Die Welt: The Internet Makes the World a Better Place

Arago’s CEO Chris Boos and SPD’s Martin Schulz spoke at the kick-off event for the 2017 NOAH-Conference, hosted by Matthias Döpfner, CEO of the Springer publishing house. The topic: How digitalization will affect politics. At the annual conference, thought leaders from the European digital and corporate sectors as well as politicians met to discuss the future of all things digital.

Boos and Schulz agreed: Europe, with Germany playing a major role, needs to be at the forefront of the second wave of digitalization, following the first wave that was basically dominated by US companies. Both also agreed, with regard to needed investments in education and innovation, to support Germany in positioning itself. “The goal is that the next [technology] giants are European and German, not from Silicon Valley” said Schulz.

Chris Boos again pointed out that European companies have far too long relied on functioning economic structures and their successful past, enabling global competitors to overtake Germany and Europe in the digital economy. Boos enjoys working in Germany, however, praising the quality of the work force; as an entrepreneur, Boos cautioned that young, growing tech companies should not be hindered by tight regulations.

The conversation between Boos, Schulz and Döpfner also focused on social media and data’s influence on politics and society, including artificial intelligence (AI). Matthias Döpfner claimed that “the internet makes the world a better place”, yet digitalization has to be actively shaped in order to defend the values of a liberal world. In this context, he identified AI as a key technology for the digital future.

Boos added that AI might take on 80 to 90 percent of the tasks that humans undertake today. As most of these tasks are inconvenient anyway, “we will have so much more time to focus on the important things”, he stated.

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Arago Redaktion 27. June 2017

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