International Club of Berne

Challenges - the Digital Revolution, ec

Tuesday, 20th March 2018 at 7pm - 9:30pm

Location: Cheminee Room of the Bruder Klaus Church (tram 7 stop Burgernziel)

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Club Meeting Challenges

The fourth revolution – Digitalization,
Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

When                Tuesday, 20 March, from 19:00 to 21:30
Where               Cheminee Room of the Bruder Klaus Church
                          (the church is next to the Tram 7 stop Burgernziel
Contact            Gerd Ulbers
Deadline          Please register by the day before
Graham and several Toastmasters and IT experts will present information about how artificial intelligence can augment and even replace our brain power – just as the Industrial Revolution leveraged our muscular power.
We will talk about the challenges of Big Data and the Internet of Things to the job market and to our privacy and independence.

At around 8 pm we will have a break for snacks and drinks.

Attendance is free for members and CHF 5 for non-members. Places are limited – please register in advance so that we know how many attendees to provide for.


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Graham wrote
at 12:29pm on Wednesday, 21st March 2018

We talked further about current cases in the news. An accident with an Uber self-drive vehicle - Tony pointed out that all accidents so far were due to human error. He described his works with robots.
Graham portrayed a future with a thousand drones autonomously delivering packages and pizzas around Berne, and how convoys of connected cars between Swiss cities. Therese asked about the danger of power failures, and that we could not turn off these systems as we will rely on them. Why do we need to travel so much - there should be a re-thinking (umdenken) of our lifestyles.

We did not discuss medical advances, and not

We talked about false information and the current revelation that messages over facebook were used by a British company to persuade US and Brexit voters. We will schedule a later meeting on the topics of social media.

The discussion format was regarded as very successful.
Graham wrote
at 11:58am on Wednesday, 21st March 2018
Great meeting.

David Tracey covered the process of language translation (voice recognition, machine translation, and generation) - see and .

Several of us (Graham and David and Tony Arquish) tried to explain about neuronal networks and self-learning programs. It was a very interactive session with questions and discussion by everyone.

A highlight was Dimitri Ttofi's presentation on Chess-playing programs, a lively explanation of the development. Some more information can be found on and

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By Graham on 14th March

Thursday 15: meditation
Sunday 18: Canadian Brunch
Tuesday 20: Club Meeting - challenges of the digital future
Wednesday 21: Sophie Book Group


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