Keynote of Reinhard Kardinal Marx, German Conference of Bishops - discussion based on this keynote
• digital revolution will last, will influence our economic possibilities
• bad future (sci-fi, apocalyptical vision): evil powers, dictators rule the society with technology - cultural pessimism
• understand our lives as a gift and a task
• look at the digital word as well as a gift and a task
• we need the responsibility of all and we have to discuss it
• progress across the board is an illusion, but so is the apocalypse
• different level of responsibility - global responsibility - who? when? where? ranges from individuals to corporate
• we want a responsible freedom
• we need a global consensus of what a good life is
• seems to you without work is better, long run (ethical point): work adds value to human life
• church afraid of losing impact due to the digitization another one?
• everything comes in a package with pros and cons, balance is key
• is a future desirable where machines make the profit and people sit around with no jobs? who are winners, losers?
• Who has the power? Who has the money? Inequality is a real danger for the free society
• Is the free society only temporary?
• if there is more and more inequality, this will be the end of responsibility here
• "Maybe this free society is only an episode. Maybe it’s not all that stable.“
• "We should live in a society where people are free. They should be able to take down decisions over their own lives“
• "My hope is still greater than my fear but we have to act."
Discussion based on archbishop Marx' keynote:
Janina Kugel (Siemens):
• the world is changing - not only about whether companies will be able to change, but how fast they can change
• but is there just another industrial revolution or the beginning of something bigger
• this is not only for the upper class, give an opportunity, don’t miss out people, responsibility for all of us
• Digitalization can only be successful if we take anyone along
• every industrial revolution has been shifting work of people but not reducing work
• digitalization should not be seen as something negative, but as an opportunity
• AI will be improving working conditions. I don’t like the negative notation associated with digitalization in Germany
• is there a human right to work?
• try, fail, improve is a key paradigm for the future of work
• providing a job to everyone is the better way compared to unconditional basic income
• not sure universal basic income will work to solve the negative results of tech job displacement
Yonca Dervisoglu Bunini, Google
• responsibility -> digital skills, no big gap there, we know today there will be 1 Mio. jobs by 2020 in Europe and will not have enough people with the skills for it
Dominik Wichmann, DLD:
• we have a 6-week summer break b/c kids needed to be able to help their families harvesting. We’re living 100 years in our past.
• the german school system is still aquainted to agricultural needs from 80-100 years ago, needs to change for digital skills
Carl Frey, Oxford Martin School:
• Combination of tech skills, creativity, and navigating complex environments will be critical skills in the digital age
Reinhard Kardinal Marx:
• In an ideal society, everybody looking for a job should get one.
• we have to think beyond capitalism (seriously he recently published a book called „Das Kapital“ (the capital))
What we need to teach children? The ability to adapt to technology and economic changes. Digital skills are vocational.