Program

Gather explores five themes; Humans & Machines, Democracy & Power, Business & Transactions, Media & Creativity and Urban Planning & Society. In order to really dig deeper into these topics, every theme includes three different sessions with question formulations.

Below is where you navigate through the themes, each session and confirmed speakers.

Humans & Machines

Urban Planning & Society

Business & Transactions

Democracy & Power

Media & Creativity

In a time where we rely on decisions made by algorithms, one may wonder: what does it mean to be human? All we do in our physical life converts to data. Data that machines track in order to constantly improve us and our living. The synergy between humans and machines change the way we interact with each other, the way we communicate and the way we love, live and die. What could be next then if not a full merge with AI or machines?

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Date:

Time:

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Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

The Ethics of Human Enhancements

New scientific advancements, such as the gene editing discovery CRISPR-Cas9, show that humanity is about to enter an enhancement revolution where one can choose to manipulate biology at will. While this could be beneficial when applied to illnesses or disabilities, the idea of a trans-human era presents us with a moral dilemma regarding manipulations beyond health issues and the limitations of medicine. With the possibility of social injustices such as class differences and financial inequality tainting the world of gene editing, we might be faced with the quality of our bodies becoming the new class markers. What ethical framework should humanity apply in this context? Is our morality challenged when we “play God“ by genetically improving humanity?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Love As A Service

Are relationships the social ritual that has been the most affected by technology? Are dating apps the reason why love has become both more social and anti-social, all at the same time? Allowing algorithm-based wing wo/men find the perfect match for the moment has made dating isolated from the rest of one’s social life. But are the apps beneficial for everyone? As more dating choices are offered, studies show that men with no higher education are left behind. Yet, the overwhelming choices offered by apps, where love and sex are accessible just like any other on-demand consuming service, has made us question the normative monogamy more than ever. New social behaviors have emerged, such as the subtle art (and the draining headache) of flirting through emojis, and even sending nudes. Join us in investigating the state of love in the age of dating apps.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

The Economy of Death

The overwhelming amount of data produced during our physical life remains after our death, which raises questions regarding an afterlife presence of our digital lives. Should the principle of human dignity be applied to our digital remains? What ethical conventions do we have to establish to control the commercial interests in our informational bodies? A dialogue diving into the political, economical and ethical aspects of the following: our data is an extension of our lives, and therefore the dead live online forever.

By 2050, cities around the world will be home to six billion people, about 70% of the world’s population. This overwhelming fact forces us to investigate the way our societies inhabit cities. As a place with high concentration of services, we want our cities to be fast, effective and personalized — or in other words, smart. And we do need intelligent solutions and innovations to solve our societies’ critical challenges, to give answers to climate change, food waste or transportation. Or shall we turn to space to find the solution for a sustainable future?

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

The Stuff That Could Save Us

New technologies that are being developed could solve emergencies and some of our societies’ critical challenges. Climate change, energies, food and transportation are among the problems that could be solved by the implementation of new discoveries such as cold fusion, 3D printed food, Hyperloop, etc. But this begs the question: are these innovations simply too good to be true, or could they actually be the crucial answers to some of mankind’s biggest challenges? Participate in an explorative conversation about creating a sustainable future.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Gather Galactic

Is space about to be on sale? Investors are looking more and more into the potential of space tourism, satellites, the moon and even Mars. Some privately funded projects are activating new ways of thinking about space, by making it more affordable and easier to reach. But is the commercialization of space good news for us? Is infinity going to be divided into regions? What are the moral and legal aspects to consider regarding the expansion of human life across space, for example by creating a commercial space market, mining asteroids or building bases on different planets? Let’s discuss the galactic gatherings of the future and their potential impact on energy, resources, biology and more.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Cities As A Service

Ownership in the traditional sense has shown its limitations in recent years, since people have started streaming music and movies instead of actually buying DVDs, CDs or MP3 files. The perks of owning something have been overshadowed by the efficiency of on-demand and shared services that are both smarter and ever-evolving, in contrast to the limited life cycle of traditional products. Being able to rent somebody else’s car or house is just a one of many examples of what the shift from owning to temporarily using can bring. And now cities are next to follow this path, using data to bring better and more flexible services that can be employed by the citizens. Explore the groundbreaking ways in which shared services can revolutionize how we view cities and citizens.

We have reached a turning point — our economy cannot keep going without evaluating its consequences, short-term and long-term. Commercial benefits are achieved at the cost of environmental and social harm, tearing harder on the Earth’s resources and weakening the protection of workers. Responsible businesses need to become the norm and new technologies have to help us, whether it is by bringing more transparency and security to the people or by adapting our business models to our fast moving world. It is time to redefine growth.

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Blockchain and the Impact of Decentralized Platforms

The blockchain became famous for its application through the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Its main purpose is to solve the problem of using third-parties for transactions between two individuals, which means that it is not supposed to have full control of the exchange. With a growing number of services and companies relying on the blockchain technology, a lot of sectors such as banks, healthcare and law, are set to be impacted in the near future. When applied to healthcare for instance, the patient could soon have full control over their data which would make it easier to share the full data with any health specialist. This raises the question: is the blockchain technology mature enough to be applied in all fields?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Redefining Growth

An infinite economic growth based on materialism is impossible on our finite planet, therefore we need a new narrative, a system reset that disrupts our old ways. In these times of rapid growth, thinking about responsible businesses is both vital and urgent. On top of the use of labour, the natural capital is on everyone’s radar as the traditional development of our economy still relies heavily on the overuse of planetary resources. How can we adapt our economic growth to our environmental and social emergencies?

Your mother doesn’t work here, so who does?

Regularly, people discover new services that make them wonder how they lived before that: cheap food delivery, on-demand transportation, electric scooters, you name it. Other than optimizing our time management, these services also create new jobs. This is the so-called gig economy — highly flexible but riddled with flaws regarding the rights and the protection of the workers. At the same time, AI is said to make enormous amounts of jobs obsolete in the near future. Technology moves faster than regulations and it is clear that automation, AI and new digital services will forever change the world of work, leaving us with the question: what measures should be taken, and by whom, to build a brighter future for workers?

Our existence and evolution are being challenged by new technologies. Being a citizen in the 21st century is the equivalent of being a data subject: we represent a specific amount of information that is collected and processed to be used for governing or economic purposes. The increased use of technology has made the line between online and IRL thinner than ever, but also raises questions about data ownership, privacy and the Internet as a place of freedom.

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

Recovering from the Tech Backlash

By your regular use of websites, apps and social media, you create data related to your daily routines, what you buy, who you talk to and who you date. Your online activity also includes what you read, listen to and watch, when you go to the gym or skip it to binge-watch a TV show. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as the information spread by whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and others, has revealed to the world that our data was never totally private. So how can we keep our integrity online, without having to give up our digital lives altogether? Can we force the tech giants to deal with our personal data more privately? Or do we need to come up with new business models for the commercialization of data, where we as users own (and therefore can sell) our personal data? Let’s find out!

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

The Rise of Splinternets

Is the World Wide Web about to be split? Imagined since its beginning as a global commons, discussions are now being raised regarding the Internet and net neutrality. Some political powers, such as the EU, have already blocked or filtered the free access to online content, and commercial interests are splintering the Internet into regional locked webs based on geographical location. As both censorship and online surveillance are growing, could the World Wide Web as we know it be threatened?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

The Age of Surveillance Economy

You are being followed — whether it is through the data that you create in nearly every aspect of your life, or by your government in order to have better control over its citizens. Currently, corporations claim your data as free raw material, later translated into behavioral statistics to improve the prediction capabilities of marketing techniques, and finally, used to influence human behavior. Simultaneously, social credit scores are being developed in some parts of the world to rank citizens and control their access to services. In a time where almost every breath you take is monitored, the need to discuss privacy and ethical regulations is becoming more and more urgent.

Virtual reality has infinite possibilities and go far beyond video games. The way we interact with services, communicate and create art is about to totally change. It is exciting for the future of interfaces, forcing us to rethink what we thought we knew about how to use devices. But could it come to a point when it will be hard to plug out from the matrix? The idea of fake has been a hot topic in the recent years and new realities such as a metaverse could obviously enhance the risks that come with blurring the truth even further. How can we use the advantage of such technologies to make better use of our human strengths?

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Enter the Metaverse

On February 2nd 2019, about 10 millions of people gathered for a concert with EDM DJ Marshmello. While the number is very high, it is not the most mesmerizing aspect of the story. “Gathered“ is actually the interesting word here, because the concert happened in Epic’s widely popular game Fortnite! Players from the whole world watched the event together from their own computers. Immersion is reaching new heights in recent years from hologram artists to actual virtual realities where realism and involvement are more fascinating than ever, as proven by the success of Marshmello’s concert or by Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch experiment. Join us in a fascinating discussion about the future of virtual realities.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

Fake it ‘til you make it

What can the Internet and AI teach us about our understanding of reality? Virtual influencers such as Lil Miquela, deep fakes and fake news have been hot topics in the past months, making us question what is real and what is not. But why does it matter? Is tweaking the truth more damaging than creating fake images? How much fake is too much fake, and why is faking considered to be any different than fiction?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

The Dawn of Zero Touch Interfaces

Ever ended-up with a greasy touchscreen while eating or cooking? Imagine a future where touch interfaces are replaced by your voice or even brain when interacting with your devices. The technology is today applied cautiously in certain devices, but its possibilities are infinite and we can expect to soon interact with more and more screenless products. This innovative way of interacting with technology forces us to rethink UI design with support and integrations from AI and data. Join us in an explorative conversation about the interaction of technology, design and creativity.

Gather explores five different themes and each theme consists of three sessions in order to dig deeper into the subject. Below are all sessions.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

The Stuff That Could Save Us

New technologies that are being developed could solve emergencies and some of our societies’ critical challenges. Climate change, energies, food and transportation are among the problems that could be solved by the implementation of new discoveries such as cold fusion, 3D printed food, Hyperloop, etc. But this begs the question: are these innovations simply too good to be true, or could they actually be the crucial answers to some of mankind’s biggest challenges? Participate in an explorative conversation about creating a sustainable future.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Gather Galactic

Is space about to be on sale? Investors are looking more and more into the potential of space tourism, satellites, the moon and even Mars. Some privately funded projects are activating new ways of thinking about space, by making it more affordable and easier to reach. But is the commercialization of space good news for us? Is infinity going to be divided into regions? What are the moral and legal aspects to consider regarding the expansion of human life across space, for example by creating a commercial space market, mining asteroids or building bases on different planets? Let’s discuss the galactic gatherings of the future and their potential impact on energy, resources, biology and more.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Cities As A Service

Ownership in the traditional sense has shown its limitations in recent years, since people have started streaming music and movies instead of actually buying DVDs, CDs or MP3 files. The perks of owning something have been overshadowed by the efficiency of on-demand and shared services that are both smarter and ever-evolving, in contrast to the limited life cycle of traditional products. Being able to rent somebody else’s car or house is just a one of many examples of what the shift from owning to temporarily using can bring. And now cities are next to follow this path, using data to bring better and more flexible services that can be employed by the citizens. Explore the groundbreaking ways in which shared services can revolutionize how we view cities and citizens.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Enter the Metaverse

On February 2nd 2019, about 10 millions of people gathered for a concert with EDM DJ Marshmello. While the number is very high, it is not the most mesmerizing aspect of the story. “Gathered“ is actually the interesting word here, because the concert happened in Epic’s widely popular game Fortnite! Players from the whole world watched the event together from their own computers. Immersion is reaching new heights in recent years from hologram artists to actual virtual realities where realism and involvement are more fascinating than ever, as proven by the success of Marshmello’s concert or by Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch experiment. Join us in a fascinating discussion about the future of virtual realities.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

Fake it ‘til you make it

What can the Internet and AI teach us about our understanding of reality? Virtual influencers such as Lil Miquela, deep fakes and fake news have been hot topics in the past months, making us question what is real and what is not. But why does it matter? Is tweaking the truth more damaging than creating fake images? How much fake is too much fake, and why is faking considered to be any different than fiction?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

The Dawn of Zero Touch Interfaces

Ever ended-up with a greasy touchscreen while eating or cooking? Imagine a future where touch interfaces are replaced by your voice or even brain when interacting with your devices. The technology is today applied cautiously in certain devices, but its possibilities are infinite and we can expect to soon interact with more and more screenless products. This innovative way of interacting with technology forces us to rethink UI design with support and integrations from AI and data. Join us in an explorative conversation about the interaction of technology, design and creativity.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Blockchain and the Impact of Decentralized Platforms

The blockchain became famous for its application through the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Its main purpose is to solve the problem of using third-parties for transactions between two individuals, which means that it is not supposed to have full control of the exchange. With a growing number of services and companies relying on the blockchain technology, a lot of sectors such as banks, healthcare and law, are set to be impacted in the near future. When applied to healthcare for instance, the patient could soon have full control over their data which would make it easier to share the full data with any health specialist. This raises the question: is the blockchain technology mature enough to be applied in all fields?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Redefining Growth

An infinite economic growth based on materialism is impossible on our finite planet, therefore we need a new narrative, a system reset that disrupts our old ways. In these times of rapid growth, thinking about responsible businesses is both vital and urgent. On top of the use of labour, the natural capital is on everyone’s radar as the traditional development of our economy still relies heavily on the overuse of planetary resources. How can we adapt our economic growth to our environmental and social emergencies?

Your mother doesn’t work here, so who does?

Regularly, people discover new services that make them wonder how they lived before that: cheap food delivery, on-demand transportation, electric scooters, you name it. Other than optimizing our time management, these services also create new jobs. This is the so-called gig economy — highly flexible but riddled with flaws regarding the rights and the protection of the workers. At the same time, AI is said to make enormous amounts of jobs obsolete in the near future. Technology moves faster than regulations and it is clear that automation, AI and new digital services will forever change the world of work, leaving us with the question: what measures should be taken, and by whom, to build a brighter future for workers?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

Recovering from the Tech Backlash

By your regular use of websites, apps and social media, you create data related to your daily routines, what you buy, who you talk to and who you date. Your online activity also includes what you read, listen to and watch, when you go to the gym or skip it to binge-watch a TV show. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as the information spread by whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and others, has revealed to the world that our data was never totally private. So how can we keep our integrity online, without having to give up our digital lives altogether? Can we force the tech giants to deal with our personal data more privately? Or do we need to come up with new business models for the commercialization of data, where we as users own (and therefore can sell) our personal data? Let’s find out!

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

The Rise of Splinternets

Is the World Wide Web about to be split? Imagined since its beginning as a global commons, discussions are now being raised regarding the Internet and net neutrality. Some political powers, such as the EU, have already blocked or filtered the free access to online content, and commercial interests are splintering the Internet into regional locked webs based on geographical location. As both censorship and online surveillance are growing, could the World Wide Web as we know it be threatened?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

The Age of Surveillance Economy

You are being followed — whether it is through the data that you create in nearly every aspect of your life, or by your government in order to have better control over its citizens. Currently, corporations claim your data as free raw material, later translated into behavioral statistics to improve the prediction capabilities of marketing techniques, and finally, used to influence human behavior. Simultaneously, social credit scores are being developed in some parts of the world to rank citizens and control their access to services. In a time where almost every breath you take is monitored, the need to discuss privacy and ethical regulations is becoming more and more urgent.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers

Speakers to be Announced

The Ethics of Human Enhancements

New scientific advancements, such as the gene editing discovery CRISPR-Cas9, show that humanity is about to enter an enhancement revolution where one can choose to manipulate biology at will. While this could be beneficial when applied to illnesses or disabilities, the idea of a trans-human era presents us with a moral dilemma regarding manipulations beyond health issues and the limitations of medicine. With the possibility of social injustices such as class differences and financial inequality tainting the world of gene editing, we might be faced with the quality of our bodies becoming the new class markers. What ethical framework should humanity apply in this context? Is our morality challenged when we “play God“ by genetically improving humanity?

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

Love As A Service

Are relationships the social ritual that has been the most affected by technology? Are dating apps the reason why love has become both more social and anti-social, all at the same time? Allowing algorithm-based wing wo/men find the perfect match for the moment has made dating isolated from the rest of one’s social life. But are the apps beneficial for everyone? As more dating choices are offered, studies show that men with no higher education are left behind. Yet, the overwhelming choices offered by apps, where love and sex are accessible just like any other on-demand consuming service, has made us question the normative monogamy more than ever. New social behaviors have emerged, such as the subtle art (and the draining headache) of flirting through emojis, and even sending nudes. Join us in investigating the state of love in the age of dating apps.

Date:

Time:

Location:

TBA

Speakers to be Announced

The Economy of Death

The overwhelming amount of data produced during our physical life remains after our death, which raises questions regarding an afterlife presence of our digital lives. Should the principle of human dignity be applied to our digital remains? What ethical conventions do we have to establish to control the commercial interests in our informational bodies? A dialogue diving into the political, economical and ethical aspects of the following: our data is an extension of our lives, and therefore the dead live online forever.

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