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Defense

Artificial Intelligence: The Blessings and the Curse
Will AI kill us?

Artificial Intelligence, "the next big thing", is changing our world dramatically and it is no longer just menial jobs that are threatened. Slowly, surely, we are ceding responsibility to major sectors of our society to intelligent software, passing control to machines in management and marketing, government and finance. While the advantages are enormous, many of the greatest thinkers of our time believe AI is a threat far greater than nuclear weapons. After two and a half years of investigative research at secret drone bases, intelligence authorities and AI research institutions, Jay Tuck has deep insight into AI. His book is making headlines across Europe. His talks are accompanied by multimedia video and exclusive photographs.

Invisible Wars
How Cyber-Technology has changed Military Conflict

Remote-controlled combat drones are killing enemies in faraway lands, invisible to the public eye, beyond the reach of democratic control. Washington’s highest intelligence officer James Clapper has declared cyber warfare to be a greater threat to world security than terrorism. Power grids and communication networks, water supplies and world finance are in danger. What are the weapons of cyber warfare? Are intelligence agencies exaggerating again? Or could a cyber attack destroy our civilization?

Journalism under Fire
Reporting from the Combat Zone

The first casualty in any war is truth. Jay Tuck covered two gulf wars from the combat zone. He knows what it means to work in a lethal environment. How does a journalist maintain objectivity when his life depends on the soldiers he accompanies? How does he find a balance between emotion and objectivity? Some very personal experiences.

Qualifications: US defense expert Jay Tuck was news director of the daily network news program ARD-Tagesthemen and combat correspondent for German Television in both Gulf Wars. He is author of two widely acclaimed books on electronic intelligence activities. "High-Tech Espionage" (St. Martin's Press), which was published in fourteen countries, and his current bestseller in German "Evolution ohne uns" (Plassen Publishing). His investigative reports on security policy, espionage activities and weapons technology appear in leading newspapers, television networks and magazines throughout Europe.
Jay Tuck with Predator Drone / Holloman AFB, USA
Middle East

Aftermath of the Arab Spring
Doing Business in the Middle East

Mass media often presents a confused picture of today’s Middle East - riots in Egypt, murder in Benghazi, kidnappings in Sinai. Trusted alliances collapse as the influence of extremists continues to grow, even in Gulf countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. For governments, this means the loss of strategic partners, for investors and businesses an unpredictable situation. Who are the players? What are the prospects? How stabile are the governments?

Understanding the Power Elite
The Untold History of Abu Dhabi

Jay Tuck has just finished producing a major 45-documentary on the history of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. He interviewed members of the ruling family and some of the richest people in the world, filming in their palaces as they described a childhood in the poverty of the early years, when the country had no streets or hospitals, no electric light and no running water. The film was broadcast in Germany in ZDF and by Natioinal Geographics. Its author offers behind-the-scenes background on the history and heritage of the UAE and how their leaders think.

Qualifications: Jay Tuck has deep understanding of the Middle East. As founder and CEO of Airtime Dubai, a leading media company in the region, he has produced over 250 weekly half-hour segments – in Arabic – for Al-Jazeera Television. As a businessman, he has travelled the region extensively. As keynote speaker, he has appeared before the Chambers of Commerce in Dubai and Hamburg, the Emirates Economic Summit, as well as the World Bank.
Jay Tuck in Al-Jazeera Studios / Doha, Qatar
Journalism

When the “Shitstorm” hits
Protecting your Company in Social Media

When an investigative reporter calls your company, or your brand is attacked in social media, there is a need to react. But many companies have no strategies for such scenarios. PR advisors and staff are focused on positive messages, not media threats. They do not know how to differentiate between harmless gossip and serious threats. Companies need to understand investigative journalism, to learn what a reporter knows. What information they should provide? How should they react to smear campaigns on the web?

Science Journalism in Mainstream Media
Why the Hysteria?

Why do mainstream media react so irrationally to subjects such as the ozone hole, mad cow disease or swine flu? It is a cycle of action and reaction, from press to politics back to press, sometimes ending in panic. The list of junk science from public officials and press - often totally unmerited by the facts - is long and sobering. Where do such campaigns start? Why can’t news editors break the cycle? This keynote speech aims to explain the knee-jerk reactions in newsrooms and the grim consequences they can have.

Qualifications: The American journalist Jay Tuck has spent his life in the newsrooms of mainstream media. For CBS News in New York and German Television in Hamburg he has produced over 500 documentaries and news segments on subjects ranging from organized crime & espionage to political affairs & police corruption. He knows the covert tools and tricks of the trade. He also knows responsibility, having spent fourteen years as Executive News Editor of ARD-Tagesthemen, Germany’s primetime daily news program. He has recently been producing “Understanding Tomorrow”, a thirty-minute science and technology magazine.

Jay Tuck, Executive News Editor / ARD German TV