Events | Morals & Machines

Berlin | June 27, 2018 | 7:00 PM – June 28, 2018 | 5:40 PM

What does the future hold for humanity and our species? Technical revolutions of the last century, digitizing processes, the rise of artificial intelligence as well as genetic engineering seem to offer endless possibilities for human evolution. As robots are becoming more autonomous, the notion of computer-controlled machines facing ethical decisions is moving out of the science fiction sphere and into the real world. Our society therefore needs to find solutions to improve our ways of making moral judgements, to challenge AI and to develop rules managing machine learning systems.


WirtschaftsWoche is not only shaping a visionary day, but giving “Morals & Machines” due attention: In the course of an exclusive pre-event evening on June 27 starting at 7 pm, we’re initiating the discussions and entering new European AI strategy dimensions – speaking to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Special Guest “Sophia” from Hanson Robotics.・More Information



10:00 KICK-OFF Miriam Meckel, Publisher, WirtschaftsWoche


THE FUTURE OF HUMANKIND – TECHNICAL REVOLUTIONS VS. CONSCIOUSNESS・Moderation: Léa Steinacker, Chief Innovation Officer, WirtschaftsWoche

10:05 FUTURE FORECAST: Homo deus – are humans and machines merging to cyborgs? Miriam Meckel in conversation with Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli Historian & Bestselling Author

11:05 KEYNOTE: Artificial intelligence for competitive advantage – verifying European approaches.

11:35 ENERGY BOOST Networking break & interaction in the “AI Experience Area“


STATEMENTS & POWER TALK・Industry & science – investigating morality and machine intelligence

12:05 SCIENCE STATEMENTS Developing algorithm decision-making systems Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig, Director of Study for Social Computing, TU Kaiserslautern

12:20 Networks of control – about human behavior and ethical conflicts Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff, Director for Management Information Systems, WU Wien

12:35 Challenging algorithms of oppression Dr. Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor,Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California

12:50 TECHNOLOGY POWER TALK・What’s next for AI? Exploring machine learning technologies. Astrid Maier, Chief Correspondent, WirtschaftsWoche Quarterly in Power Talk with Deborah Harrison, Writing Manager for Cortana & AI, Microsoft and Martina Koederitz, Global Industry Managing Director, IBM

13:20 THE ACADEMIC CHALLENGE・Questioning new tech dimensions – are we going to programme ethics in 2030? Dr. Safiya Noble, Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff and Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig vs. Deborah Harrison and Martina Koederitz

13:45 NETWORKING BUSINESS LUNCH feat. „Reflection Rounds“・Reflecting on the future of humankind, discussing visionary scenarios and questioning intelligent systems – an interactive mission we‘ll approach during our extended lunch break in “reflexion rounds“: We‘ll thematise previous topics and speakers and deepen trains of thoughts – at talkative round tables.



15:00 BRIGHT SPOT・Technology to increase accessibility and enhance human lives Talk with Haben Girma, Disability Rights Lawyer & Author

15:20 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS・Ethics in application – about “Corporate Digital Responsibility” and new ways of making business

16:05 ENERGY BOOST・Networking break & interaction in the “AI Experience Area“

16:35 TECH & ETHICS ON THE GROUND・Live switches to Lea Deuber, China Correspondent, WirtschaftsWoche and Matthias Hohensee, Silicon Valley Correspondent, WirtschaftsWoche

16:55 TECH MECCA CHALLENGE・Fighting bias in algorithms Joy Buolamwini, Poet of Code & Founder, Algorithmic Justice League (Video)

17:15 FOOD FOR THOUGHT・Technology bringing our society together while driving it apart Zeynep Tufekci, Techno-sociologist



St. Elisabeth
Invalidenstraße 4a, 10115 Berlin

This Event is supported by Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House

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