Alexander Mankowsky

Alexander Mankowsky

Science Futurist - Daimler

Born in Berlin in 1957, Alexander Mankowsky studied Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. He graduated in 1984 with the title of Diplom Soziologe.

After four years in social services helping troubled children, he decided to follow the Zeitgeist and enrolled at a post graduate university, focusing on the then new field of Artificial Intelligence. After heavy programming in OOS and Prolog, he earned himself the title of ‘Knowledge Engineer’. Since 1989 Alexander Mankowsky has worked in the research unit at Daimler AG, initially focusing on societal trends in mobility. This led him in 2001 to his current field of work – ‘Future, Human &Technology.’

Alexander Mankowsky is focused on human centered innovation utilizing futuristic technological concepts. He is embedded in Daimler’s rich and diverse network of creatives.

His AI Topic is:

Cooperation between Men and Machine –  Designing Autonomous Cars for the Shared Space of the Future.

The notion of mobility as transportation from a to b will be a thing of the past, once we have autonomous cars. Instead, mobility will be seen as a cooperative task, involving us human beings and autonomous machinery.

In the workshop I like to discuss the way we would like to interact with autonomous, mobile devices in public spaces. As introduction I will describe the current state of research at Daimler,  which is relying heavily on Social Neuroscience.