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Future of Work Meetup: How technologies like A.I. change what we work?

Whenever we talk about the future, one of the most often mentioned and probably feared technologies is A.I. There is a general fear of machines coming and taking over the world.

We all know that there will be enormous changes with the more extensive introduction of A.I. but what most people don’t know is how fast it’s going to happen and which are the jobs that will be the most affected.

We would like to figure out together whether we really have to be afraid of machines and if so how can we prepare for working together with them. We aim to do this by addressing various ways of automation and how they will change our jobs.

The first meetup of our Future of work meetup series will focus on: Human Machine competition: How technologies like A.I. change what we work? It will start with a panel discussion, which will be followed by a hands-on LEGO workshop. The discussion part aims to convey information about the technology as well as to evolve some thoughts, which will help participants to go deeper into the topic during the workshop. After the talk, with the help of LEGO bricks, we will model the challenges of the widespread use of A.I. at companies as well as what solutions we can imagine in the long run and what solutions could be already implemented today.

Our panelists

Markus Raunig is convinced that entrepreneurial thinking and acting are key for positive change in our world. Being a Managing Director at Austrian Startups, the leading non-profit platform and think tank for innovative entrepreneurship, he’s working on a future that will empower people to realize their own ideas & take over responsibility early and often. Markus co-authored the Austrian Startup Agenda & the Austrian Startup Monitor, regularly speaks at international conferences and is also part of the World Economic Forum's European Digital Leaders Group, where he dedicates his time, energy and passion towards making metropolitan city-regions digital innovation hubs.

Petra Champandard-Pail has a business background and worked as an international area manager in fashion retail. For the past 10+ years she was on the founding teams of nucl.ai and creative.ai, developing tools and training people in how to apply AI in their work. During that time she also co-organised the biggest annual conference for AI in Creative Industries. Petra is now starting a new project, The Augmented Self, with a focus on AI technology to augment work and support people, making the Fourth Industrial Revolution more humanist.

Rafael Gattringer has an academic background in business informatics and psychology. After co-founding a start-up he entered the semiconductor industry at Infineon Technologies Austria AG. Working in the area of innovation management, he specialized in the field of corporate startup partnerships. Later Rafael joined new work pioneer TELE Haase, where he co-founded the hardware coworking space Factory Hub Vienna. Today back at Infineon Rafael is a contact for makers, startups, and possible cooperation partners for Infineon’s Tech-Ecosystem in Austria. Rafael is convinced that new technologies and innovation can enrich our lives, while respecting ethical values.

Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He previously worked at the Technical University of Berlin, European University Viadrina and the University of Pennsylvania. He is part of the Privacy & Usability training network and a member of the ENISA PSG advisory board. His research focuses on technology, human rights and accountable information systems. Ben holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.

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