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The transfer of AI-expertise in to sustainable business models

The transfer of research results into functioning innovative business models is an important lever to make Germany a leading AI location. The EXIST funding programs support founders from the university...

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Hong Kong protests: From Octopus to datenkraken?

The ideal vision of a Smart City is that services and objects are connected to the public infrastructure in order to optimise in energy use, traffic, safety, or quality of...

The relevance of culture in the age of AI

Artificial intelligence is the term on everyone’s lips – and it evokes both great hopes and dystopian horror scenarios. But how can you explain the enthusiasm for the technology? The...

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How AI extends the doctors visit

Collecting and monitoring health data is a challenge for patients, physicians and insurance companies, especially in the follow-up care of complicated operations. Zana Technologies’ KI-based Health Assistant provides a novel...

AI in the hype cycle – A brief history of AI

In its eventful history, dating back to the 1950s, the research field of artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced several ups and downs. Sometimes the technology went through a phase of...

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Run-DMC logo: When is a meme a meme?

For some years now, stickers have been appearing in Hamburg, Berlin and other German cities, which are all very similarly designed. At traffic lights and on building fences black squares...

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The death of manual data entry

Data collection from standardized documents is still a manual process in many industries. AI-based solutions, such as those from Hypatos in Berlin, automate these manual processes, thereby reducing costs and...

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How a medium-sized lamp manufacturer reacts to digital change

Small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly investing in digital innovation to respond to the rapid changes that meanwhile affect all areas of life and business. But how they make concrete...

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New EU Regulation: Upload filter against terrorist content?

A proposed EU Regulation aims to stop the spreading terrorist content on online platforms. Unfortunately, the misguided draft gravely threatens freedom of expression. HIIG researcher Alexander Pirang explains how the...

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“I miss imaginaries that spell out ideas of AI as a public good”

Christian Katzenbach recently worked with his colleague Jascha Bareis on a project that compared the strategies of various countries such as France, the US and China to partake in a...

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Killer cars? Autonomous vehicles and criminal liability

Who is criminally responsible when an autonomous car is involved in a car accident such as the accident in Arizona? The immediate suspects include: the user, the software company, the...

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An autopilot for online marketing

Online marketing is an important sales channel for many companies. But to make campaigns efficient, you often need to analyse large amounts of data. AI-based solutions such as the Adspert...

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Quo vadis – what types of AI are produced in Germany?

AI startups in Germany are an important driver to fully exploiting the economic potential of AI through innovative products, services and business models. In this blog post, Jessica Schmeiss and...

How (un-)intelligent is our collaboration with AI?

Discussing whether a machine is intelligent is relevant, but more urgent is the question whether our collaborations with machines are intelligent. An intelligent collaboration with Artificial Intelligence (AI) requires complementary...

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Discovering the digital cosmos with Humboldt

He was not only a star who filled lecture halls with reports of his travels and discoveries. Alexander von Humboldt is known today as both the last polymath and a...

AI-infused decisions: “and a spoonful of dignity”

AI has the potential to make decisions and optimise processes – for example in medical treatments. But the new kind of AI-infused decision making works in obscure ways and we...

The key challenges of social robots

What are the key ethical, legal and social (ELS) issues of social robots? How can these challenges be addressed? To answer these questions, Christoph Lutz conducted with two research colleagues...

The German AI startup landscape: trends and challenges

“We are gambling with our future in Germany. We definitely need more AI firms that develop solutions for our existing industry structure. Currently, we are missing that trend.” says Fabian...

Translating law into code – why computer scientists and lawyers must join forces

GDPR has shown that law and computer science have more in common than one might initially assume. It is therefore even more important to find a common language for the...

Digitalisation in German SMEs: five successful case studies

Digitalisation offers new opportunities and growth potential, especially for German SMEs. But what specific activities and strategies are being pursued by SMEs in terms of digital innovations? What are the...

Where are we heading? – AI in public administration

The public sector is one of the fields of action in the AI strategy of the German government. Artificial intelligence has great potential for modernizing administration, while modernizing administration through...

Broaden our horizons: Digitalisation in the SME sector

Since 2016, the HIIG has been actively supporting German small and medium-sized enterprises within the context of a BMWi-funded project to better assess and master the opportunities and challenges of...

Still “Neuland”?

The digitisation of the world of labour – this has almost become a mantra. Whole of Germany is talking about changes in everyday working life, the labour market and industry...

How much magic is behind German AI production?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the way value is created and captured across all industries. For Germany, to fully tap into this potential, it is essential to...