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17: The RenAIssance: Brave New World

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Some see it as the beneficial driving force of “The Digital Revolution”, others speak of it as “Our Final Invention”. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is considered one of the key technologies of the 21st century, deemed likely to reshape significant parts of economy and our society alike.
In this seminar, we critically assess the chances and risks posed by the expected large-scale introduction of artificially intelligent technology. We look at how individuals and societies can prepare for the advent of AI. What are the plausible economic, political, social, and personal ramifications of mechanised intelligence? What are the accompanying ethical, technological, sociological, and educational questions which we will have to answer?


Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria, London
Head, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vienna
Research Associate, TZI - Center for Computing and Communication Technologies, Digital Media Lab, University of Bremen Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Tübingen Chair

Dr. Hermann HAUSER

Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.; Member, ERA Council Forum Austria, London

1973 MA in Physics, University of Vienna
1977 Ph.D. in Physics, King's College, Cambridge University
1978-1984 Co-founder (later Chairman); Lead, Research and Development team (BBC micro); Head, team ARM micro processor; Acorn Computers, Cambridge
1986 Vice President Research, Olivetti, Ivrea, Italy
1986 Founder Director, Harlequin, Cambridge
1987 Helped with formation, a joint venture between Acorn and Apple Computers, ARM Ltd, Cambridge
1988 Founder, Active Book Company, Cambridge
1991 Co-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer - acquired Active Book Company, EO Incorporated, Mountain View, California
1992 Founder Director, Vocalis, Cambridge
1993 Founder and Chairman, Advanced Telecommunications Modules Ltd, Cambridge (changed name to Virata Corporation and merged with Globespan in 2003 and Conexant in 2004)
1993 Founder Director, joint venture with E*Trade US. Sold to E*Trade US in 2000, Electronic Share Information Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director - Acquired by CDT, Advanced Displays Ltd, Cambridge
1993 Founder Director, SynGenix, Cambridge
1996 Founder, NetChannel, San Francisco, California (sold to AOL in 1998)
since 1997 Co-founder and Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners Limited
1998 Co-founder, Cambridge Network Ltd, Cambridge

Dr. Tarek R. BESOLD

Research Associate, TZI - Center for Computing and Communication Technologies, Digital Media Lab, University of Bremen

2004-2009 M.Sc. in Mathematics, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
2010-2011 Logic Year, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam
2011-2014 Ph.D., Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University, Osnabrück
2014 Visiting Researcher, CISA - Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, University of Edinburgh
 Since 2016 Research Associate, Digital Media Lab, Center for Computing and Communication Technologies, University of Bremen
2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, KRDB - Research Centre for Knowledge and Data, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Dr. Alexandra KIRSCH

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Tübingen

2003-2007 Doctoral Researcher, Technische Universität München
2007-2008 Strategy consultant, Booz & Company, Munich
2008-2012 Senior Research Scientist, Department of Computer Sciene, Technische Universität München
since 2012 Assistant professor for Computer Science, University of Tübingen

Seminar Week

show timetable


17:00 - 17:45Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
17:45 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: Art - in conflictSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don't mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in ActionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products - responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar


19:00 - 20:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary


19:00 - 22:00Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperationBreakout


19:00 - 21:30The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldBreakout