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
"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?"
Born in Solingen in 1964, Precht studied Philosophy, German Studies and Art History in Cologne where he obtained his doctorate (Dr. phil.) in German Studies in 1994. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Cologne from 1991 to 1995. He was a research fellow at the Chicago Tribune and recipient of a scholarship at the European Center for Journalism in Berlin from 2000 to 2001. He later worked as a columnist for the magazine “Literaturen” and a moderator of the WDR radio programme “Tageszeichen”. He also discussed philosophical questions for the cultural magazine “west.art” and was guest moderator of “Sternstunde Philosophie” on Swiss television. Precht has written numerous bestselling books and publications. He was a member of the jury for the Adolf-Grimme Prize for ten years and was a member of the jury for the Henri-Nannen Prize in 2012.
Precht has been hosting the ZDF programme “Precht” since 2012 for which he was awarded the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award) in 2013. Precht has been Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2011 and also Honorary Professor for Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Hans Eisler School of Music in Berlin since 2012.
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."
Ralf Neuhäuser was born in 1965 and is an ambassador of the Düsseldorf Factory Campus, a 34,000 m² co-working space and startup hub in a former machine factory. After training to become a goldsmith, he began his personal digitalisation as part of a completely analogous design course by purchasing an absurdly expensive Apple Macintosh and teaching himself 3D CGI and web programming. His multifaceted career has included a job in the IT department of a large insurance company, a role as web developer in Europe's leading PR agency, freelance work in the same area, co-founding a makerspace, lecturing at a civil service academy and much more.
His presentation will report on the current status of his digital transformation.
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?
Christian Boos combines over 20 years of experience in the fields of consultancy and business development with a deep understanding of technology and its effects on people. In his role as head of the business unit SAP Machine Learning Business Development in the Global Innovation Center Network of SAP, he has been inspired by the vision of the man-machine interface and has been helping to adjust machine learning capabilities to business processes to create intelligent business applications. In his current position as Vice President, Future of Work Go-to-Market, he and his team help companies to create an innovation culture with the help of innovative HR software solutions.
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.