In a highly interconnected society like ours, the exchange and communication with digital information shapes the everyday life. At the same time, the everyday life itself also produces data that impacts our lives. In order for us to manage the ever growing overlap of the analogue and digital world, we need suitable tools. One suitable tool is artificial intelligence (AI).
A digital tool
In simple terms artificial intelligence can be described as an automation software. It is able to efficiently scan a multitude of different data in a specifically problem-oriented manner. It helps to distinguish important information from unimportant information and to calculate individually tailored solutions from large sets of data. There are AI systems that manage tasks independently and without human help, such as the autonomous car. Other systems show their potential in interaction with humans, such as within the medical sector in the analysis of disease patterns.
It is important to note, that AI is not a digital brain, designed to think better or faster than humans. Above all, AI is a digital tool. It helps to transfer human logic and human thinking from the analogue to the digital world and to categorise data and make recommendations based on the guidelines we as humans program into the system. Herein lies the technology’s strength, but also the risks.
AI and us
On this page we would like to share with you analyses, expert opinions and relevant events on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Our aim is to develop a better understanding of the AI technology and to showcase the interplay between society, politics and Artificial Intelligence. The spectrum of topics ranges from the innovative power of AI, to questions of law, to fundamental ethical issues.
We at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are convinced that technology in general, and Artificial Intelligence in particular, is an essential element in maintaining a free and progressive society. Along our Christian democratic values, our view of the technology focuses on the human being in the center.
Interactive web publication
With our publication “AI_Understanding a Technology_Trusting a Technology”, we would like to present an interactive publication answering general questions regarding AI, including interesting facts from a wide range of disciplines that come into play when talking about the essential functions of this technology. In addition to the presentation below, you can also find the pdf version of the publication.
AI_Understanding a Technology_Trusting a Technology
Selected publication projects
Beyond individual publications on specific aspects of artificial intelligence, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has carried out a number of different publication projects on the topic, a selection of which we present here.
Artificial intelligence (AI) from a global perspective
With the interview series “Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a global perspective”, we examine the current worldwide developments in this innovative branch of technology. You can find a list of the different contributions on our overview page.
Quantum computing and its importance for society
Whether economically or in a societal context, quantum computing has great potential. The technology of quantum computers represents a significant technical advance. Our publications on this groundbreaking future technology deal with the potentials of quantum computers, their fundamentals and possible applications.
Artificial intelligence and human rights
With a three-part publication series, we want to show that artificial intelligence (AI) not only drives the productivity of an economy, but also empowers individuals to claim and assert their own rights. Through two expert interviews and an interactive web publication, we look at the legal implications, the design aspect of human-machine interaction and provide examples of how AI is strengthening human rights at this stage of development.
Inspired by the science fiction novel "Snow Crash", the term metaverse describes on the one hand technological applications that make it possible to virtually experience and walk through 3D worlds. On the other hand, it is linked to the assumption that a new and possibly the final stage of digitalisation has been introduced. The technologies of the metaverse are already being used today, e.g. in video games. On a separate overview page, we explain which other application scenarios already exist, which are conceivable in the future and what requirements this entails for the digital infrastructure.