Europe’s newest and most original tech festival, Brain Bar Budapest, gets underway on Thursday. While others fetishize the tech but duck the ethics, Brain Bar Budapest takes them head on, bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers to explore the technological and philosophical boundaries between man and machine.
Niall Ferguson, Richard Florida, Sugata Mitra, Philip G. Zimbardo, Daniel Epstein and many others will go head-to-head on ethics, aesthetics, robotics, big data, urbanisation and what they mean for our jobs, our communities and our souls. What does it mean to be human in the workplaces, cities and Europe of the future? Can we trust robots over humans, apps over doctors? Â Should we embrace creative disruption in the economy or mitigate its impacts? Â What are the implications for our companies and schools, our governments and democracies?
The programme is organised around four themes:
Tech vs. Humanity: the Future of Us. The advance of robotics raises stark ethical questions are we becoming different human beings? Where is the boundary between humanity, tech and religion and who gets to decide? Ethicists and technologists will take sides to debate mankind’s looming Kodak moment and the power to create.
Corporations Disruptors: the Future of Work. Corporate gatekeepers, challengers and social entrepreneurs will debate the impact of technology on companies and the value of work in human societies. What are successful stratagems to harness disruptive forces? Can our companies absorb the pressures and adapt? Will robotics hollow out the jobs market and make us all redundant?
Planners vs. People: the Future of Cities. Urban experts from the world’s most successful cities will ask if cities serve citizens needs and at the same time face up to to global economic realities? Can we create environments that foster creativity, allow space for individuality while maintaining high living standards? What are the risks and benefits of smart cities? Is there a compromise between data processing for individual convenience and mass surveillance concerns
Governments. v. Innovators: the Future of Government & Democracy. Leading historians, politicians and social entrepreneurs will give conflicting visions for the future of Europe and the nation state. Will competition from fast-growing economies hasten Europe’s decline or kick-start a tech revolution? What can Europe do to become a cradle of innovation? Can an integrated Europe accommodate competing national ecosystems?
Speakers confirmed for Brain Bar Budapest….
World-renowned educational researcher and 2013 TEDPrize winner Sugata Mitra joins Brain Bar Budapest on 6 June to discussre-designing education for the future!; Jon Bird, Global Managing Director of Labstore, Young & Rubicam’s worldwide retail & shopper marketing practice; How does information and communications technology change the way individuals and businesses behave? Networked society evangelist and Ericsson Strategic Marketing Manager Harald Baur is confirmed; Online open government initiative Mana Balss, digital entrepreneur KristofsBlaus; Siemens! Executive Vice President of eAircraft Dr. Frank Anton; Henrik Wenders, Vice President of Product Management at the indispensable automotive partner BMW i and many more speakers are confirmed.
Dialogue and group brainstorming…
The event series features a diverse offering of presentations, debates and panel discussions, focusing on themes such as the complexity of the relationships between human labor and robotics, mass urbanization and the rural lifestyle or even singularity and religion. The festival’s main driving forces are dialogue and group brainstorming. Besides leading experts, decision makers and opinion leaders, the challengers of the status quo – entrepreneurs and students – also take part.
Central Europe’s one and only inspiration festival is not only a summit centering around the most relevant of future trends, but also a meeting point, where the local players supported by Design Terminal, the Central European region’s most important market players, and the world’s leading thought leaders and decision makers all convene to put down the foundations of our future together.