appliedAI Position Paper

September 20, 2018

the appliedAI Initiative’s standpoint on a German AI strategy


Position Paper

"Germany can only be a powerful player on the world stage of AI if politics understands the need of being venturesome, determined and optimistic – now.“ Dr. Andreas Liebl, Managing Director appliedAI Initiative

Our Motivation

The German Government will publish the German AI Strategy in autumn 2018. The position paper is an answer to the benchmark paper of the Government from June. It should serve politics and the public as a blueprint and a call for action on how Germany should adopt AI in order to keep up with the world in the AI race.

The position paper

Main points are

  • Creating a positive vision for AI Germany and Europe
  • Focusing efforts of support on a few AI centers in Germany to pool strengths
  • Following a holistic approach for the application of AI (economy, science, society, politics)
  • Teaching AI to professionals and adopters
  • Supporting German AI startups
  • Enabling AI research and transformation in companies
  • Addressing AI in schools and academia
  • Improving exchange and dialogue between research and industry
  • Creating legal frameworks for open data sources and test laboratories

The appliedAI Initiative speaks for many

appliedAI is the initiator. The position paper is a result of many. appliedAI has discussed, analyzed and planned the AI future of German economy and society with a whole network of decision makers and forward-looking personalities. The supporters are:

  • Allianz SE: Markus Löffler, Group Chief Technology Officer
  • Deutsche Telekom AG: Thomas Kremer, Vorstand für Datenschutz, Recht und Compliance
  • GC Gruppe: Stefan Läufer, Leiter Digitalisierung
  • Giesecke+Devrient GmbH: Ralf Wintergerst, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung
  • Google: Wieland Holfelder, Vice President Engineering & Site Lead Google Munich
  • Hoffmann GmbH Qualitätswerkzeuge
  • Infineon Technologies AG: Reinhard Ploss, Vorstandsvorsitzender
  • Linde AG: Christian Bruch, Member of the Executive Board
  • Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft: Wolfgang Hauner, Chief Data Officer
  • NVIDIA: Walter Mundt-Blum, VP Strategic Alliance / EMEA
  • Porsche Consulting: Eberhard Weiblen, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung
  • Pure Storage: Carl McQuillan, VP Technical Services EMEA
  • SAP SE: Bernd Leukert, Member of Executive Board, Products&Innovation
  • Sandoz Deutschland / HEXAL AG: Matthias Weber, CFO; Piero Sciotto, Head Supply Chain und Prokurist
  • Siemens AG: Norbert Lütke-Entrup, Head of Technology & Innovation Management
  • Wacker Chemie AG: Dirk Ramhorst, CIO/CDO

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