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D2030: What would happen if … ?

The initiative D2030 presents the results of its online dialog at CeBIT Future Talk. The title of the theme day is "Digital Sovereignty".

27 Jan. 2017
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The digital transformation not only brings about profound changes to companies, but also to society as a whole. "Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems create completely new production and consequently work worlds," explains Robert Thielicke, editor-in-chief of the magazine Technology Review. "Social media change communication and exert an influence on policy, while digital networking creates new channels for the acquisition of knowledge and thereby changes the education system and the manner in which innovations develop."

What does this development mean for the future of work, education, and democracy? Which influence do big data, learning machines, and automated decisions have on the sovereignty of humans, companies, or even nations? The initiative "D2030 – a Map for the Future" surveyed more than 1,000 experts with regard to developments in relevant economic and social spheres.

The results will be announced and assessed by leading scientists at CeBIT Future Talk on March 24, 2017 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Hall 6, Stand A54). Technology Review will organize the theme day "Digital Sovereignty." Editor-in-chief Robert Thielicke will moderate the lectures and rounds of discussions.

The event opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday with the topic "2030: The Drivers." How will digitization shape the future of Germany? Beate Schulz-Montag and Klaus Burmeister (managing director of Initiative D2030), Stefanie Ollenburg (SIOLLENBURG concept & design), Kai Görlich (SAP), and Dr. Alexander Fink (SCMI AG) provide an overview of the results from the online dialog. They will focus on digital transformation, Industry 4.0 and the job market, prosperity development and political participation, as well as the education system and the climate for innovation.

At 10:45 a.m., the "Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere" will be brought up for discussion. The question will focus on how the media landscape is changing and what does that mean for forming an opinion and knowledge in a democracy? "Automation and the Future of Work" will be on the agenda starting at 11:30 a.m. Prof. Wilhelm Bauer of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO will provide a vision of how work changes in periods of automation.

After lunch the forum continues at 12:45 p.m. with education, science, and innovation – or more precisely: How are the changing requirements to be met by science, innovation, and education? The world as a networked system and the future of artificial intelligence are the topics of Prof. Dr. Lukowicz from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence [DFKI] (requested) who examines autonomous systems and artificial intelligence at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich [ETH Zurich].

"What would happen if … ?": From 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Klaus Burmeister and Robert Thielicke will question four participants from the panel discussion "Digital Germany 2030": Prof. Dr. Lukowicz, (DFKI, requested), Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer (Fraunhofer IAO, requested), Dr. Alex Fink (SCMI), and Kai Görlich (SAP) take a look into the future.

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