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Session Stream I

The “Upgrade Reality” stream promises to be an eye-opening journey into the future—a future where artificial intelligence (AI) isn't just a tool but an integral part of our daily lives, businesses, and societies. Imagine a world where AI doesn't just assist but collaborates, predicts, assists - and creates. We are on the brink of an era where our virtual assistants will evolve into essential collaborators, where AI algorithms soon will be setting business strategies, and where societal norms might undergo a significant transformation fueled by synthetic forms of intelligence.

In this dedicated stream, you will get a chance to explore how AI will re-engineer our understanding of 'reality'. It's about more than the latest gadgets or software; it's about the fundamental reshaping of our world. Consider the realms of healthcare, where AI-driven diagnostic tools and personalized medicine can mean the difference between life and death, or the transportation industry, where autonomous vehicles could redefine our entire conception of mobility and urban living.

But it's not just about the grand, global changes. On a micro-level, think about your daily interactions. How will relationships change when virtual companions, powered by sophisticated AI, become common? What will 'personal space' mean in a world of augmented reality, where digital overlays can transform every physical space into an interactive playground?

A significant dimension to consider is the intertwining of AI with digital identity and cybersecurity. This symbiotic relationship will revolutionize how we authenticate, secure, and transact in our digital lives, but also presents its own set of challenges.

For businesses, the implications are vast. Decision-making processes will undergo a revolution, with AI providing insights derived from vast datasets that the human mind cannot comprehend. Recruitment could see a shift with AI matching potential candidates to job roles based on predictive modeling, ensuring optimal team dynamics and performance. Marketing will evolve as AI-driven analytics will enable hyper-personalization, understanding consumer behavior at a granular level, and predicting future trends with uncanny accuracy.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. This stream will not shy away from addressing the ethical challenges posed by such a reality. As AI starts making decisions, who is responsible for the outcomes? How do we ensure fairness, avoid biases, and guarantee that these systems respect our values?

Engaging sessions led by thought leaders, ethicists, and innovators will both marvel at the possibilities AI offers and caution about the challenges it poses. Through debates, presentations, and interactive sessions, attendees will leave with a holistic understanding of the imminent 'upgraded reality' and the tools to navigate it responsibly and effectively.

Dive deep into the transformative power of AI in our "Upgrade Reality" stream, and emerge with insights that will not only fuel your curiosity but also shape your future endeavors in this brave new world.

Upgrade Reality: AI & The Future of Work and Life

Intelligence Reimagined

June 05, 2024 11:00 - 12:00
Location: B 05
Intelligence in the Age of LLMs: Synthesizing with AI Toward Meta-Knowing
In this session we will consider various emerging forms of Artificial Intelligence in the context of the evolution of intelligence generally and the accelerating effects of combining human intelligence and AI. The rapid spread of LLM-fueled information affordances has stoked human imagination regarding the nature of “intelligence” itself as a phenomenon, and the nature and role of human intelligence in relation to other forms. This session will set the stage for the upgrade...

University of Washington - APL
Active Inference Institute
IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy

How will Human Identity be Changed by AI?

June 05, 2024 12:00 - 13:00
Location: B 05
Redefining Human Identity in the AI Era: From Digital Evolution to AI Integration
This session features an odyssey across the landscape of conceptions and practices of “Identity” starting from the pre-internet history, through early digital identity approaches of the Internet´s insular inception, the abstractions of institutional identity centralization and leading to today’s decentralized identity innovations.  All of this sets the stage for anticipating radically distributed interaction and identity futures for an Upgraded Reality where...

Legendary Requirements
Gen Digital
Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada
Futurewei Technologies
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP

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Should AI Be Decentralized, And if So - How?

June 05, 2024 14:30 - 15:00
Location: B 05
Decentralizing AI: A Socio-Technical Path to Responsible and Trustworthy Tech
We stand at the brink of an AI revolution, teeming with limitless prospects for an AI-enhanced prosperous future. These possibilities stir a mix of excitement and apprehension. The pivotal question is: how do we effectively harness AI's immense power? This query resonates with a diverse audience, ranging from Hollywood scriptwriters to European political figures. In this presentation, distinguished technologist Wenjing Chu will explore a Socio-Technical approach, which integrates social and...

Futurewei Technologies
June 05, 2024 15:00 - 15:30
Location: B 05
Panel: Is Decentralization The Best Way to Achieve Transparency and Verifiability in AI?
Decentralized AI can enhance transparency and accountability by distributing data, computation, validation, optimization, and execution across multiple nodes, thus preventing a concentration of power that could threaten individual freedoms.It can also foster innovation by allowing third-party developers to verify the data and algorithms that an AI system uses.Technologies such as blockchain and federated learning are at the forefront of this revolution. Blockchain's transparency,...

Alan Turing Institute, BPP University
Futurewei Technologies
Cognitive Security and Education Forum | BlockScience
IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy

AI Regulation in Europe and Globally

June 05, 2024 15:30 - 16:10
Location: B 05
Charting the Course: Diverse Approaches to AI Regulation in a Fractured World
In an era marked by rapid technological advancement and global upheaval, understanding the landscape of AI regulation is more critical than ever. This session aims to unravel the complexities of AI regulation, focusing on Europe's nuanced, risk-based approach while casting a wider net to examine global strategies in a multipolar world. The session will dissect the multifaceted nature of AI regulation. We begin with Europe’s methodical framework, which assesses AI applications through a...

University of Washington - APL
Futurewei Technologies
Identity Woman in Business
Souschef Ventures
June 05, 2024 16:10 - 16:30
Location: B 05
GDPR/AI Act-Compliance and the Future of Work – Utopia and Predictable Frictions?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise! Ongoing digitalization is not only changing our everyday life, but also the entire workplace. If one takes the public discussion seriously, jobs in the future could possibly have (almost) solely virtual components. This might be considered desirable. Particularly with respect to the possibilities to efficiently organize the workforce. On the other hand, however, using AI correlates with several legal requirements. Particularly data protection is...

Rödl & Partner

Ethical Frontiers: Steering AI Towards a Principled Future

June 05, 2024 17:30 - 17:50
Location: B 05
Will AI be a good neighbor? - Responsible AI 2.1
In the last 10 years machine learning has become ubiquitous and touches all lives in ways that was unimaginable before. The machines can make decisions that required considerable human effort at a much faster speed and reduced cost with a little human oversight. As a result, machines don’t just have a higher than before influence in shaping our lives but are also under increased scrutiny by both regulators as well as user rights advocates. The adage “with great power comes great...

Fractal AI
June 05, 2024 17:50 - 18:30
Location: B 05
Panel: Human Rights by Design for a Fast-Changing World
The rapid evolution of AI has grabbed attention, including a focus on its impact on human needs and aspirations, and on potential harms. AI, is, however, not the only recent digital information technology that affects the human condition. The focus on AI offers a prompt for examination of the human condition generally and its relationship to the social interaction and information environment, and the potential for impact of digital information technologies – beyond AI systems - on human...

OpenID Foundation
CyberEthics Lab. and City of Rome
Caribou Digital
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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Upgrade Reality in Finance

June 06, 2024 11:00 - 11:40
Location: B 05
Can AI Help to Deliver Transaction Integrity at Scale?
In this session, we will consider the ways in which AI will affect the subset of human interactions associated with financial transactions. The reliability and predictability that is required of systems operating in the general area of “finance,” and the large scales over which it is conducted, depend heavily on more formal, objectively measurable system performance parameters than is the case in many other domains of human behavior.   AI-powered information elements...

University of Washington - APL
Trillium Capital Ltd.
Souschef Ventures
June 06, 2024 11:40 - 12:00
Location: B 05
Monkey See, AI Do
Although AI is transforming the way we work, it's believed it'll be a few years before a blockbuster movie is completely AI generated. As we move forward, will AI help with business storytelling or is it just the modern day infinite monkey theorem?

Ulster Bank

AI Business Impact

June 06, 2024 12:00 - 12:20
Location: B 05
Next-Gen Solutions: How Generative AI will Reshape Businesses
This session will explore the influence of generative AI across various business and commercial sectors, highlighting its impact on startups, established businesses, and entire industries. The presenter will delve into how large businesses can leverage AI, particularly in customer operations, where AI-powered chatbots enhance self-service and agent effectiveness, leading to increased efficiency. Also, the potential for generative AI in marketing and sales is immense, automating content...

June 06, 2024 12:20 - 12:40
Location: B 05
How Good Should Institutional Memory be? - Reframing (Digital) Identity Systems as Institutional Memory
Contemporary institutions and record keeping systems using paper co-arose. Institutions created systems to track interactions with people over time, creating a form of institutional memory by using a range of paper-based technologies such as file record keeping and index card systems. Over the last 60 years, digital identity systems have emerged and continue to improve, thus accelerating the capacity of organizations to form institutional memories. Now we have the emergence of AI and machine...

Identity Woman in Business
June 06, 2024 12:40 - 13:00
Location: B 05
Human-Centered AI in Automotive
Cybersecurity, biometrics & human-centered AI are shaping the futuristic automotive user journey. This talk will explore the latest trends in automotive cybersecurity, how biometrics can enhance security and convenience, how human-centered AI can create more personalized driving experiences, and the interconnected, intelligent, and autonomous vehicles of the future.

Continental AG

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[Life Management] Ecosystems & Digital Autonomy in the Age of AI

June 06, 2024 14:30 - 15:30
Location: B 05
The AI Pivot: From Products to [Life Management] Ecosystems in the Next Digital Epoch
"The AI Pivot" session at EIC 2024 offers a deep dive into the transformative journey from traditional product- and vendor-centric (digital) business models to robust, networked and agents based platform ecosystems in the AI-driven digital landscape. This transition marks a critical inflection point, heralding a new era where the confluence of technology, data, privacy and network effects reshapes industry paradigms and redefines the way we interact with the world. 12 years ago,...


Who is Liable?

June 06, 2024 15:30 - 15:50
Location: B 05
Frameworks in Focus: Navigating Regulatory Landscapes for Digital ID and AI
In this talk Drs. Jacoba Sieders presents a comprehensive overview of the regulatory frameworks governing Digital ID and AI technologies. "Frameworks in Focus" aims to demystify the legal complexities for tech professionals, providing clarity on the global regulatory environment. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the intricate landscape of digital identity and AI regulations, understanding the implications for innovation, data privacy, and ethical considerations in a...

June 06, 2024 15:50 - 16:30
Location: B 05
Panel: Crossing the Divide: Bridging Legal Accountability and Tech Innovation
This panel discussion brings together legal experts and tech innovators to bridge the gap in understanding and communication. "Crossing the Divide" aims to create a common ground where participants can explore the legal implications of decentralized infrastructures and AI services. The session will focus on fostering a dialogue that demystifies legal responsibilities, ensuring tech professionals are equipped with the knowledge to navigate the complex landscape of legal accountability in tech...

epicenter.works – for digital rights
Souschef Ventures

The Dark Side of AI

June 06, 2024 17:30 - 17:50
Location: B 05
AI's Shadow Realm: Navigating the Ethical Abyss
Let´s have a look at the complex and often overlooked underbelly of Artificial Intelligence (AI), exploring the multifaceted ethical, social, and technical challenges that emerge as AI systems become increasingly integral to our daily lives. We will examine real-world scenarios where AI's unintended consequences have sparked significant debates on privacy invasion, job displacement, and the amplification of biases, underscoring the urgent need for a paradigm shift in how these...

June 06, 2024 17:50 - 18:10
Location: B 05
Where the Wild Bots Are: Stopping Bots while Minimizing Friction With AI
Bots are a scourge on customer identity and access management systems before, during and after the login process. How can we use the power of AI to find malicious bots and protect users while minimizing friction? This session presents real-life examples of bot attacks, AI-based bot mitigation techniques, quantifies their efficacy, and explores what's next for AI in cybersecurity. AI Chatbots can do your homework, but can they safeguard your users while ensuring a seamless user experience?...

June 06, 2024 18:10 - 18:30
Location: B 05
The Dark Side of Innovation: Identity Theft, Fraud and the Rise of Generative AI
Generative AI offers remarkable potential for innovation, but we must be vigilant about its dark side. As technology evolves, so do the tactics of cybercriminals, but the important thing to note is that we are actually dealing with a recognizable playbook and we have the tools to meet the challenge. By adopting proactive fraud prevention and strong authentication measures and fostering a culture of awareness, we can strive to harness the full potential of generative AI while protecting...


Upgrade Reality

Authenticity & Humanity

June 07, 2024 10:30 - 10:50
Location: B 05
Recovering Boléro and the Death of Authenticity
Maurice Ravel's Boléro is one of the world’s most well-known classical pieces, in part due to its simplicity: eighteen minutes of repeated rhythms and melodies make it easy to grasp. But in the midst of that clarity, Boléro holds demanding questions for the listener. Written in the aftermath of the First World War, it sees the dangers of automation and technology—and inquires if humanity can avoid being assimilated into the march of the machine. Ultimately,...

June 07, 2024 10:50 - 11:10
Location: B 05
Resolving the Conflicts between Ethics and Human-Centered Design
In order for digital identity initiatives to be successful and sustainable, they have to place people and their societal values at the center of their architecture. This means following the principles of human-centered design, inclusion, privacy-by-design, and ethics while building easy-to-use systems that seamlessly enable access to services while combating fraud and theft. But what happens when these principles end up in conflict with each other? How do we, as identity practitioners,...

June 07, 2024 11:10 - 11:30
Location: B 05
AI Cloning & The Future of Digital Identities
The advent of AI cloning technology presents a transformative opportunity for businesses to enhance customer service and empower their teams. By creating digital clones of key personnel, organizations can offer personalized, 24/7 customer interaction, drastically reducing wait times and improving satisfaction. Furthermore, AI clones can facilitate seamless knowledge transfer and decision-making processes within teams, ensuring consistency and efficiency. This talk unpacks the potential of AI...

Spherical Cow Consulting

Understanding & Preparing for the New Quality of Risk

June 07, 2024 11:30 - 12:00
Location: B 05
Panel: Addressing the Amplified Cyber Risks of AI Innovations
The rapid advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, notably Deep Fake and sophisticated machine learning algorithms, has ushered in a new era of cyber threats, presenting unprecedented challenges to digital identity integrity and cloud security. This panel session will focus on this new quality of sophisticated threats and their implications for identity verification, data security, and the broader cybersecurity landscape. Participants will engage in a rigorous discussion on...

Futurae Technolgies
June 07, 2024 12:00 - 12:30
Location: B 05
AI and the new dynamics of conflict: Reshaping resolution and escalation
Interview style chat between Yvonne Hofstetter and Scott David focused on current and future impacts of AI in the context of the variety of forms of human conflict. 

University of Washington - APL

Upgrade Conflict Realities

June 07, 2024 13:30 - 14:30
Location: B 05
Fortifying Defenses: Combating Dis/Misinformation in an AI-enabled World
In an era marked by the pervasive spread of disinformation and the democratization of advanced artificial intelligence capabilities to create synthetic media, the need for robust defense mechanisms has never been more urgent. The Defending Against Disinformation Common Data Model (DAD-CDM) and the DISARM Framework stand at the forefront of this battle, offering structured approaches to identify, analyze, and counteract disinformation campaigns. The DISARM Framework...

DISARM Foundation & Representative of OASIS DAD-CDM
Bold Text Strategies

Making the World More Sustainable

June 07, 2024 14:30 - 14:50
Location: B 05
From Enlightenment to Environmental Crisis: A Philosophical Perspective for Identity and Cybersecurity Professionals
In the Dialectic of Enlightenment, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer introduce a critical view of the process of civilization, economy and enlightenment as such, a critical view of the seemingly self-evident notion of pure reason, science, and technology. What Horkheimer and Adorno are trying to capture and reflect is the very process of rationality backlashing into irrationality. The long history of enlightenment is thus the demystification of nature and the development of pure...

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