Issue #106, March 2019

   Interview: Artificial Morality
   Ada Health
   Brighter AI
   Falling Walls

Artificial Intelligence
Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey was groundbreaking in many ways, not least for its use of an advanced form of artificial intelligence (AI) as a central character. HAL 9000, the computer on board the film's space shuttle, demonstrated a futuristic form of AI that is commonplace today: the computer recognizes speech, communicates, comprehends and even feels emotions. In a pivotal scene, as a crewmember named Dave deactivates HAL, removing his memory pods one at a time, HAL pleads: "Stop, Dave. I'm afraid."

Having celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, Kubrick's vision of AI is increasingly present in our daily lives, and our questions about our relationship to AI are much the same: What is an intelligent machine? How can they benefit humans? What underlying fears do we have of sentient machines?

Our March newsletter looks at the DWIH global annual topic of artificial intelligence. We feature four German startups using AI for healthcare, robotics, privacy and human resources. In an interview with Dr. Catrin Misselhorn we discuss not just artificial intelligence but artificial morality and what moral machines might look like in the future.
Artificial Morality: An Interview with Catrin Misselhorn

From 2012 to 2019 Dr. Catrin Misselhorn was the Chair for the Philosophy of Science and Technology and Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the  University of Stuttgart Her research focuses on machine morality, or the moral behavior of artificially intelligent systems.

In an  interview with us, she discusses the complexities of machine morality in fields like healthcare and autonomous driving and whether or not a moral relationship exists between humans and machines.

©Ada Health

AI for Healthcare 

Something like Amazon's Alexa in the healthcare context, Ada is a German-developed app that asks users relevant questions about their symptoms before inferring what might be the cause and helping them schedule a doctor's appointment.

For more on how it works, read our full  article

AI for Robotics 

Using imitation and transfer learning, Berlin's micropsi industries allows human trainers to teach robots how to complete successful, complex motions. 

More on the technology from us  here.
©Brighter AI

AI for Privacy

Through deep learning, Berlin-based Brighter AI generates artificial faces and license plates to replace sensitive data on publicly-recorded cameras.
Fore more info, including a video demonstration, check out our full write-up.

AI for Human Resources  is a culture platform that analyzes behavioral data from internal communications to offer companies recommendations to improve their workplace atmospheres.

For more, check out the article.
©Falling Walls Foundation

Call for Applications

Through March 31, 2019, the DWIH will accept applications from young researchers and entrepreneurs for our pitch contest, the Falling Walls Lab New York. Winners will be selected at the lab on May 2, 2019 by a distinguished jury.
Winners receive a free trip to Berlin to attend the Falling Walls Conference where they can pitch their ideas against those of global competitors. Share the call for applications, and help us spread the word! 

Registration for general attendees will open soon on our events page.
Diversity and Multilingualism in a Megacity, Feb. 2019 ©KarenPhillips

Spring Events

· 03/29, 4 PM, New York: Germany Grad Fair
· 04/17, 2 PM, Evansville, IN: Employability (Made) in Germany
· 05/02, 5 PM, New York: Falling Walls Lab New York