German industrial manufacturers leading the way in AI – still
Who said Germany was lagging behind? At least not in the manufacturing industry it isn’t – here, Germany is way ahead of the game in adopting artificial intelligence. This is the finding of a study conducted by consultancy firm Capgemini. But the industry should not rest on its laurels.15 Jan 2020 David Schahinian
The study focused on the industrial manufacturing, automotive, consumer goods, and aerospace and defense sectors. According to the analysis, 69% of companies in the manufacturing industry are already using AI in at least one application. In comparison, this figure stands at just 11% in China. However, there is a lack of skills and experience when it comes to transferring existing concepts into production. Companies are also likely to define AI very differently. In any case, Capgemini primarily identified applications in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, and autonomous objects.
Whether Germany will be able to maintain this leading role in the future is questionable, reports German online portal produktion.de . There are several reasons for this – the sluggish broadband expansion and shortage of skilled workers, for instance. Johannes Koch, an AI expert at the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) also points out that Germany is completely dependent on foreign countries for the procurement of processors and chips for AI applications.
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