Technology in the 21st Century – The New Superpower Battlefield



48% of global AI investments were invested in China in 2017, 38% in the US, and only 14% in the “Rest of the World,” including South Asia, the Middle East, Canada, the European Union, and Great Britain. We invite members to join our briefing session to understand more about the political, economic, and military entanglements of emerging technology innovation among the superpowers USA, China, and EU.

Keynote talking points:
• Technologies will dominate future superpower competition in the economic, diplomatic and
military areas
• In AI alone, 48% of global investments go to China, and 38% to the USA
• In a winner-takes-all market, technological superiority is critical and gives a decisive advantage
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• Europe is falling behind in creating and, more critical, implementing and scaling disruptive technologies, enabling the US and China to lead in major sectors like energy, healthcare, arti-ficial intelligence, or in the New Space
• The window for Germany, France, and Europe to respond to this global challenge is getting smaller, and nationally isolated programs from middle-powers like Germany fail to produce the traction and scale necessary to secure a stake in this arms race, producing a major risk for its existing industries
• At the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, patenting and monopolizing emerging technologies will secure future growth and global relevance through the domination of military, economic, and ideological assets and values
• Thus, the Joint European Disruptive Initiative proposes a European Agency for Disruptive Innovation with an entrepreneurial organization, closely modelled after the successful Ameri-can DARPA but with a civilian focus
• JEDI identifies and grants technological challenges that will disrupt existing industries. With an emphasis on fast prototyping, these challenges will change Europe’s ground research-focused private and public R&D methodologies towards fast prototyping, bold risk taking, and extreme agility in order to secure a future for Europe.

André Loesekrug-Pietri

Speaker of JEDI, former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, Founder of ACAPITAL
André Loesekrug-Pietri, French-German, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale- Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital, including 10 years with China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defence policy as well as technology and innovation. He is currently speaker of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI), aiming to accelerate Europe’s leadership in disruptive innovations. Graduate from HEC and from Harvard Kennedy School, he attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) and is member of the International Advisory Board of Beijing Jiaotong University.

Joint European Disruptive Initiative
The European Moonshot Factory
JEDI initiated the launch of an agency for disruptive innovation to bring back Europe on par with the USA and China in breakthrough technologies – with a radical new method based on agility, high risk/high impact, through a public agency driven by the technology ecosystem. This led to President Macron’s proposal to set up a European DARPA, backed by Chancellor Merkel. JEDI is highly representative of the European deeptech ecosystem and brings together 120 key leaders of large research centers, technology corporations, venture capitalists, and deeptech startups. JEDI has developed 30 Technology Challenges and identified 15 Program Managers. JEDI is a concrete and ambitious German- French initiative with a clear European perspective. JEDI is ready.

Event Details

Start date: 2018-09-21

Start time: 15:00

End time: 17:00

Venue: The British Business Centre

Directions: The British Business Centre, Room 1001, China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Beijing 100020 北京朝阳门外大街16号中国人寿大厦1001室 英国商务中心

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