Artificial Intelligence is inconceivable without standards and specifications

In order for artificial intelligence (AI) systems to work safely and reliably for us in the future, standards and specifications are indispensable. DIN supports scientists, policymakers, industry and society in strengthening Germany’s role on the international AI market to provide the best solutions and products and in creating innovation-friendly framework conditions for the technology of the future.

Roboterarm über einem Schachbrett. Der Roboter hält eine Spielfigur in der Hand.
AI learns to simulate human reasoning using cognitive computing learning processes.
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What is the task of standardization in the AI sector?

It is up to standardization to actively structure the AI landscape and, together with experts and stakeholders, create a clear framework for action for everyone involved.  The key driving forces are science, politics, industry and, to an ever increasing degree, society at large. Working in cooperation with our experts including AI developers, representatives from government and business, but also theologists and philosophers, we are examining many different issues raised by AI.

AI projects at DIN

At the start of 2018 the interdisciplinary DIN Working Committee “Artificial Intelligence” was founded.  In cooperation with DKE, we are currently working on a roadmap sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on ethical aspects in standardization of AI to be used in autonomous machinery and vehicles. Currently two DIN SPECs dealing with AI are also being developed.

Representatives from companies, universities, research institutes, certification bodies and the German Federal Office for Information Security work together with ethics experts in this committee.

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Ethical aspects in standardization of AI to be used in autonomous machinery and vehicles.

Specifications help quickly pave the way for innovations to gain market access - this is also true in the AI sector.

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The IT startup “neurocat” is conducting research in AI and examining possible applications for modern AI technologies. Standards and specifications play a critical role in ensuring that AI remains safe and transparent.
Bild & Statement Tobias Schreiegg, Director Global Software Regulations, Siemens Healthcare Gmbh zu Normen und Standards bei KI
The healthcare industry is also using AI, e.g. to evaluate laboratory data with clinical IT. Particularly when dealing with such sensitive data, the use of AI must be safe and transparent. Standardization can help ensure that this is the case.
Bild und Statement von Andreas Steier, Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestags zu Normund Standards bei KI
Standards and specifications ensure that new technologies, products and services can stand up to the competition throughout the innovation process. They are also a fundamental tool for AI.
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The Study Commission “Artificial Intelligence – Social Responsibility and Economic, Social and Ecological Potential” is investigating the future influence AI will have on our lives, the German economy and the work environment.
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This is why the Institut für Arbeitsschutz (Institute for Occupational Health and Safety of the German Public Accident Insurance) is working to ensure worker protection when AI technologies are used. Standards contribute to this effort.
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AI is the technology of the future. Standardization supports industry in making artificial intelligence more trustworthy and transparent for consumers.
When it comes to the development of innovative projects, DIN is always ahead of the curve, and AI is no exception. With standards, together we can shape a liveable future.