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Ready for the Digital Future?

Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, self-driving cars, robots, and the Internet of Things are a mainstay in the news, but are we ready for the digital future? Do we have the necessary skills to take full advantage of new technologies?

Digital transformation is a multi-disciplinary topic—perhaps one of the most complex of our time. The purpose of this documentary film project is to start a conversation about the digital future. Is it complicated and inevitable, or can we create a future we actually want? 

The Documentary Film Project

Digital Transformation: Visions of Nations, Companies, and People builds on interviews with visionaries, futurists, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, authors, and others around the world who speak about their views and hopes for the future.

This interview project encourages the conversation about what kind of future we actually want. Technology offers nations, companies, and people amazing tools. Many of them are useful, others we are free to reject. If we use these tools in a responsible way, the future isn’t inevitable, it is what we make it.





A Project by Manuel Stagars

Born and raised in Zurich/Switzerland, Manuel Stagars is a Swiss film director, whose current film projects focus on the potential of technology for the economies of nations, societies, and the lives of people around the world. His films make people think about technology and the future and start a conversation.

Digital Transformation: Visions of Nations, Companies, and People (2017/2018) explores the role of artificial intelligence in the lives of humans moving forward. Manuel speaks with scientists, entrepreneurs, corporate decision makers, politicians, artists and others in Switzerland, the UK, the United States, China, and Japan about their views and hopes for the digital future.

The Blockchain And Us (2017) How can the blockchainthe technology underlying Bitcoinbenefit the economies of nations? How will it change society? What does this mean for each of us? Twenty conversations with experts in the nascent global blockchain scene make the discussion about potential impacts of this technology accessible.

FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016) is the first documentary film about Swiss FinTech. In forty-one interviews with heads of digital banking from major banks, politicians, investors and Swiss FinTech startups in roboadvisory, lending, cryptocurrencies, insurtech, the film gives a glimpse into how a traditional bankers’ nation is coming to terms with technological change.

Manuel has lived and worked in Europe, America, and Asia. His films have screened internationally, including in Melbourne at the Transitions Film Festival, in Amsterdam at the Fraude Film Festival, in London at the Everyman Theatre, in Minneapolis at the Analytics and Financial Innovation Conference (AXFI), in Zurich at Tech Tuesday, in Shanghai at the Future of Money Conference, or in Tokyo at the Swiss Chamber of Commerce an Industry in Japan (SCCIJ). They have been translated in Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

As a filmmaker, Manuel draws on his experience as a music composer, author, researcher, economist, and startup entrepreneur. He has published books and scientific articles on startups, marketplace lending, impact investing, data quality, and Open Data. Manuel has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and several financial certifications (CFA, CAIA, ERP).

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Interview Partners

Many thanks to all conversation partners.

Location Photos

Interviews for this project took place in Europe, America, and Asia. Here are location photos from the journey.

Special Thanks

Next to all interviewees, many people are supporting this project in many ways. Special thanks for your time, feedback, access to networks, and other help in the course of making this film! This list constantly updates as the project continues (list in alphabetical order).