KW 27: Data-crunching AI in Japan, Coronavirus drives AI forward, Science resists publication of new research paper


Data-crunching AI in Japan: Health researchers have put artificial intelligence to work in crunching big data, allowing them to develop technology that can predict the future onset of around 20 diseases so people can make preventative lifestyle changes. The model developed at Hirosaki University and Kyoto University calculates one’s probability of developing a disease within three years based on data obtained from voluntary health checkups on about 20,000 people in Japan.

Coronavirus drives AI forward: A lot has changed since the start of the pandemic, particularly in the areas of health care and nursing. There is a growing acceptance among the German population for e-health, particularly with regard to AI-based health solutions.

Science resists publication of new research paper: Harrisburg University’s claim it can use facial recognition to predict criminality has renewed debate over racial bias in technology. The US researchers said their software could predict if someone was a criminal, based solely on a picture of their face. The software was intended to help law enforcement prevent crime, it said. But 1,700 academics have signed an open letter demanding the research remains unpublished.

NotPetya – a clever cyberattack: Three years ago, the Trojan NotPetya attacked Ukrainian and German companies as well as the World Bank. It turned out to be a state-owned cyberattack. The attacker deleted the hard drives of affected computers and a large part of all computer systems were no longer usable. Experts say that such an attack could still happen again.

The most important legal questions regarding AI and insurance: Data protection law in particular should not be underestimated with regard to various feedbacks on insurance contract law. The use of AI in the insurance industry harbors considerable information and information burdens, says Prof. Dr. Jan Lüttringhaus, LL.M., board member of the House of Insurance and holder of the chair for civil law and insurance law at Leibniz Universität Hannover.

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Only six percent of small and medium-sized companies use artificial intelligence in business processes, according to a Bitdom survey.


Entering the AI world: The most important foundation for the entry into the world of artificial intelligence is an effective data strategy. For this purpose, strict data guidelines and strategies should be defined right from the start. Communication between the various stakeholders is also essential. In order for an AI project to be managed properly, manageable and measurable results must be defined. There should also be ethical principles in place with regard to data processing and automated reaction functions for data security.

Where the use of AI has added value: The use of artificial intelligence can advance businesses. But automation is not the same as AI. Because real AI systems automatically recognize what needs to be done, while automation technologies based on machine intelligence can be problematic. Rule-based systems can help with algorithms in various use cases, and they can still deal with known data patterns. However, in the case of unknown patterns, the use of deep learning or artificial general intelligence is recommended.


Funding program European Artificial Intelligence grants residency scholarship for AI art: The European Artificial Intelligence Lab is granting artists who work in the field of artificial intelligence the chance to win a residency at a scientific partner institution and in the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The aim is to develop a project that leads to cultural, psychological, philosophical and intellectual exchange, in an exchange between science and the arts.


„Alternatively, the state could implement a comprehensive surveillance system by accessing citizens‘ stored passport photos. The possibility of being anonymous in public would be a thing of the past.“
AI researcher Florian Gallwitz criticizes the use of AI by the federal police in Berlin Südkreuz and warns of negative consequences.


First AI robot to play a role in a sci-fi movie: A revolutionary film idea is becoming reality and making film history. In the $70 million science fiction film „b“, a real AI robot „Erica“ will play the main role. The shooting for “b” started in Japan in 2019 and is expected to continue in Europe in June 2021.

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