New values, new goals, new systems
In Germany, a lot of money is invested on education, but the results have been rather meagre because there is still no appropriate carryover into the corporate context. Michael Härtel of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB) emphasized that the driving force for change lies in the private rather than the public sector; here he was specifically referring to the numerous companies in Germany with less than ten employees. According to a survey of more than 3,000 companies, digital media are still primarily used for print material.
The line between the creative economy, in which people still feel secure about their jobs, and mechanizable fields, in which jobs are more likely to be perceived as uncertain, is blurring. "How do we imbue machines with creativity?" The current research area of computer creativity comprises philosophy, science and engineering.
This is not the first time that the question of whether OEB would do well to include a philosophical forum has crossed my mind, but in some points I don’t have the answers to the questions of "why?" and "what for?" As in previous years, some presentations struck me as having a dramatic, sometimes almost threatening tone, demanding technology shifts, system changes, and acceleration. Are these self-fulfilling prophecies? Does humanity ultimately benefit from this pressure, or does it rather serve the needs of a system made up of several big companies and a swarm of consumers who flit from topic to topic?
At the same time, there were questioning, admonishing, and more analog voices. What will the role of the non-digital world be in the future? Terms like meditation, mindfulness, and inclusion came to the fore more than once. How dependent are we on technology? How much digital competence do the blind or illiterate require? And Tarek Richard Besold posed the general question, "How will we deal with this cognitive stuff in the future, and what is cognitive stuff in the first place?" ...