Reassuring Habitat

Security
in a
Globalized
World

Trust and security are becoming increasingly important for people in our globalized world. Globalization does not only take place “outside”; our own personal environment is also being globalized, with our real surroundings being expanded by virtual Internet space.

How do we live in this new habitat, how is it defined and how can we feel comfortable in it? Can virtual space offer security and trust that can be transferred to our real environment, or is it necessary for our real space to become a new protective zone for enabling us to move within the virtual space? Will human beings carry on adapting to communications technologies or will there be a new trend towards more humane technologies that give people security? Will there be a new “digital gap”? Who will remain behind?

Lecture
Technology Forum
25 August 2006
9.00-15.00

@ European Forum Alpbach
Austria

9:00-9:15
Helmut Leopold, Introduction
chair, head of Safety & Security Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmBh, Vienna
9:15-9:45
Georges Roos, The Virtual Room becomes Home – Two Paradoxes
founder, Roos Office for Cultural Innovation Trends & Futures; founder of International Futurist Conference Lucern
9:45-10:05
Discussion

10:05-10:35
Melissa Fleming, Nuclear Habitat
spokesperson International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna
10:35-10:55
Discussion

11:10-11:40
Johann Cas, Reassuring Habitats – Rearrested inhabitants?
senior researcher at the Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
11:40-12:00
Discussion

13:00-13:30
Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Habitat
partner Hybrid Space Lab, Amsterdam; Professor for Hybrid Space, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne
13:30-13:50
Discussion

13:50–15:00
Final Statements of the speakers and closing words, Helmut Leopold, Alois Schrems, Telecom Austria AG, Vienna