Renuo Get-together February 4, 2020

Amina GigerBy Amina Giger / 01.11.19

Artificial intelligence in our everyday life: chance or danger?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is omnipresent in our everyday lives. But what effects does it have on our social, economic and working conditions of tomorrow? At the Renuo Get-together in February 2020 we will provide a brief but informative insight into the world of artificial intelligence and uncover the differences between AI, machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL).

Afterwards we discuss the possible opportunities and risks for our society with three external guests. We would like to find out whether there are parallels between the scepticism of the 19th century towards industrialisation and the current scepticism towards the digital transformation of the present.

Guests at our podium discussion:

Dr. Marc Holitscher is National Technology Officer and member of the executive board of Microsoft Switzerland. As head of the Technology Office of Microsoft Switzerland, he works closely with companies and accompanies them in the holistic assessment of relevant opportunities and risks in the adoption of cloud-based scenarios. Marc is also responsible for positioning strategic topics such as cybersecurity or artificial intelligence with decision-makers in the commercial and public sectors. Marc holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Zurich.

Sophie Hundertmark is the founder of ai-zurich (Community and Conference for AI for Business) and the Swiss chatbot expert. Sophie founded the ai-zurich meetup group in 2018, which subsequently developed into the first AI in Marketing Conference. The event took place in March 2019 in Zurich and was completely sold out. Sophie already taught at the ZHAW, HWZ, HSLU and at the University of St. Gallen.

Dr. Markus Kneer is a researcher at the Chair of Ethics of the University of Zurich and Research Fellow at the Digital Society Initiative. He is currently the PI of a 4-year SNF research project exploring biases in mental state ascriptions. Previously he did a postdoc at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Humanities and Neuroscience Fellow at Columbia University's Italian Academy. He holds a PhD in philosophy and an MA in cognitive science from the Institut Jean Nicod (ENS/EHESS Paris), as well as a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

The podium discussion is moderated by:

Roland Fischer is a freelance science journalist, curator and culture blogger. As a member of Cooperative Solutionsb├╝ro he is specialized in communication, public relations, workshops and conferences around digital problems.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • From 7:30 a.m. Arrival, breakfast buffet
  • 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Short introduction to artificial intelligence
  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Panel discussion with Dr. Marc Holitscher, Sophie Hundertmark and Dr. Markus Kneer, moderated by Roland Fischer
  • 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Questions from the audience


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