FAZ: „They Are Just Tin Boxes“

Arago CEO Chris Boos was portrayed with his vision about Artificial Intelligence and society by the leading German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Boos states that the human brain would still have far superior capacities to AIs. Ultimately, today’s machines would still be tin boxes. There is no way machines with artificial intelligence will be able to control humans.

One of the biggest mistakes about artificial intelligence starts with the words “AI understands… Computers do not understand anything.” And he must know: Boos has been dealing with AI for decades. He was born in 1972 and studied computer science in Darmstadt, Germany. While still studying in Frankfurt he started his own business with the software company Arago, in which the American investor KKR holds a 55 percent stake nowadays. Its main product is HIRO. It is a general problem-solving artificial intelligence technology. Arago wants to use it to implant human intelligence into computers – or at least parts of it.

Artificial intelligence allows for an unimagined improvement in efficiency. “At the current state of the art, we can hand over 80 percent of the work to machines”, states Boos. And with exponential business models such as digital networks, profits exploded due to low marginal costs. This is the secret of many internet companies. As the number of participants in large platforms increases, costs fall to about 20 percent of sales. The traditional economy must be careful not to run into a double dilemma here. If it does not switch to digital business models in time, it will soon lack the time (due to a lack of efficiency) and the money (due to a lack of exponential business models) to invest in the future.

Boos is presented as a person of great importance within the field of AI. He delivers new food for thought since he does not see AI as a threat to the human race. Intelligence is much more than pattern recognition or machine learning. Humans can argue, they can weigh things up and make use of skills that they have accumulated over millions of years. For this purpose, the human brain has 86 billion nerve cells at its disposal. In artificial intelligence, networks of more than one million nodes are already regarded as large. In addition, the brain also has a chemical system in addition to the electronically reconstructable part, which allows infinite possibilities of linking. “So we are far from being able to recreate a brain”, says Boos. And yet he considers Artificial Intelligence to be a revolutionary step.

However, the conversion to digital business models is more than just a technical conversion from analogue to digital. “Economists and businessmen have dominated the economy so far, but in the future this will be technicians”, argues Boos. This has an effect on the way of thinking: “A businessman has goals, a technician has problems”, Boos summarizes his thoughts.

Arago Redaktion 26. October 2017

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