Frenemy – Can AI replace your professor?

Panel Discussion with subsequent meeting in virtual space

Wednesday December 2nd

Panel discussion 1:15-2pm EST / 7:15-8pm PM CET

Virtual session in 2-2:30pm EST / 8-8:30pm CET

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Artificial intelligence has become an indispensable part of our lives. Its convenience has already changed our daily life and is now increasing its influence on the educational landscape in both Germany and the United States. This prompts the question, whether AI will be only used as a tool to fill educational gaps or if it could replace our professors entirely? 

Our event “Frenemy – Can AI replace your professor?” takes a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities AI imposes on the future of education. Each of the panelists represents a different area that is thoroughly shaping the digitization of education: politics, corporations, and higher education.

After each speaker’s input, we will engage in a panel discussion moderated by the awarded science-journalist Eva Wolfangel. We will discuss the question “Can AI replace your professor?” and subsequently move to a virtual meeting space, Instead of having the post-panel coffee chat in person, like pre-COVID times, we will join the virtual space of, which allows participants to network and further discuss the topic with the panelists and among each other in a video game-like environment.


Professor Daniel L. Schwartz

Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education

Daniel L. Schwartz is the I. James Quillen Dean and Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology at Stanford Graduate School of Education. An expert in human learning and educational technology, Schwartz oversees a laboratory that creates pedagogy, technology, and assessments that prepare students to continue learning and adapting. He has taught math in rural Kenya, English in south-central Los Angeles and multiple subjects in Kaltag, Alaska. Among many honors, Schwartz has been named both Graduate School of Education Teacher of the Year and Graduate Advisor of the Year. As co-host of the Stanford podcast and SiriusXM radio show School’s In, Schwartz discusses current topics in teaching and learning with an aim of helping educators and parents understand and use the latest research. His most recent book is The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them.

Vishal Punwani, MD

CEO and Co-Founder of

Vishal (Vish) is the CEO of, the Harvard Innovation Labs alumnus that powers the leading virtual world used by Fortune 50 companies and startups alike for work, social, community, and events.

Vishal is a medical doctor and an international leader in technology and AI for learning. He became one of the highest-rated Teaching Fellows at Khan Academy after creating health and medicine content that has garnered over 10 million views, and has been an invited speaker at The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, MIT, and Harvard Medical School. Harvard’s prestigious Alumni Incubator Launch Lab X referred to Vishal as ‘the heart and soul’ of their program. Vishal is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, a peer mentor at the Harvard Innovation Labs, a Mentor at the Oxford University Foundry, and Alumni Advisor at MassChallenge Boston.

Daniela Kolbe, MdB

Member of the German Parliament

Daniela Kolbeis a social democratic member of the German parliament, the Bundestag. Since 2009, she represents the constituency of Northern Leipzig. In December 2017, she was elected member of the executive committee of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. 

In the Bundestag, Kolbe is chairwoman of the study committee on “Artificial Intelligence”. The study commission’s task is to reflect upon the benefits and risks of this disruptive technology, its impact on several aspects of life and society such as the working world and to discuss and develop methods of coping with the upcoming challenges.

Kolbe’s further parliamentary responsibilities concern the field of labour and social affairs, where she is specialized in migration and integration policies, equity and social justice as well as Eastern Germany’s social issues.

Born and raised in Thuringia, Kolbe studied Physics at the University of Leipzig, where she lives with her partner and their two daughters.

Eva Wolfangel

Freelance Science and Techonology Journalist

Eva Wolfangel is a freelance science and tech journalist, a storyteller and feature writer, a speaker and moderator. In 2019/20 she was Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in Boston/USA; in 2018 she was named European Sciencewriter of the Year 2018. Her focus is on science reporting, future technologies and their significance for society, computer science, human-machine interaction, data journalism, virtual reality, interaction between the digital and real world, space travel and neuroscience. She is a co-founder of the Riffreporter cooperative where she reports as a VR reporter from virtual worlds.