MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! For two years I was able to deal very intensively with the topic of “artificial intelligence”, and it was once again made clear to me how wide the gap is between innovation and opportunity on the one hand, but also distrust and fear and worry on the other hand. When I address suspicion: That was already expressed in the contributions, by Dr. Customs for the left and by Dr. Jongen for the AfD.
I think that is the wrong basis for dealing with the future. We have a technology tool in front of us that offers us great opportunities, where we can achieve a lot if we integrate it well, if we accept the world as a digitally networked world and see AI as an instrument that supports us in this.
For me, too, it was two intense years, at times very intense – you could have done without some moments.
(Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: I think so too with your contribution!)
The vote and the debate help, yes, that is really good for us. And it was instructive thanks to the additions made by experts who accompanied us on a long-term basis, in a small circle but also on a large scale. I would therefore like to say thank you to everyone who contributed; because there were a total of 270 people who directly or indirectly gave the work a quality.
I am of the opinion that, on the one hand, we have established a broad consensus that AI is an important, future-proof technology for us; it is the case in all areas of life that AI moves us. Second – this has already been expressed in all of the contributions -: The focus here must be on people, AI should be thought and developed in a European way; we need this on a shared value basis. That’s why I look to a trustworthy brand of AI and say: We shouldn’t look to the US and China all the time and only talk about what we don’t want, but we should use the time to build our own AI, within the framework of the European Community. And good accents have already been set in the cooperation with France.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
As a mayor and local politician, I have always said: We need acceptance. We create acceptance among the public by creating broad transparency; trust is built on this, and security can result from this. We create acceptance among the citizens when we show the citizens where the benefits of technology are, why AI is important for the future and why we – within the framework of what we can experience – already have a strong confrontation with AI today. Many do not even know. The areas of speech recognition, face recognition, translation, and navigation have been addressed. But the citizen knows too little about it; here we need a little more education, a little more information.
The final report, Mr President, has been given to you. I can say: it is more than a report for the German Bundestag, it is also a report for the broad majority; because it is well formulated, with numerous recommendations for action, in each subsection, for each project group always a summary. That means everyone has the opportunity to watch it. I can only encourage you to look at these 500 pages – and there are actually only 500 pages that we have formulated ourselves – where we struggled to find a common position. We didn’t manage to take them all. We have lost the AfD, we have lost the left. But I don’t think we lost them, they said goodbye to themselves.
(Laughter from members of the CDU / CSU – Jessica Tatti [DIE LINKE]: Rubbish! Outrageous!)
The left did not support the report as a whole, they abstained, with the AfD alone they made a significant contribution to the fact that one expresses one’s own opinion on over 90 pages with special opinions.
(Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: That is also the task!)
I believe that to some extent does not do justice to the hardships we had in coordinating with you.
(Jessica Tatti [DIE LINKE]: We are not obliged to agree to you everywhere!)
The powerful tool AI deserves responsibility. We have adopted this as the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. In a realistic, innovation-friendly and opportunity-oriented debate, we have helped us take a significant step forward.
Regarding regulation, one can say: concrete AI is needed in the applications. It’s about looking at where AI works and how. We have to be careful that we don’t overregulate, that we don’t weaken competitiveness and innovative strength. That is why I am pleased that we have the already mentioned AI officer, Ronja Kemmer, in our group who wants to promote the issue.
For us, the report is not paper for the drawer. For us, he is a driving force behind Parliament. I would therefore like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to the creation, especially the office of the “Artificial Intelligence” commission of inquiry, you, Ms. Bülter, and your team, but also the employees in our offices and in the parliamentary groups.
Thank you for your attention. Enjoy reading! Let’s shape progress together!
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: Very opinionated contribution! – Countercall from Deputy Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: That was mean, Jan! – Countercall from Deputy Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: It’s true! – Countercall from the delegate Ralph Brinkhaus [CDU / CSU]: But someone has thin skin!)
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