First there was a social two-tier society, then the digital, and now we are moving towards a neural class differentiation, Miriam Meckel stated. In her talk she explained how humans and machines are merging and why that isn’t an exclusively positive thing.
At the moment Virtual Reality still feels like a game with imaginary parallel worlds. But technology journalist, Luca Caracciolo predicts that it will become ever more integrated into our daily lives – and reminds us that humans have been living with imaginary worlds for centuries.
Designer and filmmaker Nelly Ben Hayoun is on a mission to bring chaos and subversion into the tidy and hierarchical world of science and design. She offers a new form of hyperrealistic experience with her two doppelgangers Aglaé and Anaïs Zebrowski.
There's a battle waging across Turkey centred around power, freedom and information. Hundreds of journalists have been detained and around 150 media outlets have been shut down – access to Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook is also slowly being controlled by the government. Quo vadis, Turkey?
Berlin is an international centre for club culture. It's where clubs, artists, and music tech start-ups influence and inspire each other. But for how much longer? The last remaining spaces are being fought over by music scene newcomers and start-ups from other industries.
Claudio Guarnieri is a hacker, and one politicians should listen to as he has a message: in order for this internet thing to be ok in the long-run, people need to become technically more competent and larger corporations more transparent.
An attack on freedom of the press is an attack on democracy. In their re:publica keynote, journalists and activists told us about their struggle for the right to report – they addressed the crowd as representatives for those colleagues who are in prison or whose publishing companies have been closed.
Writing love letters is yesterday’s news: these days we send illuminated postcards. DIY amateurs and pros were able to get paper glowing using copper strips, LEDs and button cell batteries in Saad Chinoy’s “Darling leave a light on for me: DIY interactive love letters” makerspace.