland), where he successfully acted as Strategy Consultant with a special focus on Learning Organization, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. He holds a master degree in Natural Science (ETH Zürich) and in OE Organization Development (SAAP).

Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH

Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH is a recognized leader in Semantic Web Technology and Open Source Intelligence, acting as a consultancy firm for system integration projects.

For over 12 years, Blue Ocean SWS has successfully delivered solution on the use of internet data (“listen to the Web”) that immensely improve Business Intelligence processes, focus on unstructured web data, social media and stakeholder themes for specified data sources.

The team combines Web Technology and Consulting, with its vast experience in Marketing, Market Research, Business Intelligence and Risk and Compliance Management. Its industrial competences lie in a broad range of industry segments, including Insurance, Banking, Pharmacy, Life Science, FMCG, Retail, Travel and Leisure.

Blue Ocean SWS is a recognized expert in the area of start-up coaching, M&A, Internet Policy Consulting, Internet Crime and Compliance and Marketing Research Solutions, running M&A projects and acting as a strategic partner and business angel for various start-ups in the field of Semantic Intelligence.

Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber

Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber is regarded as the father of modern Artificial Intelligence.

His lab's deep learning methods (since the early 1990s) have revolutionised machine learning and AI, and are now available to billions of users through the world’s most valuable public companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu.

His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and optimal universal problem solvers. His formal theory of creativity & curiosity & fun explains art, science, music, and humor.

He is recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award "for pioneering contributions to deep learning and neural networks," and president of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.