The era of digital augmentation is not in front of us, but rather surrounding us. The enhancement of presence and perception through the use of code-driven content has pushed our communication skills and language to new heights while exposing us to new levels of awareness and potentials.
Augmentation of empathy, freedom, wellbeing, intelligence, education, governance, creativity, economics, politics, and more, gives us the ability to observe ourselves from parallel vantage points, understand our genetic heritage and structure, design our cognitive processes and social identities. Through this, we can isolate our internal mechanisms and create interactions that are customized by our intention and personalized for our own needs and wishes. And, for the first time, we are not simply interacting with data but rather becoming part of the data that sets our potential trajectories into the future.
Areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics, biotechnology, neuro-technology, automation and fast-tracking, behavioral science will drive the creation of new economic models and social interaction that will require less and less of the “traditional human” interfaces and will, in a sense, leave us facing the emptiness of meaning.
In a world where screens are more comfortable than reality, and digital egos control the narratives of existence, where a colony on Mars is closer than ever before, and dopamine addiction is worse than another drug, the one question we need to ask “is what does it mean to be human?”
The Internet is a medium where finally all are equal, and democracy wins... Or does it? We know that the threat from totalitarian regimes swaying people's opinions in vital political decisions through online propaganda is higher than ever. We know that the digital divide and exclusion are advancing. We also know that the surveillance state is being normalized, and the right to privacy is shrinking, while phenomena such as free/open source or creative commons are being taken over by large corporations. In this Fire Chat, we would like to discuss the future of technology and the internet in the context of knowledge equity, empowerment, and information access, and strike a balance between technoutopism and the Black Mirror scenarios.
In this talk, Poppy will discuss the transformative role consumer technology paired with AI can play in supporting our health diagnostics, well-being, and remote medicine. How the ubiquity of sensors in our environments, in our consumer devices, and on our bodies as wearable technologies, all paired with AI, is becoming one of the most powerful indicators of our health – gathering and learning the signatures of the biological digital footprints we share from our breath, heart rate, vocal patterns, and more.
Even the earbuds we wear to listen to music can provide health insights to indicate if we should contact a doctor. This presents an unprecedented opportunity to gather rich personal data to empower health professionals to provide truly personalized medical assessment and treatment plans through remote diagnostics. All from our own living rooms. By using the same devices we use to listen to music or watch a movie, Poppy will share what is the future of mental health treatment and how we can be part of improving our own safety, the safety of the frontline healthcare workers, and increase our own quality of care
"A ripple effect occurs when an initial disturbance to a system propagates outward to disturb an increasingly larger portion of the system, like ripples expanding across the water when an object is dropped into it.”
With this series of talks, we will explore the idea of the positive impact that spreads as one builds a business with a complete, committed environment around it.
We want to invite leaders to debate the concept that everything that we do has an impact not only on our immediate surroundings but far beyond. Having access to people, time, talent and capacity to innovate, business leaders are the ones capable of creating the Ripple Effect.
Considering the disruptive events of 2020 & 2021 – the COVID-19 pandemic, the movement for racial justice, the intensification of geo-political conflicts - we want to inspire everyone to transform their frustration into a new energy, allowing them to create trust-based environments committed to sustainability, and to foster the opportunity for everyone to develop their potential, whether they are a customer, an employee or an investor.
Stephen Langton will open the session with our observations about clear themes and patterns that are emerging and will shape the happiness and impact of leaders. Stephen will share our firm view about the fundamental importance of vulnerability.
Jeri Doris, Chief People Officer at one of the fastest scaling European tech companies, shares her lived experience of scaling from 5,000 to 30,000 while at the same time creating an engaged and impact-driven employee population where everyone can thrive and belong. Throughout the last years, Heros were able to connect even deeper with their purpose and to drive diversity initiatives, Tech Academy, partnership with the World Food Programme, and their ambition of becoming Carbon Neutral. While being fully global they connected deeply with both local societal needs and their competitors to search for a platform vision that reconciles their business model with the European values that underpin our societies.
Humanity possesses great gifts of collaboration and creativity. And yet, too long modern society's efforts have been in opposition to the biosphere. With over 15+ years at the edge of emergent culture, from Burning Man to Occupy Wall St, Ian MacKenzie will weave a potent portrait of how to reorient ourselves, and toward a new lovership with an environment.
Companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die.
Thus are you interested how a range of powerful technologies are transforming the world and drive a period of significant disruption and/or opportunity depending on the company’s as well as our mindset?
At Masters&Robots Peter Diamandis, recently named by Fortune Magazine one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, will explains the rapid growth of key exponential technologies, including Spatial Web and Web 3.0, and how it will transform every aspect of our lives, from retail and advertising, to work and education, to entertainment and social interaction.
Peter will also discuss the ‘Space Race’ that is currently happening: individuals concentrating massive wealth, the explosion of material sciences, and how the field of artificial intelligence has taken simulation to the next level.
Have you ever thought how would Longevity and age reversal change your life? Your plans? How much impact you could create in the world? At his keynote, Diamandis will elaborate on the fact that we are edging closer toward a dramatically extended health span where 100 years-old can become the new 60.
Diamandis will also do a deep dive into Quantum computing - imagine a computer that could crack the most sophisticated network in a mere few seconds. Perfectly model complex weather and biological systems. What could you do with such computational power? Invent new drugs? Create simulations of multiple universes? What about optimizing your investment portfolio?
The use of data to measure ESG outcomes is a young science that is increasingly critical for reliable ESG practices, where adequate governance will result in sustainable environmental and social outcomes. Ultimately, the goal is to uphold organizations’ long-term sustainability, and thus our very lifestyle in our hyperconnected world where individuals, companies, and organizations rely on each other at numerous levels. We will define ESG and its importance, as a crucial factor to integrate into organizations’ core business operations. We will also discuss the material financial risks that disregarding ESG implies, as companies are increasingly facing pressure from several fronts to incorporate sustainable practices, particularly in the realm of cybersecurity in today’s digital world. In this context, we will present the role of data to bring transparency and accountability across ESG practices through emerging innovations.
In the last 40 years, the cost of solar panels has dropped by an astounding factor of 500. In the last decade alone, solar and batteries have dropped in price by a factor of 10, offshore wind has become suddenly cost-competitive with coal, and electric vehicles have gone from obscurity to accounting for all of the growth of the automotive industry. These trends will not stop. As the cost of clean energy and electric mobility continues to drop, the $6 Trillion a year energy industry faces its largest ever disruption. And numerous other industries – from transportation to shipping to railways to real estate – will be disrupted along the way. Ramez Naam illustrates the pace of this disruption, and provides 4 pieces of concrete advice on how to thrive in the face of it.
How to recognize the need for change and embrace it during difficult times? How to build a sense of self-worth and empower our ability to determine own choices? How to be steadfast in influencing on social change for themselves and others? And finally how to raise children to be geniuses and live a happier, healthier, and fun-filled life? There is only one person who can answer these questions. For the very first time in Poland, we will talk with Maye Musk – the world's most famous innovator’s mother and woman with an extraordinary personal and professional history, who continues to be an inspiration to many generations. In an exclusive interview, Olga Kozierowska will ask her about throwing herself into the deep end, moments of uncertainty and overcoming them. This is the only such conversation about empowerment in daily life, business and society.
In the world of hacking, disrupting and upgrading, purpose is one of the few life activities we can’t outsource to anybody else other than us. Purpose is a deeply psychological and personal journey one embarks on more than once throughout a lifetime. If done right, the journey becomes just as important as the destination.
Purpose is the talk of the town, notably in business circles, and is particularly relevant as we try to make sense of the pandemic “new normal”. However, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to what it actually means to pursue one’s purpose. Is there one big purpose we should search for? Is our purpose discovered or developed, or both? Does persistence and profits ever trump passion and purpose? To answer these and many other questions please come join eminent psychologist and mindhacker Patrycja Slawuta as she breaks down the newest research around the psychology of purpose.
During this session, we want to show how Marketing with Purpose can drive through trusted brand experiences. Microsoft has conducted several consumer research studies to understand the drivers of a trusted relationship and what actions brands can take to grow trust, brand value and increase purchase intent.
What we learned is brands have an amazing opportunity to create relationships with people that lead to incredible loyalty. We’ve poured these results into an actionable playbook outlining how to plan and execute in three important areas in marketing to build trust: responsibility, values, and inclusion.
What disrupt organizations in 2021? Where the disruption might come from in near future? How to quickly adapt to disruption and leverage digital opportunities to not only restore business operations but also take advantage of changed conditions and successfully execute a digital transformation to empower employees and create a new hybrid work culture. Today’s leaders understand that they need to fundamentally rethink and change how they operate. Organizations that successfully manage digital transformation are efficiently empowering employees and creating a new hybrid work culture. During this Roundtable Discussion, four distinguished experts will discuss how to capitalize on the changed conditions for building digital capability and optimize operations to keep employees safe and secure as well as engage customers in new ways.
Data is a vital resource. But ultimately the real value of data lies in the insights that flow from it. Bottom line? If you’re over-focused on the data, you’re missing the point. From the outset of their data-driven transformation journeys, organizations must also focus on how they’ll unlock value from their overarching enterprise data platform through “systems of insight”. This is where Insights Integration is so critical – a strategy that can ensure the organization maximizes value from its digital investments by resolving complexity across internal functions, public cloud platforms, and ecosystems of partners and providers.
Related Events Perception of space – whether it is physical, digital, topological, quantum, or hyper – requires particular kinds of interactive and cognitive processes through which we become aware of the relative positions of objects around us. Our techno-aesthetic inquiries into how we make sense of spaces focus on revealing numerous meanings of this awareness from the intersection of post-digital architecture, neuroscience, technology, and machine learning. In this lecture, I will discuss how audio-visual, immersive, and interactive media arts help us overcome the limitations of perspectival representation and play a crucial role in the symbiotic relationship between perception and imagination.
Istanbul native Refik Anadol is a media artist, director and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence. His body of work puts creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. Using data as his primary material, he creates site-specific sculptures, live audio/visual performances and immersive installations that encourage us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, its temporal and spatial dimensions and the creative potential of machines.
How can we make technologies that surround us to become emotion-aware and our interactions with them more personalized, relevant and authentic? To develop systems based on AI, which will have a profound understanding of human needs and behaviour, we need to equip them with empathy, as they must generate real-time insights that arise from emotional intelligence, voice and text communication. During this edition of Masters & Robots five global experts will discuss what empathetic assistants are capable of today and what will they be able to do tomorrow. They will also tell us what should we do to avoid building bias into those systems and prevent them to crossing previously identified moral, privacy and ethics lines.
Do people still have important roles to play in our technology-driven future? What separates companies that can put cutting-edge technologies to use from those that fail or stagnate? In this informative, inspirational, wide-ranging and practical talk Dr. McAfee will address these questions. He'll show how minds and machines can best come together, how companies are using artificial intelligence to improve innovation, execution, and customer service, and why in the future we'll need people more than ever before. Drawing on cutting-edge science and real world examples, he'll show the great promise of technological progress, and how we've hardly yet begun to realize its benefits.
The interests of global big tech companies and national governments seem to be on a collision trajectory. Social media platforms and the ICT conglomerates rule the world with billions of users and yearly income higher than budgets of most of independent states. From a global business perspective, politics is far from being innovative and it looks outdated. The politicians focus much more on national political battles and international organizations weaken. Is this true?
The scandal around foreign interference in social media which had an impact on American presidential elections and on Brexit referendum in 2016 opened a new chapter in the relations between big tech and public sector. The western institutions pushed back looking for ways to control and regulate the internet and social media companies as well as digital markets.
In February 2021, Facebook entered into a huge clash with the government of Australia around the copy rights for its content. The PM said the global ICT companies may change the world but should not rule it. The country's parliament amended a law requiring tech platforms to negotiate with publishers over payment for news stories, followed by deals between Facebook and Google with media corporations.
In this Fire Chat we would like to discuss the increasing tension between big tech companies and democratic governments in the context of balance of power, future of internet and citizens freedoms. We will try to design possible solutions and shape of the “new world order” in the era of technological revolution.
We need not let the future happen to us, we can create it." With the digital acceleration of the pandemic, the pioneering concept of the metaverse is emerging as a very real albeit digital reality. More than a trend, the metaverse is creating a global economy on track to exceed the current one. The business world must adapt in the face of such accelerating transformation. Entering the metaverse will soon become a necessity for brands. Carl Hayden Smith, a context engineer and cognitive scientist sits at the forefront of digital technology and disruption, in this closing session, in conversation with the futurist Katherine Templar Lewis they discuss the realities emerging in the metaverse, what the future holds and how can businesses enter this world with the right intentions, to build a better tomorrow.