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Digitalisation is challenging cherished habits: Why do we have cities when everyone has a smartphone? How do companies function without people? Is the future still being shaped or already programmed? Every week, Christoph
Holz discusses exciting future topics with well-known personalities from IT, business & co and asks about the sense and nonsense
behind digitalisation. In the stories of the day after tomorrow, modern technologies are explained in an entertaining way, the changes in our society are illuminated and the human condition is explored anew.

#103 "Future Intelligence - The World in 2050" with Prof. Karine Sargsyan (ESBB) & Dr. Tamás Landesz (WHO)

In this exciting podcast episode, I discuss with Karine Sargsyan and Tamás Landesz their new book "Future Intelligence" with an outlook on the world in 2050 - governments, innovators and companies enabling a better future. The book emphasizes that empathy, mindfulness, presence and sharing become the anchors for future decisions in 2050. This book is of general interest to anyone who wants to understand the future of the world, and is especially useful for planners, policymakers, strategists, and entrepreneurs.

#102 "Fake News - Is the Truth Dying?" with Prof. Dr. Rainer Nawrocki, Westfälische Hochschule Bocholt.

The topics of knowledge, truth, lies and fake news are the theme of today's episode. The Internet, social media and artificial intelligence have increased the spread of extremist views. My guest today, Prof. Dr. Rainer Nawrocki, is a professor at Westfälische Hochschule, and says that Fake News is not a new phenomenon, as even animals use deception. I discuss the concept of Fake News and how it can be accepted in certain communities for group identification with him today.

#101 "Ethical Implications of Generative AI" with Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel, Professor Cybersecurity & Resilience FHNW

Can our network-like thinking be translated into linear language, and how do models like ChatGPT reflect our knowledge of the world? Can an AI ever "feel" or develop real consciousness? And how is technology changing the way students learn and how media content is created? We also discuss whether AI could distort our perception of reality and what that means for our society. This episode is a must-see for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, ethics, and human thought. Whether you're a tech enthusiast, a skeptic, or just curious, this discussion will get you thinking. So, headphones on and let's go!

#100 "Politics & AI: Germany's Way to the Future?!" with Anne Goldmann, Research Associate at CAIS.

AI is considered the current driver of digitalization. With Anne Goldmann, political scientist and researcher at CAIS (Center for Advanced Internet Studies) in the research program "Digital Democratic Innovations", I talk about the role of politics in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). We talk about the influence of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on the spread of lies and hate through AI. Should Germany take a leading role in AI development? What potential and what government efforts are there to support this?

#99 "Ethics in artificial intelligence" with Vassilios Katsogridakis, journalist at Rheinische Post

With my guest today, Vassilios Katsogridakis, I talk about ethics in artificial intelligence (AI). The enhanced capabilities of AI, especially with the unexpected development of ChatGPT, have raised ethical questions. What should be done with this technology? Vassili is involved in organizing the Digital Ethics Summit 2023, which brings together experts to discuss moral issues related to the future.

#98 "Digitization needs trust!" with Olaf Classen, Federal Office for Information Security

In this episode, I once again discuss digitization and its sense and nonsense, with a special focus on cybersecurity. My guest, Olaf Classen, an information security expert, emphasizes the importance of trust in the state and the risks that arise when that trust disappears. Together, we shed light on how society perceives the opportunities and threats of digitization and why media often only focus on the downsides, such as cyberattacks. An in-depth conversation about the digital landscape of our time.

#97 "With digitalization better chances of cure for lung cancer?" with Jasmin Saric, CEO Onqo-Health GmbH

Every year, around 57,000 people in Germany develop lung cancer. Not all cancers are the same. Therapies are getting better and more specialized. In our free society, the decision about therapy should not lie with the doctor alone; the doctor should provide advice. The final decision lies with the patient himself. But how are patients and their relatives supposed to understand this flood of information?

#96 "Lie Detectors against Fake News" with Larissa Eberhardt, editor at ZDF.

Truth is the invention of a liar. Angela Merkel once said: We have arrived in the post-factual age. The American EX-president, whose name I never want to mention again, talks about alternative facts. Our brain is not into truth, but into dopamine. So news and for every truth a thousand lies can be invented - lies have one advantage: they don't have to be true. I'm talking about fake news with my guest today.

#95 "Digitized Learning for Digital Issues" with Jan Veira Founder and CEO of University4Industry U4I

With electricity, it still took decades for it to catch on. With email, it also took many years before everyone had one. The artificial intelligence ChatGPT took only a few months to arrive in the companies. Things are moving faster and faster, and that's not changing. Change in companies will never be as slow as it currently is. Meanwhile, change management processes are already being overtaken by the wave of innovation. What to do?

#94 "Machine Love from a Philosophical Perspective" with Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel, Prof. for Business Informatics, Information Ethics and Machine Ethics at the FHNW.

Sky DE is currently running the new series "Tender Hearts" with Heike Makatsch. It plays with the thought experiment that in the not too distant future it could be possible for sex robots to be constructed for women. With my guest today, I talk about "machine love".

#93 "Should ChatGPT be OpenSource?" with Dorothée Töreki, lecturer and CEO "Thinking Spaces in the Digital".

A technology as incredibly powerful as ChatGPT should also be as transparent as possible about how it works, right? This knowledge is too important to leave to just a tiny group of people who set the rules and run tests to make sure those rules are followed. Today, I talk to Dorothée Töreki about the pros and cons of making LLMs open source.

#92 "Cyberbullying - Violence against women on the Internet" with Dr. Mario Herger, book author.

"Cyberf*cked: How Women Are Threatened and Harassed on the Internet - and What We Can All Do About It" (Mario Herger) - Hate and offending on the Internet have been on my mind for a long time. My online experiences as a man are not at all comparable with those of women and other victims. I already had an inkling of this. Sexual harassment and hate speech is a sad normality online as well. Today we look at the disgusting reality of this phenomenon.

#91 "From E-Sports to Influencer Marketing" with Daniel Märkisch, Founder, Coach & Head of Creator Management.

The fact that soccer is a real sport could be observed most recently during the World Cup. Soccer is also available as a computer game - from the comfort of your sofa. There are even competitions for computer games, so-called e-sports. It makes you wonder: Is this really sport? Can professionals make a living from it? I talk about this with Daniel Märkisch, my guest today.

#90 "Virtual Distancing vs. Social Distancing?" with Tanja Dreßen, founder of Dressen Coaching.

Social distancing is probably the unword of the decade. I, on the other hand, enjoyed it. Who needs to shower when you can keep your distance. Magically, video conferencing caught on. Today, everyone is happy to be in touch again. Video conferencing is now lamented as no substitute for real encounters. But why actually? Are real meetings really a substitute for video conferences - and vice versa. And why not? Today we talk about the sister of Social Distancing: Namely Virtual Distancing with Tanja Dreßen.

#89 "Cyber War - Trivializing Real War?" with Manuel Atug, author at AG KRITIS

In the late 2010s, the first digital war, cyberwar, allegedly took place. States use sabotage by hackers precisely when they do not want a war. There is no need for cyberwarfare during a war. Real weapons are much more reliable but more expensive. Unfortunately, this is exactly what we can see in Ukraine. What cyberwar is and whether it is more than just a marketing gimmick, that's what I'm talking about with my guest today.

#88 "Relief for relatives through digital care support" with Andreas Frankl, Founder & CEO Opus Novo GmbH

Who wouldn't want to spend their twilight years at home? How can technology take the worry of emergencies away from relatives without restricting their privacy at the same time? ELLY is a clever digital care solution for precisely this area of conflict between relieving the burden on relatives and alerting them in the event of falls or tendencies to wander off.

#87 "Digital Changemaker Network for Students" with Constantin Badawi, Coordinator Changemaker Program.

You can't learn entrepreneurship from books or in school. Entrepreneurial success comes from entrepreneurial experience. But how do you gain this valuable experience without jeopardizing your economic existence? This is where the Changemaker program comes in. In this way, the young people themselves give impetus to a sustainable design of the future and become changemakers of our society. By implementing their projects, the young people also expand and deepen their own entrepreneurship skills and can thus gain valuable experience for the future. Today, I talk about this in more detail with Constantin Badawi.

#86 "Machine Awareness is the Future of AI" with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otte from TH Ulm

Machine intelligence based on neural networks has puzzled us a bit lately. It looks quite as if these algorithms are intelligent. A pocket calculator for writing, so to speak. What if machines could not only solve problems, but also have consciousness, or is it already that far? Would what we do today then be machine torture? I talk to the author of "Machine Consciousness" Ralf Otte about the differences between human and machine consciousness.

#85 "Climate Stickers and Demonization on Facebook" with Prof. Dr. Claudia Paganini, Professor of Media Ethics

Recently, reports of violence against climate activists have been increasing. This does not come as a surprise if one considers the developments of the last few months. The dynamics of escalation have already been apparent for some time, both in the social media and in the statements of some politicians. Here, opinions and moods are amplified and, in some cases, radicalized. This time I talk about this with Prof. Dr. Claudia Paganini (media ethicist) and Vincent Schäfer (climate activist).

#84 "Is BING the new Google search engine?" with Anna Kopp, IT Director Germany (CIO/CDO) at Microsoft.

Companies come and go. Nowhere faster than in IT. The pioneers of digitization were often surprised by new challengers. The Internet and the smartphone have reshuffled the cards again and again. In 2012, Google took the lead in IT. Microsoft was the world's most valuable company for many years, and Apple was far behind. Apple is now at the top. But Microsoft is back. And now it's getting really exciting. I talk about that and Women in Tech with my guest today, Anna Kopp.

#83 "E-Government - The digital public administration" with Nikolaus Hagl, Senior Vice President Sales Public & Energy

"An efficient administration remains capable of working even in times of crisis and prepares itself in good time for the major challenges of the future," explains Nikolaus Hagl, my guest today. What does that mean and what advantages would the use of a digital administration bring?

#82 "Fintech Start Up in Nigeria" with Peter Neubauer, CIO of Vipaso.

Lagos in Nigeria is one of the most important startup hubs in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Nairobi, Kenya and South Africa. That's where the action is. And with my guest today and some colleagues, we already took a look at this together in Lagos in October 2021. We will review our experiences a little bit today.

#81 "Online advertising in tourism, the good side of manipulation" , with Carsten Szameitat, President Europe at LBMA

Who has never been haunted by an online advertisement, even though they bought the product long ago? Advertising seduces us to buy - some call it manipulation. Is that immoral? I talk about consumer movement data with my guest today.

#80 "The creative power of ChatGPT" with Holger Volland, CEO brand eins Medien AG

The artificial intelligence ChatGPT is causing a stir in Germany. With Holger Volland author of: "The Creative Power of Machines: Why Artificial Intelligences Determine What We Feel and Think Tomorrow," I talk today about our life in a distorted (digital) reality. Because our view of reality is filtered through search engines, Facebook or Tik-Tok by an artificial intelligence.

#79 "Tumors from the 3D printer!" with Judith Hagenbuchner & Michael Ausserlechner, head of the first 3D bio-printing lab.

3D printers now also print cells and tumors on a chip! The advantage of 3D printed cells is that they are three-dimensional, animal-free and reproducible! This is possible in the 3D bioprinting lab in Innsbruck, and I talk about it in more detail with my two guests today.

#78 "Midjourney and the End of Creativity" with Julian Höck, photographer and student.

Text to image generators are experiencing a real boom right now. How Midjourney, Dall-E and similar tools can be creatively integrated into the (architectural) design process and which techniques and methods can be used to convert 2-dimensional images into 3-dimensional ones, that's what I discuss today with Julian Höck.

#77 "Digital Ethics for Business" with Cornelia Diethelm, Director of Studies HWZ Zurich

With the car, we invented the accident. We can only think about the morality of the accident afterwards. Anything else would be hubris. Digitalization also has its accidents. It is developing more or less exponentially. Does ethics still make sense at all? Do we perhaps need agile ethics? That's what I'm talking about today with Cornelia Diethelm.

#76 "My teacher is a robot?!" with Tobias Röhl, professor at PH Zurich

The robo-teacher knows millions of didactic concepts - and uses only the best. Every student gets exactly the right content and methods from the digital teacher according to his or her individual learning type - without losing the class community. Today I'm talking about digital learning with Tobias Röhl. He is a member of the EU's Expert Group on AI and Data in Education and is working on an ethical guide for the use of AI in schools.

#75 "What is Digital Violence?" with Anna Wegscheider, lawyer at HateAid.

The extraordinary human social system only works because we are sickly. If we did not care what others say and think about us, there would be no social cohesion, no cooperation. Without a group, without cooperation, we would simply starve. In the past, grievance was limited to the immediate environment, to one's own horde. Today, it spreads at the speed of light via the Internet. This phenomenon is also referred to as a form of digital violence.

#74 "How does the IT technician get into the home office?" with Olaf Höhne, Director Client Computing Business at Intel

In the old days, when the world was still manageable, everyone had a PC in the office. Now, when it crashes, hangs up or makes any other kind of fuss, the IT technician comes. Will he come to my home office? Is he going to drive around? That's chaos. This episode with Olaf Höhne, which was sponsored by Intel, is about the order Intel is putting in place to counter this chaos with the vPro platform.

#73 "Safely on the Road in Micromobility" with Ines Wöckl, Founder & CFO of Flasher GmbH.

E-scooters, e-bikes and the like - micromobility has undergone a minor revolution in recent years. But safety is not just about wearing a helmet. The little racers are fast and a real road user. However, if I want to turn or even brake hard, others recognize this only with great difficulty and often too late! A problem that is looking for a solution. I talk to my guest today, Ines Wöckl, about road safety in micromobility.

#72 "The [digital] direct democracy!" with Daniel Graf, founder and campaigner.

How can we take advantage of the historic opportunity to use digitization to expand (direct) democracy - also on a global scale? Democracy is not an end in itself - only people are. So every era needs a form of democracy that does justice to the dignity of its people. I discuss what democracy is good for with my guest today, Daniel Graf.

#71 "The Future of Society - The World is Changing" with Christiane Varga, trend and futurologist in Vienna.

Humans are the only creatures that can imagine different futures. Trends - even megatrends - are over faster than they came. Scenarios project our preconceptions into the future. Utopias, promise an optimal future at the cost of untold sacrifices in the present. My guest today looks at our perspective on the future and why that sometimes blinds us.

#70 "Social Media Democracy in the Pandemic" with Rudi Anschober, former Minister of Health and author of "Pandemia".

How long can the opposition stand by and watch as the closing of ranks drives up the government's approval ratings? How do you make good decisions when every expert says something different? Is the current industrial form of democracy up to the digital age? Rudi Anschober was a provincial councilor in the Upper Austrian government for 17 years and was then appointed health minister in the Sebastian Kurz II government. And then came the pandemic.

#69 "Cyberbullying - more than just [digital] violence?" with Prof. Dr. Konstanze Marx, University of Greifswald

What are the challenges and consequences of the digital transformation for the linguistic discipline and its communication? Accordingly, semantic-pragmatic, cognitive, interaction-oriented, methodological and ethical perspectives on language and communication in the Internet age and methods of knowledge transfer to society will be focused on.

#68 "Metaverse - Does it exist?" with Thomas Riedel, journalist and podcaster

Whether the Metaverse really exists as a would-be successor to Facebook, and what is the last thing the Metaverse needs to become a true non-territorial post-national state, is what I talk about with my guest today, Thomas Riedel.

#67 "Is our brain made for the digital media world?" with Maren Urner, Professor of Media Psychology.

Our Stone Age brain is not into truth, but into dopamine. There is no sensory organ for truth - only for news - compared to our own memory. Our brain is not made for the digital media world and yet it copes amazingly well with it. I discuss why this is so with my guest today.

#66 "Interactive audio games with audory" with Max Rose, Managing Director & Software Developer of audory

Decide for yourself! An app for interactive audio plays: "I want to bring authors into the 21st century," Rose outlines his concept. Specifically, users of the platform can actively intervene in the course of history. To this end, questions are repeatedly asked at intervals of several minutes. Depending on which answer the users choose, the story continues accordingly.

#65 "LinkedIn the business communication" with Emily Erker, founder of easyB2P e.U.

What Facebook is for grannies, Instagram for the vain, and Twitter for the smart alecks, LinkedIn is for the business world. If you're not on LinkedIn, you're not there in business terms, so to speak. Invisible, anyway. Everyone I know, I stalk on LinkedIn with my friend request. LinkedIn has, so to speak, domesticated anarchistic business communication by telephone or spam email.

#64 "Home office for private detectives" with Mathias Fuchs, director "Gamification Lab

Home office is work of trust. There is no need to monitor attendance. Control by the boss is replaced by review of performance. The desk is thus to be regarded as the guiding fossil of the office era. Home office manifests real existing Marxism by capitalistic means - and is it supposed to be fun?

#63 "What would it be like if I could ask my AI moral questions?" with Sophie Jentzsch, wiss. Staff member at DLR

To what extent is AI able to learn human dimensions such as morality, or even humor? This question is highly interesting both from a scientific/methodological point of view and with regard to our society and advancing digitalization. Tools such as the Moral Choice Machine are closely embedded in the topic of biases in AI and discriminatory AI.

#62 "Tamper-proof databases change everything" with Dr. Philipp Sandner, Founder of FSBC.

Tamper-proof databases will permanently change the financial world. Philipp Sandner sees the general development of these database technologies as a long-term disruptive innovation that will significantly change the financial sector in particular.

#61 "Digital Visibility of 'Quiet People'" with Dr Tanja Bernsau, CEO of Wiesbaden Social Media Manufaktur

I am a true "intro" myself - and that is also why I have discovered social media as a mouthpiece and networking opportunity for myself. Because the new media are not only a good stage for self-promoters. Quiet people" can also benefit from it. I am convinced that the digitalisation of communication opens up new opportunities for "us quiet people" because we can play to our strengths here.

#60 "Is Data Science the Revenge of Statisticians on Computer Science?" with Dr. Holger Aust

The conceptual confusion surrounding Big Data, Machine Learning and AI is explained in today's episode by Dr Holger Aust. Specifically, it's about how machines learn, how neural networks work and what the typical tasks of a data scientist are.

#59 "The First Anti-Discrimination Bot" with Meryem Can, IT Architect

In this podcast episode, it was important for me to understand how someone feels who is exposed to discrimination. How can digitalisation contribute to our society learning to deal with discrimination in a respectful and appreciative way? It was a good opportunity for me to take a look behind the first online counselling system for discrimination issues.

#58 "Systemic Thinking" with Kambiz Postchi, author, architect and management consultant

Companies are to be understood as living organisms with a dynamic culture and functionally coordinated interactions of a complex order. I discuss how digitalisation amplifies this effect with my guest Kambiz Postchi.

#57 "Immanuel Kant and Data Literacy" with Katharina Schüller, Initiator Data Literacy Charter

Never before has statistical perception of data been so present in the public sphere as it is now. But isn't data perhaps even subjective? A major role here is played by which data are measured and which are not, a subjective choice in other words. This is where the Data Literacy Charter comes into play. Data literacy, then, is the understanding of data as a new cultural technique.

#56 "Personal Branding on LinkedIn" with Stephan Park, Quota Chinese, Copywriter & LINKEDIN IMPERATOR

If you want to get ahead in our individualistic society, you advertise yourself. I discuss how this "personal branding" works and why you can dare to share your personal stories with Stephan Park.

#55 "Insurance against hackers?" with Bettina Dietsche, COO Allianz Corporate & Speciality SE

Digitalisation brings new damage. There are cyber break-ins, blackmail and nasty viruses. Retail chains no longer have functioning cash register systems. Although security measures exist, they cannot provide holistic protection. I discuss exactly how this works with Bettina Dietsche, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Member of the Board of Management of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS).

#54 "No Cyberwar in Ukraine?" with Thomas Reinhold, from the Chair of Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) at the TU Darmstadt

Everyone is talking about cyberwar - the warlike hacking - software as a weapon. Is this really true? Have we confused science fiction with reality? Doesn't Russia have the best hackers in the world? Then why is there still electricity in Kiev? Why are nuclear power plants there being bombed? Hackers can simply switch them off, can't they?

#53 "IOT - The good side of surveillance?" with Simon Kranzer, IT & System Management, FH Salzburg

The S in IOT stands for security. The Internet of Things does not only have advantages. It promises optimisation and savings - but at the expense of data protection. Once the data is online, misuse can no longer be ruled out. I talk about the opportunities and risks of this exponential technology with Simon Kranzer, Senior Lecturer at the FH Salzburg, Department of Information Technology and Systems Management.

#52 "Data as fuel for digital ecosystems" with Lisa Höllbacher, CEO & Co-Founder nexyo

Data is not the new oil, but the new currency. Google doesn't cost money in most cases - but you pay with your data. I discuss what data is worth and how entire digital ecosystems are created from it with today's podcast guest Lisa Höllbacher, CEO & Co-Founder of nexyo. Lisa Höllbacher is a start-up founder, innovator and expert on the topic of data sharing.

#51 "How does digital fashion shopping work?" with Jörg Domesle, CEO & Founder MYBESTBRANDS

In the latest episode of "Digital Sensemaker Der Podcast für Digitalisierung & Zukunft" I discuss with my podcast guest Jörg Domesle how digital shopping malls work and how MYBESTBRANDS can help to reach as many shoppers as possible.

#50 "Mindfulness in digital times" with Lilian Güntsche-Hilgendag, author, coach & founder of The Dignified Self

I discuss with Lilian Güntsche-Hilgendag how best to look after oneself in times of digital overload. We deal with the question of how we can decelerate in the acceleration and still combine mindfulness with a passionate work spirit. Lilian also explains how to work in a focused way despite the abundance of information and how to keep the balance between virtual and real life.

#49 "1 Year Digital Sensemaker" with Patrick Thielen, Podcast Producer & Managing Director, Auf Wellenlänge

After one year of "Digital Sensemaker - The Podcast for Digitisation & the Future", it's time to take stock. Together with my podcast producer Patrick Thielen, I talk about the most interesting content findings and the biggest challenges. These range from technical complications to the difficulty of finding female guests.

#48 "Sustainability through digital fashion design" with Anna Franziska Michel, CEO & Founder

How can you reduce waste in the fashion business by digitally optimising a large part of the process steps? This is the question my podcast guest Anna Franziska Michel has been working on intensively. Her start-up is an artificial intelligence that develops new fashion trends in teamwork with designers. This not only reduces material consumption, but also improves the CO2 balance.

#47 "The self-driving hospital" with Michael Musick, Managing Director, Regiomed Kliniken

Detailed regulations and instructions require healthcare workers to behave as if they were robots. Does digitalisation in hospitals dehumanise care or does it finally give staff the freedom to care and heal? I talk about this with my guest today, Michael Musick, Managing Director of Regiomed Kliniken GmbH.

#46 "Inside Microsoft" with Armin Skoff, Senior Partner Marketing Advisor, Microsoft

Microsoft and Apple are usually perceived as competitors, but Microsoft has a completely different focus in its business model. Within a few years, CEO Satya Nadella has succeeded in shaking off the "dusty" image and creating a modern brand. Today's podcast guest Armin Skoff explains how the IT giant's network business works on the market and what role the sales partners play.

#45 "Under the spell of online conferences" with Bastian Deurer, Co-Founder DYGITIZED Transformation Conference

The pandemic has not only produced bad things. The good things include improved home office options or innovative online conferences. Of course, we will all meet in person again, yet digital event formats have created new opportunities. I talk about the differences between online and offline events with my podcast guest Bastian Deurer.

#44 "Cosmetic surgery via Instagram?" with Kathrin Karsay, scientist & professor KU Leuven

Venus of Willendorf symbolises the voluptuous ideal of beauty for the woman of that time. Less than 30,000 years later, slimness is the order of the day on social media. Influencers are already promoting cosmetic surgery to young people. I discuss how Instagram & Co influence the body image and well-being of young people with Kathrin Karsay, an expert in media and health communication.

#43 "Optimism as a digitalisation strategy" with Laurent Burdin, CEO Space and Lemon Innovations

It is more difficult to develop innovation strategies with a negative mindset. If you want to catch up with Germany's perceived digitalisation lag, you must not let yourself be guided by the grievance. On the contrary, you have to find an optimistic approach. Today, I discuss how to achieve this and what opportunities digital trend scouting offers with my podcast guest Laurent Burdin, CEO of Space and Lemon Innovations.

#42 "Does journalism have a digital future?" with Ingrid Lommer, journalist, Internet World

Modern journalism operates in the field of tension between truth and attention. Traditional media houses often find it difficult to find their place in the digital world, which has long been occupied by youtubers and bloggers far removed from journalistic ethics. With my podcast guest today, Ingrid Lommer, I talk about the new forms of journalism and how social media influence them.

#41 "Smart City - Efficiency vs. Monitoring" with Alanus von Radecki, CEO Data Competence Centre Cities and Regions

The digital city should strike a balance - between efficiency and resilience. It should protect the environment and at the same time offer space for development. City means freedom through anonymity. Will this freedom be challenged again by the "surveillance techniques" of the smart city? I talk about this topic with my podcast guest today, Alanus von Radecki, CEO of the German Data Competence Centre for Cities and Regions.

#40 "Virtual reality or new reality" with Rolf Illenberger, CEO VRdirect

VR glasses show virtual worlds more and more real. When will the matrix come in which we can no longer distinguish reality from virtuality? Philosophers like Nick Bostrom or Elon Musk even believe that we are already living in a 3D computer simulation. I discuss what's really in store for us with virtual reality with my podcast guest today, Rolf Illenberger, CEO VRdirect.

#39 "A.I. and sustainability - a contradiction?" with Lucas Spreiter, A.I. Federal Association Germany

The analysis of Big Data with artificial intelligence devours a particularly large amount of energy. So do we have to abolish A.I. to save the climate or is the opposite the case? Can artificial intelligence make a contribution to sustainability? I discuss this with the head of the AI and Sustainability Working Group of the German AI Association, Lucas Spreiter.

#38 "From home schooling to live streaming" with Daniel Kaufmann, student

The switch to home office has already been a big challenge for many workers. Students, on the other hand, are often forgotten. My guest today, Daniel Kaufmann, experienced the Corona Lockdown as a 14-year-old and successfully mastered home schooling. Not only that, he has gone from being a consumer of teaching sessions to a producer of live streams.

#37 "Digital Future of Learning" with Massimo Cancellara, CEO of Easy-Tutor

Tutoring via video conferencing is crisis-proof - except when schoolwork is cancelled because of Corona, then it's no longer quite so in demand. I talk to the CEO and founder of Easy-Tutor Massimo Cancellara about the future of learning, even beyond Zoom & Co. Because the modern online platform Easy-Tutor makes it possible for pupils and students to find a qualified and certified tutor.

#36 "China as a digitalisation project" with Anastassia Lauterbach, Leadership Coach, The ExCo Group

In order to make the leap from developing country to high-tech state, China is giving everything. Through large investments, the country has transformed itself into a huge digitalisation project. Even if its innovative power cannot compete with the European entrepreneurial spirit, China is ahead of the game. I talk to Anastassia Lauterbach about the different digitalisation progress of China, Taiwan, the USA and Europe.

#35 "Startups eat the world" with Florian Hübner, CEO of Startup Creator

Start-ups are the drivers of digital change - far beyond their own economic success. They show established companies new ways and thus change entire industries. Even in places where they are not successful. I talk about this topic with my podcast guest Florian Hübner. As CEO of Startup Creator, he is a digitalisation partner for the development of digital strategies for startups.

#34 "The database that saves lives" with Karine Sargsyan, Director International Biobanking, Medical University Graz

Sometimes data is not stored in the database alone, but also its physical counterpart: body fluids, tissue samples and other biological material. The so-called biobanks provide an important basis for medical research and development. My podcast guest today, Karine Sargsyan, has built the largest and most important biobank in Europe.

#33 "IT Hotspot Dubai" with Fabian Dagostin, CEO & Co-Founder Street Life

Earlier than others, the rulers of Dubai have realised that the oil boom will come to an end. There is enough money. A new future is needed. Can you buy the future? My podcast guest Fabian Dagostin was born and raised in Dubai. Through the founding of his start-up "Street Life", he has experienced the developments of the last few years at first hand. With Fabian, we take a look behind the scenes of the new IT hotspot.

#32 "The Disruption DNA" with Britta Daffner, Data & Technology Transformation, IBM

No country is better at technical disruption than Germany - in the 19th century. As is well known, nothing can be learned from success. But disruption can become part of the corporate culture, i.e. the DNA of a company. My podcast guest Britta Daffner has dealt intensively with this cultural DNA. She is an author, executive coach and practice leader for data and technology transformation at IBM.

#31 "The clown and digitalisation" with clown duo Herbert & Mimi

The clown theatre is a wonderful metaphor for the digital transformation. The white clown represents the established society. He makes the rules, which he himself fails at in the end. The red clown breaks the rules. He is the driver of change and is not aware of his own power. With my guests Herbert & Mimi I talk about the lessons learned and what you can learn from clown theatre about public speaking.

#30 "The future is human" with Andera Gadeib, Chief Experimentation Officer, Dialego AG

Digitalisation fears dominate the media debate. My podcast guest today, Andera Gadeib, develops a positive counter-thesis that allows for constructive discussion and vividly illustrates why people should be the focus of attention when it comes to digitalisation. Andera is Vice President of the German Association of IT SMEs and founded the digital market research agency Dialego in 1999.

#29 "The hunter of lost software bugs" with Evelyn Haslinger, Female Entrepreneur of the Year

According to the second law of computer science, errors in software are the norm. Unfortunately, it is precisely these errors that offer hackers attack opportunities to paralyse entire company chains and make them vulnerable to blackmail. Why errors are inevitable and how to find them is explained by my podcast guest today, Evelyn Haslinger, Female Entrepreneur of the Year.

#28 "Biohacking - The optimisation of humans?" with Thomas Lechner, Luminousred

The self-improvement of man - also by biological means - is an old idea from the Enlightenment. Enlightenment only became possible when philosophers switched from the sedative wine to the stimulants coffee and tea. Is it possible to improve human performance by digital means? And is that what we want? My podcast guest Thomas Lechner knows more about that.

#27 "Myth: Job loss through digitalisation" with Michaela Ernst, editor-in-chief of Sheconomy

Surveillance, stress and unemployment - is this what the future of work looks like? Nothing sells stories better than fear. But what is really true about this myth? By interviewing those people who are directly affected by the digital transformation, Michaela Ernst has come to some surprising conclusions. In this podcast episode, she dispels the prejudices surrounding Industry 4.0.

#26 "The eternal failure of software engineering" with Robert Lüders, trainer and coach for agile working

Originally, we thought software engineering was an inferior engineering discipline, because in the past almost all programming projects failed. In the meantime, the so-called agile methods have become established in software development - the counter-concept to classical engineering. This way of working is now establishing itself in many other disciplines as well. My guest Robert Lüders lives the daily madness of agile methods.

#25 "Is the smartphone addictive?" with Bernd Hufnagl, neurobiologist and brain researcher

An architect only sees his finished product years later - if at all. Software is different: I still remember exactly how my first computer programme appeared on the screen - a real dopamine rush! Programming is addictive because the sense of achievement is immediate. I discuss what else hormones do to our brains when we use information technology with my guest today, Bernd Hufnagl.

#24 "Measuring the world" with Stefan Thurner, complexity researcher, physicist and economist

Other buyers of your book have also bought the following books. We know this kind of complex network analysis from Amazon. How about comorbidity networks? Other patients with your disease also got the following diseases. Can complexity science explain the world to us? That's what I talk about with Stefan Thurner, President of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna....

#23 "Netflix vs. Democracy" with Marcus S. Kleiner, media and cultural scientist

In the past, democracy took place in the public space of the agora. Nowadays, we communicate at the speed of light through the postmodern channels of digitalisation. Democracy has become a question of its media. And these are changing. New media are putting concepts of democracy at risk. In his book "Streamland", my podcast guest Marcus S. Kleiner asks how Netflix, Amazon Prime and others are endangering our democracy.

#22 "The power question in the automotive industry" with Mario Herger, Technology Trend Researcher

While driverless cars have long been cruising through Silicon Valley, many of us are still convinced that "it will never happen! Why is the future so unevenly distributed? While Germany in particular was a pioneer in car manufacturing, it now finds itself unexpectedly playing catch-up. In my latest podcast episode, I talk to author and Technology Trend Researcher Mario Herger about the question of power in the automotive industry.

#21 "Confessions of an IT Nerd" with Christoph Holz, Digital Sensemaker Host

In my podcast, I discuss the sense and nonsense behind digitalisation with a guest every week. And as we all know, there are many different perspectives and views on digitalisation. But why is that? It's simple: perspectives are shaped by our worldview - it forms the basis of our perception. To explain how my worldview came about, I'm having a conversation with myself this time.

#20 "Does social media have a future?" with Thomas Thaler, Facebook Marketing Expert

"Why are social media ads more useful than those in traditional media?" In today's podcast episode of Digital Sensemaker, my guest Thomas Thaler and I shed light on how advertising has changed through digitalisation. The leading Facebook marketing expert in the German-speaking world provides exciting insights behind the scenes of Facebook.

#19 "Sales Automation as an antidote to DSGVO" with Ingrid Eppensteiner, Digital Media Consultant and Sales, CATRO

"How is digitalisation changing our working world? In today's episode of the Digital Sensemaker podcast, I talk to Ingrid Eppensteiner about the New Way of Working. As a certified Marketing Automation Manager and Digital Media Consultant & Sales at CATRO, she also talks about how to use Sales Automation as an antidote to the GDPR.

#18 "Amazon in Ireland" with Stefan Hintner, Western Union Business Solutions

We have replaced war with economic growth. Globalisation is the peace project of the 20th century. No one does it better than Amazon. Amazon as a peace project? What does it really look like there? My guest today, Stefan Hintner, should know - he worked for the retail giant for some time. In this podcast episode of Digital Sensemaker, I talk to him about Amazon in Ireland. 

#17 "IT proximity" with Alfred Gunsch, Certified Data & IT Security Expert

After a hacker attack, the largest fuel pipeline in the USA was restarted a few days ago. The operating company had presumably paid the perpetrators several million dollars - in untraceable Internet currency. Can you protect yourself from such hacker attacks? If so, how? I talk about this with Alfred Gunsch, Certified Data & IT Security Expert and Managing Director of the software company Siplan GmbH.

#16 "Quantum Chemistry" with Nicole Holzmann, Senior Quantum Scientist at Riverlane, Cambridge

When will the quantum computer come? In this podcast episode, I talk to quantum chemist Nicole Holzmann about what quanta actually are, how a quantum computer works - or why it doesn't yet - and how quanta could be used to improve the world. The British company Riverlane develops innovative software to unleash the power of quantum computers.

#14 "Michelangelo's Building Information System" with Steffen Robbi, CEO Digital Finds City

The current episode of Digital Sensemaker is about digitalisation in the construction industry. What does Michelangelo have to do with today's construction industry? What are digital twins? How will buildings be used sustainably in the future? I talk about these topics with my podcast guest Steffen Robbi. He is the managing director of Digital Findet Stadt, a platform for digital innovations in the construction and real estate industry.

#13 "Jericho's digital city wall" with Ali Carl Gülerman, CEO & General Manager Radar Cyber Security

In today's podcast episode of Digital Sensemaker, we get exciting insights into the world of cyber security. How can we protect ourselves from attacks in the context of digitalisation? The burglars on the internet are called hackers, have evolved and are causing a lot of damage. My guest Ali Carl Gülerman helps with a cyber defence centre so that his customers cannot be hacked.

#12 "Swarm Intelligence" with Thierry Buecheler, Oracle Innovation & Architecture Management

Today's topic is older than humanity itself. Collective intelligence, also called swarm intelligence, exists in bees or ants, for example. My podcast guest Thierry Buecheler has dealt intensively with this form of intelligence in his book "Crowds and Swarms". In this podcast episode, he explains how swarm intelligence works in humans.

#11 "German Digital Angst" with Rolf Schmiel, TV Psychologist & Keynote Speaker

A spectre is haunting Europe and the world. This spectre is called digitalisation. The word neophobia describes the fear of the new. And this new thing, the software, is invisible. Just like genetic manipulation or nuclear energy. This scares many people. In today's podcast episode of Digital Sensemaker, I talk to Germany's best-known TV psychologist Rolf Schmiel about the "German Digital Angst".

#10 "Capitalism Shyness" with Lena Schiller, Co-Director at House of Leadership

Capitalism has succeeded in lifting Europe out of poverty and extremely reducing infant mortality. For 70 years, we have replaced war with economic growth. Right now we are witnessing its digitalisation. The next stage: network capitalism or also called platform capitalism. My guest today, Lena Schiller, says capitalism is good. But only if it becomes better through its critique.

#9 "IT Nerds to Power" with Gerald Lembke, Professor, Speaker & Business Coach for Digital Media

How times have changed: From ridiculed outsiders, IT nerds have become the shapers of the future. But the future is no longer being designed, it is being programmed. Werner von Siemens, Karl Benz - the nerds of yesteryear made Germany great. Today, Tesla is as valuable as the entire German automotive industry. I discuss why we are lagging behind in digitalisation with Professor Gerald Lembke.

#8 "The End of Alienation" with Daniel Szabo, Startup Founder, Author & CEO of Körber Digital

Industrialisation is still often idealised today. Strictly speaking, however, we have overcome it. Mass production and mass taste were yesterday. The Internet of Things - i.e. sensors and control down to the last corner - and artificial intelligence now promise to usher in the next leap in production. I discuss the truth of this theory with my guest today, Daniel Szabo.

#7 "PC burglary on account" with David Winkler, Managing Director Strong-IT GmbH

Modern action films can no longer do without him: The hacker. The team of good guys or bad guys has a charismatic boss, a muscleman, a beauty and a hacker. The hacker can crack anything: The CIA's data, the car's remote control or the firewalls of important companies. In this episode, David Winkler explains which mistakes should be avoided so that no serious damage is caused by the attackers.

#6 "Videoconferencing to smell" with Kathrin Kränkl, CEO KKR Consulting, Gallup Strengths Coach & Power Facilitator

In Lockdown, video conferencing has replaced most face-to-face meetings. In this episode, I talk to Kathrin Kränkl about how videoconferencing has developed, whether important aspects of face-to-face meetings are lost through the digital form of communication and what makes a really good videoconference. Smells play an important role here - how does that work in video conferences? We do the experiment.

#5 "Does the financial system have a future?" with Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science, ETH Zurich

We used to pay with coins, then with banknotes. Today, there are Internet currencies. Do we need to reinvent the economy? In this episode, I talk to physicist and sociologist Dirk Helbing about the financial system of the future. He is Professor of Computational Social Science at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and a member of the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich.

#4 "Why are there still cities when everyone has a mobile phone?" with Tobias Strebitzer, Co-Founder & CTO of MagLoft

This episode is about the end of urbanisation - through digitalisation. In the lockdown, the smartphone has taken over from the city as the infrastructure for maintaining relationships. My guest Tobias Strebitzer saw this development coming years ago. Workshops in San Francisco, Dubai or Singapore. Education in New York. Culture in London. No problem. We always have our own city with us: the smartphone.

#3 "Alan Turing and his voice assistant" with Dan Borufka, Co-Founder & CTO of Heylama

Voice assistants are the exciting topic of this episode. Dan Borufka, co-developer of the smart voice assistant "Bixby" of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones, tells us how modern voice control actually works, how a machine learns from us and how long it takes. We also discuss why people speak differently when using Siri & Co and whether they can really read our thoughts.


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