The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in everyday life not only represents a technical challenge, it also raises a number of ethical questions. The TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) addresses these questions and will be assisted in the future by Japanese technology company Fujitsu.
The new Future Lab, AI4EO, is launching in May 2020 under TUM leadership and will be funded with up to 5 million Euros. In cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), among others, satellite data and Big Data analyses will be used to create models of global urbanization, food supplies and the management of natural disasters.
The weapons deployed in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic also include artificial intelligence. AI might be able to recognize patterns in the spread of the disease, for example. These new possibilities raise ethical issues, however.
In attendance of Minister of State Dorothee Bär, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) officially opened the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence today.
Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has convened the advisory board for the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI). The Board, made up of six independent and renowned experts from the engineering and social sciences, will among other things be centrally involved in the selection of the institute’s research projects.