KW 31: AI helps people with dementia, Catholics renew call for “human-centric” approach to artificial intelligence, Pandemic could boost European AI


AI helps people with dementia: People with dementia can use the app “I-Care” to practice their motor and mental abilities, while the app monitors their condition. Patients can use a smiley scale to vote on which content they like. On this basis, an algorithm suggests similar content. The aim is to activate specific brain regions and thus mitigate the progress of the disease. In Germany, every tenth person over the age of 65 is affected by dementia – a total of 1.6 million people.

Catholics renew call for “human-centric” approach to artificial intelligence: Catholic clergymen from all over Europe are supporting a paper demanding that artificial intelligence should be used to promote the common good and serve the lives of all human beings both in their personal and community dimensions. The paper highlights that “data” and “algorithms” are the main drivers of artificial intelligence, while humans determine and overview the goals which an AI system should attain. The Commission of the Bishops‘ Conferences of the European Community underlined the necessity of establishing a sustained social ethics discourse accompanying the political discussion on regulating AI.

Pharmaceutical industry uses AI for analysis of market environment and competitors: According to a study by management consultancy Kearney among 20 companies in the pharmaceutical industry, interest in AI is particularly high in data-driven market environment analysis. But the evaluation and monitoring of competitors is also important: For 59 percent, it is part of a successful sales strategy. 82 percent of study participants see opportunities for advanced analytics in drug development – algorithms have accelerated innovation, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. After all, every company has an interest in bringing reliable medicines to the market as early as possible.

Pandemic could boost European AI: Artificial intelligence researcher Philipp Hennig from the Baden-Württemberg research consortium Cyber Valley sees a “unique opportunity” for the AI industry in Europe. Many budding experts could establish themselves in Europe since the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in hiring freezes for digital companies in the United States, universities have to work with fewer resources and questions about visas and residence are still unanswered. Henning sees that in previous years, many talented developers and researchers were attracted to the United States because of attractive salaries and development opportunities, but the AI expert believes that China is catching up.

AI to improve mobility in rural areas: The University of Passau is developing concepts for measures to improve mobility in rural areas with the help of artificial intelligence. In order to do so, sensors are used to collect data and research mobility patterns. It is essential to identify different types of mobility – after all, it makes a big difference whether it is individual movement by bike or logistics chains for companies.

AI brings Mona Lisa to life: Denis Shiryaev is an AI wizard who has developed a neural network that can create lifelike photos using paintings. The expert portrayed several famous paintings in high resolution as living people – including the Mona Lisa, but also a self-portrait by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. However, Shiryaev admits that the technology is still at an early stage and that there are still deviations from the originals.

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According to the Capgemini Research Institute, 56 percent of customers have daily contact with artificial intelligence.


Measuring what makes work pleasant: At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Professor Alexander Mädche is researching the so-called “flow” – the state in which people are completely engrossed in their work, losing all sense of time. Mädche measures heart rate and other vital signs and feeds the data into an algorithm. Artificial intelligence is used to analyze the conditions that bring people into the flow state. Critics of the research project see the danger of increasing surveillance of workers and the pressure to optimize and perform better. But Mädche believes that it’s about gaining knowledge and improving jobs.

Every other startup uses artificial intelligence: According to a survey by digital association Bitkom, almost every other startup (47 percent) uses artificial intelligence. AI is particularly popular with cloud computing and data analysis. Bitkom President Achim Berg underlines that AI is a key technology on which Germany’s competitiveness will depend in the future. In addition to startups that already use AI, over a third (35 percent) plan to use the technology in the future. Virtual reality and blockchain, on the other hand, are less well represented – only every tenth start-up company uses these technologies. Robotics and 3D printing are also unpopular among startups.


Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences conducts research on the use of AI in construction: The Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences is developing ways of transferring knowledge from machine learning and knowledge modeling to the construction industry. Prof. Dr. Uwe Weitkemper has pointed out several advantages: „When BIM is used in existing buildings, it not only supports operation and facilitates renovation, but also helps with resource-saving and environmentally friendly dismantling“. The German ministry of education and research is funding the project with 800,000 euros.


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Algorithms save koalas: More than a billion animals were killed in the devastating bush fires in Australia between October 2019 and February 2020. In some regions, up to 90 percent of the animal population was destroyed. Environmentalists want to find surviving animals to offer them good living conditions so that they can reproduce. For this purpose, drones with heat sensors fly over forests. The results of the heat analysis are analyzed by an AI algorithm. The first tests to identify animals have been successful. The drone method is considered to be particularly environmentally friendly.

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