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04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?

Breakout / Working Group
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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

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Christoph KLEIN

Director, Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, Vienna

Assistententätigkeit, Universität Salzburg; Post Graduate und Forschungsprojekt, Universität Stockholm; Gerichtspraxis Referent, Abteilung Sozialpolitik und Organisationsentwicklung, AK - Arbeiterkammer, Wien Abteilungsleiter-Stv. der Abteilung Sozialpolitik Bereichsleiter, Soziales und Mitglied, Managementteams, AK - Arbeiterkammer, Wien


Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna

Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in Graz Arbeiterkammer Steiermark, Rechtsreferent Stadtgemeinde Bruck an der Mur, Fachbereichsleiter Bürgerservice Stellvertretender Landesvorsitzender JG Steiermark Nationalratskandidat der JG Steiermark Bundesvorsitzender der JG Österreich Stellvertretender Landesparteivorsitzender der SPÖ Steiermark Wahl zum Abgeordneten im Europäischen Parlament Wiederwahl zum Abgeordneten im Europäischen Parlament Wahl zum Delegationsleiter der SPÖ Delegation im Europäischen Parlament Wiederwahl zum Delegationsleiter der SPÖ Delegation & Stellvertretender Vorsitzender der S&D Fraktion im Europäischen Parlament Landesrat in der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung
seit 2000

Dr. Dorothee RITZ

General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna

Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung Studies, Law, University Munich Journalist, Gruner + Jahr, Madrid LL.M., Master in European Community Law, University of London Trainee, Bertelsmann AG, Gütersloh Business Manager, VP AOL and Bertelsmann New Media, AOL Bertelsmann Online Europa GmbH and BAG New Media, Hamburg Promotion in European Online Law (Dr. jur.), University Würzburg -2000 Director Business Affairs and Member, Executive Board AOL Australia, AOL Bertelsmann, Online Services, Sydney Executive Vice President Bertelsmann Capital, Strategic Alliances & Marketing and Board Member Bertelmann Capital Division, Bertelsmann AG, Munich, London Founding Member of the German Xchanging Business, Xchanging GmbH, Frankfurt Director MSN and General Manager, Online Services Group, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich General Manager Deutschland, Consumer & Online and Member, Executive Board Microsoft GmbH, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Munich Senior Director Business Strategy, Microsoft International

Mag. Michael ZETTEL

Country Managing Director, Accenture Austria, Vienna

Master, Business Administration and Computer Sciences, Technische Universität Wien Computer Sciences, Leeds Beckett University Senior Manager, Accenture Head of Project Management, Austria Wirtschaftsservice Managing Director, Camadeus Film Technologies Managing Director - Health & Public Services, Accenture, Vienna
since 2011

Mag. Corinna MILBORN

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

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

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