Over two decades, Alexander Markowetz has built up an extensive understanding of digital technology.
Today Markowetz transfers this knowledge to medicine and psychology. His approaches enable the collection of a large number of data points, for cohorts of any size, over any period of time. Big Data becomes a methodological revolution in the human sciences. With the Menthal Project, Markowetz has collected the largest such data set available to science, and founded the discipline of psychoinformatics.
In his other research track, Markowetz studies the effects of digitalization on politics, society and the economy. He understands digitalization as a civilisatoric turning point and political project, to be that needs to be shaped. Markowetz researches digital infrastructure, ordoliberal economic areas, and an economy without marginal costs. His focus is on B2B, medium-sized businesses and interoperability.
Alexander Markowetz has advised politicians, companies and public authorities. He has coached start-ups and investors. In Bonn he founded Murmuras, a start-up for smartphone tracking in psychology, medicine and market research.
PhD Computer Science, 2009
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Diploma Informatik, 2004
Philipps University Marburg
Digitalization is a political process. It raises even basic distribution questions all over. The political divide runs between digital attackers and analog defenders.
Digitalization changes the mechanics of power in society and institutions. Networks replace hierarchies. Collaboration replaces repression. The 21st century will be an age of women.
Industrialization led to uniformity. A German is blond, heterosexual, a mechanical engineer and is called Stefan. Digitalization allows diversity. The 21st century will be an age of everyone.
Our problems are immanent to the system. The poly-crisis cannot be solved by bureaucracy and capitalism. Either humanity will organize itself as a digital swarm, or it will fail.
Peak Oil, Bureaucracy, Law, Capitalism, Centralisation, Employment, Marketing, Politics and Alienation. Industrialization has passed its peak.
None of the 19th century concepts familiar to us will survive the transition to the digital age.
It would be wrong to accept the phenomena of the last twenty years as digitalization and extrapolate them into the future.
Technological progress overruns us. We are conceptually lagging behind. Mankind is suffering a theory crisis.
Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos. Digitalization closes the gap between philosophy and engineering. It gives birth to a completely new type of thinker.
Demographic change can only be stemmed by the efficiency gains of digitalization.
Digitalization brings people into contact with their actions’ most remote effects. It allows completely new approaches to ethical action.
Digitalization reduces everything to primary value creation.
The effects of the decisions we make today will only unfold in 20 years from now. So we need a picture of how the world will be in 20 years.
80 million refugees, the world climate is collapsing, Europe is falling apart. And we react with a new Biedermeier.
Digitalization shifts power from the producer to the consumer.
With the GSM cell phone standard, the EU has created a global market already once before.
In the short term, we will see even more efficient organizations, Amazon or a digital China. In the long term, neither of these are needed any more.
We must completely redesign our social systems.
The Unconditional Basic Income is necessary, but already an anachronism. It imitates an employment system that is already dying out.
The platform economy of Silicon Valley is an unpalatable combination of planned economy and colonialism.
Any nationally restricted system must fail.
Statistical predictions about the future are entirely irrelevant.
We are about to dissolve and merge all organizations into a single organism.
The CFO can see two years into the future, the CDO however seven.
Germany needs a Demography Pact. You help us eliminate your jobs, and we won’t leave you behind.
A concept like Blockchain could not have been invented by German institutions.
The realignment generates enormous conflicts. They will result in violence, but not in the great wars of the 20th century.
Solution and problem space expand in parallel. But while the problem space grows on its own, it is up to us to access the solution space actively.
We need to manage actively, rather than reactively, too late and driven by events.
Industry 4.0 is a reactionary narrative.
Google is a state.
Bureaucracy and capitalism fail. Without a digital operating system Europe is doomed by downtime and fifty years of darkness.
The year 1995 equaled 1975, but 2015 was already completely different. 2035 will be entirely different, and 2055 we cannot imagine.
Cybernetics is the vision of a digitalized central administration. Real digitization, however, acts decentralizing.