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Digital Summit in Nuremberg

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At the Digital Summit in Nuremberg, Björn Böhning, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), together with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier and Federal Minister of Research and Education Anja Karliczcek presented the German Federal Government Strategy on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Today, at the Digital Summit in Nuremberg, Björn Böhning, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), together with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier and Federal Minister of Research and Education Anja Karliczcek presented the German Federal Government Strategy on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The strategy was developed jointly on the basis of key points from the three respective ministries and approved by the Digital Cabinet on 15 November.

Björn Böhning:

“At BMAS, we have pushed to ensure that this strategy takes an integrated approach and in doing so creates the basis for human-centric development and application of AI in Germany. We will establish an AI observation group which closely monitors the adoption of AI technologies in markets, societies and the world of work, and produces specific proposals for policy design.

We have, after all, a responsibility to support people in the digital transformation in the world of work by promoting skills development and providing employees with related, appropriate advice. Because robots make it easier for us to perform heavy manual work or even take it off our hands completely, we will have more time for the activities we are better at than robots, such as cooperating, collaborating and communicating.

The crucial factor here is that we must invest just as much in people as we do in technology.”

This year’s Digital Summit is being held in Nuremberg, with artificial intelligence its main focus. In the framework of the Digital Summit, BMAS has together with the German trade union IG Metall launched a focus group on AI in the world of work. Its members comprise experts from business and industry, science and research, the unions and industry associations. The focus group, which meets once every six to eight weeks, has been given the mandate to identify concrete applications of AI in practice and their impact on work organisation, skills requirements and human health. The group also advises BMAS in implementing the measures set out in the AI Strategy.

Published at 12/04/2018 on the topic: #Artificial Intelligence

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