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Research & Innovation

Future Talk: From blockchains to serious games

Where is the digital transformation leading? At the Research & Innovation conference forum researchers are taking a look into the future.

02 Feb. 2017
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Who will win the CeBIT Innovation Award? Who else will stand on the podium? Will a special award be presented in 2017? These questions will be answered on the first day of CeBIT by Federal Minister Prof. Johanna Wanka, Oliver Frese, member of the CeBIT managing board, and jury chairman Prof. Gesche Joost. The 100,000 euro prize is awarded by Deutsche Messe AG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The award ceremony will be held at the Future Talk Forum in CeBIT's research Hall 6 .

Future Talk – which is held every day during CeBIT from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – is "the place for information, innovation and inspiration," as organizer Reinhard Karger from the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) emphasizes. "In this open event forum, prizes are awarded, excellent ideas discussed, and the day's hot topics and this year'’s trends will be presented, including neural networks, deep learning and artificial intelligence."

"The spectacular opening on March 20 will be followed by compact presentations and intense discussions," explains Reinhard Karger. "In general we will be dealing with the future of computer science, IT research, digital transformation, the level of knowledge, and the projections for the coming months."

Topics such as "Blockchain: Hype or cross-sector disruption", smart data in energy, mobility and health, smart cities, and "Seas and Oceans", the topic for the BMBF Research Year 2016/17 will be addressed in detail. Other areas include self-service analytics, "Automaton of process analysis and company wisdom", decentralized production and 3D printing, trends and the future of sensory technologies, virtual assistants, and "autonomous navigation for real construction sites."

"Future Talk will not stay in one place," explains Karger. Two days will focus on specific topics: "Serious Games" (on March 23 in cooperation with Nordmedia) and "Digital Sovereignty" (on March 24 in cooperation with Technology Review). At the fore will be discussions on the impact of digitalization on social reality and the foundation of democracy.