Germany makes €3bn AI bet

Berlin wants to make a big punt on the stuff and promote the use of AI in business – but also fears that a technology with such a profound impact has to be embedded in a framework that “protects fundamental social values and individual rights”

Posted 14 November 2018 at 8:55am by

The Reuters news agency is reporting that Berlin wants to make a three billion euro investment into Artificial Intelligence (AI) research between now and 2025 to “close a gap in software-led innovation between it and America and Asia”.

The source is a draft document Reuters says it has seen – apparently entitled AI made in Germany – that reflects worries at the top of German policy making at the challenge digital technologies and AI pose to the Federal Republic’s traditional export-focused manufacturing industries.

The paper is also said to delivery into the social policy and workplace future aspects of AI, “reflecting nervousness in traditionally privacy-conscious Germany at the way rampant technological change might disrupt existing social models”:

“We want to promote the use of AI applications in business, [but] a technology with such a profound impact as [AI] [must] be embedded in a framework that protects fundamental social values and individual rights,” it quotes the document as warning.