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Executive Summit ’23 – Legal implications of Generative Al  [Keynote] by Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm

Thijs Pepping
January 17, 2024

During our Executive Summit in Cannes a group of inspiring thought leaders offered their insights on the theme of “Scarcity in Abundance.” We have captured the highlights from these top sessions to bring their valuable perspectives to you.

This week, we feature Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm’s story about the Legal implications of Generative Al

About Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm

Alberdingk specializes in copyright, the right to privacy, information law and e-commerce. He has a particular interest in the interaction between law and new technologies and enjoys dealing with issues of principle for innovative entrepreneurs.

In 2004, Alberdingk Thijm was voted the best IP/IT lawyer in the Netherlands by his peers. He won the Golden Hourglass. He gained international fame by successfully defending the makers of Kazaa in proceedings against music organization Buma/Stemra. The win made Kazaa the world’s first “legal” file-sharing program. He is an advisor for clients such as KPN, Netflix and eBay.



After more than a decade of abundance, where the economy was steadily expanding, money was free, globalization was progressing, geo-politics were as boring as they should be and life was generally good, the world has taken a decisive turn towards a different future. Scarcity has re-emerged as an urgent priority on the executive agenda. Suddenly we find ourselves in a perma-crisis, where all certainties seem to have disappeared.

There is a steady flow of new, potentially transformative, ready to scale, technologies like Generative Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic biology, Quantum Computing, and Virtual and Augmented Reality, that promise solutions to all our challenges. Yet in a world where scarcity is in abundance, we must think carefully about the choices we make, including the technologies our businesses use.

During our Sogeti Executive Summit we aimed to develop an optimistic scenario, minted by one of the speakers as “The Great Progression”, to write the future you want and explore some of the technologies that will help you get there.

In this 24-hour intense program, perspectives from many different angles were presented by authoritative speakers, interspersed with discussion amongst the invited executives. We look back at two exhilarating days.

About the author

Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Thijs Pepping is a humanistic trend analyst in the field of new technologies. He is part of the think tank within SogetiLabs and in his work he continuously wonders and analyses what the impact of New Technologies is on our lives, organizations and society.


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