KW 29: Apple leads the way in artificial intelligence, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is upgrading, Two billion euros for AI funding in Germany


Apple leads the way in artificial intelligence: For the past ten years, Apple has been placing a lot of emphasis on AI development, entering into partnerships with twenty startups that specialize in AI. Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are also looking for more experts in this area. But Apple has been at the forefront of gaining knowledge in the field of AI, which is particularly evident in the development of new iPhone features such as FaceID.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is upgrading: As the first location in Europe, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has added a universal system for the entire AI infrastructure NVIDIA DGX A100 to its repertoire. It is a high-performance server with eight NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs each. This enables researchers to train much larger neural networks with even larger amounts of data in a much shorter time than before, explains Martin Frank, director of the Steinbuch Center for Computing (SCC) at KIT and professor at the Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics ( IANM).

An app for AI: Austrian company Leftshift One has developed a new platform that gives companies access to a wide range of applications, from product control to using artificial intelligence to answer emails. The company works with the Graz „Know Center“, a research center for artificial intelligence that wants to integrate proprietary developments on the new AI platform.

Two billion euros for AI funding in Germany: The German ministries of labor, economy and research are planning to spend two billion euros for more AI computing power (supercomputers), European AI networks and “excellent research and transfer structures.“ However, the policy package on the government’s AI strategy has been postponed for the second time. The funds cannot be found in the supplementary budgets of the ministries, the government stated in an answer to a written request from Green party politician Anna Christmann.

Technology boost thanks to coronavirus: Automation is increasingly being used in the workplace: The use of home offices, video conferences and intelligent assistants has increased significantly since the outbreak of the pandemic, leading to a surge in technology. The modern working world is being redesigned. It remains to be seen whether or not there will be large-scale job losses.

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For 2020, forecasts predict global sales of enterprise applications in the area of artificial intelligence worth over $4.8 billion.


High potential for misuse of data collected by PimEyes: The German government and parliament have spoken out in favor of strict regulation of a Polish startup. The search engine PimEyes analyzes faces on millions of websites according to individual characteristics and stores the biometric data. According to its own research, the Netzpolitik portal confirms that there is a comprehensive attack on anonymity and that the search engine may be illegal. The government and the opposition have therefore advocated strict regulation of the Polish startup. According to Article 9 of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the processing of personal data is fundamentally prohibited unless the data subject expressly consents to it. PimEyes argues that users could upload their own face and see which pictures of them appear on the net. It is questionable what the company does with the pictures and whether the uploaded pictures are already part of a database.

AI research in China – deception is futile: China is on the way to becoming an AI superpower. AI is already omnipresent in all areas of society, and regulation hardly plays a role. Watrix is ​​one of the most important AI startups in China. The company has just developed gait detection using an algorithm, which will be used for security and crime investigation. The system analyzes various characteristics of the body, measures proportions, distances and movements and thus registers a person’s normal gait. Even if you limp on purpose and pull one leg behind you, the system recognizes the gait. The technology can recognize people from afar – before they can even discover the camera themselves. Hospitals also cooperated with the company, explains founder Huang Yongzhen. Together they are researching how falling risks for older people can be minimized. Large manufacturers of household appliances are also using the system to help devices recognize family members.


„Digital Münsterland“: The think tank „Digitales Münsterland“ is represented on the digital map by numerous innovative companies, digital startups and university departments with a focus on IT. They discuss topics such as expanding the skills of regional companies in order to be more economically successful and what special opportunities and innovative skills the Münsterland needs.


„Machines will make mistakes just as people make mistakes, that is inevitable.“
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AI portrays people according to their personality: Algorithms can use voice and face recognition to recognize whether a person is stressed or relaxed. Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have developed a system that measures stress in a person’s voice or emotions on a person’s face, thereby gaining an overall impression of the person’s mental state.

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