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AI is an opportunity - and must be based on European values

According to two recent, representative surveys conducted by Bitkom Research on behalf of the digital association Bitkom, around three quarters (73 per cent) of respondents see benefits rather than risks in artificial intelligence. Just under a quarter (24 per cent) see AI as more of a threat.

Two thirds (68 per cent) of companies in Germany also see AI as the most important technology of the future, with 15 per cent using it. 68 per cent state that they are reluctant to use AI because they are afraid of violating regulations. And almost one in two (48 per cent) believe that excessive regulation is the reason why products such as ChatGPT are not being developed in Europe. At the same time, 73 per cent believe that clear AI rules could give European companies a competitive advantage. "Artificial intelligence is fundamentally changing our economy and society," explains Bitkom President Dr Ralf Wintergerst. "The Federal Ministry of Education and Research's AI action plan comes at the right time: AI needs to get out of the universities and research institutes and into the economy and the market. It is important that no unnecessary hurdles are created for artificial intelligence made in Europe in the final trialogue negotiations on the EU's AI Act."

VIER CEO Rainer Holler comments: "Legal uncertainty is one of the biggest risks for companies when using artificial intelligence, especially in this pioneering phase in which opportunities and risks are naturally only gradually becoming apparent. Therefore, local providers in particular must be empowered, encouraged and supported to develop AI solutions that are based on our values and that give companies the security they need for economic success. With the VIER AI Gateway, we are building a solution that helps companies to deploy AI solutions in compliance with the law and within the framework of internal cost, compliance and governance rules. Pioneering work is not just about finding new ways, but new and secure ways. Stay tuned!"