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Seven facts about artificial intelligence

Katharina Hogh-Binder

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1.) The cradle of artificial intelligence

The term “artificial intelligence” was coined at a workshop held as part of a research project on artificial intelligence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1956. Today, the Dartmouth Conference is considered the inaugural meeting for research into artificial intelligence.

2.) The great unknown

Big data is a concept that most Germans know nothing about. According to TNS Infratest, 74 percent have never heard of it, while only 9 percent feel able to offer an explanation of what the phrase means. Big data refers to huge amount of data, which is captured, analyzed, and processed. It is the basis for artificial intelligence.

3.) Learning from millions of images

Deep learning is an aspect of machine learning that relies on a multi-layered neural network inside a computer, with a structure reminiscent of the human brain. While a small child needs only experience a few cats to then recognize all cats as such, the computer needs to see millions of cat pictures before it can recognize a cat.

4.) Smart assistants

The market research organization Gartner predicts that by 2024, some 10 percent of activities with the potential to endanger human lives will be performed by smart systems. One example is assistance systems in vehicles. These will enable future vehicles to communicate more effectively, detect their surroundings more accurately, process data more rapidly – and eventually drive completely autonomously.

5.) As clever as a human being

Experts are expecting to create an artificial intelligence that is on a par with human intelligence before the end of this century.

6.) Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence

In the period to 2021, Bosch will invest some 300 million euros in the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, with around 100 experts researching artificial intelligence at three locations (Bengaluru, Palo Alto, and Renningen).

7.) Future Bosch products will be intelligent

Ten years from now, scarcely any Bosch product will be conceivable without artificial intelligence. Within just five years, products featuring artificial intelligence are expected to account for 10 percent of Bosch sales.

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About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). 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. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. 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. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 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. It is entrusted with the task of safeguarding the company’s long-term existence and in particular its financial independence – in line with the mission handed down in the will of the company’s founder, Robert Bosch.

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