Speaker Details

Thomas Endres
TNG Technology Consulting GmbH

Thomas Endres is a Managing Partner for TNG Technology Consulting in Munich. Besides his normal work for the company and the management of the customers he is creating various prototypes, he and the the Innovation Hacking Team develop various prototypes, including an Augmented Reality application that displays the world from an artist's perspective, real-time deepfakes, or an AI for generating presentations. He works on applications in the field of AR/VR, AI, and gesture control to e.g. autonomously fly quadcopters or control them without physical contact. Furthermore, he is involved in various Open Source projects.

Thomas studied computer science at TU Munich and is a passionate software developer. As an Intel Software Innovator and Black Belt, he presents new technologies such as AI, AR/VR, and robotics worldwide. For this, he has received awards including a JavaOne Rockstar Award and several Best Speaker Awards.

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.