The Fraunhofer IIS magazine’s series on AI
Artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive systems and machine learning are key to the future transformation of the economy and society. For the global economy and industrial value chains this means a fundamental structural shift, because such technical systems are capable of learning and are increasingly in a position to apply what they have learned to new situations. They can plan processes, make forecasts and even interact with humans. The International Data Corporation estimates that global expenditure on cognitive solutions will reach 40 billion US dollars by the end of 2020. Not only does the use of new technologies create new opportunities, it also always forces us all to face new challenges. Ensuring Germany’s technological leadership in AI calls not only for technological solutions, but also for a dialogue within society. Fears and myths must be dispelled through scientific insight. Machines will expand our sphere of influence, but they will not lead the way.
At many of its institutes, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft develops key AI technologies and related applications in areas such as robotics, image and speech processing, and process optimization. Machine learning techniques for industry are as much a part of this as the use of cognitive systems in cybersecurity and essential research into artificial neural networks. Our research plays a major role in shaping AI theory and ethics, while also orienting itself strongly to customers’ practical requirements.
In our magazine series, you’ll discover more about why Fraunhofer IIS uses AI, what our current projects are and how you can collaborate with us.