Artificial intelligence (AI) and learning systems will change society and open up many new opportunities. The Federal Government's AI strategy therefore pursues three main goals:
- Make Germany and Europe a leading location for the development and application of AI technologies and ensure Germany's future competitiveness;
- Ensure the responsible development and use of AI for the common good;
- Embedding AI in society ethically, legally, culturally and institutionally within the framework of a broad social dialogue and active political shaping.
However, for AI to create benefits – and in as many applications as possible – an energy problem urgently needs to be defused. The energy consumption of today's AI systems is clearly too high for many applications, especially for mobile and safety-critical applications.
There are a lot of ideas at universities and research institutions on how to change this. A competition, tailor-made, so to speak, for the scientific sporting spirit, aims to raise this treasure trove of ideas: Which group of researchers can create the AI system with the lowest energy consumption for a given task?
By the way, our brain is a perfect example of how energy efficiency works. That's why AI research today is also about being inspired by energy-efficient data processing in the brain.
The application phase for this competition is now closed.
Further information (in German): www.bmbf.de
If you are interested in this subject in general, please check out also the SPRIND project THE ANALOG COMPUTER ON A CHIP