The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks 2019

9. September 2019

How can we help turn the European Union into a global technology governance power? Why will norms and standards be the silver bullet of tomorrow’s EU in the world? How can we guarantee that fundamental and human rights are observed throughout digital space, and how can we make artificial intelligence democracy’s best friend?

Working hard to create a trustworthy future

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein
General Director MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

We are living in the second decade of a new phase of modernity, one that started when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in January 2007. This mobile turn, brought on by the triumph of the smartphone, has not only completely changed the lives and work of billions of people – it is fuelling the advance of artificial intelligence. Digital giants now continuously measure our physical and cognitive movements and market them with extreme effectiveness. As if riding in a driverless car, our civilisation is mindlessly headed for a commercially optimised, automated future in which human trust is replaced by digital manipulation. Virtual space has become a low-trust zone, or even a no-trust zone, and has infected society in the non-virtual space as well.

Do we really want to continue on this road and place ourselves at the mercy of this automated future? Instead, let’s make an effort to help actively shape our future and offer it other options besides that one pre-programmed default.

Of the world’s large economic areas, EU Europe – with a newly elected European Parliament and a new European Commission – now has a tremendous opportunity to develop a future model of digital modernity that is trustworthy and humanistic. A democratic, high-trust society in the virtual and non-virtual space that is firmly committed to tackling the two major challenges of climate care and social sustainability with the help of innovative technology. And with the help of sovereign citizens who are well informed and know how to act wisely.

For this kind of future to become reality, we need sustainable values. The VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2019 aims to encourage and inspire an urgently needed conversation on such values, through a variety of projects in art, design and architecture. With this biennale, we would like to help open a door to the future we really want.

Trust is our motto, cooperation our method. MAK’s cooperation with ERSTE Foundation is a central part of our search for a future that is better than the one we appear to be headed for today. Hence, we are very much looking forward to the Tipping Point Talk on POSSIBILITY with Marietje Schaake on 19 September.

The Tipping Point Talks 2019

#3 – Possibility, 19 September 2019

Marietje Schaake
Power of law or law of power? Why we need European leadership in governing technology globally

Artistic intervention by Rupert Huber

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Boris Marte, ERSTE Foundation

Marietje Schaake: Power of law, or law of power? Why we need European leadership in governing technology globally

Conversation on stage
Lucy Bernholz
Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Joanna Goodey
Head of Research, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna

Krzysztof Izdebski
Policy Director at the ePaństwo Foundation in Warsaw

Thomas Lohninger
Executive Director of in Vienna

Marietje Schaake
International Policy Director of the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford & International Policy Fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford

Chair: Verena Ringler
Curator of the Tipping Point Talks 2019

Cover picture: Exhibition View, UNCANNY VALUES: Artificial Intelligence & You, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea E. Manning, Probably Chelsea, 2017, MAK-Exhibition Hall. Photo: © Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK

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