KW 40: US and UK sign agreement on artificial intelligence, AI to combat child pornography, The creation of fake AI


US and UK sign agreement on artificial intelligence: The Trump administration has announced that the United States and the United Kingdom have signed a new agreement to cooperate on research and development of artificial intelligence. This historic agreement demonstrated the shared commitment of the two nations to drive technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence in order to strengthen economic prosperity and national security, the White House said in a statement.

AI to combat child pornography: A system is being developed in Germany that filters out internet content based on pornographic patterns. The plan is to use this new AI system in Lower Saxony in the State Criminal Police Office to combat child abuse and child pornography. The aim is to identify illegal activities against children at an early stage. Several other federal states have already expressed an interest in the system in order to use it themselves.

The creation of fake AI: Stewart Russell, professor at the University of California at Berkeley, explains that there is a misunderstanding about what AI really is. This not only leads to false information being passed on, but also increased the emergence of fake AI. There is a difference between pure data analysis and artificial intelligence. Such mundane systems are not called artificial intelligence in science, according to Russel.

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Digital corporations need new ethics: According to Paul Nemitz, chief advisor to the EU Commission and member of the German government’s data ethics commission, and the philosopher and journalist Matthias Pfeffer, humanity is currently in the largest social experiment in its history. In their book “Prinzip Mensch” (“Principal Human”) they explain why the power of digital corporations endangers democracy and society, and call for more responsibility.

How correct data usage can help companies: The processing of collected data is time-consuming. Projects fail if there is a lack of digital infrastructure. Siemens researcher Michael May explains that data is only good if it can be used for development. There is a lack of digital infrastructure, especially among medium-sized companies.

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The Society for Consumer Behavior used its market research instrument “Crossmedia Link Panel” to observe the online behavior of 16,000 Germans: How much time is spent on a website, where do users go from there? How much time is spent shopping online, reading the news or participating in social media? According to the study, Germans spent 85.8 percent of their online time on the websites of the 500 strongest platforms, i.e. the top 0.38 percent.


US military invests in AI systems: Between 2018 and 2023, the US Department of Defense’s research facility, DARPA, is investing $2 billion in diverse AI systems for modern warfare. Tech giant Intel and the Georgia Institute of Technology are involved in one of the projects. There is a wide range of work being done: investments are being made both in research as well as in defense systems, which should, for example, recognize whether they are dealing with deep fakes. In addition, AI systems should be able to adapt to their environment. They are intended to detect ambushes, for example, when streets or the immediate surroundings do not fit into a common pattern.

How does speech recognition work? When we communicate with Alexa, Siri & Co, our words are digitized, i.e. converted into binary language. With the help of pattern recognition, machines use language modules to compare them with stored digital models. Sentiment Analysis is an example of this: The context of spoken or written statements, supported by complex machine learning models, is captured using high-performance applications that can determine emotions, politeness, vehemence and factual content. This sentiment analysis is available in different performance levels and helps companies such as Amazon & Co to improve their products and services.


LINK program finds answers to the use of AI in the field of culture: How can creativity and technology, art and artificial intelligence be linked? In order to conduct more artificial future research, the Lower Saxony Foundation has launched a research initiative together with the Volkswagen Foundation. The “LINK” project aims to implement projects involving the application of AI in culture.


“For mankind, artificial intelligence will be more important than the discovery of fire and electricity.”
Google boss Sundar Pichai.


Why AI is above all political: The development of digital technologies determines all areas of our lives: the way we communicate, act, produce and consume, how we read, hear and see. You can go a step further and say that it also offers us alternatives to how we think, including how we feel as human beings, alone and in society. In this way, algorithms organize social coexistence and therefore also have political effects.

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