enter the future
standpoints and
ideas in dialog

Digitization, climate change, rapid changes in values in the world of work – industry is facing huge challenges. In this context, it would be too short-sighted for companies to limit themselves to developing technical innovations and changing production processes. They must also do their part to shape the associated fundamental transformation of society. How can people be motivated to be sufficiently agile and open so that they really drive profound change and see it as an opportunity?


Two speakers talk about one topic from different perspectives – that is the basic formal idea behind ENTER THE FUTURE. This is followed by a discussion with the audience. The speakers are high-profile individuals from business, science, and society. The talks are based on scientific principles, but are kept understandable for the audience interested in the topic. Every contribution, every thought is important. We therefore cordially invite you to enrich the discourse with your ideas.


With the ENTER THE FUTURE event series, which was launched by WITTENSTEIN SE in November 2020 and is now being continued by the Wittenstein Foundation, we want to enter into a fruitful dialog with society on how we can safeguard our resources for future generations. Innovation and progress are the key factors for us to achieve this goal.


Innovation/Future of technology in a societal context. How do beliefs and points of reference have to change in order to advance major transformation processes? How can the fundamental transformation of society succeed? Is our society as a whole sufficiently agile and open; is a window of opportunity emerging to make truly profound changes happen? What role do we have here as companies, as employees, every single person?


second event:
„game changer ai:
change needs creative drive“

The second ENTER THE FUTURE event was held on April 22, 2021.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming the key driver of innovation in our living and working environments. But what exactly does “AI” mean today? What can AI do and what can it not do (yet)? What is AI allowed to do and what is it not? While the first presentation is dedicated to such questions, the second uses specific use cases to highlight the innovation and transformation process of companies in the mechanical engineering sector on their path to becoming solution providers in global, digital ecosystems.

Watch the recording of the second event here

Game Changer AI: Change needs creative drive

Dr. Julia Duwe, Head of R&D Production Platforms at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG and Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Emeritus of Excellence at the Technical University of Munich, Senior Professor and co-founder of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Center at the University of Tübingen

Facilitated by:
Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

first event:
„co2 - climate killer
or useful raw material“


The first event was held on November 26, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was live streamed from the TauberPhilharmonie in Weikersheim. Viewers were able to participate in the discussion and ask questions using the chat function during the live broadcast.

Watch the recording of the first event here

“CO2 – Climate killer or useful raw material”

Prof. Ortwin Renn, scientific director at the Institute for Transformative Sustainability Research (IASS) in Potsdam

Torsten Kallweit, Head of Corporate Occupational Safety, Fire Protection, Environmental Protection and Sustainability at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Facilitated by:
Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt