Q&A with the Director and Disclaimer

What is your motivation to make this film?

To start a non-technical dialog about digital technologies and the kind of role we want them to play in our lives. Instead of explaining artificial intelligence or data mining algorithms, I believe this film is more helpful if it prompts us to think about the way we want to live. Technology should be a tool that helps us achieve our vision, more so than a force that leaves us with trade-offs we hardly understand.

This is no explainer video, endorsement or investment recommendation, but a conversation starter that deliberately creates more questions than it answers.

How did you get into this topic?

I made the films FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016) and The Blockchain and Us (2017), for which I conducted close to 100 interviews. The one subject that ties them all together is digital transformation, the way technology changes business models, economies, politics, and our lives in general. Digital Transformation is the final part of this trilogy about technology and its impact.

Who are you interviewing for this film?

I speak with people who actively shape the global technology ecosystem. This includes leading technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians, investors, authors, critical thinkers, artists and others with strong thoughts about the economic and social impacts of technologies of the digital age, such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, blockchain technology, etc.

Are you paying people to appear in the film?

All interviewees participate without compensation. This is an independent documentary, and paying for people to participate skews their incentive and casts doubts on the credibility of the film. The project features people who are passionate about what they are doing and enjoy being part of the conversation about the digital future.

Nobody paid to be in the film and I hold no stock in any of the companies in this film.

Who finances this film? Is this film independent?

I am financing the production of this film myself but am looking for corporate sponsors to support the completion of the film. Sponsors have no controlling interest in the content of the film. Like the interviewees, they see a value in being part of an exciting project that deals with the big questions of our time.

Interviewees review the edit of their interview and may ask to remove parts from their interview before it goes live. However, once they give the OK to publish the interview, they have no control over which sections appear in the film or if they are in the film at all.

This film is independent and represents my personal observations, with no claim to be balanced or objective. All the opinions that interview partners express in this film are their own.

There will be a “Support page” on this website when the film completes where people can make a donation if they find the film inspiring or useful. This page goes live after the premiere of the film, and support comes with no strings attached or any say in how this film should be promoted.

Where can I see the final film?

Stand-alone versions of individual interviews and short versions will be available freely on YouTube, the website of the project, and on social media shortly after recording. The full version of the film will be available online and on social media for free, and we are also pitching it to traditional, distribution channels including television.

I have a question or comment. Can I write to you?

Sure. I hope you join the constructive dialog about what technology may (or many not) be able to do for us in the digital future. I respect diverse opinions; criticism can sometimes be more constructive than if we are all in agreement. Looking forward to hearing from you if you have any suggestions, questions, or feedback.