“AI researchers are revered like pop stars in China”

The FAZ is starting a new podcast on the subject of artificial intelligence. In the third episode, the experts Peter Buxmann and Holger Schmidt ask the AI ​​boss at SAP about the differences to China and more.

The new podcast “Artificial Intelligence” in the FAZ's audio portfolio

KArtificial intelligence is considered a basic technology that will change society and the economy in the long term. Countries like China and the United States have been building a competitive edge over Europe for years. “There is tremendous energy and enthusiasm for artificial intelligence and technological innovation in China. The most successful AI scientists are revered like pop stars, the best high school graduates fight for places in artificial intelligence, ”says Dr. Feiyu Xu in the FAZ podcast “Artificial Intelligence”. She is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Artificial Intelligence at SAP, has also worked for Lenovo and in AI research for a long time.

This Chinese power is reflected in its economic use. “China needs AI more urgently than other countries. That is why China uses AI much more resolutely than Germany. ”Examples are intelligent production and the development of robots. China is also taking a leading role in the financing of start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence, which has led to a large number of AI unicorns in recent years, i.e. young companies valued at at least one billion dollars. These companies use AI systems in different areas of application, for example in search engines like Baidu, for visual processing like Face ++ or for language processing by iFlytek.

The episode is part of our new podcast “Artificial Intelligence”. He explores the questions of what AI can do, where it is used, what has already changed and what contribution it can make in the future. For the podcast, the FAZ has brought two recognized AI experts on board: Peter Buxmann and Holger Schmidt: Both research and teach the potential of AI and its effects on the economy and work at the TU Darmstadt. Peter Buxmann holds the chair for business informatics and has been dealing with the applications of AI, digital transformation and data-based business models for many years. His podcast partner Holger Schmidt is a digital economist, speaker and author. His core topics are AI, platform economy and digital business models.

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