Munich, 25th May 2023: Under the motto “Beyond the internet as we know it...”, digital service provider Ray Sono’s meetup, the Ray Talk, took place in Munich on Thursday. Decision-makers gathered to debate artificial intelligence and the future of the digital world with renowned speakers and over 100 handpicked guests. The event featured presentations by Chris Boos (Deutscher Digitalrat), Laura Faerber (E.ON/Brightfield), and Prof. Dr. Jivka Ovtcharova (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
Among the representatives from business, politics, and culture who attended the Ray Talk, there was agreement that we are only beginning to understand AI, but it will certainly play an active role in shaping and influencing our future. Chris Boos, an IT entrepreneur, investor, and member of the Deutscher Digitalrat, clearly states that “digitalization and AI signify the end of the industrial age. Every process can and will be executed by AI.” To benefit from this, he emphasizes the importance of welcoming innovation. His mission is to drive the digital transformation of the economy and society and create more space for innovative thinking through AI. “When we have begun teaching machines, they will be able to apply what the best and smartest have to offer.” He responds to the dystopian predictions associated with the evolution of artificial intelligence with irony: “Why should we be afraid that machines can do things better than we do? Who wants to be a wheelbarrow anyway?”
Prof. Dr. Jivka Ovtcharova from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology emphasizes, “Technology is cool. But being human is cooler.” She further clarifies that it is only we humans who decide our future because “technology doesn’t want anything bad; it doesn’t want anything at all.” Nevertheless, the convergence of humans and machines must be advanced, as hybrid intelligence is like the best of both worlds. Ultimately, it is about understanding digital transformation, scaling it correctly, and responsibly managing it. “Technologies alone cannot change the world!”
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The Ray Talk 2023: 3 stages, 6 keynotes, and over 8 hours of programming, including a concluding get-together with drinks and a buffet. It was a panorama of updates, zeitgeist phenomena, and shifts in perspective. It helped explore the limits of the feasible as well as using facts and the positive power of innovation to dispel some fears of future AI scenarios.
Ray Talk 2023 - the highlights in summary
The need for digital solutions cuts across all industries. Since 2002, we have regularly used our platform Ray Talk to facilitate exchanges to bring decision-makers together. This time, our mission was to assess the specific potential of artificial intelligence. We highly suspect that all guests took different inspirations home with them. For us, it is important to provide impulses, regardless of the direction.Nicolas Escherich, Member of the Executive Board, Ray Sono
After the event is before the event: Ray Sono’s digital journey surrounding the topic of Artificial Intelligence continues. On 3rd July 2023, the company will host the Bavarian branch of the established event series AI Monday®. This C-level forum identifies the business challenges of the digital future and demonstrates how AI can influence revenue development and efficiency. The Ray Talk format will continue in 2024 – there will obviously be enough material for another Expert Circle by then. “All that’s important is to keep talking!”