Indian Institute of Foreign Trade: Tradewinds 2018

Inaugural Session: TRADE WINDS 2018


“ Humans vs. Machines or Humans and Machines”

The inaugural session of Trade Winds sets the agenda for all the ensuing summits in motion. The theme of the inaugural session is Humans vs. Machines or Humans and Machines. The world is at a cusp of technological evolutionary spree and in this increasingly adaptive world, technology is penetrating each and every aspect of our personal and professional lives. With the advent of the Seventh Kingdom of Life, as advocated by Kevin Kelly, TECHNIUM, a superorganism of technology which has its own force. A force which is part-cultural (influenced by and influencing of humans) and partly non-human, partly indigenous to the physics of technology itself. A tussle would ensue between humans and machines, the menial and some advanced jobs would be taken over by technology, and radically different avenues will open up as opportunities for humans.

The objective of this conclave is to analyze and forecast growth and progress pattern for both machines and humans which would be different, however, greatly intertwined with each other as both of them will co-exist in the future world, and the success of global enterprises, governments and humans, hinges on handling the ethical ambiguity that lies within.

Trade Winds 2018 aims to address this relevant issue through its inaugural session which sets the tone of the conclave.:

The National Finance Summit - “How will Technology Shape the Future of the Financial Services Industry?".

The National Marketing Summit - Future of Retail: Machines powering Consumer Buying Behavior

The National Leadership Summit - “Preparing leaders in an era of Intelligent Machines"

The National Operations Summit - “Automation, robots and AI: The rise of digital supply chains"

The National Digital Summit - HOW THE INTELLIGENT DIGITAL MESH WILL TRANSFORM EVERY BUSINESS LAYER "Technology will be embedded in everything in the digital business of the future."  .


The National Trade Summit - Digital Transformation in the Trade World: The Implications  .

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade: Tradewinds 2017