IFA+ Summit 2018 in Berlin: “PLUG-INspiration 2024” – an exchange platform for trends of the coming years on 2 and 3 September 2018

Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov, aviation technician Uma Subramanian and robotics expert Jens Lambrecht are among the key speakers to be gracing the stage at this year’s IFA+ Summit.

The event is divided into four thematic clusters about the challenges of the future: Intelligence 2024, Society 2024, Interaction 2024 and Experience 2024. At the IFA+ Summit 2018, leading figures of the digital age provide impulses, in- depth workshops, space for discussions with guests – and the opportunity for every participant to expand their worldwide network.

At the summit, Garry Kasparov, ex-chess world champion and world- famous for his duels against the IBM computer Deep Blue way back in the 1990’s, will share his assessment of the challenges and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence with the guests of the IFA+ Summit. Uma Subramanian, CEO of Airbus company Voom, talks about new possibilities of urban mobility with helicopters “on demand”. Jens Lambrecht, founder of the Berlin-based start- up GESTALT Robotics and Junior Professor for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin, will speak on the humanisation of robots.

Moon Ribas and Stephen D. Larson will be pushing the boundaries between man and machine. Cyborgs are no longer abstract fantasies – it has long been possible to integrate microcomputers into human beings. Moon Ribas (Cyborg Arts) is an artist from Spain who feels in her foot when the earth trembles somewhere in the world thanks to an implant. In disasters, she feels connected to people tens of thousands of kilometres away. She calls it an “additional sense” – and a proof that we are able to massively expand our sensory possibilities.

Stephen D. Larson is not working on expanding his own abilities – but those of the digital. His OpenWorm project is an open code on the web that programmers from all over the world are working on. “Modelling a simple, functioning nervous system enables us to understand complex processes in the human brain.”

The IFA+ Summit will take place on 2 and 3 September 2018 at the IFA exhibition grounds in GRAND THEATER in Hall 26b.

Wendell Wallach is consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioethics. In his book “A Dangerous Master”, Wallach deals with the question “how we can prevent technology from getting out of control”. Intelligent weapon systems, for example, have long been a reality. But who is responsible if something goes wrong?

Alexander Mankowsky is also driven by his will to answer questions of the future right now – and just like Wallach he is also taking the stage at the IFA+ Summit, IFAs think tank. He joins other visionaries and scientists, newcomers and luminaries. At Daimler, Mankowsky is responsible for “Future Studies & Ideation”. The core of his work is to identify and implement social and technical innovations for tomorrow’s mobility. On September 3, 2018, Summit participants can experience where to – and above all how – we are moving on.

As the “Storyteller from the Future”, Karen Palmer produces films that react to the viewer’s emotional state with the help of facial recognition and thus demands an examination of unconscious behaviour – this is neurologically interesting: the brain develops new strategies, abandons familiar patterns of thought. Garry Kasparov, chess legend and Avast Security Ambassador, deals with the effects of an ever- improving AI on privacy and responsibility.

IFA+ Summit participants can take part in exclusive workshops, inspiring lectures – and profit from many supplementary benefits: At the exclusive “ALL YOU CAN MEET goes IFA” scientists and artists, tech pioneers and trendsetters meet. Admission is of course included in the ticket, along with many other VIP services.

Tickets are available for 599 Euros and further information on the progamme is available at