Tech and Society Breakfast
Learn. Discuss. Reflect.
We believe technology can have tremendous positive impacts on society. In order to achieve this goal, we need to understand these possible impacts and align the interests of companies, individuals and society as a whole.
We are convinced that thoughtful conversations are key to realizing these goals. Our aim is to empower founders and tech leaders to identify, address, and solve ethical challenges that arise when introducing technology into society.
Meet forward-thinking keynote speakers and connect with influential attendees.
Join us in creating these conversations.
"Life Beyond Death – The Future of Memory"
Artificial intelligence allows us to create digital versions of ourselves or loved ones after death. Scraping social media or text messages can create a replica of someone, making memories a more interactive experience. And in the next 30 years, 3 billion people will die – leaving their digital remains in the hands of very few powerful companies. The newly emerging transcendence industry shifts our boundaries of reality and the virtual world. The possibility of extracting thoughts directly from the brain and uploading one’s mind gives the saying “granny is living in the clouds” an entirely new meaning.
The way we understand death is changing.
Grab a coffee and a croissant at home
8:15 - 8:45 AM
Our keynote speaker will provide new insights into the topic.
Discussion with the speakers and questions from the public
8:45 - 9:15
Paula Kiel is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics at the Department of Media and Communications who is researching websites dedicated to post-mortem digital interaction. She explores the role of digital media in the contemporary social construction of death, focusing on emerging platforms of digital legacy, keeping communications alive even after we’re dead. See her TED Talk
With a background in media ethics, Leon founded the Germany based company TomorrowBits GmbH in 2016. Following the dramatic climbing accident of his friend, he realised that he was not at all prepared if he were to die suddenly. Since then, he strives to make people more aware of life – and their death. Investing his savings, Leon created the app “LifeCompanion” which supports people in preparing for their own deaths, including their digital remains and sending final messages to loved ones.
ethix - Lab for Innovation Ethics highlights and evaluates the ethical questions of digital change.
We analyze the status quo. We provide critical guidance. We debate interactively. For a responsible use of new technologies and sustainable social innovation.
Julien is an experienced technology investor who has invested in numerous startups and technologies (ICT, health tech, food tech, climate-tech and SaaS). He is also an experienced executive in tech startups. Julien has always been passionate about philosophy and the roots of positive change. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Fribourg.