The example of autonomous driving shows how deeply artificial intelligence will intervene in our lives in practice. At the heart of digitally controlled mobility is a computer analysis that assesses the current situation and determines driving behaviour. Inextricably linked to this are sensors that collect information about the environment and mechanical systems that convert commands from the control unit into actions in fractions of a second.
Applied AI systems therefore increasingly have perceptual sensors and an actual body-like form and interact physically with their environment. Robots in companies and logistics are already assisting specialists and taking over work processes. In the future, AI systems and intelligent robots will not only perform mentally monotonous, physically demanding and hazardous activities, but will also become involved in areas where human expertise is still needed today, such as spatial orientation. In addition, intelligent software assistants are already preparing legal reports, supporting medical diagnoses and writing articles about sporting events.
This will not—as initially feared—lead to a massive reduction in jobs. On the contrary, slightly positive effects can be expected overall. But this will be accompanied by major upheavals in particular industries and sectors. That means, on a professional level, people will have to continuously learn and evolve.
However, one group of professionals does not have to worry about its future: AI engineers, software developers and IT specialists. They are currently in great demand. Silicon Valley lures them with salaries that universities and companies in Europe are rarely in a position to offer. Governments in several European Union countries are now massively involved in the promotion of AI. These include the German Federal Government with its Artificial Intelligence Strategy and the Franco-German Robotics AI Partnership, which aim to promote Europe as a leading location for the development and application of AI technologies.
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