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Germany’s falling behind on tech, and Merkel knows it

Party politics and cultural inertia bedevil efforts to shift into high gear on artificial intelligence.

  • Janosch Delcker
  • Politico

One of the first things Angela Merkel told a group of experts in artificial intelligence during a closed-door meeting in late May was that they should be frank with her.

“I’m used to bad news,” Merkel said, according to a participant’s recollection.

A-box featured imageThe German chancellor had just returned from China, where she spent a day in the Shenzhen tech hub visiting companies like ICarbonX, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup focused on disease detection.

A trained physicist…

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