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How Corona is changing our approach to Artificial Intelligence

The corona crisis accelerates digitization. Home offices, video conferences and learning platforms are part of our so-called "new normality". However, the challenges of digitization can also be viewed as if under a magnifying glass in the pandemic. How do we deal with the risks for data protection and IT security, for example? What impact will the pandemic have on our use of technology? And will we make greater use of Artificial Intelligence in our everyday lives? Experts from Plattform Lernende Systeme and acatech discussed these questions with citizens at the Political Academy Tutzing from September 9 to 10.

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AI in Germany: Extended map provides overview of research, applications and transfer

Which AI applications are already in use in Germany today? Where is research being conducted into the fundamentals and applications of Artificial Intelligence? And who supports companies in the introduction of AI in their operations? The continuously expanding Map on AI of Plattform Lernende Systeme provides an overview of AI applications, research institutions and transfer centres in Germany - now also in an English version.

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Communicating knowledge to AI - Web-Talk about practical experiences

Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are finding their way into more and more areas of life. At the same time, many people are still not quite clear about what is behind the technology. How can the functioning, applications, opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI) be successfully communicated to a broad public? This question was the focus of a web-talk to which the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) also invited representatives of the Plattform Lernende Systeme on July 17, 2020.

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Best practice for companies: How to turn data into successful business models

From intelligent failure forecasts for production lines to data-based monitoring in greenhouses and AI-controlled hand prostheses - Plattform Lernende Systeme uses a total of 13 practical examples from SMEs and industry to illustrate in its current report how new business models can be developed from data. The study shows: Collaboration and the sharing of data, technologies and skills in businessnetworks will be essential for companies in the future if they are to remain competitive in a digitalised economy.

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Web-Talks on the transformation of the economy

In the coming years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change both entrepreneurial business models and many jobs - in large corporations as well as in medium-sized companies. This is because the intelligent linking of corporate data will enable new products and services to be developed and processes to be optimised. Learning assistance systems can support employees individually in their work. Where we stand on the way to an AI-supported economy and what challenges this poses for entrepreneurs and employees was discussed by experts from Plattform Lernende Systeme in two web-talks with virtual guests on 6 July.

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3 Questions for Svenja Falk

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3 Questions for Svenja Falk

Companies must enrich their physical products with intelligent services and change their business models accordingly in order to remain internationally competitive. This requires new forms of cooperation in so-called digital value-added networks. Svenja Falk, Managing Director at Accenture Research, explains the advantages of these networks and why data- and AI-driven applications are also interesting for SMEs.

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3 Questions to Olga Mordvinova

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3 Questions for Olga Mordvinova

In the age of digitalisation, data are considered treasures, the value of which many companies are not yet aware of. Through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, they can be made usable - even for small and medium-sized companies. Olga Mordvinova, founder and managing director of the AI start-up incontext.technology GmbH, explains how intelligent data analysis can support them in improving existing processes or developing new business models.

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Dialogue with citizens: Data protection as the highest good?

Who protects our data? Who decides what is private and whether there is a right to data ownership? These questions were discussed by Claudia Eckert from the Technical University of Munich and Jörn Müller-Quade from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - both members of Plattform Lernende Systeme - on June 30th at acatech on Tuesday via Zoom with the guests who were connected. The event was held for the first time together with vhs.wissen live and the Bavarian Adult Education Association.

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Criteria for AI in the company: How the cooperation with employees is successful

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world of work fundamentally changes the division of tasks between man and machine. Learning AI systems can perform increasingly complex tasks independently and work hand in hand with the employees. A current whitepaper shows how the division of labour between man and AI can be shaped in the interest of the employees.

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3 Questions to Sören Kerner

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3 Questions for Sören Kerner

Logistics is a highly complex and networked system, which is today still mostly optimized manually, both within and across companies - and is quickly impaired in the event of unforeseen events. Sören Kerner, head of the Automation and Embedded Systems department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, explains how logistics processes can be optimized with the help of AI and what obstacles currently stand in the way.

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What is, can and may Artificial Intelligence? - Advanced training for teachers on Digital Day 2020

Artificial Intelligence has long since arrived in the everyday lives of many people. But what is AI anyway, what developments and applications can be expected and what questions does this raise for society? On the occasion of the nationwide Digital Day on June 19, the Plattform Lernende Systeme, acatech and the Bayerische Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit invited to a virtual advanced training for teachers on the topic of AI.

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Strengthening the resilience of our economy and society: Plattform Lernende Systeme emphasises contribution of AI and digitisation

The corona pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for the economy and society. Solutions and strategies are needed to overcome the current crisis and to create a "New Normal" in the post-crisis phase. The Steering Committee of Plattform Lernende Systeme discussed the potential of digitisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its seventh session, which was held as a web conference. Further topics were the current work priorities of the platform.

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Certification of AI Systems: Plattform Lernende Systeme names Challenges

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already used in many industries. In order to exploit its economic and social potential, it is essential to strengthen trust in AI systems and the processes and decisions associated with them. A possible key prerequisite for this is the certification of AI systems. The benefits it promises and the demands it makes in terms of technical implementation, public welfare and maintaining innovative strength are outlined by experts from the Plattform Lernende Systeme in a discussion paper. It provides an overview of existing certification projects in Germany and forms the basis for further discussions.

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3 Questions to Frank Kirchner

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3 Questions for Frank Kirchner

Artificial Intelligence methods can contribute in many ways to meeting current challenges of the corona pandemic. Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner, head of the Robotics Innovation Center at the Bremen site of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), provides an overview of potential applications, practical limitations and important research priorities. 

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3 Questions for Thomas Schauf

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3 Questions for Thomas Schauf

Thomas Schauf, Senior Expert Public and Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG, together with other members of Plattform Lernende Systeme, has examined data management and IT security when using AI in medicine in a current white paper. In our interview he explains how patient data can be protected and how access to sensitive information can be regulated.

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3 Questions for Katharina Morik

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3 Questions for Katharina Morik

How can Europe move forward in the global race for technological leadership in Artificial Intelligence? Katharina Morik, Professor for Artificial Intelligence at the TU Dortmund University and member of the Plattform Lernende Systeme, coordinates the cooperation of the AI competence centres in Germany and France on the German side. In our interview, she explains why European countries need to join forces in AI research.

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Plattform Lernende Systeme’s extended map provides an overview of Germany’s AI credentials

When the German Federal Government published its National Strategy for AI, it provided a framework for establishing the international competitiveness of Artificial Intelligence made in Germany. To coincide with this, Germany’s federal states are also driving forward the development and application of AI. Putting the knowledge gained from research into practice is a vital factor in commercial success. The AI map created by Plattform Lernende Systeme extends this initiative’s comprehensive overview of AI applications and research institutions, indicating the federal states’ strategic goals and the locations where regional transfer hubs are overseeing implementation.

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The race in IT security – PLS highlights opportunities and risks of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will improve the security of IT systems in the future. In the hands of cybercriminals, on the other hand, it opens up whole new avenues of attack for threatening IT security. The AI systems themselves also have to be protected from manipulation. The “Artificial Intelligence and IT security” white paper published by Plattform Lernende Systeme for Hannover Messe 2019 analyses the dynamic between IT security and AI. The authors, who are drawn from the fields of business, science and public authorities, call on small and medium-sized enterprises and IT specialists in particular to help build up core skills.

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A brief history of AI – PLS launches explanatory film

To mark the start of “Year of Science 2019 – Artificial Intelligence”, Plattform Lernende Systeme is tracing the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) since its earliest days. A five-minute explanatory film illustrates the different stages of the technology’s development, milestones in AI applications and the challenges that lie ahead.

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Using AI to fight lung cancer – application scenario from Plattform Lernende Systeme

Cancer patients should be able to benefit more swiftly from research findings. This is the aim behind the National Decade Against Cancer, which was recently launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In its latest application scenario, Plattform Lernende Systeme demonstrates how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be able to improve the recovery chances of cancer patients in the near future.

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Plattform Lernende Systeme at the Digital Summit – harnessing Artificial Intelligence for growth and better quality of life

Germany has the potential to become a sustainable hub for innovative Artificial Intelligence where self-learning systems ensure growth and better quality of life. At the Digital Summit organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the panel of experts from Plattform Lernende Systeme, demonstrated that achieving this goal calls for industry, SMEs, researchers and politicians to work together.

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The German federal government’s AI strategy – Plattform Lernende Systeme organises public debate

Germany’s federal government today finalised its Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy. The goal is to establish “AI made in Germany” as a seal of quality for conscientious AI and make up ground lost to international competitors. Plattform Lernende Systeme – Germany’s platform for Artificial Intelligence – is to contribute to broad societal dialogue on AI.

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Plattform Lernende Systeme is broadening the public debate on AI

Plattform Lernende Systeme is bringing the societal debate on Artificial Intelligence to a wider audience. The decision to do so was taken by the Steering Committee of the platform – an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – on 30 October in Berlin.

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Change to joint leadership: Karl-Heinz Streibich joins the leadership team at Plattform Lernende Systeme

Dieter Spath, President of acatech – the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, is stepping down from his position as Co-Chair of Plattform Lernende Systeme, to be succeeded by Karl-Heinz Streibich, who has been at the helm of the Academy alongside Spath since May 2018.

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Platform supports German Federal Government’s AI strategy

The international artificial intelligence (AI) race is well under way. With the help of a national AI strategy, the German Federal Government aims to pool the country’s resources and make it the world’s leading AI location.

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Plattform Lernende Systeme – having the courage and business ideas to lead the way in AI technology

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) Germany has very good prospects on the international stage. If it can quickly turn its well-established head start in research into applications focusing on practical uses, Germany can take the lead in the AI race. This was the message that Plattform Lernende Systeme, Germany’s platform for artificial intelligence, delivered at this year’s CEBIT.

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Putting AI centre stage – Plattform Lernende Systeme brings combined expertise to CEBIT

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a driving force of digitalisation. Experts from Plattform Lernende Systeme – Germany’s platform for Artificial Intelligence – are at this year’s CEBIT to discuss how the use of AI is changing work, business models and everyday life. Trade fair visitors can also stop by the stand run by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to try out self-learning systems for themselves.

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Plattform Lernende Systeme aims to put Germany at the top of the artificial intelligence league table

Germany is leading the way when it comes to researching and developing artificial intelligence (AI). If this expertise can be put to use quickly, Germany can secure global technological leadership and drive forward the responsible use of self-learning systems both at home and abroad.

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Working life of the future: Science Year 2018 kicks off

Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka opened “Science Year 2018 – Working life of the future” on 19 February at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin.

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Self-learning systems to transform the world of work

Self-learning systems are the key to meeting the increasing requirements of productivity in an ageing society and to preserving prosperity, says Mr Dieter Spath in conclusion of his presentation on 22 January at the Munich School of Philosophy.

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Designing AI: Working groups of the Plattform Lernende Systeme present their thematic priorities

The Plattform Lernende Systeme links experts from industry and science across sectors and disciplines to achieve this aim. The heads of the platform’s seven working groups presented the priority topics of their work programmes at a meeting in Berlin on January 8.

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Facts instead of myths: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft hosts specialist conference on artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) and self-learning systems will become the drivers of industry in the coming years and will at the same time change many realms of society. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, in cooperation with Germany’s digital association Bitkom, invited stakeholders to Artificial Intelligence Day, a networking event held in Berlin on 29 November.

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Innovation boost through artificial intelligence: Platform for Learning Systems starts work

Industrie 4.0 is still shaping current developments in the economy as Germany now faces new tasks for the future: Learning Systems and Artificial Intelligence. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) plans to expand on this topic structurally and promote collaboration between research and industry in particular.

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BMBF launches Platform for Learning Systems

The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is reinforcing research on artificial intelligence and launching the forward-looking project “Learning Systems”. As a first step, a new expert platform is being established in order to improve the collaboration between research and application as well as clarify how learning systems can be useful for humans.

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Autonomous Systems: Angela Merkel and Johanna Wanka accept the High-Tech Forum’s report

Autonomous systems enable the development of self-driving cars, intelligent robots and interconnected infrastructures. Together with Reimund Neugebauer, Co-Chairman of the High-Tech Forum and President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, acatech President Henning Kagermann handed over the report of the Expert Forum on Autonomous Systems to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka during the CeBIT.

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