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03: What Can and Should AI Do? What Kind of Regulation Does Innovation Need?

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

While AI develops rapidly, our ethical framework lags behind. The example of artificial intelligence makes it clear that in the interplay between humans and machines, we still have many unanswered questions. First and foremost: who should be responsible for regulating future technologies?

Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten
General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna
Director, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester
Portfolio Entrepreneur; Former Chairman NEOS - The New Austria and Liberal Forum, Vienna
Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna Chair

Dr. Andreas J. LUDWIG

Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten

 Master and Doctorate Law Degree, University of Vienna
 Business Management and Economics, WU -. Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
 Professional Management Degree, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
1984-1985 Assistant, Wiener Treuhand- und WirtschaftsberatungsgmbH, Vienna
1986 Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, Swarovski America Ltd, Rhode Island, NE
1987-1990 Vice President Finance, Daniel Swarovski Corp., Männedorf
1991-1993 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Zale Corporation, Swarovski Group, Dallas, TX
1994-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Tyrolit Group, Swarovsky Group, Schwaz
2001-2003 Managing Director, UBS Warburg, London
2003-2010 Chief Executive Officer, Zumtobel Group, Dornbirn
2010-2015 Chief Executive Officer, Umdasch AG, Amstetten
2016 Executive Chairman, Umdasch Group AG, Amstetten

Dr. Dorothee RITZ

General Manager, Microsoft Austria, Vienna

1987-1990 Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung
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

Bernd Carsten STAHL

Director, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester

1987-1997 Officer, German Army
1997-2000 Research Assistant, PhD student, University of Witten, Herdecke
2003-2003 Lecturer, German and Management Information Systems, University College Dublin
since 2003 Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester
since 2010 Director, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester

Mag. Dr. Matthias STROLZ

Portfolio Entrepreneur; Former Chairman NEOS - The New Austria and Liberal Forum, Vienna

1991-1998 Studium Internationale Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Politikwissenschaft, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
1993-2008 Ausbildungen und internationale Lehrgänge zum Management-Trainer und Systemischen Berater
1994-1995 International Marketing and Management, Dublin City University
1996-1998 Vorsitzender der Hochschülerschaft, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
1997-2001 Freischaffender Trainer und Journalist
2000-2001 Parlamentarischer Mitarbeiter
2001-2003 Dissertation, IFF - Organisationsentwicklung, Universität Klagenfurt
2001-2008 Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter, ic2 consulting GmbH, Wien
2008-2012 Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter, promitto organisationsberatung GmbH, Wien
2013-2018 Klubvorsitzender, Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat, NEOS und LIF, Wien
seit 2002 Lehrbeauftragter, Universitäten und Master-Lehrgänge
seit 2012 Vorsitzender, NEOS - Das Neue Österreich, Wien

Rainer NOWAK

Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna

1992-1997 Study of History and Political Science (without completing)
1994 Freelancer "Vorarlberger Nachrichten"
1996 Entry to "Die Presse"
2002 Editor, Domestic Policy Department, "Die Presse", Vienna
2004 Appointment to Department head "Chronik/Wien", "Die Presse", Vienna
2009 Appointment to Editorial Director for the new "Presse am Sonntag", Vienna
2010 Appointment to Head of Domestic Policy, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2012 Editor-in-Chief, "Die Presse", Vienna
since 2014 Publisher, "Die Presse", Vienna
2017 Appointment as Managing Director, "Die Presse", Vienna

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 15:45The New World Trade (Dis)orderPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the WorldPlenary
16:00 - 17:00Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A ControversyPlenary
17:15 - 18:15Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?Plenary


08:00 - 08:30“On the Agenda” BreakfastSocial
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Data and the Future of WorkPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Sustained MobilityPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Responsible BusinessesPlenary
09:30 - 10:30Managing Insecurity or Managing in Security?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Company Future Under Scrutiny? Scenarios from Limitation to LiberationBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: How Data Determines the Fortunes of States, Corporations and IndividualsBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: What Can and Should AI Do? What Kind of Regulation Does Innovation Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Freedom of Choice vs. Regulation When Switching to Alternative DrivesBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to Avoid the Commodity Trap?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: The Liberty of Offensive PlayBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: ‘Ecosystems’ of Digital Champions: How Can Other Businesses Keep Up?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Ready for the Future – Which Skills Do We Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: We and The Digital World – Society and Business in TransitionBreakout
12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 7Culture
12:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 14:30Loggia-TalkPartner
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Free Trade – of Course!? Can Free Trade Enjoy Sustainable Success?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: How Vulnerable Is Our Economy?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Yellow Vests and Energy Poverty: Questions of Distribution in Climate and Energy PolicyBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Open Talent Economy – Seeking New Approaches in an Uncertain World of WorkBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Safe Nutrition – Between Individual Self-Realization and Societal GoalsBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Erosion of Trust Undermines Economic Behavior. How to Restore it?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Digital Identity: Brave New World?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The Spy You Love in Your PocketBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: How to Cope with Complexity: A Playful Session with Eigenland®Breakout
16:15 - 17:15Unleashing Europe’s Digital PotentialPlenary
17:15 - 18:00Gearing Up For CyberattacksPlenary
18:15 - 19:00Huge Stage of IdeasPlenary
18:30 - 20:30Viennese Wednesday Society of Trade – Edition Alpbach: Consumer Protection in Between Climate Crisis and DigitizationPartner
20:30 - 21:45Alpbach Special: Schrödinger’s Duck in Schrödinger’s HallCulture
22:00 - 23:55Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:0019th Alpbach Europe Breakfast: Europe on the MovePartner
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
09:00 - 09:30“On the Agenda” BreakfastSocial
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: Powering the Energy TransitionPlenary
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: The Role of Finance in SocietyPlenary
09:30 - 10:15On the Agenda: Connected IndustriesPlenary
10:30 - 11:00How to Navigate Global TransformationsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready BusinessesPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Balcony Scene 8Culture
15:00 - 16:00Loggia TalkPartner