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01/08/2023

AI and the Circular Economy: DLD explores new synergies this autumn

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Burda´s international innovation conference DLD (Digital, Life, Design) will host two more conferences this September following DLD Munich 23 in January. DLD Circular will take place on September 6 and the DLD AI Summit on September 7. On these two days, DLD will be addressing the two big topics of our time: sustainability and artificial intelligence (AI).

The link between the two topics is at the forefront of both conference days. A future-oriented circular economy requires the use of AI and technology, and AI cannot be viewed without considering the impact on society and the environment. The conferences are an opportunity to explore the synergies between sustainability and AI, and to develop solutions for a sustainable future in combination with technology. Speakers at the two-day conference at the Amerikahaus in Munich include politicians, scientists, data scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and investors. 

The discussions must start now 


“This is a time of extreme change. Be it work, energy, politics, art or the economy: AI and the climate change are affecting everything. So, we need to address this now. We cannot afford to postpone this discussion any longer, we need to have it now. That´s why we´re bringing together leading experts from a wide range of disciplines this September. We must think together about change and how we can and must act now.” 

Steffi Czerny, curator of the DLD


Interdisciplinary visions for a sustainable future

DLD Circular, will take place for the second time in September this year, following its inaugural event in 2021. Speakers include Harvard University literary scholar Martin Puchner, Oxford Professor Ian Goldin as well as Benedikt Bösel, agricultural economist and Founder of the regenerative farm Gut & Bösel. Perspectives from the Circular Economy community will be shared by Joe Iles (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Matthias Ballweg (Circular Republic) and Ramona Liberoff (Platform for the Acceleration of a Circular Economy - PACE) as well as Sarah Fleischer. She is Co-founder of Tozero, a startup specialising in battery recycling. Other speakers include Christian Hartel, CEO of Wacker Chemie, Thomas Saueressig, Member of the Executive Board of SAP, and Benedikt Franke, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Munich Security Conference. The focus will be on how technology can support and drive innovative business models and social change to contribute to a sustainable world.

Far-reaching transformation with AI 

The first ever DLD AI Summit will address AI´s technological evolution and its impact on all areas of life. The topic will be discussed on an interdisciplinary level. In addition to Jonas Andrulis, Founder and CEO of Aleph Alpha, Dex Hunter-Torricke, Head of Global Communications and Marketing at DeepMind, International Policy Director at Stanford University Marietje Schaake, Head of the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator in Munich, Bernhard Kowatsch, Club of Rome Co-president Sandrine Dixson-Declève, and Mark Surman, President of the Mozilla Foundation, participants can expect AI expertise from Munich: Andreas Liebl, Managing Director of the appliedAI Institute for Europe, will provide insights into the European AI network. And image experts, Reinhard Heckel, Professor of Machine Learning at the Technical University of Munich, and Björn Ommer, Chair of Artificial Intelligence and Cultural Analysis at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, will share their visions on the power of images and thus contribute to the understanding and further development of the "Iconic Turn". Digitalisation is making the "Iconic Turn" – the shift in culture and art towards the pictorial, the iconic and the visual – increasingly important. 

Interested parties can register for free tickets to the DLD Circular and the DLD AI Summit on the DLD website. For press accreditation, please contact dldpress@burda.com.

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Steffi Czerny, curator of the DLD, gathers circular economy and AI experts © Daniel Grund for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

The DLD Circular takes place on September 6 © DLD

Followed by the AI Summit on September 7 © DLD

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