Four billion Euros for AI research

27 September 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology and will have a significant impact on the competitiveness of the entire economy, the public sector and daily life. In this context, the digital association Bitkom calls for a strategy at federal level for the development and use of AI. According to Bitkom, two goals should be set: keeping Germany internationally competitive in the field of AI research and promoting the transfer of the research results into marketable products. Therefore, at least € 4 billion of state funding should be provided for further research and 40 additional professorships should be created at universities to take account of the future need for specialists. "Artificial intelligence is a key technology and its significance cannot be overestimated," says Bitkom President Achim Berg. "It is a fundamental innovation that will transform the economy, politics and society profoundly. During the last years, Germany has developed an outstanding position, especially in research and teaching. For the coming legislature we need a strategy to translate the strength in research into a strength in the economy. "

Together with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Bitkom has developed the paper "Decision Support with Artificial Intelligence – Economic Importance, Social Challenge, Human Responsibility". The publication depicts in over 200 pages in which company divisions AI applications are already being used and which role people play in the automated decision-making process. The chapters of the paper elaborate on the ethical issues of automated decision making, the legal and regulatory matters, as well as algorithms as economic assets. A detailed presentation of concrete innovations from companies concludes the paper. "We have to deal intensively with the ethical and legal issues surrounding AI," says Berg. "If we succeed in establishing a social consensus here, we can create intelligent systems that improve the life situation of people, strengthen their autonomy and expand their action possibilities. At the same time, the use of AI resembles a tightrope walk. These new systems must serve the people, they must not alienate them."

The position paper is only available in German:

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