Joy Buolamwini, Algorithmic Justice League, DLD20

DLD Munich 2020

January 18 – 20, 2020 ‧ Alte Kongresshalle Munich

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Articles

Henrik Schwarz, musician, studio, keyboards

Algo Rhythms: How Henrik Schwarz Finds Creativity In Code

When you listen to the new song In Spite of Everything you’ll be hard-pressed to note the presence of a third creator. Officially, the vibrant piano track has two composers:…
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Ecosia, search engine, worker planting trees, Indonesia, climate change

Fighting Climate Change, Click by Click

Search engine Ecosia uses most of its income to plant trees. Founder Christian Kroll speaks with DLD about sustainability and running a business that puts purpose before profits…
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DLD20, DLD logo, woman, smartphone

Quick Take: Highlights of DLD20

An astronaut, a Nobel Prize winner, a chess champion, many champions of a sustainable future: Take a look at select videos of DLD20.
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Digital health, Brainlab, 3D imaging

Digital Health: How Brainlab Is Building a “GPS for the Human Body”

Precision medicine needs precise information. By creating 3D image models of patients’ bodies, Brainlab helps surgeons navigate to the right spot. Founder Stefan Vilsmeier explains…
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Video Highlights

DLD Munich 2020 Highlight Reel

Aenne Burda Award Ceremony

Digital Democracy

Roger McNamee, Facebook, investor, critic, author, Zucked, DLD Munich 2020

Trust, Privilege & Power

Early Facebook investor Roger NcNamee noticed in early 2016 that people were using the platform to spread misinformation and violate civil rights. He expressed his concerns to founder Mark Zuckerberg…
Jimmy Wales, WT Social, DLD conference, DLD Munich

Social Networks Rebooted

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and technology reporter Steven Levy take a close look at the state of social networking, and what’s wrong with the current approach of making money through…
Maria Ressa, Rappler.com, DLD All Stars

Fighting Back with Data

“Without facts we don’t have truth, without truth we don’t have trust and without any of these three, democracy is dead as we know it,” warns Maria Ressa, CEO of…
Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology, DLD Munich 2020

Truth Decay and the Technology Threat

Tristan Harris, Co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, speaks with Financial Times journalist Rana Foroohar about digital media, democracy and the loss of trust. Fake news can inflict lasting…

Business

Fatoumata Ba, Muhammad Yunus, Peter Backenecker, DLD, social businesses

Building Social Businesses

“Talent is very equally distributed, but opportunities are not”, observed Fatoumata Bâ, founder and CEO of social startup studio Janngo. In this lively discussion, moderated by Martin Weiss, Bâ joined…
Muhammad Yumus, Nobel Prize Laureate, DLD Munich Conference 2020

Business With a Conscience

In his impassioned DLD20 talk, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus warned the audience that the time humanity has left on Earth could be counted in mere decades, not centuries.…
DLD Munich 2020, branding, Wennmachers, Thiemer, Weddeling

Creating Relevance: How Brands Add Value

All companies have a brand whether they want one or not. So how can brands remain relevant in times of volatility and uncertainty? In this discussion, Margit Wennmachers (Andreessen Horowitz)…
gender equality, digital age, Joy Buolamwini, Maria Furtwängler, Iris Bohnet, DLD conference

Gender Equality in the Digital Age

Is AI advancing or prohibiting gender equality? That’s the core issue that computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, Harvard University professor Iris Bohnet and Maria Furtwängler, founder of the MaLisa Foundation, discuss…

Society & Politics

Stefan Oschmann, Merck, DLD talk

Technology for Human Progress

Merck CEO Stefan Oschmann analyzes the resurgent sense of techno-pessimism as well as the immense potential of disruptive technologies, particularly the data storage capacity of the human genome. “How do…
Marietje Schaake speaks at the DLD Munich 2020 conference in Munich

Disruption & Trust: DNA, Ethics and Regulations

Three presentations explore the importance of trust in the digital society. Hyunjun Park, co-founder of CEO of Californian startup Catalog, describes how data can be stored in the form of…
Clara Barnett, DLD conference

What Are You Adding?

Clara Barnett of the UK’s Government Digital Service was the inspiration for the DLD Munich 2020 motto, “What Are You Adding?” She opened the conference with an analysis of the…
Jamie Susskind, DLD talk

Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

“To what extent should our lives be governed by powerful digital systems, and on what terms?”, asks Jamie Susskind in this thought-provoking DLD20 talk. The author and researcher argues that…

Space & Mobility

Sebastian Thrun, DLD talk, air taxis, passenger drones, mobility, Kitty Hawk

Future of Flight

Will air taxis and passenger drones bring the next revolution in mobility? AI pioneer Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk, believes that autonomous flying vehicles may well be the best…
Cady Coleman, astronaut, Esther Dyson, DLD, video, talk

Out of Space

Catherine “Cady” Coleman is one of the few people in the world who can say she’s gone to outer space – twice. “I always thought space was somewhere else but…
Space debris, panel discussion, DLD, Moriba Jah, Harriett Brettle

Space: The Next Tragedy of the Commons?

The satellite business is booming – and presenting humans with a new problem: How to clean up Earth’s orbit before man-made objects collide with each other? This discussion brought together…
DLD video, walking, health, mobility, Jeffrey Schnapp, Shane O'Mara

Future of Walking

Walking has a number of surprising benefits that help to improve our health, posture and, most surprisingly, our mind. “Your brain is much more active when you’re sitting down”, said…

Arts & Media

Sky Hopinka, artist, American Indian, culture, language, DLD, video

Containers of Culture

Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. A big part of Hopinka’s artistic practice grapples with the accelerated disappearance…
January 20, 2020
Kurt Moser, Lightcatcher, DLD talk

Close Your Eyes & Learn to See

In the digital age, photography has been democratized and made accessible to nearly everyone. In this talk, photographer Kurt Moser speaks to journalist Karl Hoffmann about his “Lightcatcher” project –…
Tau Lewis, Hans Ulrich Obrist, DLD, video

Magic in Limitations

Tau Lewis started out as a journalist and discovered a love for words and poetry. Today she is also a successful sculptor. Her artworks present carefully crafted characters and creatures…
DLD panel, podcast, video, June Cohen

The Future of Spoken Audio

The popularity of spoken audio, particularly in the form of podcasts, has skyrocketed over the past few years. To explore the phenomenon further, this DLD20 panel brought together June Cohen,…

Health & Medicine

DLD Munich, psychedelics, research, health benefits, panel

The Renaissance of Psychedelics

Psychedelics have seen a resurgence in public interest – not merely among users looking for a happy high, but also among researchers who are looking into potential health benefits of…
William Li, Angiogenesis Foundation, health, nutrition, presentation, video, DLD

Feeding Our Health Defenses

In this DLD20 talk, William Li, CEO and co-founder of the Angionesis Foundation, makes a compelling case for how food impacts our health defenses by drawing from studies that show…
January 19, 2020
Divya Chander, biotechnology, neurology, DLD talk

Augmenting Humans

What happens when humans become digital? This is the question that Dr. Divya Chander – a physician and neuroscientist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF and the Salk Institute –…
Brainlab, Stefan Vilsmeier, Rejesh Jena, Microsoft, Cambridge, Jameda, digital health, panel discussion, DLD

Hospital of the Future

“Many of the treatments that we see today are overly simplistic”, observes Stefan Vilsmeier, founder of Brainlab, at the outset of this panel discussion, which also includes Rajesh Jena of…
Genetics, Jamie Metzl, talk, DLD, Hacking Darwin

Are We Ready for Genetically Modified Humans?

New tools like gene editing allow humans to change nature to their liking. Jamie Metzl, author of Hacking Darwin, illustrates what’s now possible and asks how far we should go.

Digital Transformation

Tom Wehmeier, Atomico, State of European Tech, presentation

State of European Tech

Investor Tom Wehmeier of Atomico takes a close look at the state of Europe’s startup ecosystem. Drawing on the venture firm’s latest State of European Tech report, Wehmeier illustrates both…
Taavet Hinrikus, Ina Fried, startups, Europe, USA, discussion, video

Europe Steps Up

How does Europe’s startup landscape differ from those in Asia and the U.S.? Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder and chairman of TransferWise, offers a unique perspective in this conversation with Ina Fried…
Thierry Breton, Europe, digitalisation, speech

The European Digital Agenda

Has Europe missed the first digital wave? No, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, told the audience in his DLD20 keynote. “Europe is not lagging behind.” With…
Andrew McAfee, Hannes Ametsreiter, Amy Wilkinson, DLD talk

Tackling Turbulences in Tech and Society

All around the globe, major shifts are happening in society, politics and technology. In this DLD20 talk with Hannes Ametsreiter (Vodafone Germany) and Andrew McAfee (MIT Sloan), moderator Amy Wilkinson…

Sustainability & Climate Change

LED, agriculture, horticulture, intelligent, Alexander Gerfer, Würth, presentation

Intelligent LED Horticulture

Vertical farming is just one way of growing vegetables without destroying forests for farm land. Alexander Gerfer, CTO of Würth Elektronik, explains how smartly controlled LED lights can be used…
Lior Shalev, algae, Spirulina, food, meat alternative, talk, DLD

Meat the Future: Plant-Based Food

Hunger and malnutrition remain an enormous problem, with one in four people globally facing insecurites about their food supply. “By 2050, we will need two planets to feed our entire…
Hayden Wood, Bulb, green energy, video, DLD20

Renewable Revolution

Hayden Wood is the cofounder and CEO of Bulb, a renewable energy supplier that uses technology to optimize electricity sourcing from wind, solar and hydro in a cost-effective way. Founded…
Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, Scott Minerd, Arctic Circle, economy, discussion, DLD, conference

The North East Trade Route

The Arctic is melting, with dramatic consequences for polar wildlife and the Earth’s climate. On the other hand, new trade routes are opening up where the ice is receding. Ólafur…

Deep Tech

Garry Kasparov, AI, security, Avast, Michal Pechoucek, DLD

What Does AI Add to Our Lives?

Artificial intelligence is “surrounded by a fog of uncertainty and mythologies”, observes chess champion Garry Kasparov. In conversation with Michal Pěchouček, CTO of security firm Avast, Kasparov explains why he’s…
January 20, 2020
blockchain, Gavin Wood, Parity, Ethereum, Mike Isaac, New York Times, disruption, DLD talk

Rebooting the Internet

In this DLD20 conversation, New York Times reporter Mike Isaac sat down with Gavin Wood, co-founder of Parity Technologies, to examine how “to make the Internet great again”, what is…
quantum computing, Europe, collaboration, research

Quantum Leap in European Collaboration

What is the current state of quantum computing in Europe, and how can the continent stay competitive in this key technology? This DLD20 panel, moderated by Laura Citron, CEO of…
quantum computing, Europe, competitiveness, panel discussion, DLD

Quantum Computing: Blessing or Risk?

From research and finance to healthcare and aerospace: Quantum computing is opening up new possibilities for solving some of the most pressing issues of our time. “Some people say that…

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