AI Policy – Germany

On November 15, 2018, the German Government adopted a national AI strategy (available to download here) and earmarked €3 billion for investment in AI research and development. The strategy is based on the Federal Cabinet’s Key Points for a Strategy on Artificial Intelligence, and was developed by the Economic Affairs Ministry, the Research Ministry, and the Labour Ministry.

The strategy pursues the following three objectives:

  1. making Germany and Europe global leaders on the development and use of AI technologies and securing Germany’s competitiveness in the future,
  2. safeguarding the responsible development and use of AI which serves the good of society, and
  3. integrating AI in society in ethical, legal, cultural and institutional terms in the context of a broad societal dialogue and active political measures.

Previously, the German Institute for Innovation and Technology within the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy undertook a study on the Potential of AI for Industry (PAICE) in Germany, which found that AI will add approximately €32 billion to Germany’s manufacturing output over the next five years.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) also launched a government aid campaign in the field of machine learning in 2017. This was intended to improve training and professional education in machine learning, to support basic research, and to create internationally visible machine learning competence centres throughout the country. For example, BMBF funded The Platform Learning Systems, which is an expert platform for AI running from 2017 to 2022. Since 2015, BMBF has also funded the Automated and Networked Driving project.

In June 2017, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) published ethical guidelines for self-driving cars in a report titled, “Ethics Commission: Automated and Connected Driving,” which defined 20 ethical rules for automated and connected vehicular traffic.

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