DLDsummer
18/06/2016

Top 10 take-aways from DLDsummer

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On 16 and 17 June, around 500 pioneers and visionaries gathered at DLDsummer in Munich’s Haus der Kunst to discuss the impact of digitalisation on all socially relevant areas. Here we list the ten most exciting take-aways from more than 50 international speakers:

1. Joe Kaeser, Siemens: “As a consequence of digitalisation, the medium-sized business segment is constantly shrinking – and will eventually disappear entirely!”

2. Hildegard Wortmann, BMW: “Technology is developing rapidly: The changes that will come in the next ten years are comparable to those of the last 30 years.” 

3. Michael Hallek, University Hospital Cologne: “In the future, migration will be caused by cancer, not war. We need to use the opportunities offered by digitalisation to structure and understand data and, ultimately, to help people.”

4. Lin Sebastian Kayser, Hyperganic: “Up to now we have been consuming the planet’s resources. Perhaps in future we’ll be able to print them ourselves using innovative 3D printers!”

5. Alexander Del Toro Barba, VisualVest: “In future, the financial industry aims to identify customers by their facial features and process payments automatically via biometric markers. In five years, cards to identify customers will be a thing of the past.” 

6. Eran Eden, MeMed: “A large proportion of the antibiotics currently given to patients are being prescribed wrongly. This costs billions and leads to antibiotic resistance. A blood test can use proteins to establish whether an infection is viral or bacterial. Numerous studies have shown that the test can correctly identify viral infections in over 90% of cases.”

7. Gadi Amit, NewDealDesign: “When designing technologies, we should focus not on the engineering and the individual details, but must also consider the social dimension of people’s lives. Business models like car sharing don’t fail because of the details or the technology, but because a father doesn’t want his daughter being driven home by a total stranger.” 

8. Robin Farmanfarmaian, Singularity University: “Artificial intelligence and robotics will play a central role in our health system. In a few years, drones will be carrying medicine to support ambulances in emergencies.” 

9. Niko Mohr, McKinsey: “There are four central points to the kind of ‘smart city’ we are aiming for: A traditional infrastructure; connecting various technologies and infrastructures; intelligence (or data) about how a city’s traffic functions, for example; and intelligent services to fish ‘smart city’ applications out of the data pool.”

10. Deon Newman, IBM Watson: “Artificial intelligence can structure data that people cannot comprehend – this will have a major impact on business, medicine and our everyday lives.”

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