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Typically Human?

Behavior and Honesty in a Digital World

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The more intelligent machines become, the more the question arises as to what actually distinguishes us from them. According to neuropsychologist Lutz Jäncke--it’s less and less. Feelings? Just phenomena of consciousness. The soul? A speculation. Memories? Constructs.

Michel Maréchal examines the way humans work. How selfishly do we behave in everyday life, how honest are we? In a recently published study, the behavioral economist came up with surprising results. Maréchal's report, conducted in 355 cities in over 40 countries, was discussed worldwide in prominent journals - from "Science" and "New York Times" to "Guardian" and "Figaro".

Jäncke and Maréchal look at the essence of humans from two completely different perspectives. They will showcase and discuss their results at the GDI - it will be the first time Michel Maréchal has presented this to the public. The researchers will address questions such as:

  • How important will common sense be in the future?
  • What cannot be assigned to machines?
  • What is more reliable, algorithms or empathy?
  • Is a man really a wolf to another man?
Lutz Jäncke

Lutz Jäncke

Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Zurich. Jäncke is one of the most quoted scientists in the world. His research interests lay in learning behaviour, music processing and the power of the subconscious in the decision-making process. Jäncke examines the role of rationality and irrationality in the digital world.


Michel Maréchal

Professor of Economics, University of Zurich. Maréchal's research is interdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of economics to political science. His current research projects cover topics such as honesty, employee motivation and unethical behavior. His latest research results on "Civic Honesty Around the Globe" were published in the renowned journal "Science" in 2019.

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies. He holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous international publications and a worldwide sought-after speaker. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation, management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy.


18.00 - 20.00

As of 20.00
Apéro Riche


Participation fee: CHF 120

Participation fee as of two persons: CHF 90 per person

The conference fee includes all food and beverages. 


20 January 2020

German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

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