Is the intelligent machine a friend or foe? Digitalization and digital transformation present us with new questions. Technological innovations are currently being adopted at a rapid pace: robotized warehouses, face recognition, and autonomous cars, as well as intelligent tractors that allow precise calculation of fertilizer or diesel use. They are not visions of the future but a reality already: the Internet of Things.

People are enthusiastic about “intelligent machines,” but we’re still far from understanding intelligence. Prof. Raúl Rojas drew our attention to this in an article that we published in our trade magazine ecminside 14. Prof. Rojas has been conducting research in the field of artificial intelligence for over 30 years.
In his guest article, he advocates a conscious use of technologies. The AI researcher heads the Department of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the Freie Universität in Berlin, where Germany’s first autonomously driving car was developed.

Intelligent Machine: Friend or foe?

The merging of industry, business, and ICT brings with it many opportunities and dangers, as Prof. Rojas’ guest article shows. To reproduce human abilities digitally, which take place completely unconsciously, such as recognizing faces or analyzing and understanding texts, may be exciting and also economically smart. According to Prof. Rojas, we should become more aware of the consequences of technology, and also its limits: “My emails are read daily, not by other people, but by programs that respond to keywords. Programs that are smart enough to make connections but too stupid to differentiate between a joke and a threat,” Rojas writes. We are still a long way from understanding intelligence.

Would you like the full story? Read it free of charge in our online magazine ecminside, issue number 14.

Sven Kaiser, Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy at OPTIMAL SYSTEMS, comments: “Raul Rojas’ approach shows that the further development of technologies also includes thinking clearly about it – sometimes in a consciously critical way too. The digitization of processes will be crucial, especially in the 21st century. With the “Internet of Things” or “Industry 4.0”, business models, manufacturing processes, communication, and ways of thinking are changing. The important thing is to do the right thing. To ensure this, all aspects of digital development should and must be taken into account. For us as software manufacturers, it is important to actively shape and ensure meaningful digitization of processes and corporate knowledge.”