Party politics and cultural inertia bedevil efforts to shift into high gear on artificial intelligence.
- Janosch Delcker
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.
The 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…