Bitkom: Germans see AI as crucial for the future

April 10, 2024. Artificial intelligence will shape the economy in the future, and most people believe that Germany has some catching up to do in this important area. Around two thirds (65%) of Germans consider AI to be the most important technology of the future, while only 29% consider the topic to be massively overrated and hype. Three quarters (77%) even believe that AI will be decisive in determining whether German companies are successful worldwide in the future. 56% expect AI to change the world as fundamentally as the invention of the combustion engine or electrification. At the same time, only 2 percent currently see Germany as the world’s leading nation when it comes to artificial intelligence. These are the results of a survey of 1,004 people aged 16 and over commissioned by the digital association Bitkom.

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“We need more artificial intelligence in Germany. We need to massively expand the use of AI in companies, but also in administration, healthcare and education. And we need to provide even more support for the development of AI applications in Germany,” says Bitkom President Dr. Ralf Wintergerst. “With the AI Act, the European Union has created a legal framework that now needs to be filled in by the member states. The German government must ensure that AI can develop optimally in Germany. A sense of proportion and a practical regulatory framework are required.”

Germans currently consider the USA to be the world’s leading AI nation (36%), followed by China (24%). Japan (6 percent) is then mentioned at a considerable distance, followed by Germany (2 percent) and South Korea (1 percent). Asia in general is named by 6 percent, Europe in general by practically no one. 5 percent do not see any nation as the leader and around a fifth (22 percent) cannot or do not want to make a statement.

Note on methodology

Note on methodology: The data is based on a survey conducted by Bitkom Research on behalf of the digital association Bitkom. This involved a telephone survey of 1,004 people aged 16 and over in Germany. The survey took place in the period from week 41 to week 44 2023. The survey is representative. The questions were “Which of the following statements do you most agree with? AI…””, “I am now going to read you some statements about AI. Please tell me to what extent the following statements apply to you or in your opinion.” and “In your opinion, which nation is currently leading the way in the field of artificial intelligence?”

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