"Artificial intelligence is the most exciting technological development of our time, and one that will soon revolutionize how we live and work. AI has the power to change the world – which is why it needs to be at CEBIT," says Oliver Frese, Member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Messe AG in Hannover.
Nine months before the new CEBIT starts, it is already clear that AI will dominate many companies’ booths at the trade fair.
IBM was one of the first companies to decide to participate in CEBIT 2018. "With CEBIT moving to a summer slot and being staged as a digital innovation festival, the changes sounded so fascinating that it didn’t take us long to decide to be part of the action," says Martina Koederitz, CEO of IBM Germany and General Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
"We want to breathe life into the new concept and already invite our visitors, whether partners, business decision makers, startups or developers, to join us on a digital journey to a networked world of cloud computing, cognitive and artificial intelligence." IBM will welcome its visitors to CEBIT in two pavilions right beside the new d!campus.
Europe's largest applied research institution, the Fraunhofer Society, is also gearing up for the upcoming trade fair year. The spotlight will be on AI, cognitive systems and learning machines at their trade fair booth in Hall 27. “We focus equally on the digital transformation, its interconnected world of innovative business models and products, and on the associated security and infrastructure requirements,” says Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society.
"However, if we want Germany to be a technology leader in AI in the long term, we need more public debate, not just key technologies – another reason why we are so looking forward to the new CEBIT. After all, trade fairs are more than a bunch of booths – they are places where people congregate and communicate."
d!tec , which offers fascinating insights into the digital future, is the artificial intelligence hotspot at CEBIT. Innovative technologies that are about to hit the market, disruptive business models and new value chain networks will showcase what the future could hold.