Artificial intelligence could soon be standard technology in start-ups. Currently, almost every second start-up in Germany (47 percent) states that they use AI. In addition, more than one in three (35 percent) are planning to use it or are discussing it. This is the result of a survey commissioned by the digital association Bitkom among 206 start-ups. By comparison: a year ago, only 39 percent of the startups had AI in use, 38 percent were planning to look into it. In the economy as a whole, just 6 percent of companies with 20 or more employees use AI technologies, while another 22 percent are looking into it. "Artificial intelligence is a key technology. The future competitiveness of the German economy will depend on its use," says Bitkom President Achim Berg. "Startups play a prominent role in the further development of AI technology and its practical use in completely new business models."