Wiener Zeitung: Darwin’s View About the Digital Future

For the first time, the conference “Darwin’s Circle” takes place in Vienna with prominent speakers.

Vienna: Digitalization is the keyword of the hour. In the economic world, no area remains untouched by the challenges of technology and innovation. How does the digital future look like, which possibilities arise from new technologies and how do humans profit from smart home products, all-knowing algorithms, giant data flows and artificial intelligence? What changes do enterprises face?

These questions will be answered during a new digital conference. “Darwin’s Circle” is supposed to become an annual key event amongst the digital conferences around the world. On September 28th, 250 visitors as well as 55 national and international experts will exchange their experiences on the use of new technologies at the Viennese “Haus der Industrie.”

From Facebook to Airbnb

“Around 2600 billion or 2.6 trillion Euros: That is the accumulated value of those companies with participating representatives at Darwin’s Circle in Vienna. This accounts for more than 33 Austrian government budgets or 30 times the value of all ATX-companies”, declares Nikolaus Pelinka who is one of the conference’s founders. Relevant digital enterprises such as Facebook, Alphabet, Alibaba, Palantir, Airbnb, BMW and IBM are represented at the panels. Highlights include a discussion by the Austrian chancellor Christian Kern and Palantir CEO Alexander Karp about “ethics and responsibility in the digital world.” This is interesting since Palantir, a big data company, is working in cooperation with American security agencies. As a provider of software and services of big data analysis solutions, the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) is one of its clients. Palantir is known for two software projects: First, anti-terror analysts at the USIC and the defense ministry of the United States use the software Palantir Gotham. This program is also used by fraud agents of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and analysts of the Information Warfare Monitor (responsible for the investigation of Ghost Net and Shadow Network). Second, Palantir Metropolis is used by hedge funds, banks and providers of financial services.

E-Commerce in China

Terry von Bibra, the European CEO of Alibaba, will talk about e-commerce trends in Europe, followed by a panel debate about “The New Era of Commerce.”

The Chinese market leader Alibaba wants to expand beyond its core markets. The former German Minister of Economy and Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will talk about culture, borders and technologies. In the afternoon, Alexander Wrabetz (ORF) will discuss the challenges and opportunities of digitalization in the media industry with Andeas Briese (YouTube), Kai Diekmann (the former editor-in-chief of Bild) and journalistic legend Jeff Jarvis.

In addition to that, a speech about the future of money and finance by Felix Huber, the Northern European CEO (DACH, Scandinavia and Benelux) of the online payment provider Stripe, should offer exciting insights about Bitcoin Technology as well as payments in the digital world.

As a closing speech and introduction to next year’s conference, Chris Boos (Arago) and Wes Nichols (Upfront Ventures) will present the topic of artificial intelligence. Experts and analysts expect great developments in this field.

The digital conference “Darwin’s Circle” takes place on September 28th from 8:50 to 19:30 in the Viennese “Haus der Industrie”. Wiener Zeitung is the media partner of the conference.

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Arago Redaktion 28. September 2017