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Future Lab: Zukunft der europäischen Wirtschaft

Future Lab: The future of the European economy

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 23, 2022
  • News, Research

fLTR standing: Rolf Christian Kassel, Carsten Brandes, Jürgen Keitel, Dr. Anja Marzuillo, Boris Tawakkoli, Dr. Jutta Krienke, Dr. Ursula Schütze-Kreilkamp, Dr. Marc Achhammer, Jacky Zimmermann, Dr. Olaf Theiler, Dr. Elizabeth Hofvenschiöld, Prof. Dr. Lothar Abicht, Dr. Ewald Böhlke, Christoph Bornschein; f.l. sitting: Michael Stautz, Dr. Matthias Niedenführ, Jan Berger, Carina Stöttner, Norbert Hillinger
Not in the picture: Markus Schorn, Martin Hartmann, Dr. Hinrich Holm, Ingrid Spletter-Weiß.

On May 23, 2022, thought leaders met with Themis Foresight at the Pan Am Lounge in Berlin to develop hypotheses for possible futures of the European economy that take into account the renegotiation of global economic and security policies in a Future Lab.

Future Lab to jointly develop hypotheses for possible futures of the European economy. The background was the renegotiation of global economic and security policy triggered by the Ukraine war.

The day was characterized by exciting impulses and stimulating discussions.

The results will now be further processed in a Delphi study, which will be conducted among economic leaders and policy makers starting in June. If you would like to be kept up to date on the publication of the first results, please subscribe to our newsletter.

We wanted to use the afternoon to say thank you for the support of a dozen people who have actively supported us in our first year. So in this meeting we now also formally constituted our Corporate Advisory Board.

We would like to thank all participants for the intellectual exchange and hope to see you again soon!

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Quantum Summit: Jan Berger als Speaker

Quantum Summit 2022 – Jan Berger as Speaker

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 19, 2022
  • News, Keynote

Recording of the keynote by Jan Berger on Youtube.

It is one of the key technologies of the coming years and decades: quantum technology. Given its potential applications for solving combinatorial problems that are not yet fully tangible, on the one hand, and the underlying mechanisms with elementary particles that follow their own laws, on the other, this technology exerts an immense fascination.

This was also evident at this year’s Quantum Summit on May 11 and 12, a virtual event with 50 speakers, including Themis Foresight CEO Jan Berger, and 1,000 audience members.

Quantum technology to solve global problems?

We are guided primarily by the question of how quantum technology, and specifically quantum computing, can help policymakers, business and society address challenges in the coming decades. One of these global challenges is climate change and its associated consequences, as well as the question of how to ensure a sustainable supply of food and energy for people in all parts of the world. Can quantum computers make a contribution here?

Jan Berger ventures in his talk titled “Quantum Green: How Can Quantum Computing Help to Achieve the UN Climate Goals?” some forecasts, partly formulated as visions. According to estimates, the worldwide energy demand for computer computing power will triple by the year 2030. Quantum computers could help save the increased energy demand in other areas. He sees approaches above all in the transportation sector and in the optimization of traditional, energy-intensive industries. Completely new possibilities are conceivable here, for example

  • Researching emission-free alternatives for industrial fertilizer production, such as through microorganisms
  • Development of new materials based on quantum technology / quantum physics
  • Generation of predictable results in scientific (medical) research without animal testing

Knowledge instead of data

It is important to emphasize to Jan Berger that the use of quantum computers cannot be about producing even larger amounts of data that will ultimately never be used, but about achieving a linkage of data, a flow of data, and thus generating knowledge, similar to the way our brain works. That is the real vision.

Our report: “A quantum vision for Germany”, which was produced in close cooperation with the Bundesdruckerei, will also be published shortly.

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Norbert Hillinger als Speaker beim Retail-Symposium in Wien

Norbert Hillinger as speaker at the Retail Symposium in Vienna

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 17, 2022
  • News, Keynote

In his keynote, Norbert Hillinger takes the audience on a journey into the future of commerce. © Copyright: Benedikt Weiss.

The retail sector has not had it easy in recent years. On the one hand, Corona brought many store owners to the brink of extinction, and on the other hand, in view of the competition in online retailing as well as technological and social developments, retail has been on the threshold of a complete reorientation for years anyway. 5D shopping, supermarkets automated by artificial intelligence or self-driving kiosks, some of these trends may still sound like the distant future, but are already reality in many places.

The 24th Retail Symposium of RegioPlan® Consulting in Vienna on May 11, 2022 made this change clear, but at the same time showed ways to meet the challenges. “Face the Change” was the motto of this year’s event, which has a long tradition and is considered the most important think tank of the industry in Europe.

Future trends in retail

But to face the change, statements about the future environment are needed. What will retail have to adjust to in the next few years, what will change and how? This was precisely the question addressed by the speakers in their presentations and in a stage discussion. Our colleague Norbert Hillinger, futurologist and Senior Associate at Themis Foresight, was also present with his presentation ‘Future Retail: A journey into the future in three chapters’. He took the guests on a trip to the year 2035 and showed how we ourselves can contribute to the future, namely with courage for new perspectives, innovative and visionary thinking.

But what are the trends for retail from his point of view? To this end, Norbert put forward a number of theses, including:

  1. Customer segments will shift – the premium and economy segments will continue to grow at the expense of the standard segment.
  2. The economy segment will also be characterized by data-supported business models, and points of sale will be transformed into automated showrooms complete with delivery services.
  3. In the premium segment, simple points of sale will become worlds of experience.

Finally, Norbert Hillinger discussed the topic: ‘Next Level Retail 2025: A 4-eye view into the future’ with Barbara Graf, Expansion Manager AUSTRIA of PEPCO Austria GmbH.

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  • © Copyright: Benedikt Weiss

Please contact us if you are interested in a keynote on this or other topics.


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Arbeitswelt 5.0 – Podiumsdiskussion der Stadtakademie Wien

Working World 5.0  – CEO Jan Berger as a panelist at the Vienna City Academy

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  • May 06, 2022
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fLTR: MMag. Markus Figl (District Head Vienna Innere Stadt), Jan Berger (Founder and CEO Themis Foresight GmbH), Dr. Agnes Kügler (Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Department of Industrial Economics, Innovation and International Competition), Dr. Martin Kocher (Federal Minister of Labor), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Köszegi (Chairwoman Austrian Council for Robotics and AI, Professor TU-Vienna), Karl Mahrer (City Councilor and Provincial Party Chairman).

While some fear for their jobs, others are fascinated by the transformation that is currently taking place in our working world. Which jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future? Will I soon be working with a robot instead of a flesh-and-blood colleague? And what does this transformation mean for our economy and society as a whole?

It is these critical questions and different perspectives that make the topic of the working world of the future seem more controversial than almost any other. And while the opportunities are apparent at first glance, the accompanying challenges are often still opaque in their full breadth.

This makes it all the more important to understand the complexity of Working World 5.0 and to engage in discourse.

This was also the aim of the panel discussion with political analysis held by the City Academy of the People’s Party of Vienna at the end of April. Under the slogan “Working World 5.0 – Between Opportunities and Challenges for Vienna and Europe”, scientists, economic experts, futurologists and politicians used the example of Vienna as a business location to discuss the many aspects of a working world in transition – also representative of other European cities.

Our CEO and founder Jan Berger was represented as an expert in the field of AI and digitalization and discussed the topic of artificial intelligence and the labor market together with Federal Minister of Labor Dr. Martin Kocher and City Councilor Karl Mahrer.

We are looking forward to a continuation and further discussion forums of this kind to allay fears and proactively shape change in our working world.

We are gladly available for speeches or panel discussions. Please contact us!


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Themis Foresight feiert Einjähriges!

Themis Foresight Celebrates its First Anniversary!

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    Carina Stöttner
  • April 07, 2022
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One year ago, in the middle of lockdown, we founded the company in Berlin.

Fast forward April 2022: We have an exciting year behind us. Besides some bureaucratic hurdles, we have experienced many highs! We were allowed to accompany many board members and executives of different industries with their vision of the future and with future studies, got insights behind the scenes of many factory halls and facades and learned a lot about ourselves and us as a team thanks to numerous coachings with our companion Jan David Ott as well as our companion Nadine Nobile in our internal New Pay process. We were allowed to deal with topics in extensive future studies and analyses. These topics were so exciting at second glance that they did not let us sleep at night, from AI ethics to liquidity, logistics, food, retail, quantum computing or energy, everything was there. And most recently – unfortunately – the future of the European economy in a new world order.

We worked from Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, England, France and various places in Germany. Some of us gave their first keynote, some more like their hundredth. At the World Futures Studies Conference we met interesting other people of our “guild” and enjoyed very much to exchange ideas about futures studies with them still months later. In May, we publish our first book on AI ethics in talent management. In the same month, we also constitute our first partner advisory board.

It was a blast – we are looking forward to our second year with all our supporters and customers.


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Ethische KI – HPI Academy Masterclass

Masterclass “Ethical AI” at the HPI Academy

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    Carina Stöttner
  • March 31, 2022
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Themis Foresight is now offering a masterclass on AI ethics at the Academy of the Hasso Plattner Institute. The masterclass in Potsdam addresses executives who want to integrate AI solutions in their company.

To the Masterclass

Practical Introduction to AI Ethics Management

As the use of artificially intelligent algorithms increases in the course of automation in all areas of business, it is necessary to find answers to questions concerning the fair and ethically correct use of AI.

Objectives

  • In this workshop, participants will learn what challenges need to be considered when using historical data to train an AI and why it is not advisable to extrapolate this data into the future in an automated way without further consideration.

  • Experts will answer the question why it is important to learn about the use of ethical AI at an early stage and give practical examples of both successful and unsuccessful use of AI in international companies.

  • Workshop participants will receive an overview of current regulations on the topic, both at federal and EU level, and discuss hurdles to introducing ethical AI in their company.

  • The Masterclass will enable to implement AI projects taking into account ethical guidelines and provide the knowledge to select the right tools in the purchasing process as well as in the operation of AI software.

  • Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the function of algorithms and the interaction with humans.

If you or your company needs support with ethical issues or has questions about practically applicable AI ethics, do not hesitate to contact us.


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KI-Ethik im Talent Management – Vorveröffentlichung im April

AI Ethics in Talent Management: Pre-publication of Study Planned for April

  • Profilbild Carina Stöttner

    Carina Stöttner
  • March 23, 2022
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We are in the midst of a digital revolution that is affecting all areas of life. A significant driver of this revolution is artificial intelligence (AI). 

One of the big growth areas for AI is talent management.

The advantages that AI systems offer HR departments are obvious: Especially where processes can be automated, artificial intelligence plays to its strengths. For example, the time spent on resume screening can be reduced by up to 90% through the use of AI, according to experts.

Legislators refer to areas such as talent management as high-risk areas, meaning that people can come to harm here through the use of artificial intelligence – be it health-related, professional or otherwise. So to minimize the risk of AI causing harm in high-risk areas, it must meet not only technical but also ethical requirements.

The use of AI in talent management therefore requires nothing less than a sharp definition of ethical corporate values – something that many companies have yet to take for granted.

Today, corporate ethical guidelines are primarily a statement of intent and sometimes not even that, but merely a marketing strategy to convey a certain external image. Artificial intelligence cannot work with declarations of intent, however; it needs measurable ethical standards, including for fairness. But: what is fair? When asked this question, three people will give three completely different answers – not to mention companies with several thousand employees.

We have spent the last eight months researching the topic, interviewing experts around the world, and developing a practical AI ethic. The study is expected to be published at the end of April. To be notified of its release, subscribe to our newsletter here.

To put the finishing touches on the study, Jan Berger and I met with Konstantin Katsikis of KWADRAT advertising agency in Berlin last week and worked out a design concept for the study.

Together, we are also developing infographics to make complex technical topics clear for CHROs and business leaders.

If you or your company needs assistance with ethical issues or has questions about practically applicable AI ethics, do not hesitate to contact us.


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