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Hybrid futures: the blending of AI and ‘digital’ into life, work and society - 15 Oct 2021

This conference focused on the increasingly intimate, entangled relationship we develop with AI, with platforms, and with other digital technologies, and how this changes organizations, new ventures, and our work and lives. Rather than shifting from “the old” to “the new”, from a known analog world to an unknown digital one, we increasingly blend into a hybrid life, being online and “IRL” at the same time, experiencing things that are physically and virtually immersive, that are rooted in tradition and radically new. The theme for 2021's Digital Day conference was Hybridity.

This conference was free of cost, hosted online and organized as part of Digital@Idag.

Date: 15 October 2021

Time: 13:00 to 17.00 CEST

Location: Digital conference.

Hybridity entails a fusion of entities. As an idea, it can help us see the world more holistically, as a blend of experiences, materials, cultures, ideas, or solutions, spanning across time and space, which in turn create something enriched, something new.

Together we leveraged the idea of hybridity to explore technology, humanity, and the complex web of issues shaping our rapidly digitalizing world. We explored tensions and contradictions, the familiar and the strange, as we crafted a clearer picture of digital transformation beyond the easy wins: beyond the “green field” or the “blue ocean”, digital transformation is increasingly about balancing the old and the new: upgrading existing expertise and building new skills, protecting existing revenue streams and engaging in new ecosystems, being compassionate and analytical at the same time.

Our exploration of hybridity together with thought-leaders, policymakers, business and NGO leaders, and entrepreneurs, covered:

• Platform competition and societal responsibility
• Human – AI collaboration and role of AI in organizational transformation
• Integrating technology, equity and sustainability in new ventures
• Esthetics, art, and imagination’s role in generative innovation
• Imaginaries of the future and psychological safety

This was an online event.

This digital conference was arranged by the House of Innovation together with the Wallenberg Foundations and Digital@Idag, the Future Work Forum, SCDI (Swedish Center for Digital Innovation), MISUM, and SSE Business Lab. The conference was also part of the outreach program of the Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Center for Innovative and Sustainable Business Development, and the Scania Center of Innovation and Operational Excellence, at the SSE House of Innovation. The SSE House of Innovation is co-funded by the Erling Persson Foundation.


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Fredrika Ling
Head of d|lab Innovation and Design

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Jonas Wettergren

VP & Head of People & Organization


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