Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive
systems and machine learning play a
transformative role in bringing about the
economy and society of the future. For
international business and industrial
value chains, this means a fundamental
structural change, as these technical
systems are capable of learning and are
increasingly able to apply what they have
learned to new situations. They can plan
processes, make forecasts and even
interact with people. The International
Data Corporation predicts that worldwide
expenditure on cognitive solutions will
reach 40 billion U.S. dollars by 2020.
However, the use of new technologies
not only offers exciting new opportunities:
it also constantly presents us with
challenges. If Germany is to attain technological
leadership in the field of AI, it
needs not just technological solutions,
but also social dialogue. Fears and myths
must be countered with scientific facts.
Machines will extend our sphere of
influence, but they will not take over
and become our leaders.
At many of its institutes, the Fraunhofer-
Gesellschaft is developing key AI technologies
and applications in such areas as
robotics, image and language processing,
and process optimization. This includes
machine learning techniques for industry,
the use of cognitive systems in cyber
security and the requisite research into
artificial neural networks. Our research
makes major contributions to the theory
and the ethical design of AI while also
being closely aligned with the practical
needs of our customers.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer
President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

 

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