KW 28: German government presents position on AI White Paper, Dataiku and Snowflake enter into cooperation, Fraunhofer Institute wants to bring AI to medium-sized companies


German government presents position on AI White Paper: The German government has published its position on the European Commission’s White Paper on the use of Artificial Intelligence, one and a half months late. Basically, the government welcomes the proposals and frameworks that have been worked out, but calls for a registry of accidents and incidents related to AI. This is to eliminate errors. The government is also demanding that AI be used more to combat the effects of climate change. However, there are still concerns about the use of biometric data.

Dataiku and Snowflake enter into cooperation: The AI company Dataiku and the cloud provider Snowflake are cooperating to develop suitable solutions for B2B-based AI use for B2B customers. The aim is for companies to accelerate processes – the scalability of data is the main focus of the cooperation. It could also make it easier for companies to analyze their data streams and integrate AI applications with one another without the performance dropping.

Fraunhofer Institute wants to bring AI to medium-sized companies: The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is working together with medium-sized manufacturing companies to implement artificial intelligence. The benefits of artificial intelligence are well known in the industry, but there are hurdles to reassignment. Dr. Anke Stoll, an expert in machine learning and an AI research group leader at Fraunhofer IWU, has identified where companies are struggling: „The biggest problem is the redesign of production facilities and processes in factories“. The Fraunhofer Institute would therefore like to develop a guideline that describes in practical cases how AI can be used and how the conversion can be planned.

MIT removes racist record: The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) deleted a record developed in 2008 that had learned sexist and racist patterns. The so-called „80 million tiny images“ data set was meant to be used for object and person recognition, but it learned stereotypes and insults instead. Women in bikinis were often saved under the keyword „Bitch“, racial insults were also used. The MIT apologized.

AI systems for the blind and deaf: Google and Microsoft are working on artificial intelligence to help blind and deaf people. On the one hand, it’s about hand recognition – an algorithm is supposed to translate sign language and thus help with communication. Another algorithm is trained to describe faces. The developers hope to one day use it in schools, which should enable children with disabilities to better integrate into everyday life.

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According to market research institute Research in Action (RIA), only 3 percent of companies have never dealt with artificial intelligence.


How AI can relieve trade: With the help of wearables, smart sensors and intelligent algorithms, artisans can significantly benefit from artificial intelligence. As is well known, artificial intelligence can advance automation and robotics, but there are fewer references to other advantages. This includes that it will be possible to develop individual stress monitoring for manual workers in order to make work more pleasant for them. However, there is still a lack of research with a focus on industry – more and more areas of application are becoming clear, but the practical implementation often fails.

Siemens Healthineers develops intelligent X-ray systems: Ysio X.pree – that’s the name of the new intelligent X-ray system from Siemens Healthineers. X-rays can be optimized using artificial intelligence so that they become clearer. The system can also help with the subsequent evaluation and interpretation of the X-ray images. X-rays could also be more tolerable for patients because the AI can explicitly direct them to the places where they are necessary. Doctors report positive effects from their practice and opportunities for improved health care through Ysio X.pree.


AI can paint paintings according to mood: Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have developed an algorithm that can paint people according to their mood. The system conducts a kind of interview with people and measures their stress in the voice, gestures and choice of words. Artificial intelligence transfers the measured values into the artistic interpretation of emotions and adapts them based on video recordings of the respective person. The researchers want to develop an artificial intelligence that has artistic and creative skills – this project is an essential step towards doing so.


„If a music streaming service recommends a song that I don’t like, I can live with it. But if my self-driving car makes decisions about whose life should be spared in the event of an accident, I would like more control over those decisions.“
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has insisted that artificial intelligence must be reliable.


Artificial intelligence writes metal songs: YouTuber Funk Turkey uses artificial intelligence to write song lyrics. The system learns from songs by different artists which words, metaphors and stylistic devices are often used. The AI has now written lyrics based on the data of the metal band Iron Maiden – the sentences are grammatically correct. However, they seem so „artistic“ that their meaning is difficult to understand.

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