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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! A current study shows: People in Germany see applications of artificial intelligence much more positively today than when we set up the “Artificial Intelligence” study two years ago. At the time, around half of those surveyed said they were optimistic and around the other half were very skeptical. Today, two out of three respondents say: We want to use the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence: for ourselves, for better mobility, for better health, in administration, in the authorities, in many other areas. That’s a good development.

It would now probably be presumptuous to say: Only the study commission is “to blame” for the fact that the image of artificial intelligence is more positive today than it was two years ago. But I do believe that the debate in parliament, in the heart of democracy, with the technology of artificial intelligence and its effects on society, the economy, and ecology is a very decisive point in the debate as to whether the people in Germany use technology as an opportunity or as an Feel threatened.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

I would therefore like to thank everyone who has done this work over the past two years: The study commission had 38 members, half of whom were MPs and half of whom were experts. This special format of the study commission is particularly suitable for conducting political discussions and laying them out on a broad basis: with political aspects, with ethical aspects, with economic aspects. When we put the Commission together, we took great care to ensure that the experts covered this wide range of subjects.

I especially want to thank the experts; because that was many, many hours of hard work: for democracy, for democratic debate. They all did that on the side, alongside their own work as professors, as researchers, as start-up founders, as theologians, as professors, in universities and foundations. You have all contributed to making this image of artificial intelligence more positive, more realistic and more constructive than it was two years ago. A big thank you to these experts for the power they brought in!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD, as well as from MPs from BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN and MP Mario Brandenburg [Südpfalz] [FDP])

A big thank you, of course, also to the colleagues; because they too did that alongside their daily parliamentary work. We all know how difficult it is to really stand back, to look at things fundamentally, to take the time, to really get through issues – and that over two years in very intense debates. A big thank you to all MPs who have done this in the last two years!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs of the SPD and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

I would especially like to thank our chairwoman Ronja Kemmer, who did a really great job and who has meanwhile been appointed by our group chairman as the AI ​​commissioner of the Union group: a clear sign that our group is not going to end its work on artificial intelligence today is, but that we will make this the focus of our group work, our future work and our innovation work for the next few years.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Thank you very much, of course, to the employees. The committee secretariat has been mentioned; the employees in the parliamentary groups have also achieved an enormous amount: 800 pages of text are there, a pool of good suggestions, of differentiated analysis of this topic. The employees also play a huge part in this – Julia Dunker for us -: A big thank you!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

It is important to us as the Union parliamentary group – this is reflected in the final report and also in the special votes, where differences in the analysis have become clear – that we want an opportunity-oriented approach.

The European Union proposes an ecosystem of excellence and an ecosystem of trust. We say: We also want an ecosystem of agility. We want to create space for experimentation. We want us to make a data policy that is open to innovation: away from data economy towards data care, with data pools, with data trustees who make it possible to lay the fund at all, to build up AI, to use AI systems. We want data to be handled in a way that is open to innovation and that protects people’s personal rights, but at the same time meets our economic and social need for the use of artificial intelligence. This is an approach that is open to innovation. We also advocated this in our special vote.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

And we advocate regulation that does not differentiate very small according to risk class, but that focuses on the specific application context. Not every AI is created equal. It depends a lot on where it is used. And that’s why we have to regulate AI in such a way that we can take advantage of the opportunities that we can minimize the risks depending on the application context. That is our proposal, also within the framework of this study commission, and then we want to shape German, but also European politics.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Let us use the chance of artificial intelligence in a wide variety of areas: on the topic of sustainability, on the topic of ecology, on social topics, economic topics. We have the chance to make AI “made in Europe” a unique selling point for Europe, a real opportunity of an economic and social nature. The 800 pages of the study commission are a good basis.

Thank you very much for the great work over the past two years. We will see them as a resource for future policy making.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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