DLD Munich 24
13/01/2024

Striving For A Better World

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Rarely before has the world encountered a multitude of global challenges simultaneously, while concurrently experiencing such disruptive technological leaps, as it does at the commencement of 2024. This underscores the heightened significance of diverse disciplines, spanning from science and technology to art and philosophy, collaborating in dialogue to devise solutions. This principle has been upheld by Europe's most important innovation conference, DLD, since 2005, encapsulated this year under the motto "Dare to Know!”

On Thursday, Steffi Czerny, founder and host of DLD, challenged the 1,300 participants hailing from diverse corners of the globe, including Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder and several ministers from his cabinet.


"Only if we dare to know, to learn, to understand, can we unlock our full potential, place trust in our own judgement, and collectively construct the world we aspire to live in with a judicious blend of critical thinking and optimism!"

Steffi Czerny, founder and host of DLD


Florian Haller, CEO of Serviceplan and host at the House of Communication, echoed this sentiment, stating, "Fill our house with innovative ideas and optimism. Only through a profound sense of optimism can we navigate through multiple crises and steer transformative change in a positive direction."

Artificial intelligence is on the verge of becoming as ubiquitous as electricity

AI is reshaping our world at an unprecedented pace, surpassing the impact of any preceding technology. Addressing how our businesses, societies, and individual lives can effectively navigate this transformation formed the central focus of DLD 2024. Approximately 200 speakers, including business leaders like Jonas Andrulis (Aleph Alpha), technology experts such as Werner Vogels (Amazon), world-renowned scientists like Maja Göpel, critical thinkers including Gary Marcus, and inventive minds like architect Rem Koolhaas, discussed the topic passionately and controversially from diverse perspectives.

AI is a very powerful technology that is reshaping every facet of our existence, yet it remains fallible. Unlike DLD Munich 23, when Generative AI was still a novel concept, this year, the query wasn't about whether people would embrace AI but about its inevitability. The consensus among all panelists was that artificial intelligence will seamlessly integrate into our lives, akin to electricity, undergoing such rapid evolution that we will barely recognise it a year from now.

Integrating AI in harmony with our core values and cultural norms

DLD Munich this year delved deeply into the human-centric utilization of generative AI and explored ways to advance human and machine intelligence collaboratively. The emphasis was on a future where humans leverage their intrinsic qualities of creativity and empathy, while in the background, machines amplify our productivity manifold. AI needs very large amounts of data to do its job, and at the same time people and businesses need to be protected from being exploited and manipulated by AI. Consequently, the regulation of AI took a prominent stance at DLD Munich 24, championed notably by EU parliamentarian and rapporteur for the European AI law, Eva Maydell.

Another exciting insight from DLD 2024 is the acknowledgment that the future of technology isn't solely confined to the USA and China, with Central Europe playing an increasingly pivotal role. Notably, significant momentum is also emanating from Africa and Eastern Europe. A noteworthy observation pertains to the higher representation of women in the technology sector in Central and Eastern Europe, surpassing the average of around 16% in the rest of Europe. Bulgaria leads with over 30%, while Romania and other countries maintain a commendable level of around 20%. This trend extends to engineering, IT, and management positions, where the gender distribution remains remarkably consistent.

Fighter for sustainable change receives Aenne Burda Award

The emotional highlight of DLD 2024 unfolded during the Aenne Burda Award presentation to Sandrine Dixson-Declève, an energy policy expert and Co-President of the Club of Rome. Since 2006, this award has recognised women for their exceptional entrepreneurial and creative contributions, paying homage to the legacy of Aenne Burda. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, a dedicated advocate for global sustainable change, expressed deep gratitude for the special honor, conveying her sentiments with profound reflection.


 “We need to become human again. I oscillate between hope and despair every day. I’m telling you this to demonstrate the vulnerability we all share as individuals and as humanity. We must return to a spirit of humanity, loving deeply as a collective and taking pride in being part of the human species and part of this planet we call home."

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President Club of Rome


All DLD panels are available as video recordings here.

All DLD 2024 images are available here.

All information on the speakers and topics can be found here.

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"If we want to actively shape the future, we must constantly strive for new knowledge." Steffi Czerny opens DLD 2024 under the motto "Dare to Know" © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Host Florian Haller, CEO Serviceplan Group, welcomed the guests and called on them to fill the House of Communication with innovative ideas and optimism © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Markus Söder, Minister President of Bavaria, was also a guest on the first day of the conference and described DLD as the most interesting conference in Germany © Dominik Gigler for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

The developer of the image AI "Stable Diffusion", Björn Ommer, sees generative AI as a focal point for the challenges facing humanity © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

The panel on "Female Entrepreneurship and Investment" agreed that men in the investment world must increasingly open up their networks to female start-up founders © Philipp Gülland / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

"In a few years, we will use AI as naturally as we use electricity today," said Thomas Saueressig from SAP on the panel with Ewa Duerr from Google © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Sarah Spiekermann from the University of Vienna is convinced that we as humanity are more powerful than we think when it comes to AI © Philipp Gülland / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

At the Female Leadership Lunch, successful women from a wide range of industries gathered to discuss current topics © Dominik Gigler for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

The House of Communication in Munich is once again the meeting point for the DLD community this year © Michaela Stache for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Paul-Bernhard Kallen and Martin Weiss © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

 

The crowd is huge: around 1,300 participants were part of DLD Munich 24 over the three days of the conference © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

In addition to all the exciting panels, new impulses and relevant input, DLD Munich always offers the opportunity to network © Michaela Stache for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Artists, scientists, politicians and the international digital elite came together again this year at the traditional Chairmen's Dinner and used the opportunity to network on the evening of the first day of the conference © Sabine Brauer for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

“The democratisation of data is crucial for the responsible use of AI," says Werner Vogels of Amazon © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Mastercard's Shamina Singh is convinced that we should now seize the opportunity to align AI with humanity's goals © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

The panel with Jonas Andrulis (Aleph Alpha), Eva Maydell (Member of the EU Parliament), Philipp Justus (Google) and Ludwig Ernsthaler (468 Capital) discussed the regulation of AI with Andrew Keen © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

In an interview with Marc Al-Hames, Member of the Management Board of Hubert Burda Media, Ana Paula Assis, IBM Europe, said that the adoption of AI is more advanced in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia than in Europe © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Franziska Reich, editor-in-chief of Focus, in conversation with Mallik Rao, O2 Telefónica, on the potential of new technologies in the age of AI © Sebastian Gabriel / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Florian Festl, editor-in-chief of Focus Online, on the importance of constructive journalism in the face of global challenges © Philipp Gülland / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Ole Obermann, TikTok, spoke about how a community of users can be created despite individual feeds on social media © Philipp Gülland / Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

 

The Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership was awarded to Belgian energy policy expert and co-president of the Club of Rome, Sandrine Dixson-Declève © Picture Alliance for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

Spontaneous flash mob: The polonaise was initiated by Yossi Vardi and put the participants in a good mood © Dominik Gigler for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

 

 

Technology, catering, security, cleaning, event staff, speakers, and on and on: In addition to the 1,300 participants and countless employees were involved in DLD Munich 24 © Dominik Gigler for DLD / Hubert Burda Media

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