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The new Robotics Commission is concentrating on AI automation

CDU, CSU and SPD have set up a Robotics Commission that is to investigate the opportunities and risks of AI. It is also focusing on the creation of new industrial jobs.

25 May. 2018
The new Robotics Commission is concentrating on AI automation (Photo: DFKI (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz) Uni Bremen)

As was clear from the closed session meeting in Murnau in Bavaria, the Grand Coalition sees the “robot revolution” as an opportunity to give the German economy added impetus. When the specialist commission was established, researcher Prof. Sami Haddadin from the Department for Robotics and System Intelligence at Munich Technical University , who received the Deutsche Zukunftspreis 2017 , presented a prototype which, among other things, can assemble cell phones. He believes that it can be used to manufacture devices of this sort in Germany economically once again. “It’s child’s play to program the system. Technicians can do it, and even children could manage it”, says the Tagesspiegel , quoting Haddadin. The Grand Coalition sees other opportunities for AI in supporting the work of doctors and the fire service, for example. The burden on cities could also be eased by intelligent traffic control. It remains to be seen whether the commission will reach tangible and practical results.

It does now seem certain that robotics and AI in combination will lead to innovative production methods. This is because of machines with a high level of structural complexity and an enormous algorithmic capacity, writes Prof. Frank Kirchner , Head of the Robotics Innovation Center at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in VDI-Wissensforum . But this does not mean that robots will be taking over. Rather, production will diversify: “Robotics and AI will lead to a renaissance of the craftsman while simultaneously serving a global mass market.”