Bucerius Lab Lunch Session #2 – STEVEN HILL

Lunch Session #2

Mit Steven Hill

Di. 13.09.2016 / 12:15 Uhr / Betahaus Hamburg

12:15 Uhr Vortrag
12:45 Uhr Lunch-Imbiss
13:15 Uhr Diskussion
14:30 Uhr Ende

Vortrag: Steven Hill (USA)
Moderation: Matthias Weber (IT’S THE GLUE.)

Vortrag und Diskussion mit Steven Hill (USA)

TROUBLED FUTURE: How the „Digital Economy” Will Shape our WORLD, and How We Can Guide it

(Wie die Digitale Ökonomie unsere Welt verändert – und wie wir sie gestalten sollten)

Lecture and discussion in English!


„The CEOs of technology companies boast about how they develop software programs and algorithms for increasingly intelligent machines – Machines which make people redundant…“  (Steven Hill)


What is the impact of digital technology on our society? The San Francisco based political writer and labor market expert Steven Hill examines the social consequences of digitalization, as it is currently produced by the Silicon Valley logic. He warns that the digital economy enforced by Amazon, Uber, Upwork and co. will guide us into a fragile freelancer society with a shrinking middle class, smarts robotics and millions of precarious human “clickworkers”. It will be the age of hyperefficiency – but an efficiency for whose beneficial?


Yet digitalization could have very different effects. Steven Hill describes an alternative vision of how startups, political regulations and nonprofit technology projects hand in hand could evoke a more intelligent digital transformation that comes of our society as a whole to a greater good.


What should we adopt from Silicon Valley, what should we do very differently in Europe – as citizens, entrepreneurs, politicians or scientists? Can Europe play a leading role in the high tech era? What kind of alternative models to “for-profit startups” can successfully solve social problems by technology? The ensuing discussion will address those questions. Afterwards we will discuss the concept and potentials of “public interest” apps, a concept that Steven Hill explored most recently: “There is great need for „public interest“ app development that is focused on bringing the powers of technology platforms to pressing public issues.”


Participation is free.
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Steven Hill is a political writer, columnist, lecturer and co-founder of FairVote/Center for Voting and Democracy. His op-eds and articles appeared in papers like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Guardian and DIE ZEIT and he is a commentator on CNN, BBC, ARD and other international media outlets. . He is the author of several books, among them “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age” (2010) and „Raw Deal: How the ‚Uber Economy‘ and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers“ (2015). He was recently the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Steven Hill lives in San Francisco.




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