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Artificial Intelligence - five questions, five answers

Joern Ebberg

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1. What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence describes a process by which machines learn to learn. Or to
put it differently: computer systems imitate human intelligence. Artificial
intelligence is a simulation of intelligent behavior on the basis of pretermined or
learned examples.

2. How does artificial intelligence work?

An AI system recognizes its surroundings with the help of cameras and sensors.
It discovers correlations in this contextual data and then derives actions from
them. For example, An AI system in a car can recognize pedestrians on the
sidewalk, calculate the probability of someone crossing the road, and if
necessary initiate evasive maneuvers.

3. What is deep learning?

Deep learning is a category of machine learning and a major foundation for
artificial intelligence. Machines use deep learning to gather knowledge of their
own from their experience of events. To do this, artificial neural networks are
arranged in successive levels that use progressively more complex
characteristics. Typical everyday applications include speech recognition in
smartphones or traffic-sign recognition in vehicles.

4. What is the difference between artificial intelligence and algorithms?

An algorithm is a rule, expressed in an IT language, that consists of a series of
instructions with which to solve specific tasks. Artificial intelligence is often made
up of algorithms. However, an algorithm is not automatically an example of
artificial intelligence.

5. What are the benefits of artificial intelligence for people?

Examples of artificial intelligence at work include automated driving and driver
assistance systems. The latter can help avert accidents. Artificial intelligence is
also making inroads into industry. For instance, collaborative robots can use
sample data and machine learning to quickly pick up new tasks that they need to
perform in conjunction with humans. There is no longer any need for complex
manual programming, which saves both time and money. An additional benefit
for factory workers is that their robot colleague can perform any monotonous or
dangerous tasks

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About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 428,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which roughly 48,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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