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 and confusing of our time. The purpose of this film is to make digital transformation easier to understand and start a conversation about what kind of digital future we actually want. Is the future complicated and inevitable, or can each of us create the future they envision? Technology is a curse and a blessing, but this depends on each of us thinking about the future in a constructive but critical way.
Digital Transformation: The Film
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. The interview series began in March 2017, and the documentary film begins streaming in March 2018 on YouTube.
This film encourages the conversation about what kind of future we actually want. Technology offers nations, companies, and people amazing tools for good. 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 Film by Manuel Stagars
Manuel Stagars was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an economist, film director, author, and serial entrepreneur with twenty years of experience in consulting and startups in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, and Singapore. His current film projects focus on the potential of technology for the economies of nations, societies, and the lives of people around the world.
His recent films include FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016) and The Blockchain and Us (2017), both of which received accolades internationally. Digital Transformation builds on Manuel’s research and global professional networks in different parts of the world.
Manuel has published books and scientific articles on startups, marketplace lending, impact investing, data quality, and Open Data. He has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and several financial certifications (CFA, CAIA, ERP). Read longer bio on www.manuelstagars.com.
Interviews from the Film
Digital Transformation is in production at this moment. New video interviews take place until the end of 2017 and go live regularly. The first interviews go live in May 2017.
Many thanks to all conversation partners. This list constantly updates as the project continues (list in alphabetical order).
Professor and Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute, www.santafe.edu/people/profile/mirta-galesic
Adjunct Researcher at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin
Santa Fe, United States
Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, www.wbf.admin.ch
One of the seven members of the Federal Council, Switzerland’s executive body
What is Digital Transformation?
Digital transformation is a process that begins with digitization and digitalization. Digitization is the translation of analog information into digital form. Digitalization is the process of using digital information. Both have enabled trends of our time, such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, blockchain technology, or cryptocurrencies. Digital transformation describes the stage where digital technologies reshape the way nations, economies, and societies function.
This transformation is only beginning and poses many questions, including the question if it really has the dramatic impact many predict. Within the next years, digital transformation may alter the way we have lived as a species for the last centuries. An exciting time in history, indeed.
Why This Film Matters
Many big changes are exponential: They build slowly until their effects show in a short amount of time. This can be unpleasant if it hits us by surprise. At the same time, we should stop focusing too narrowly on specific technologies, but think about the future we actually want to live in. This film provides the first global outlook on our hopes and dreams of the role of technology in the future.
Progress holds great promise for those who keep an open mind. Knowledge creation is a bottom-up process that starts with each individual wanting to know more. If anything, this film shall inspire you to join the conversation and learn more about making the most of our talents in the digital future.
Production and Communications
Agentur am Wasser, www.agenturamwasser.ch
Many thanks to Ruedi and his network for making this film happen.
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).
- Grit Abe, IBM Research Zurich, www.zurich.ibm.com
- Iris Belle, Tongji University, www.belle-iris.com
- John Best, BIG Fintech Media, www.bigfintechmedia.com
- Noe Blancpain, Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, www.wbf.admin.ch
- Nicolas Buerer, Digital Switzerland, www.digitalswitzerland.ch
- Elissa Butterfield, SpaceX, Tesla, www.spacex.com, www.tesla.com
- Marco Cuesta, FirstBlood, www.firstblood.io/about
- Heather Desurvire, User Behavioristics, www.userbehavioristics.com
- Andrew Devoy, Virgin, www.virgin.com
- Daniel Doll-Steinberg, Blockchainsmokers, www.blockchainsmokers.com
- Kay Firth-Butterfield, AI Austin, University of Texas, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, www.ai-austin.org, www.law.utexas.edu/faculty/kay-firth-butterfield, www.ieee.org
- Sonya Fricker, ISO-20022.ch, www.iso-20022.ch
- Daniel Grassinger, nexussquared, www.nexussquared.co
- Christopher Halmo, Casa Giallo, www.casagiallo.com
- Oliver Heiler, Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, www.wbf.admin.ch
- Roman Klingler, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), www.ethz.ch
- Barb Kunz, Khan Academy, www.khanacademy.org
- Richard Lemarchand, Interactive Media Division, University of Southern California (USC), www.richardlemarchand.com
- Stephanie Lüpold, Digital Switzerland, www.digitalswitzerland.ch
- R. Jesse McWaters, WEF, www.weforum.org/agenda/authors/jesse-mcwaters
- Anish Mohammed, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Blockchainsmokers, www.linkedin.com/in/anishmohammed/
- Dezso Molnar, www.dezsomolnar.com
- Martin Mueller, UX/UI & Interaction Design, www.martinxd.com
- Susan Orozco, IBM Switzerland, www.ibm.com
- Flora Paterson, Founders Intelligence, www.foundersintelligence.co
- Jenna Pilgrim, Blockchain Research Institute, www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org
- Robert Poor , Cool Energy World, www.coolenergyworld.com
- Nadine Schuster, Blockchain Research Institute, www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org
- Aryan Sheikalian, Blockchain Research Institute, www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org
- Todd Siegel, www.uxobjects.com
- Team Woz, www.woz.org
- Sherry Turkle, MIT, www.mit.edu/~sturkle
- Rik Willard, Agentic Group, www.agenticgroup.com
- Roman Wyden, Roster, www.roster.la, www.romanwyden.com
- Tatiana Wyden, Creable, www.creable.com
- Nataliya Zakrevska, Virgin Media, www.virgin.com