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56th SMG Forum

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SMG Forum

Thursday, 19 September 2019
10.00 - 18.00
AURA event location, Zurich

We live in an increasingly technological world – does it leave room for instinct and intuition?

Never in history have we had easier and wider access to information than we have today. Data of unknown scope and abundance lies at our disposal and technological developments open up countless possibilities for its analysis. But can we actually find our way around this rising tide of facts and forecasts? Isn't it becoming more and more difficult to distinguish relevant content from trivia and identify the meaningful principles on which important decisions are based?

Albert Einstein said: «The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.»

The pure reason that guides us to potentially optimum decisions probably lies in the interaction of these two gifts, combined with today's new technological opportunities. However, in our sophisticated world, shouldn't we also depend more on our instinct, our intuition or, colloquially speaking, our «gut feeling»? Or would we be better to fade it out and hand over to the algorithms? Are we still capable of accepting or comprehending this «gut feeling» and will that capacity remain to us in the future?

Isn't it our instinct that differentiates us from artificial intelligence, that gives humans (for the time being, at least) their distinguishing feature and makes the crucial, promising difference compared to purely fact-based thought and action?

These are just a few of the questions that famous people from Switzerland and abroad will answer at the 56th SMG Forum.

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