The Swiss Economic Forum from a Bird’s Eye View
Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) is the leading economic conference of Switzerland taking place every year. This week, on 1st and 2nd September, including the Co-Founders of SwissCognitive – the Global AI Hub, Dalith Steiger and Andy Fitze, over 1’000 leading personalities gathered from business, academia, politics, and the media in Interlaken for an active exchange of ideas and cross-industry networking. The focus fell on “New Horizons” – shifting above the challenges arising from the pandemic, and with the collective knowledge of leaders, finding new ways to head into the future.
Topics Impacting Billions of People Globally
Amongst the around sixty most influential leaders from across industries, we saw on stage Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Ralph Hamers, Economic Historian Niall Ferguson, CNN News Anchor Richard Quest, and deputy chairman of the Barilla group Paolo Barilla, NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen, Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu President of Kosovo, Swiss Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter, and Formal Vice President United States Mike Pence.
These leaders are representatives of organizations stemming from industries that are dominating both the Swiss as well as the global economy. This means, the topics spotlighted during SEF’s intensive two-day-long agenda, tapped into challenging questions that not only impact 8.7 million lives in Switzerland but also billions of others globally.
Common Global Grounds: Digital Transformation and Cognitive Technologies
Dozens of questions challenge leaders and experts globally. Nevertheless, intentionally or not, leaders at the SEF’s two-day conference have found commons ground when it came to the questions of “what, how, and whom” related to our New Horizons.
Zooming in on the question of “what”, we all aim for our organizations to be stable and enduring of unforeseen challenges, with results reflecting on flourishing business performance, satisfied and empowered workforce, and a healthy Swiss and global economy. Focusing on the question of “how”, almost all topics on SEF’s main stage, and most certainly all conversations that we got involved in spotlighted the importance of digital transformation with important aspects of it being propelled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. Last, but certainly not least, it all came down to the question of “whom”. Whom do we need in the process of heading into new horizons that are featured by secure & thriving economies, businesses driven by satisfied workforce and powerful cognitive technologies? The answer was clear. We need all layers of businesses and societies. First and foremost, we need people across societies. They need to be onboarded on our vision of New Horizon and the role that digital transformation & cognitive technologies are ought to play. We need visionary experts and leaders from various industries, businesses, academia, politics and media, who lead us into this new era and help navigate changes.
Turning the New Horizon-Vision into Swiss and Global Reality
On this very day, 5th September 2021, SwissCognitive – The Global AI Hub, have been working on this vision for five years now, turning businesses and society’s challenges into opportunities, supported by AI and other cognitive technologies. In less than five years, the organization grew into a global-reaching and future-driven network of ½ million people, that believe in the power of combined cognitive-, emotional-, and artificial intelligence. With the purpose of unlocking the potentials of AI, the organization onboarded organizations from across industries, including ABB, SBB, Ringier, Microsoft, IBM, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, IMD, ETH, Adecco, Accenture Nestlé, H&M, Rolls-Royce, Amag, Airbus, as well as the United Nations and World Economic Forum.
Preparing 3 Billion Employees for AI – A Zeitgeist Challenge
Being in line with the topic of New Horizon, 6th September, with world-class speakers, leaders and experts on our CognitiveVirtual stage, we focus on the big question of “how”: how do we prepare 3 billion employees for AI.
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Dalith and Andy