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This was: The hybrid AI Summit 2020

600+ virtual participants, 16 renown AI experts on site,
7 hours livestream, 4 interactive panel sessions


Everyone is talking about it - but what is actually possible in AI-driven technology foresight? How can we adapt to the shifting realities brought on by emerging technologies and discover how others are responding to the disruptive technological change?

In this context, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is of particular importance and creates new opportunities at the interface between methodology and practice. Together we tried to shed light on the questions: What has happened in the last one and a half years with regard to AI-enabled corporate tech foresight? What (new) approaches have been developed? And where are we moving towards? 

The Summit by ITONICS, Rohrbeck Heger and the EDHEC Chair for Foresight, Innovation and Transformation revolved around the topic of AI-driven technology foresight - from state of the art and experiences to insights into the latest fields of application, tools and research results.

Learn from industry best practices and get inspired by leading thinkers!

Key Takeaways

  • AI is still seen as something that can do magic rather than a tool within a toolbox that can solve specific use cases.
  • Applying AI should concentrate on easy use cases related to the core business. From there on scale!
  • Collecting data in large companies for AI purposes is still a major problem. We all have to do our homework first!
  • We need to balance data literacy and visionary competence on the way to tomorrow’s business world.
  • Transparency between corporates, SMEs, startups, researchers, educators and politicians is required.
  • AI discussions have to move from technology to society.
  • There has to be a mediator between research and practice for AI to unfold its full potential.
  • When creating AI applications, the trust dimension has to be part of the innovation process from the start.
  • AI will not be able to replace imagination.
  • Ultimately, it’s all about asking the right questions.

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Backstage Impressions

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Our Expert Panels


The Cyborg Strategy Designer

AI already outperforms humans in certain areas. Where will the human operator remain superior to machines? How can effective collaboration between humans and AI look like when it comes to driving innovation and creating foresight and innovation processes? Let’s take a look at best practices from Telekom, Thales, Audi and other big industry players.


Better Decisions with AI?

Data-driven decision-making has long been incorporated into today’s business processes. To fully leverage the value contained in data, artificial intelligence can bring the necessary power and reduce uncertainty in complex decision-making processes. What is your opinion? Discuss with renown speakers from PwC, Schiphol Airport and GfK actionable recommendations to improve data analytics.


Democratizing AI?

AI has long since reached the broad masses of society and business. Which barriers have to be removed so that in the future every organization and every person benefits from AI in the same way? How can the next generation of AI technologists, thinkers and leaders be educated? Leading German AI practitioners will share their thoughts about the status quo and the future of AI in politics, economy, and society.


The Now and Future of AI in Foresight and Innovation

AI and Machine Learning are likely to change the way companies innovate and grow in the future. How can AI successfully support foresight and innovation? What are already fields of application? Let’s explore how AI adds value to organizations trying to develop new products and services, pursuing efficiency and cutting costs given the ever-changing environment.


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  • PANEL 1: The Cyborg Strategy Designer with experts from Telekom AI Lab, Thales, and Siemens AI Lab
  • PANEL 2: Better Decisions with AI with experts from PwC, Lufthansa Industry Solutions, FAU/GfK
  • PANEL 3: Democratizing AI with experts from German AI Association, Bayern Innovativ, HIPPO AI
  • PANEL 4: The Now and Future of AI in Innovation and Foresight with experts from Lufthansa Technik, Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research, ITONICS

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