The keynote speakers for 2019

Experience an international line-up of speakers from academia and business practice at the first “Future of Work in Smart Industries” conference. Leading experts will be examining the topics of the future today using both classic presentations and interactive formats. Deep dive panels, best-case presentations and question & answer sessions will also create a relevance to current business practice. 

Further details will follow shortly. The list of our speakers is being continually updated.

Richard David Precht, Philosoph und Publizist

Opening Keynote

"The Digital Revolution: we are rearranging the deckhairs on the Titanic"

Everybody knows that our world is currently undergoing rapid change. But how are we reacting to it? Some people are celebrating the digital future with frightening naivety and await the changes just as patiently as they would wait for a change in the weather. And politicians don't seem to be taking this major upheaval seriously. They are simply rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. Others warn about the dictatorship of the big digital corporates in Silicon Valley. And others would rather simply bury their heads in the sand and go back to the past.

Richard David Precht, on the other hand, shows us a more desirable future in the Digital Age. Is the end of the meritocracy as we know it, a loss at all? Precht believes it offers us the chance to live a more fulfilling and self-determined life. But we need to set the right course now and make consistent changes to our social system. After all, the future does not simply appear - we are the ones that shape it! The question is not "How are we going to live?" but "How do we want to live?"

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Ralf Neuhäuser, Human Cyborg 


About being a Cyborg

"I was fascinated by "cyberpunk" at an early age and read novels by Gibson, Spinrad, Sterling etc. So deciding to become a cyborg myself was a matter of minutes. My initial impulse was to become a little bit more like my Neuromancer heroes Case and Molly, so the first implant was both "a small step" yet also "a giant leap". However, I'm not just concerned with the romantic imitation of literary role models. What really drives my own personal development is an urge to make progress, to overcome fears, to explore personal limits and to inspire fellow human beings."

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Christian Boos, Vice President, Head of Go-to-Market, Future of Work, SAP SE


"Remaining human in a digitalised world“

The next industrial revolution has already begun and our working world is undergoing a drastic transformation. However, it is not robots and algorithms that are making the difference but people who are driving forward innovation and change. How can the focus be moved onto the core competencies of people, their creativity and agility, in this increasingly digitalised age?   

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Dr. Marc Beise


Business Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Born in Mainz in 1959, he has been Business Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 2007. He trained as a journalist with the Offenbach-Post where he was editor of the Politics, Business and News section from 1985. He later wrote for the Handelsblatt, and was Editor of Economic Policy before he left. He studied Law and Economics in Frankfurt, Lausanne and Tübingen and wrote his doctorate on the World Trade Organisation.

Beise is the author of numerous books on political and business issues.

He regularly takes part in television and radio discussions, lectures, moderations of forums and business events.

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