In the future, quality, a sense of responsibility and data security should be recognisable in the field of artificial intelligence through its own seal of quality. As the first Thuringian software company on the AI Association’s list of members, ifesca GmbH in Ilmenau was now pleased to be awarded the seal.
The still young association was founded in the spring of this year by around 50 German companies and advocates a common seal of quality for artificial intelligence: the seal of quality of the German AI Association is based on the secure and data-protection-compliant handling of data as well as compliance with basic ethical values. In addition, according to the association, an impartiality of the data basis used as well as a transparent approach in AI development are to be ensured.
„With the seal of quality, companies commit to putting the interests of people at the centre of the development and application of AI and to orienting themselves to the European fundamental values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law,” informs Jörg Bienert, board member of the German AI Association. The seal thus stands as a trademark for the responsible development of the technology.
Sebastian Ritter, Managing Director of ifesca GmbH in Ilmenau welcomes the initiative: “Since artificial intelligence is a technology that is quite difficult to define and delimit, the seal can not only provide orientation, but also educate and promote.” Thus, the association also sees itself as a contact for politics, society and business that wants to contribute to cooperative networking and support for education and science.
With another software company from Jena, the second Thuringian member has recently joined the federal association. “As far as the development of this technology is concerned, we don’t need to hide at all in Thuringia. Quite the opposite: the networks are close and well established, the employees highly specialised,” reports Ritter, not without pride. His team of former scientists is regularly requested for economic as well as scientific lectures at home and abroad.
The AI Bundesverband is now already made up of more than 160 innovative companies, SMEs, start-ups and experts for whom the development and application of technologies based on artificial intelligence is a central business purpose. Above all, they want legal certainty in the areas of civil law, tax law, regulatory law and data law in order to establish Germany as an attractive and innovation-friendly business location for the AI ecosystem and to strengthen its competitiveness in international comparison.