Here is an illustration of the topics/ideas up for debate at the event.
WHY DECENTRALIZATION MATTERS
During the first era of the internet — from the 1980s through the early 2000s — internet services were built on open protocols that were controlled by the internet community. During the second era of the internet, from the mid 2000s to the present, for-profit tech companies — most notably Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) — built software and services that rapidly outpaced the capabilities of open protocols. Today we are facing a third era, where developers and communities are developing tools to build a decentralized internet, which could overtake the situation.
The wild Wild West period of cryptocurrency is close to a end: the governments finally recognized the potential of this new tech and decided to act. Regulators from different countries across the world ( U.S, China, Belgium ecc…) are now deploying resources and time to legitimate this world.
How blockchain can change the world in different fields - healthcare, charity, bank system, finance, chain supplies and others
ICO dangers - exit scams and non legitimate projects flood the market creating a danger for many ‘normal’ investors.
‘ I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence’ , Said Elon Musk in 2014. So far tech giants like Facebook and Google are working on their AI computers, not without scary problems - Facebook chatbots -, how dangerous is really this technology?
38% of jobs in the U.S. could be vulnerable to AI by the early 2030s, a PwC report says. What will artificial intelligence really do to the job market?
Should advanced artificial intelligence have human rights?
Automated cars. We are getting closer ?
How will we stop the “singularity”, where AI gets so advanced it can create technology that humans can’t comprehend?
Should we want to stop AI from evolving and creating inventions that outstrip our own? What if it benefits us?
The mission to Mars -
can the human body cope?
Could there possibly be multiple universes, and will we ever know the answer to that question?
Is climate change real?
Should we be investing so much money on finding other hospitable planets, or doing more to protect our own?
Do we need more organizations like the ESA and NASA, or are they enough on their own?
Does alien life exist? Scientists have claimed to have found bacteria-shaped organisms in clouds 50km above the surface of Venus; large spikes of methane gas on Mars, which points to microbial life (methane is traditionally released by microbes on Earth). And a possible 11 billion habitable Earth-sized planets in our own galaxy.
Many economists believe that governments, like Trump’s presidency, are in the pocket of multinational firms, like the Koch family. How do we get real results, real accountability and greater levels of transparency from our elected governments?
Austria in 2007, Malta this year: Increasingly, there are aims to give the vote to younger and younger voters (16 years old). Would it be regressive to consider giving the vote to only voters who pay tax, and why?
Speaking at the G20 Summit in May, Jeffrey Sachs believes that, ten years on from the global economic clash, and we are set for rapid change (economies always evolve). What might the jobs market look like in ten years?
President Kennedy once said: “we have the power to end all forms of human poverty.” More than 50 years on, with more power in our phones than the systems Nasa used to get to the moon, how can we empower economies across the globe? The world is a 127 trillion world economy, and yet the majority of this money is concentrated in small areas.
In the last 10 years, median household income has stagnated or declined in many advanced economies - especially in middle class households. What can be done to renergize the middle classes?
Sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb dominate their markets but they are accused of unfair competition. How much do we need new rules?
CHANGE OF PERCEPTION IN
MUSIC & ART
Old masters of art were worried about aesthetics, contemporary art is about the beauty of the idea and deconstructing art - what might the future of art hold, and how might science and technology play a part?
Do modern technologies like video games and robots count as art?
Are inventors like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs artists? Or should art be more rigidly defined?
Music has been around longer than agriculture, but scientists have only recently discovered that music can help stroke victims with memory, focus, speech - even the ability to walk. How much do we realistically know about the power of music, and what other applications could music have?
Is it too easy to become an “artist” of any kind? Is the barrier to entry for musicians, photographers, painters too low?
Art and science both look for meaning and ways of communicating that meaning. Are art and science inextricably tied?