Berlin Reflects Over Today’s Key Issues

During this year’s Q BERLIN and for one entire day, fifteen experts were joined by around 800 guests in Berlin to discuss and debate the key issues of today. The topics included climate change, civil responsibility, artificial intelligence, new work and urban life. Everyone agreed on one thing – as digitisation and globalisation exponentially accelerate changes to existing structures, shared discourse is more urgent than ever. And this is the basis to shape the movement to a positive shared future.

Friederike Otto, Acting Director Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, showed how the problem of climate change is evident from, above all, current data on the higher frequency of natural catastrophes. African feminist and activist Rosebell Kagumire illustrated what can be achieved when women reclaim their voice. Goran Buldioski held a mirror up to the western world. “We take many things as givens”, he said, “such as gender equality or progress. But that also means we ignore how western capitalism has more challenged democratic values than developed them.”

In essence, nearly all Q.BERLIN’s thematic areas dealt with the acceptance of change and shaping transitions to create a positive future. In the course of the talks and discussion groups, a broad debate developed over the ethical, economic, philosophical and regulatory issues of AI and algorithms.

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