In the virtual eyes of intelligent systems, human beings are first and foremost the sum of their data. Moreover, in times when they increasingly satisfy their everyday needs digitally, humans increasingly becomes the sum of their actions: What does they consume, evaluate and share when, from where, and with whom?
The tech industry isn’t the only thing that’s being moved by digital technology. Farming’s getting high-tech! Tractors and combined harvester? Controlled via GPS. Irrigation planning? Supported by AI. In the field, in the vineyard, on the water: Data is collected everywhere and transmitted to the central computer. For example, the farmer can monitor the route of the vehicles, react to weather conditions, and simply optimise processes.
»Digital Farming«, »Precision Farming« and »Smart Farming« are no longer foreign phrases for farmers. But what does the future hold for agriculture?
In 2013 Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany said that the Internet was »new territory for all of us«. After that, concepts emerged that should’ve advanced digitisation in Germany. In 2016, this request from the Federal Chancellor followed: »I believe that the ability to code is becoming one of the basic skills for young people, alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.«
But not much has changed for German students. But is it even necessary to put coding on a par with reading, writing, and arithmetic? Or will this »new« skill soon no longer as necessary as many currently believe?
Artificial intelligence will fundamentally change our current way of life. Technical progress hasn’t just excited many, but also frightened many. What will our economy and social coexistence look like in the coming years?
Experts around the world are addressing this issue, but it’s hard to pin down a precise forecast.
So that we don’t get lost on the way to the future, the German Federal Association of Digital Economics (BVDW) has developed a navigator with eight guidelines.
Artificial intelligence is booming. More and more companies are looking for ways to benefit from it. Research and development are starting bring out their first working prototypes. Nvidia, known for their graphics focused hardware showed off what they’ve been up to. Content creators and designers are directly affected.
Today, the mass of available data, studies, and news is so vast that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to oversee, manage, and sort out. As early as 1970, American sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler coined the term “information overload” in his book Future Shock. Even then, he explained the consequences of the overwhelming flood of information for people. The growing amount of published information and available channels of communication trigger the feeling that one has done too little, no matter how hard it is.
Staying informed and making well-informed decisions is the ultimate challenge in the digital age for businesses and citizens alike. Artificial intelligence can provide valuable help to bring light into the dark tunnel of information. This has long been recognised by all major software companies. For example, IBM is paving the way for this with Project Debater.
»Made in Germany« doesn’t have the ring it used to a few years back. Manipulated cars, strange data protection laws, and a lack of innovation in federal departments and companies brought the German IT industry behind. But the perceived superiority of China and America is not inviolable. Together with Europe, we’ve got to rely on our strengths and make the »Made in Europe« label attractive. And above all that requires one thing: new confidence.
Energy use, sustainability, and a plethora of plastic waste in our oceans — These topics are receiving more and more attention in the daily news or in the governments. The rapid rise of green party members in parliament also shows: Conservation is no longer a niche affair. People are worried about their home planet and are actively seeking solutions to tackle global warming. Digitisation and artificial intelligence can become an important piece of the puzzle in this mission.
On May 8th, Google CEO Sundar Pichai took his place on stage in Mountain View, CA. During his keynote at the Google I/O Conference, he presented a new development to an astonished audience that could change the world: Google Duplex. Google Duplex lets the Internet giant give AI a voice. The voice is indistinguishable from a real human. In other words: When Google’s AI makes a phone call, the person on the other end doesn’t think they’re talking to a computer. Google Duplex even intersperses a few ums and erms through its sentences. Google Duplex has created a scalable assistant with an ingenious understanding of dialogues that can lead thousands of conversations at once.
Google’s focus on this project is a solution for private users. But it’d be unfortunate if this groundbreaking technology can only take care of table reservations for your next candlelight dinner. Only with personal customer service can this intelligence reach its full potential.
Diagnosing diseases via Google has proven to be unreliable. If you search long enough with your own symptoms, you’ll get, with almost 100% certainly, the same diagnosis: Cancer!
The situation is different with a data-driven health diagnosis. Wearables such as fitness bands, heart rate monitors, and activity trackers can provide data that was otherwise measured only by a long-term ECG. Also, digital blood sugar meters for diabetes patients are for many, normal.