Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, whistleblower Edward Snowden, star reporter Jeff Jarvis, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and bioethics Guru Nick Bostrom all have something in common: they have all been guest speakers at the CeBIT Global Conferences in Hannover, Germany. In March 2017, the Conferences will once again be poised to take their participants on a journey of discovery into the Adventureland of the digital world.
CeBIT defines the latest trends, presents talks by high-calibre speakers and forward-looking panel discussions, and showcases product innovations from all over the world. The CeBIT Global Conferences 2017 will be held from 20 to 24 March and will take their attendees on a journey of discovery through "Explore the Digital World!", where they will delve deep into the realms of virtual reality, humanoid robots, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and even life on Mars as they discover the big themes that make the digital world tick. The departure point for this magical journey is Hall 8 at the Hannover Exhibition Center. Hall 8 is where everyone who wants to learn about current developments and the next big things in digitalization will get to meet up with IT providers and users, Internet companies and investors, and digital creatives and visionaries.
Top international speakers
Foremost among the great things awaiting discovery in this Adventureland of digital discourse are ideas and visions of our digital future, as presented by numerous world-class speakers:
- Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and one-time employer of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Bushnell is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry and has a long history of mentoring startups in the digital gaming space. His latest venture is a company called Brainrush that develops educational software which incorporates virtual-reality and video game technology.
- Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp is a visionary of a different kind. He is the co-founder of Mars One, one of the most inspiring - not to mention controversial! - projects in the space industry. The aim of Mars One is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2027. Permanent in the sense that they will live in a special habitat and be unable to return to Earth.
- Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, is a leading Japanese roboticist and something of an international celebrity. In March 2017, he will be making an appearance at the CeBIT Global Conferences along with his famous robot double. Ishiguro controls the android robot via the Internet using a motion-capture interface and speech synthesis software so that it looks, moves and talks just like him.
- Toby Walsh, of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, is one of the world’s foremost experts in artificial intelligence. Walsh has launched a petition calling for a ban on autonomous weapons - or "killer robots" as they are often termed - and is an advocate of regulatory measures to ensure that artificial intelligence is used to improve our lives rather than to harm us.
- Is it possible to electrically stimulate our taste nerves in such a way that broccoli suddenly tastes like chocolate? Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City, University London and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, has discovered that the tongue can be made to experience various tastes simply by altering the frequency of the electrical current passing through a set of electrodes. Cheok is currently looking at how to give "virtual food" texture as well as taste.
Here you find an overview of the topics that will be covered during the exhibition.
Japan Partner Country CeBIT 2017
Internet of Things. Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Cyber security. Autonomous systems. Humanoid robots. These are the big technology trends driving the digital transformation, and they will feature prominently in Japan's Partner Country showcase at CeBIT. In March 2017, the showcase mounted by Japan's corporate and institutional ambassadors will be a shining testament to the country's innovative power and progressive outlook. It will also be very big, spanning more than 5,000 square meters of display space. And that's just the main Partner Country showcase. There will also be numerous stand-alone Japanese displays at CeBIT's various theme clusters. In all, there will be more than 120 Japanese companies and institutions taking part at CeBIT 2017 – about ten times as many as in 2016 and an all-time record in the history of Japan's participation at CeBIT.