Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution – Theme Conference

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
POSTCITY, First Floor, Conference Hall

On Friday, the conference moves forward in time to explore current and future prospects of our increasingly digital world. Art and creativity have always been viewed as important contributors to ensuring that future technological implementations will happen under consideration of enlightened, critical and qualified perspectives.

In recent years, we have lost confidence in the impartial and responsible use of our digital technologies and media. We should discuss whether trust in distinguished media outlets needs to be reestablished and the growing role of social media for formation of public opinions should be critically questioned. We should establish a sensible implementation of the emerging autonomous systems into our society, without forfeiting our humane values to economic calculations. Not only the arts, technology and economy are presented with the important task of preserving our humanity on our journey from automatization to autonomization – how can every one of us take an active role in shaping our future?


11:00 – 12:00 Welcome to the Midlife Crisis
Host: Joachim Sauter (DE)
Gerfried Stocker (AT), Walter Ötsch (AT), Martin Rauchbauer (AT/US)
12:00 – 13:30 Creativity, Art & Education
Host: Joachim Sauter (DE)
Lynn Hughes (CA), Hermann Vaske (DE), Rachel Goslins (US)
14:00 – 15:30 Activate & Participate
Host: Manuela Naveau (AT)
Amanda Cox (US), Marta Peirano (ES), Fridays for Future (INT)
15:30 – 17:00 Trajectories
Host: Manuela Naveau (AT)
Sarah Petkus (US), Aza Raskin (US), Andrew Pickering (UK)
18:00 – 19:30 Humanizing AI
Host: Karin Krichmayr (AT)
Martina Mara (AT), Simon Euringer (DE/US), Alexander Mankowsky (DE), Keiichiro Shibuya (JP), Hiroshi Ishii (JP/US), Harald Leitenmüller (AT), Roberto Viola (IT)

Technology and the economy are presented with the important task of making sure that we won’t lose our humanity on our journey from automatization to autonomization. In this panel we dive into the debate of how the leading developers can make sure that AI systems stay humane, fair and responsible.

This panel is part of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.