Agenda 6th September, 08.00 - 17.00

 8.00 - 9.00: Registration and breakfast

 9.00 - 9.20: Welcome by Lillian Gjerulf Kretz, moderator, and Peter Friis, VP Google Northern Europe

9.20 - 9.50: Rob Nail - Intro to Exponential Technologies
Presentation addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant. This also explains how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (Nano, Info, Bio) are empowering individuals and small companies to do what only governments were able to achieve only a few decades ago. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption and/or opportunity depending on the company’s mindset. The ultimate message is that companies and governments cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die or be left behind. What does this mean for Denmark and for Europe? This talk lays the framework for the rest of the program.

9.50 - 10.50: Neil Jacobstein - Artificial intelligence
This topic provides the rationale and technology context for augmenting our brains and other systems with artificial intelligence (AI). It explains what AI is, why it matters, and where it is headed. AI is not just a future possibility. We provide many excellent examples of artificial intelligence applications in action - embedded in the fabric of our everyday lives. Neil shares his expertise and passion for AI, and how it can be used with other exponential technologies to solve our critical grand challenge problems. Finally, the talk addresses the mathematical, ecological, and ethical literacy necessary as a foundation to use this powerful technology responsibly. How can Denmark and other Digital Frontrunners make the most out of AI?

10.50 - 11.30: Rob Nail - Robotics
This presentation will provide an overview of robotics technology, the far-reaching impact this technology is having throughout the world, and how what is coming will change business globally. As robotics use accelerates, many branches of the financial world will change. How will this change Denmark?

11.30 - 12.30: Lunch

12.30 - 13.30: Ramez Naam - Infinite Resources
The world is bumping up against multiple environmental and natural resource hurdles - climate change, peak oil, fresh water shortages, rising prices for food, minerals, and commodities of all sorts. At the same time, a growing population and a surge in the wealth of the developing world is increasing consumption. Can innovation keep pace? What are the true limits to growth? How do we overcome the challenges that face us? The session will provide an overview of the key natural resource and environmental challenges that face us, the on-the-horizon innovations that hold the promise to overcome them, and the policies that would best encourage innovation in those critical fields. How can Denmark as a frontrunner lead the way in implementing these policies? The true limits to economic and natural resource growth on Planet Earth will be presented and discussed. 

13.30 - 14.30: Amin Toufani - Exonomics
Exponential technologies have profound effects on how economies function. Exponential Economics - or Exonomics - is the study of this emerging new world and its implications for individuals, businesses and governments. The talk covers unifying themes among disruptive trends in business strategy, financial markets, cryptocurrencies, economic policy, and risk management. What will be the impact of this on Denmark and Europe?

14.30 - 14.50: Coffee break

14.50 - 15.30: Discussion on Digitizing Denmark
A new report on Digitizing Denmark will be presented in a Q&A session. Following this session, a high-level panel will discuss what should be the priorities in the short term and how Denmark can ensure that it will be a Digital Frontrunner in the long term.

In the panel:

Ida Auken, Member of Parliament (the Social Liberal Party)
Ulla Tørnæs, Minister of Higher Education and Science (the Liberal Party of Denmark)
Tommy Ahlers, Entrepreneur
Rob Nail, Associate Founder and CEO of Singularity University

15.30 - 16.00 Speech by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen

16.00 - 17.00: Mingle


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Digital Frontrunners 2016
06 Sep, 2016 08.00 - 06 Sep, 2016 17:00


Industriens Hus
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 18, 1787 København V