The Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 is kicking off with a speech of Holm Friebe, one of the initiators of the annual summit for the Creative Economy. The three tracks „Cyberprobles“, „Exoskeletons“ and „Teknokomrades“ on the first day take place in the Neufert-Box in the south of the historical city of Weimar. The box has a modern wood design inside and was built in 1999 for the 100th anniversary of Ernst Neufert. The german architect is well-known as an assistant of Walter Gropius and his thesis about the „Bauentwurfslehre“. The Neufert-Box is also an interesting piece for architects. Contrary to the historical Neufert-building that was built in a meter grid the Neufert-box is constructed in Oktameter design.
As multifunctional space for exhibitions, seminars, concerts, presentations and festivities the Neufert box is a perfect place for the interactive talks of the summit. It brings a familiar atmosphere for the talks and the following discussion rounds. Digital Bauhaus Summit sees itself as a boutique conference with not more than 150 participants. With this approach, the participants can have a real exchange of their thoughts and conclusions.
At his opening speech, Holm Friebe is talking about some topics of this year summit: the challenges with artificial intelligence and smart machines and how these developments lead to Luxury Communism. In the tradition of Bauhaus, the participants of the summit should ask themselves about the social spillovers of this technological influences in our society. Holm Friebe gives an outlook of the impacts of the summit around blockchain, alternatives to capitalism and the change of society dealing with robots and AI in the future. With this start, we are curious about the talks and the discussions in the next two days in our cosy boutique conference format!