Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis 2024

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Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis 2024

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Meredith Whittaker receives the Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis 2024


The American AI researcher, consultant and manager Meredith Whittaker is awarded this year's Helmut Schmidt Future Prize. She is president of the non-profit Signal Foundation, responsible for the messenger service of the same name, which is designed to ensure the security of its users.

Since 2022, the award has celebrated innovative achievements in the fields of democracy, society and technology.

Following in the footsteps of Ugandan activist and social entrepreneur Vanessa Nakate and pioneering Finnish politician Sanna Marin, technology advocate Meredith Whittaker will now be honoured in this third year.

"Artificial intelligence is more than ever an issue for humanity, and the question of how to develop it in a humane and public welfare-orientated way is of the utmost relevance. If anyone can help us move forward, it is Meredith Whittaker. Whether as a rebellious Google developer, a professor at New York University or a government advisor, she is committed to the responsible and humane development of AI. This combination is enough for the jury of the Helmut Schmidt Future Prize to honour Meredith Whittaker this year and thus also set an example: In innovation oriented towards the common good, the central values of the prize 'Democracy, Society, Technology' come together, and this is almost paradigmatic in the context of the rapid development of AI", stated the jury in explaining its decision.

The jury for the Helmut Schmidt Future Prize this year was composed of: Jury Chairman Uwe Jean Heuser, Alexander Birken, Antje Boetius, Francesca Bria, Sanna Marin, Alaa Murabit, Vanessa Nakate, Erck Rickmers and Meik Woyke.


THE NEW INSTITUTE will host a talk with Meredith Whittaker on Wednesday, May 15, 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Warburgstraße 18, 20354 Hamburg. The discussion will be moderated by our Academic Director Anna Katsman and Prof. Dr. Thomas Gegenhuber.

Award Ceremony

The Helmut Schmidt Future Prize will be awarded on 15 May 2024, 7 pm by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung (Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation) and THE NEW INSTITUTE at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg.


The talk at THE NEW INSTITUTE is a closed event. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Yasmin Guillén Lange. Press inquiries can be made here.

There are currently no tickets available online for the award ceremony. Any remaining tickets may be picked up at the Thalia Theater box office.

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