Over the next six weeks, a robot will answer simple travel questions at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. The hope is this kind of AI technology will free up customer service employees for more complex inquiries. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
The Volksbühne finds their new artistic director, the opening of the Humboldt Forum will be delayed until 2020, and Späti owners will take to the streets on Sunday to protest against rules limiting their business hours on Sundays.
Next Tuesday’s Senate meeting to decide whether or not Berlin rent prices should be frozen for five years has propelled the owner’s association Haus und Grund to publish a countdown clock on their website, alerting members that this week could be their last to increase rent prices.
We spoke with Daniel Wiesenfeld, B-LA CONNECT director, and Carl Baratta, director of the LA art space Tiger Strikes Asteroid, about the B-LA CONNECT program and the relationship between the sister cities of LA and Berlin.
ALDI’s move to start charging one cent for customers to bag their produce in plastic has been called “insufficient” by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany). Also, Federal Health Minister says gay ‘conversion therapy’ makes people sick and is not healthy.
Running from November 1-10. Berlin Science Week brings together people from innovative scientific institutions to celebrate science, while connecting and engaging with the local and international science community and the public.