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The new federal government is planning an AI center with France

China has made clear its claim to leadership in artificial intelligence. In the negotiations for the grand coalition, it became clear that Germany does not want to leave it like this.

18 Feb. 2018
Tim Stockschläger
The new federal government is planning an AI center with France (Foto: German Federal Government)

In a grand coalition, the topic of AI could get more weight than the election programs would have suggested. The draft coalition agreement of February 7, proposes a new Élysée Treaty , which literally states, “Germany and France in particular must also drive innovation and will prove this in projects such as artificial intelligence research.” Moreover,

“We want Germany to have a leading position in the world with regard to artificial intelligence research in particular. For this purpose, we want to build a National Research Consortium on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning out of the Learning Systems Platform and rigorously focus on applications in all areas of research and innovation strategy. Together with our French partners, we will establish a publicly responsible artificial intelligence center.”

The Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarland, Germany, could benefit from this development. In general, specific digitization issues have gained a higher status in the coalition agreement than before the negotiations, which tends to be noted positively by the associations. However, Europe will have to get to work if it does not want to fall behind in terms of AI. China has set itself the goal of taking on the leading position worldwide in the field of AI by 2025 . The latest sign of this effort is a nuclear submarine , which is intended to think and act autonomously