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Germany needs to learn more about learning systems

Artificial intelligence is regarded as the technology of the future. To ensure Germany doesn’t get left behind, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched the Learning Systems project. This is the second digitalization platform, after Industry 4.0.

25 Sep. 2017
Source: acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.
(Graphic: acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e.V.)

Self-driving cars, autonomous robots, networked systems – research and industry in Germany need to start focusing more on these and other issues relating to learning systems and artificial intelligence (AI). The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) expects the new platform to boost innovation . Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, says that a leading research center in the field has already been set up: the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) . "When it comes to AI, we now need to think in new categories, and, as with Industry 4.0, expect far-reaching changes." From October, experts from industry, science, and society will be researching the applications and potential of AI in seven working groups. Social, ethical, and legal issues will also be looked at.

Back in spring, management consulting firm McKinsey analyzed the potential of AI for German industry and forecast potential additional economic growth of €10 billion per year.