Once a year the Telekom Austria Group invites outstanding personalities to future.talk in order to give them the opportunity to present their inspiring views and perspectives. Since 2001 international "stars" from science, industry and politics such as Al Gore, Kofi Annan, Steve Wozniak, Sir Tim Berners-Lee or Sir Richard Branson have given guests of the Telekom Austria Group new food for thought. future.talk has become an institution. It is both dialogue platform and exchange of views, knowledge transfer and get-together for personalities from European and international industry, politics, media and science.
Arianna Huffington, president and chief editor of "The Huffington Post" discussed with the German "media watchdog" Stefan Niggemeier the future of media.
Has the way we know journalism until today become obsolete? Will we have to do without a plurality of opinion, outstanding journalism and independent reporting in future? And what does it mean for our society if there is a fundamental change in the media? That the debate about old and new media and their relationship is obsolete, that a hybrid and convergent media model exists and that traditional media also do their work well online and new media invest in research and good journalism, thereof Arianna Huffington is convinced. Readers and viewers are the first time in the center, the "audience" tells the story.
Sir Richard Branson talked about how innovational spirit and entrepreneurship can be compatible with ecological and social engagement.
For the out-of-the-box thinker Branson it is not monetary aspects that have higher priority, but the highest social and ecological standards. Sustainable and responsible economic activity, as Branson practices it in his worldwide enterprises, demands an appropriate infrastructure: information and communication technologies constitute the key technologies for the fight against climate change and to close the digital gap.
Jared Cohen, Eli Pariser and Slavoj Žižek discussed "How does the Internet shape our thinking?".
Where we live, what we buy and where we travel: all this information has long since been stored in the Internet. The virtual world knows our decisions even before we know them ourselves. We are supplied with a daily set of information that perfectly appeals to our taste. This is very convenient. However, we should ask ourselves, to what extent is our reality affected by this? Does the Internet hold a mirror up before us that reads our minds, showing us a matching virtual image of the world?
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Anke Domscheit-Berg, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Antonia Rados discussed the topic “Who rules the Internet Society?”.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and futurologist Ray Kurzweil share their visions on the topic "Manchine" with us.
Human networking has become an essential part of our lives.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan drew enthusiastic crowds to mobile.futuretalk 2008.
Al Gore is no doubt one of the most complex and impressive figures of our times: During his eight year term as Vice-President of the United States under Bill Clinton he kept pushing the development of the internet following his vision of the "Information Superhighways". His documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth" on his strategies against global warming won two Oscars. On October 24th Al Gore gave a presentation as key note speaker at the mobile.futuretalk 07 on the future of mobility. The event was organized by mobilkom austria and more than a thousand people listened to Mr. Gore's presentation.
mobilkom austria celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Burgtheater in Vienna. More than 1.000 guests and prominent companions from politics, business, sports and culture came to congratulate Austria's leading mobile phone provider. In his keynote speech special guest Bob Geldof talked about the importance of building bridges between people by using the means of global communication. The show was hosted by ORF-anchor Ingrid Thurnher and Ö3-"mike-man" Tom Walek. Saint Privat and iANARA were among the show acts.
Bertrand Piccard, world-champion balloonist and psychiatrist, presented his insights.
550 guests came to the Museumsquartier in Vienna to see the performance of Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle on the 27th of October 2004. Both lamented the fact that people like to copy products, strategies and ideas of others. Why? In order to minimize their risk. However, this is very dangerous: Imitating others leads to nothing but "creative impotence" - a phenomenon already vividly described by the "Funksters" in their new book "Karaoke Capitalism".
"Content" does not serve the purpose of acquiring more information or knowledge, but is used for building and keeping up relationships. Douglas Rushkoff, US-specialist on cyber culture, new media and entertainment wowed a crowd of more than 500 visitors of mobile.futuretalk 2003. He explained the role "Social Currency" plays in our everyday lives and how companies which seek to be successful content providers have to take "Social Currency" into account.
Esther Dyson, the "First Lady of the internet", attracted an audience of 400 people from politics, business, culture and media to the Museumsquartier in Vienna. The same number of people joined in online. The US-author, Wallstreet analyst, investor in Russia and company owner Dyson focused on the rules of the game for the digital future in her presentation "It's a user-controlled world": more freedom on the one hand, protecting the rights of the individual on the other. A lively discussion with the audience evolved on topics such as "privacy on the internet" as well as on sociological and technical differences between the US and Europe concerning communication habits and behavior.
The famous US trend scout Faith Popcorn, who coined the term "cocooning", came to Vienna in November 2001 as mobilkom austria's guest. At the mobile.futuretalk she spoke about "new female power" and its impact on marketing strategies.