"future talk" explores the digital future and how to prepare for it
Date: Tue, 01/26/2016 - 19:47
Digitalization is everywhere: Serious games are being used to promote learning, Google has bought itself a stake in a German artificial intelligence think tank, and health insurers are now offering special rates for customers who use wearables
Even the shadowy world of international diplomacy is in the throes of digital transformation. All of these themes and more are up for grabs at the CeBIT "future talk" forum. "Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the next hundred years." The prediction comes from no lesser mortal than the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking. And he may well be right, as visitors to CeBIT 2016 will be able to discover for themselves – especially if they head to Hall 6.
Hall 6 houses the Research & Innovation showcase and, in its midst, the "future talk" presentation forum, where experts will explore the challenges and opportunities of the digital future. In the course of more than 100 lectures, live presentations and panel discussions, world-class think tanks, universities and research labs will take stock of the latest research findings, plot current trends and map out standards for the future.
Held on each day of CeBIT, the "future talk" forum will kick off on Monday, 14 March, with an in-depth look at the themes of Artificial Intelligence, Smart Services and Networked Worlds.
This coincides with one of the big program highlights of the CeBIT Monday: the presentation of the nominees for the CeBIT Innovation Award. Carrying a total of € 100,000 in prize money, the CeBIT Innovation Award recognizes pioneering ways of making the world’s increasingly intelligent and complex devices and software solutions easier for users to understand, control and manage. The winner of first prize will be publicly congratulated by Germany’s Education and Research Minister, Prof. Johanna Wanka, during the CeBIT Welcome Night festivities on the Monday evening. All three winners will then be presented with their awards at the "future talk" forum on Tuesday, 15 March.
Apart from that, the Tuesday’s "future talk" program is dedicated to "The Internet of Things, Human-Machine Interaction and Urban Visions." On Wednesday, 16 March, the focus will switch to "Cyber-Physical Systems, Wearables and Augmented Reality."
Serious pursuits and entertainment are not mutually exclusive, as will be made abundantly clear at the Serious Games Conference, which will be staged at the forum on Thursday, 17 March. Serious games are a vehicle for imparting general and technical information in a fun, entertaining way. It will be the ninth time that the Serious Games Conference has been staged at CeBIT. In 2015, its thematic scope was radically expanded, making the conference the first event of its kind in the world to encompass all aspects of applied interactive technologies (APITs) – i.e. gamification, 3D simulation, virtual reality and interactive technologies. The Serious Games Conference is a joint production by nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH and BIU (German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software). It is staged on behalf of the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Transport of the German state of Lower Saxony and in association with CeBIT.
The "future talk" keynote theme for Friday 18 March is "Digital Diplomacy and Nation Branding." As part of the program, the "Germany - Land of Ideas" initiative will explore the impacts of digitalization and globalization on Germany’s domestic and foreign policy. In doing so, it will address a number of key questions like: "In what ways are digitalization and integration changing Germany’s domestic and foreign policy? What effects are information and communication technologies having on German diplomacy?" And: "What effect might digitally networked public diplomacy have on efforts to project a more modern image of Germany internationally?"
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