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12: MyLifeBits – Digital Immortality and its Limits

Alpbacher Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
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Hamarabi, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Mozart, Rembrandt, and Euler are immortal  or at least their ideas are. They each recorded their ideas in enduring form that could be passed on to the future. These great ideas, images, music, writing, architecture, and even algorithms will survive as long as people do. Of course these people are dead, but their ideas are effectively immortal. Paper and then the printing press made it easier and less expensive to record, preserve, and disseminate ideas. Voice recorders, cameras, and camcorders now make it easy to record events  and sometimes, even experiences. Moore s Law is bringing recording costs down to the point where you can record everything you see and hear. Digital technologies offer new kinds of information we can convey to the future. They allow almost anyone to create his or her own immortality for any sized community: either a family s future generations or an intellectual community.
The working group  Digital Immortality has the objective target to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the various implications which are associated with such a technology vision. Which technical limits exist, which legal framework has to be taken into consideration, which ethical/religious questions could result from this?

Head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
Direktor, Bildarchiv der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek
Vorstand, Institut für Informationswissenschaft und Wirtschaftsinformatik, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Geschäftsführer Internet Verwaltungs- und BetriebsgmbH.
Freier Publizist und Medienanalytiker
ao. Univ.-Prof. am Institut für Fundamentaltheologie der Universität Graz
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Bay Area Research Center
Regional Technology Officer CSE
Unternehmenssprecher, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Wien

Dipl.-Ing. Helmut LEOPOLD

Head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

Abschluss des Studiums der Informatik als Dipl.-Ing. an der Technischen Universität Wien Alcatel Austria ELIN Forschungszentrum; Forschungsingenieur auf dem Gebiet der Breitband- und Multimediakommunikation Alcatel Austria AG; Leiter der Gruppe Breitbandtechnologie und Strategie In verschiedenen Managementpositionen bei Telekom Austria; In dieser Zeit verantwortete er die Realisierung eines umfassenden Product Life Cycle Prozesses, in dem heute das Gesamtportfolio der Festnetzprodukte der Telekom Austria gesteuert wird.


Direktor, Bildarchiv der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek

obtained a master in History and German Literature at the University of Salzburg. HE obtained a MAS on Library Science
 During his studies he worked in research projects on semiotics and linguistics at the universities of Salzburg and Paris.
 From 1986 on he worked in several departments at the Austrian National Library
 At the Austrian National Library he produced a Multimedia Encyclopedia on the history and the special collections of the Library, and led several research projects concerning digitisation of Cultural Heritage objects
 He is the official representative of the Austrian National Library in the board of directors of European National Libraries CENL.
 He lectured at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna and participated in several research projects of the Austrian Academy of Science and the Austrian Ministry of Culture, Education and Science.
 From 2000 on he worked in several fields for the European Commission. He was partner in the DIGICULT Report (2000 - 2002) and is the Austrian representative in the NRG-group for coordinating digitisation in Europe. In several European projects he worked as researcher, eg. REGNET, TNT, MINERVA, ERPANET.

Mag. Dr. Wolf RAUCH

Vorstand, Institut für Informationswissenschaft und Wirtschaftsinformatik, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

o. Universitätsprofessor an der Universität Klagenfurt Vorstand des Instituts für Informationswissenschaft, Universität Graz Dekan der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät Rektor der Universität Graz Präsident der Österreichischen Rektorenkonferenz Präsident des Fachhochschulrates
 Studium, Doktorat und Habilitation, Universität Wien
 Mitarbeit an der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
 Mitarbeit am International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA in Laxenburg bei Wien
 Mehrjähriger Forschungsaufenthalt in Deutschland
seit 1987


Geschäftsführer Internet Verwaltungs- und BetriebsgmbH.

Studium der Betriebswirtschaft an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Abteilung für Wirtschaftsinformatik WU Wien Senior Berater Card Solutions GmbH Leitender Berater bei CSC Austria AG


Freier Publizist und Medienanalytiker

als Berater im Kern-Projekt-Team für das Linzer "Ars Electronica Center" bei der Mitgestaltung der Grundkonzeption.
 Studium der Germanistik und Philosophie
 Ab 1982 als AHS-Lehrer tätig
 Seit 1990 ständiger freier Mitarbeiter der Wiener "Presse" / Spectrum + Hightech Presse. Etablierte dort frühzeitig eine avancierte Berichterstattung über Computer, Telekom + Digitale Medien sowie deren soziokulturelle "Nebenwirkungen".

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Christian WESSELY

ao. Univ.-Prof. am Institut für Fundamentaltheologie der Universität Graz

Dissertation zu mythologisch verschleierten Gewaltmechanismen im kommerziellen Film und Computerrollenspielen
 Seit 1990 schwerpunktmäßige Forschung im Bereich Theologie und Informationstechnologie / Neue Medien

Gordon BELL

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Bay Area Research Center

B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Vice President of Research and Development, Digital Equipment Corporation - responsible for Digital's products Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University First Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation's Computing Directorate
 Architect of various mini- and time-sharing computers (e.g. the PDP-6) and led the development of DEC's VAX and the VAX Computing Environment.
 Involved in, or responsible for, the design of many products at Digital, Encore, Ardent, and a score of other companies.
 Involved in the design of about 30 multiprocessors; and investor of over 80 startup companies.
 Since 1987 sponsored "The Gordon Bell Prize" for Parallelism administered by a committee from the annual ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing
 Boards and technical advisory boards of Cradle Technology, DiamondCluster Exchange, Dust Inc. and The Vanguard Group
 Founding board member of The Computer History Museum at 1401 Shoreline, Mountain View, CA, established in 1999

Mag. Andreas EBERT

Regional Technology Officer CSE

Managing Consultant für Datenbanklösungen bei Microsoft übernimmt Leitung des Bereichs Enterprise Services mit den Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) und Product Service und Support (PSS) übernimmt Leitung des gesamten Unternehmensbereichs der Enterprise Group mit Enterprise Services und Sales General Manager von Microsoft Österreich
 studierte Wirtschaftsinformatik


Unternehmenssprecher, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Wien

Vertriebsleitung, Marketing, PR, MICRO Datenverarbeitung GesmbH, Wien Produktmanager Microsoft Office, Microsoft Österreich, Wien; ab 1997 Leiter Produktmarketing, ab 1999 Leiter Corporate Marketing
 Kaufmännisches Kurzstudium (WIFI-Wirtschaftsseminar)

Technology Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 09:30Technology brunch sponsored by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 12:00Welcome receptionPlenary
12:00 - 13:30Where Do We Come From?Plenary
14:00 - 16:30TomorrowPlenary
18:00 - 18:30ResponsibilityPlenary
18:30 - 19:30First-world know-how, third-world solutions: a comparison of outcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening reception, sponsored by Alcatel AustriaSocial


07:00 - 13:30Working Group 01: Technological Potentials for Achieving Climate Protection Goals with or without Kyoto-Protocol RatificationBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 02: Low-Carbon Energy SupplyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 03: New Forms of Organization: Best Practice-Methods of Change Management – the Art of Managing ChangeBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 04: Crossing Borders: Overcoming Barriers – Bridging Disciplines – Rethinking CulturesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 05: Space Policy: A New Strategic Challenge for EuropeBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 06: From Vienna to Lisbon? – Challenges for Innovation Policy on EU and National Levels in the Light of the New EU Action Plan for Innovation and the Austrian Efforts for an Innovation StrategyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 07: Man and Machine – Interactions in the Ambient Intelligent SocietyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 08: Security and IdentificationBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 09: Lost in Technology? – Women Careers in Research and TechnologyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 10: Challenges of Regenerative MedicineBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 11: Telematics in Transport – Opportunities for a Mobile SocietyBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Working Group 12: MyLifeBits – Digital Immortality and its LimitsBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Special Event 1: Cooperation in South East Europe – Programs, Projects, InitiativesBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Special Event 2: The Politics of Technology: A Primer on Innovative Developments that Governments Should Embrace to Kick-Start GNPBreakout
07:00 - 13:30Special Event 3: Medical Schools in the International Context – Challenges and OpportunitiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:00Science Policy: the major players in science and research – competition and cooperation, conditions for success “Precompetitive Research”Plenary
15:00 - 16:00Science Policy: the major players in science and research – competition and cooperation, conditions for success “Competitive Research”Plenary
18:00 - 20:00Information transfer and processingPlenary


07:00 - 07:45The Ig Nobel PrizesPlenary
07:45 - 08:00Alpbach 2004 – My personal resuméePlenary
08:00 - 08:30Alpbach 2004 – resumée Junior AlpbachPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Seeing Beyond the Light: Technology and Patient s Benefit on the Example of Molecular ImagingPlenary
10:30 - 11:15Closing statementPlenary
11:30 - 12:00Farewell reception sponsored by Microsoft AustriaSocial