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Cancelled: Book Launch: twentyforty – Utopias for a Digital Society

Illustration by Elsa Brown

Due to the immediate measures decided on 11 March 2020 for the Berlin scientific institutions against the spread of the coronavirus, we are cancelling this event. We try to offer the majority of our events online as a livestream, so that especially in such times science communication and public discourse do not come to a complete standstill. For logistical reasons, however, this is unfortunately not possible for this event. We hope to be able to postpone the event to a later date. Please visit our website to find out about the current livestream offers and news from the institute. We appreciate your understanding.


We are pleased to celebrate the launch of our freshly printed book twentyforty – Utopias for a Digital Society. The book is an anthology, consisting of thirteen visionary stories written by researchers, addressing the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies present for society in the future of 2040. twentyforty started as an essay competition and is an experiment in science communication.


Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | 7 -10 pm
Alexander von Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society
Französische Straße 9 | 10117 Berlin

Download the book here!

Digital technologies have changed our lives significantly in the last twenty years. With the looming rise of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and data ubiquity, it seems evident that the biggest changes still lie ahead of us. What will the world look like two decades from now? How can society benefit from technology? How will we live, love, shape education and the way we work in 2040?



6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction
7:15 pm
The End of Feelings by Kamel Ajji, a short story from the book
7:45 pm
Panel discussion
with Benedikt Fecher (HIIG), Isabella Hermann (BBAW),
Kamel Ajji (Paris II Panthéon-Assas University) and
Emma Beauxis-Aussalet (Amsterdam University of Applied Science)
8:30 pmGet-together


twentyforty – Utopias for a Digital Society

The results of our essay competition twentyforty include not only a publication with the best contributions, but also many other formats. From 8 April, the entire book will be available on and can be downloaded free of charge via Open Access. The website also features background information on the texts, as well as discursive and educational resources.


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Event date

18.03.2020 | 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm ical | gcal


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Anna Oswald

Former Project Manager


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


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