There is a common joke in germany describing one of the countries biggest problems:
2 friends that own a construction company in america and germany both plan to construct a new building. After some month they meet up again, and the american says: “10 more days and I am finished. What about you?” The german responds with: “10 more forms and I can start.”
Anyone who ever lived in germany probably knows about the bureaucracy in every little detail. It’s not really a surprise now ,that german politicians want to regulate AI as well. Of course not only in germany, but worldwide. And here is how they got this idea:
It all starts with Elon Musk, who repeatedly warned about the risks of Artificial Intelligence. The first warning cwas published in January of 2015, when he signed a letter of the Future of Life Institute, that talked about the risks of self-driving cars and weapons controlled by artifial intelligence.
Two and a half years later, he stood in front of the National Governors Association and called artificial intelligence the biggest thread for humanity, asking for some form of regulation.
Repeating his demands, he very recently talked again about this at the SXSW Festial in Austin, Texas. He even said that Artificial Intelligence is a bigger thread to humanity than nuclear weapons.
Keep reading on the next page about the planned regulations:
German politician, Dieter Janecek, from the environmental party “Die Grüne” says there is no reason to make this big of a fuss. And his colleague, Thomas Jarzombek from the party of Angela Merkel agrees with him.
They both think, like many others, that even though artificial intelligence can solve specific tasks very fast, we are still very far from a real intelligence, being able to surpass the human mind.
But, and that’s where most of the politicians agree with Musk, there definitely should be some regulations on artificial intelligence. Prototypes of self-driving cars are already roaming the streets while questions about technology, criminal law and accountability are not yet solved. Janecek asks in this context for transparency and democratic controlling.
There should be a regulation concept for artificial intelligence, but not on a national scale, but international so that Germany or Europe won’t take themselves of the international market.
Germany is scared of losing the race to countries like Russia or China that follow a very aggressive research regarding this topic.
Keep reading on the next page about what companies have to say about those ideas: