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The concept of “Artificial Intelligence” had a massive impact over the past several years. Marvelous tales about its prospective achievements abound, just as much as sceptical questions about whether (or when) the machines will finally substitute the humans on this planet. As a result of this heated discourse, leaders across many industries feel an urgent need to somehow incorporate AI technologies into their workflows, fearing to miss out on an important innovation step.

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This blog is a place for us to reflect on data science, AI, and machine learning. Hence, it covers a broad array of topics: technical considerations, our view on certain industries, interviews with researchers, thought leaders, and industry experts, as well as light-weight visualisation.

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Fostering AI architects: idalab’s first Data Strategy Summer Fellow

While Artificial Intelligence is continuing to transform the world as we know it, the need for “AI generalists”, who take the role of architects designing custom solutions becomes ever more acute. It is no wonder that AI architects are in short supply: AI architects combine profound expertise in AI-methodologies with a highly analytical, yet creative and solution-focused mindset, enabling them to see the bigger picture and make strategic decisions. Today, only few people have this kind of generalist skill set.

idalab seminar #13: Exploring Chemical Space with Deep Learning

What if we could build batteries for electric cars that would take us further than a full tank of gasoline? If we could grow affordable, tasty and nutritious meat in the laboratory instead of occupying one third of the land on our planet with animal farming? What if we could easily identify promising targets in the human body for new cancer drugs?

Die Sehnsucht nach Transparenz ist eine Sehnsucht nach Begründung. Warum Algorithmen lernen sollten, eine Geschichte zu erzählen.

Basis aller heutigen Künstlichen Intelligenz sind bekanntlich Algorithmen. Diese sind in den letzten Jahren in zunehmendem Ausmaß in den Fokus der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung gerückt. Dabei schwankt der Grad an thematischer Souveränität und Güte der einzelnen Wortmeldungen aus Presse, Politik und Gesellschaft teils erheblich.

idalab goes PyData

This year’s PyData Berlin conference, taking place from July 6th to 8th at the Charité-Campus (Virchow), was a huge success and with almost 600 participants the biggest PyData conference all over Europe. Concerned with providing a forum for python users and developers in the field of data analysis, a wide range of topics was covered in four simultaneous tracks, going from deep learning and scalability over data privacy and best practices to putting machine learning into production.

idalab seminar #12: The data-privacy dilemma: How full homomorphic encryption could bring healthcare into the digital era

Imagine this: The key to better cancer treatments is within reach, based on patterns from data that is scattered across various locations all over the world. This data could be digitalised, labelled, collected, stored and interpreted. However, this data belongs to a countless number of individuals – and their right to data privacy weighs just as much as the dream of curing a lethal disease.

What do we mean by “data”?

Some technical terms are so ubiquitous and (apparently) unambigious, that they almost become a transparent fluid: always used but never much reflected upon. Interestingly enough, the word “data” 1 is such a term. It is an abstract, weightless and unidentified mass of numbers (mostly digitally encoded), with a potent influence on our lives. It is also considered a rich source of insight that is worth being tapped. But what are the origins of the word “data” – and what are its implications?

idalab seminar #11: SELECT * FROM … natural language: databases, we need to talk!

Do you know the feeling? All you want is a break-down of last year’s sales numbers and suddenly you find yourself typing tedious heaps of SQL-statements, clicking through complicated dashboards or looking for the right number in an Excel sheet. The vast majority of decision makers has better things to do with their time. That’s why business intelligence software was originally born. But only 20% of users are actually coping with the solutions BI software provides. Instead, the BI team is spammed with ad hoc data requests. What if everyone had a personal virtual data analyst at hand?

Auf dem Weg zu einer nationalen KI-Strategie

Die Stiftung Neue Verantwortung hat jüngst eine Empfehlung für eine deutsche KI-Strategie in Form eines Diskussionspapiers herausgegeben. Hintergrund ist das Bestreben des Think Tanks, den gegenwärtigen Arbeitsprozess der Bundesregierung zum Thema KI-Strategie durch Experten-Input zu unterstützen und zu ergänzen. Paul von Bünau, Geschäftsführer der idalab GmbH, hat als einer der inhaltlichen Berater an dem Papier, das den Titel “Eckpunkte einer nationalen Strategie für Künstliche Intelligenz” trägt, mitgewirkt.