Speaker Details

Martin Förtsch
TNG Technology Consulting GmbH

Martin Förtsch is an IT consultant at TNG Technology Consulting GmbH, located in Unterföhring near Munich. He holds a degree in computer sciences. Professionally, he specializes in Agile Development, primarily in Java, Search Engine Technologies, Information Retrieval, and Databases. As an Intel Software Innovator and Intel Black Belt Software Developer, Martin plays an active role in the creation of innovative tech-demos and showcases alongside the Innovation Hacking team.

In the past, Martin developed software for gesture-controlled quadrocopters using Intel RealSense technology and designed an Augmented Reality wearable prototype device. He frequently presents at both national and international conferences on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, and Test Driven Development. His prowess as a speaker has earned him multiple accolades, including the Oracle JavaOne Rockstar award.

In the age of Deepfakes and Large Language Models (LLMs), the threat of misusing AI for shaping and manipulating public sentiment has reached unprecedented levels. In this talk, we shed light on the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and its potential implications for our societies.
As pivotal elections in both the UK and USA loom in 2024, it is important to understand the evolving landscape of political influence, particularly in the digital realm. Remembering the impact of Cambridge Analytica’s manipulation during the Brexit era serves as a reminder of how information can be distorted to sway public opinion. In this keynote, we show the capabilities of modern AI and how they can be misused for shaping public opinion, using examples like Realtime Deepfakes and LLM-powered chatbots. Through a series of live demonstrations and showcases, we unveil the inner workings and technical foundation of these neural networks, highlight their capabilities and their weaknesses, and give an outlook on how we as a society can resist manipulation.
In a world where technology shapes narratives, understanding its potential and pitfalls is crucial. This talk aims to spark discourse and promote a future where technology serves societal betterment, not manipulation.