Niko Paech, lecturer at the University of Siegen, introduced us in his exciting speech to the clash between the compulsion for growth and the limits of growth. In his view, the concept of „green growth“ is insufficient to resolve climate change and the limitations of physical and ecological resources. There is a need to develop a path towards a more modest life style.

Niko Paech proposes that we evolve into self-effective prosumers who produce more by ourselves (e.g. in communal gardens, own furniture), who share more of our equipment (e.g. car-sharing, lawn mower sharing) and who use products for a longer period (e.g. repair clothes and household appliances). This does not only apply just to us as individuals, but also to public and private enterprises. How will the world look like, once we focus more on repair, modernization and refit rather than new product manufacturing?

Speech (only in German)

Dr. Uwe Franke from Daimler introduced together with Felix Eberli the potential of deep learning for autonomous driving during this year’s first tech event. The presentation covered the impressive technical developments, driven by Convolutional Neural Networks and increased computation power. These methods are even nowadays superior to the human driver in particular situations such as night vision or mirrored images due to rain fall. Over the next years, we can expect significant progress in the field driven by the technical capabilities.