The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence – How can we foster a successful value creation in Germany?

Chris Boos participated in a Microsoft-hosted panel on "The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence - How can we foster a successful value creation in Germany?" at the company’s HQ in Berlin. He discussed the political, societal and economic relevance of AI with Brigitte Zypries, Minister of Economics and Energy, Sabine Bendiek, CEO of Microsoft Germany, and Dr Sylke Tempel, editor-in-chief of IP - International Politics.

In their respective key notes, Sabine Bendiek outlined Microsoft’s AI understanding and the company’s AI innovation principles, followed by Minister Brigitte Zypries who briefly sketched the political options on handling the increasing use of AI and its societal consequences for a social, non-discriminatory and beneficiary use.

Finally, Chris Boos delivered a lively perspective on the subject. Surprisingly for some participants, he emphasized: "The greatest mistake is to think that what is easy for people is also easy for machines. Quite to the contrary, machines cannot be creative or pioneering, they cannot gain new experience and they do not even have the will to do so." Instead, he went on, AI algorithms are good at recognizing patterns in data streams and derive actions from them, as well as at the optimization of processes and dealing with permutation. But, he insisted, "we are still infinitely far away from conscious, thinking machines. I can program the perfect laughter of a machine, but we do not know how to make the machine feel funny”.

In the ensuing panel discussion, participants provided concrete ideas as to how politics, society and companies could contribute to further AI’s positive development: through education, transparency and an ever increasing amount of openly accessible data. As Chris Boos concluded: "In Germany, we talk a lot, but do little. So let‘s talk tonight and tomorrow we start doing."