'Alone or together?' has been one of the most formative questions throughout history, dating back even to prehistoric times.
Answers to this dilemma have been at the core of our individual and collective identities, and have been the engines of progress or disaster, both on a personal or a civilizational level. They have shaped everything from culture to politics, from business to love.As the 21st century unfolds around us, its relevance seems sharper than ever. What's more, our new world of emerging hyper-connectedness is ushering in a new chapter of the story: a new game with new opportunities and new dangers for people and nations alike, opening new doors for science, a new ecosystem for businesses, and possibly a whole new universe for innovation.
New shared, networked and collaborative business models mesh with individual desires. Digital relationships blur the line between being connected and estranged as we are rewriting how we see ourselves and each other, or what kind of cultures we live in. Collective intelligence competes with AI for the next chapter in our evolution. We can't stop asking if we are alone in the Universe and we need to decide if we care for only our human species or for the rest of life on Earth as well.
Connectivity engulfs and transforms everything, from personality to society, from achievement to fulfillment, from start ups to multinational businesses, from innovation to creativity, from ideas to identities, from physics to geography, from technology to biology, from national strategies to civilizational tensions. And it seems that the only real answer we could give to the ancient question now is a new one: not either, but both. Alone AND Together. But what does that mean? How can we do it? And what is the potential?
Speakers: Paul Oomen, Győri Noémi,Textúra, Isfandiyar Shaheen, Brett Hennig, Riskó Bence, Darlene Damm, Courtney Gras, Orosz Zoltán, Gergely Vera, Sheryl Winarick, Bozsik Gyöngyvér, Kenyeres István, Gingger Shankar, Maciej Kisilowski, Giulia Enders, Arndt Pechstein, Tóth Árpád