The 31st Digital Business Conference, taking place on May 11-12 in Lisbon, has already started, and after a break in 2020 and a very limited edition in 2021, it is now back in a big stage, still in a hybrid format.
As the emblem chosen by APDC indicates, the Futuro is the focus of all discussions and the first entries in the morning are markedWhich began with the participation of the President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The regular attendance at the association’s conferences highlighted the importance of the conference in the context of digital transformation. “If ever there is a suitable moment for a conference, it is the moment we live in“The context of the pandemic, as well as the war, highlights the importance of telecommunications, as well as a sustainable energy transition,” he says.
Although confirming that the future has arrived in Portugal and that The government has made digital transformation one of its priorities, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa says more is needed.
“We need to move forward in the future,” given the medium and long term: the need for industry/organizations to cooperate with the government, which is “waiting for this interrogation” in order to “accelerate the future” and align with “Expectations of the Portuguese”.
The president invites everyone to mobilize, especially the industry. I’m sure the government, starting with the prime minister, awaits this questioning. They want to respond as Europe wants. Because the future has already begun and they want to accelerate it,” he says.
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He was also looking to the future Carlos coinsMayor of Lisbon and former European Commissioner for Innovation, focused his intervention, arguing that You need to put cities at the center of the equation. He defended this, saying: “Innovation and technology are created in cities, because there we exchange ideas, we test what has not been written, and there is tacit knowledge,” stressing that “cities are the platforms of the present and not of tomorrow.”
Tacit knowledge is created in cities and it is possible to transcend digital. He defends this by saying: “There is a difference between the hadiths that we conduct on these stages and the reality of things.” There are many challenges in getting people to understand the challenges and language of technology, and to overcome the digital barrier that still exists.
Entrepreneurial development, promoted by Carlos Moedas, was also part of the intervention. The CML Chair indicated that he wanted to be the focus of talent and that he wished there was more ambition. “TWe need to be able to attract companies, transcend the country and look for talent’, he said, remembering that Portugal has 7 unicorns and that Spain, which is five times larger, has 9.” We’re not bad,” he explains.
From the evolution of technologies to Web 3.0
Ruggiero Karabuca, President of APDC, and Paulo Portas, President of the 31st Conference, made a duo on stage to move from the evolution of technologies to the future and the challenges being presented to Europe, digitalization and globalization.
From early computing to supercomputers and artificial intelligence algorithms, Ruggiero Karabuca says that today it is possible to achieve a true digital transformation of business And “we can use super powerful algorithms that we can apply in businesses and businesses to better understand our products and our customers.”
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Business platform, which has grown in recent years to become larger than many countries in economic terms. Portugal would have to “multiply our economy by 12 to achieve Apple’s economic size”. The Web 3.0 brings new possibilities with no mediation, but Ruggiero Karabuca admits that we may not want to mediate everything, Because in some areas we still need intermediaries.
The ability of macroeconomic and geopolitical analysis Paulo Portas She brought to Congress a vision of how globalization and digitalization are affecting our lives. “Globalization and digitalization are “cousins”, but they are parallel lives that do not necessarily intersect.“He says, warning of the dangers of fragmentation that exist if economic relations are only related to geopolitics, which will be negative.”We could lose 5% of global GDP if economic relations are only subject to geopolitics,” he warns.
at Changes in the way we look at time, influenced by 5G, 6G, augmented reality, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. “The concept of speed and time is amazing,” he justifies.
Among the interests that Paulo Portas has also shared Legal Challenges of Big Tech Regulation, with Europe potentially losing control and discussions opening up with the model in the United States. “To turn Europe’s future around, defense and energy independence are just as important as being at the heart of innovation.”
The President of the Congress showed several graphs and continued on one of them where the main technology companies were shown to be North America but that China is gaining more and more land. However, he stresses that the advantage is that everything in technology is very fast, and that a good idea can be quickly replaced by a better one before hitting the market.
“Whoever ceases to be creative and seeks excellence, whoever lacks ambition, is replaced by another“, Warn.
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