Artificial Intelligence: Nearly 10 million euros in funding for new projects
With its "Artificial Intelligence" funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation is strengthening interdisciplinary and transnational research into the responsible further development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. It is now funding seven project consortia from the social and technical sciences with a total of 9.8 million euros in this context.
"The newly approved projects in the funding initiative "Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future" focus on areas where AI systems are already being used or are about to be used in the near future, such as in medical diagnostics or preventive remote therapy, but also in financial market forecasting, scientific image processing and journalism," says Dr. Henrike Hartmann, leader of the funding department. "The researchers involved are thinking one step ahead, anticipating the impact of AI on society and how to steer it in a positive direction."
For example, the project titled "Towards Responsible AI in Local Journalism" is investigating how AI applications can help local newsroom research create and distribute articles – a measure designed to help them cope with the economic and social challenges they face. "Responsible" tools – according to the team led by Freigeist Fellow Prof. Dr. Neil Thurman of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich – are those that not only increase the economic efficiency of newsrooms, but also take into account professional values and ethical standards. The project team comprises researchers from the fields of communication, media, law, journalism and computational linguistics from Munich, Leipzig, the Netherlands and Norway. The Foundation will provide around 1,412,000 euros over the next three years.
All seven selected projects are scheduled to run for three to four years and will each receive around 1.5 million euros in funding.
- "AI Forensics: Accountability through Interpretability in Visual AI Systems" ‒ Durham (Großbritannien), Karlsruhe, Kassel, Santa Barbara (USA)
- "AnonymPrevent – AI-based Improvement of Anonymity for Remote Assessment, Treatment and Prevention against Child Sexual Abuse" ‒ Berlin, Magdeburg
- "From Machine Learning to Machine Teaching (ML2MT) – Making Machines AND Humans Smarter" – Frankfurt/Main; Darmstadt
- "How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science?" ‒ Bonn, Karlsruhe, Wien (Österreich)
- "Informing Regulatory Reasoning on Algorithmic Systems in Societal Communication with STEAM – The Socio-Technical Ecosystem Architecture Method" ‒ Hamburg
- "The Answering Machine" ‒ Dresden, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Zürich (Schweiz)
- "Towards Responsible AI in Local Journalism" ‒ Amsterdam (Niederlande), Leipzig, München, Stavanger (Norwegen)
The initiative "Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future" has been running since 2017, and a total of 33.9 million euros has been approved to date. In 2022, the initiative will be updated in terms of content.