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04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Artificial intelligence is supposed to help us make more out of the 24 hours we are allotted each day. Our new mechanised colleagues revolutionise countless sectors already. Increasingly, machines are also advancing into our daily lives. Is there space left for the human being?

Director, Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, Vienna
Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna
General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna
Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna
PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna Chair

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Christoph KLEIN

Director, Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, Vienna

1987-1997 Referent, Abteilung Sozialpolitik und Organisationsentwicklung, AK - Arbeiterkammer, Wien
1998-2002 Abteilungsleiter-Stv. der Abteilung Sozialpolitik
2003-2009 Bereichsleiter, Soziales und Mitglied, Managementteams, AK - Arbeiterkammer, Wien
seit 2009 Generaldirektor-Stv. im Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger


Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

1995-1999 Arbeiterkammer Steiermark, Rechtsreferent
1998-2004 Stadtgemeinde Bruck an der Mur, Fachbereichsleiter Bürgerservice
1994-2000 Stellvertretender Landesvorsitzender JG Steiermark
1999 Nationalratskandidat der JG Steiermark
2000-2002 Bundesvorsitzender der JG Österreich
seit 2000 Stellvertretender Landesparteivorsitzender der SPÖ Steiermark
2004 Wahl zum Abgeordneten im Europäischen Parlament
2009 Wiederwahl zum Abgeordneten im Europäischen Parlament
2009 Wahl zum Delegationsleiter der SPÖ Delegation im Europäischen Parlament
2014 Wiederwahl zum Delegationsleiter der SPÖ Delegation & Stellvertretender Vorsitzender der S&D Fraktion im Europäischen Parlament
2015-2016 Landesrat in der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung
seit 2016 Bundesminister für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie

Dr. Dorothee RITZ

General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna

1987-1994 Studies, Law, University Munich
1990 Journalist, Gruner + Jahr GmbH, Madrid
1994-1995 LL.M., Master in European Community Law, University of London
1995 Trainee, Bertelsmann AG, Gütersloh
1996-1997 Business Manager, Vice President, AOL and Bertelsmann New Media, AOL Bertelsmann Online Europa GmbH and BAG New Media, Hamburg
1996-1998 Promotion in European Online Law (Dr. jur.), University Würzburg
1998-2000 Director Business Affairs and Member, Executive Board AOL Australia, AOL Bertelsmann, Online Services, Sydney
2000-2003 Executive Vice President Bertelsmann Capital, Strategic Alliances & Marketing and Board Member Bertelmann Capital Division, Bertelsmann AG, Munich, London
2003-2004 Founding Member, German Xchanging Business, Xchanging GmbH, Frankfurt
2004-2008 Director MSN and General Manager, Online Services Group, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich
2008-2011 General Manager, Consumer and Online, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH; Member, Executive Board, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich
2012-2015 Senior Director Business Strategy, Microsoft International
since 2015 General Manager, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Vienna

Mag. Michael ZETTEL

Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna

1998-1999 Computer Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds
2000-2009 Senior Manager, Accenture Austria, Vienna
2009-2010 Head, Project Management, Austria
2010-2011 Managing Director, Camadeus Film Technologies, Burbank, CA
since 2011 Managing Director, Health & Public Services, Accenture Austria, Vienna
since 2016 Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna

Mag. Corinna MILBORN

PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna

 Studium Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte in Wien, Granada, Guatemala
1998-2002 Pressesprecherin und Globalization Officer beim WWF Österreich
seit 2003 Journalistin und Autorin mit den Schwerpunkten Globalisierung, Menschenrechte, Migration
seit 2003 Politikredakteurin beim Wirtschaftsmagazin Format
2006-2008 Recherchen, Beratung und Aufnahmeleitungen für den Dokumentarfilm "Let's Make Money" von Erwin Wagenhofer
2007-2012 Moderation, Club 2, ORF
2010-2012 Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin, News
seit 2012 Moderatorin, Pro und Contra - Der AustriaNews Talk, PULS 4
seit 2013 Informationsdirektorin, Prosieben Sat1 PULS4
2013-2014 Moderatorin, "Die letzten Zeugen" von Doron Rabinovici und Matthias Hartmann, Burgtheater Wien

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ PentlandPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Business 2050: Europe’s search for the competitive edgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 20:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


06:00 - 07:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:45 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
07:00 - 08:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments – curse or blessing?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment – an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: “The power of we”: conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: It’s the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends – conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn’t it be better to break out of the prisoner’s dilemma altogether?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Don’t confuse trying with doing!Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage – curse or blessing?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 08:30Alpbach Hike: resources – from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 09:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
09:45 - 10:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner