Artificial intelligence is a hot topic – technologies are polarising and media attention is increasing. In our digital press review, we compile important monthly articles on the subject in order to provide an introduction to artificial intelligence to everyone interested as well as provide an impetus for exchange. In October, the MIT Technology Review, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Futurezone and IT-Business reported on artificial intelligence.
How AI should learn sensory sensations
In Erlangen lernen Maschinen das Riechen [Machines learn to smell in Erlangen]– Bayerischer Rundfunk, 21/10/19
As reported by the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, a department called ‘Campus of the Senses’ at the Fraunhofer Institute in Erlangen is currently researching how to teach artificial intelligence to smell and taste. Accordingly, an AI trains scenarios that depict how human receptors react to certain smells or tastes and converts this information into digital data.
More trust in AI than in leaders
Mehr Vertrauen in die KI als in den Boss [More trust in AI than in the boss]- IT-Business, 18/10/19
According to the current ‘AI at work’ study by Oracle and Future Workplace, employees trust AI software programs more than their own superiors in their daily work. The survey polled 8,370 employees and managers from ten countries. Another interesting result of the study: compared to the previous year, in which only 32 percent of those surveyed stated that they used AI programs at work, this time around half reported coming into contact with artificial intelligence in the course of their work.
Austria: Experts push laws for artificial intelligence
Experten fordern Gesetz für Künstliche Intelligenz [Experts demand law for artificial intelligence]- Futurezone, 17/10/19
In mid-October, 150 experts from business, science and research in Austria presented a ‘Results Report’, which should serve as the basis for Austria’s upcoming AI strategy and advocate a ‘comprehensive AI law’. This is intended to address in particular ethical aspects in the handling of artificial intelligence.
AI can diagnose cancer as well as radiologists can
Prostatakrebs: Künstliche Intelligenz erkennt verdächtige Bereiche in der Protasta-MRT [Prostate cancer: Artificial intelligence detects suspicious areas in prostate MRIs]- German Cancer Research Centre, 09/10/19
In a recent publication, the German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DFKZ) announced that it has developed an AI program based on neural networks that provides better results than radiologists in the diagnosis of prostate cancer via MRI images. While the detection rate of the software is around 92 percent, radiologists could diagnose prostate cancer in 88 percent of cases.
USA blacklists eight Chinese AI companies
‘The US just blacklisted 8 Chinese AI firms’ – MIT Technology Review, 08/10/19
As the MIT Technology Review reports, the US Department of Commerce has, among other things, placed eight AI companies on an entity list because they would act against the interests of American foreign policy. This prohibits US companies from selling technology to the Chinese companies on the list without the prior consent of the US government. The eight AI companies – including SenseTime, Yitu, Hikvision, Megvii and iFlytek – are accused of having been involved in human rights abuses against Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.