TIB Director as Expert on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the German Bundestag

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer mentions in the Enquete Commission "Artificial Intelligence" data sovereignty as an important factor for AI

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer as guest in the Enquete Commission "Artificial Intelligence" in the German Bundestag // Photo: W. Ecker

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an important topic in the field of knowledge and is constantly advancing. The aim is for computers, machines and robots – usually with the aid of algorithms – to attempt to reproduce human perception and behaviour through independent learning.

On 11 March 2019, the members of the Enquete Commission "Artificial Intelligence – Social Responsibility and Economic, Social and Ecological Potentials" led by Daniela Kolbe (SPD) discussed the opportunities and challenges artificial intelligence brings to society with invited experts in the German Bundestag.

"Value and competition lie in data sovereignty"

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Director of the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, spoke as an expert about the value and competition of AI (in the video from minute 38:00), both are, in his opinion, closely linked to data sovereignty. "The big breakthroughs in the AI in the recent past have occurred mainly thanks to ever larger and more easily accessible data sets, whereas the algorithms used are often many years old. The real value and competition therefore lies in data sovereignty," explained Auer. Therefore, AI should not be a black box; it is indispensable to develop a common and transparent understanding of the data.

Auer is conducting research at the TIB on the question of how, in the age of digitization, the handling of information, data and knowledge can be improved and made more effective using an Open Research Knowledge Graph. In the future, knowledge could be presented and communicated with the help of knowledge graphs, which could bring about a lasting change in scientific work.

Experts shed light on various aspects of AI

In addition to Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Dr. Alexander Filipović from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Müller from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Morris Riedel from the Helmholtz Association and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller from the Max Planck Society gave lectures on KI. As experts, they examined ethical, technical, methodological and economic aspects of the topic and advocated networking in research in order not to lose touch with other countries.

More information is available at the German Bundestag  and at Heise online (both in German).