Germany Defense and Interior ministry officials are pushing for that creation of a new agency this year that will study disruptive technologies strongly related Germany’s defense and security.
A decision along the way forward is expected “shortly,” a Defense Ministry spokesman told us on Wednesday. Planning is underway to find the green light from the Finance Ministry, a required step as the agency could be setup just as one “in-house” limited liability corporation, based on the spokesman.
If all goes as outlined by plan, insiders believe Cabinet-level consideration of the effort could come since September. While there is no official word for the exact timing, the spokesman said creating the agency is firmly for the calendar for 2018.
The name to the outfit is “Agentur für Disruptive Innovationen in der Cybersicherheit und Schlüsseltechnologien,” or ADIC. Its name first popped up inside the coalition-government agreement between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Social Democrats in March.
The document postulated that the agency, overseen by the two ministries for interior and exterior security, would help ensure Germany’s “technological innovation leadership.” Also requested because document was the roll-out of an “IT security fund” that could protect related key technologies.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen referred to the approaching agency in a speech in May, equating its purpose similar to the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, referred to as DARPA.
She presented the idea included in a wider plan toward deep-futures thinking on cybersecurity matters, which incorporates a study program in the Bundeswehr University in Munich.
Under the relatively recent shift to emphasize as much as possible cyber inside German military, the Defense Ministry’s Cyber Innovation Hub, created this past year, is slated to survey the domestic technology startup scene for ideas with potential military application.
Asked by us what status the upcoming agency will accord towards the field of artificial intelligence, ministry officials responded that such projects “generally” will be eligible to receive temporary funding if they are deemed strongly related the mission.
Much remains unknown in regards to the German military’s way of artificial intelligence, famously dubbed by Russian President Vladimir Putin this past year since the technology store the critical for ruling the globe.
“The research part of artificial intelligence and potential applications by the Bundeswehr are substantively reviewed,” the defense spokesman said. Whether the new ADIC or any in the existing organizations in the Defense Ministry would get involved remains an open question, he added.
Some experts fear Germany is falling behind the the United States’ and China’s enormous efforts in artificial intelligence, though government officials have said they presume the country’s talent base and emerging policy framework can ensure success.
A whitepaper released Wednesday from the Cabinet agency leading the push on AI, the Ministry of Education and Research, proclaimed the aim of making German-made AI a “seal of quality recognized all over the entire world.”
The document will create a more comprehensive strategy by late November. It makes no explicit mention of any military or defense applications.
Efforts already exist within the military along with the wider government to use data-mining and predictive-analysis tools, which belong to the broader meaning of artificial intelligence. For example, defense officials have touted experiments with a forecasting application developed to predict worldwide crises.
Officials likewise try to learn inside the Bundeswehr’s geekiness in their seek out new recruits. A current internet marketing campaign showcases the career field of an Bundeswehr University professor employing AI ways to analyze terror attacks for patterns.