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tech conferences are Wonderful. There will soon be every day, somewhere, people are talking about the future. You need to be able to say absolutely, when you, the future will change the present. And whether or not it will not look very different, as you have presented to the people in the long to the past has become time once. Consequence-free, even freer than at tech conferences can be so hardly speak. And because most of the on the Internet streamed live, it is not necessary to go. Except to the Federal government belongs to, for example, and it is once again Digital summit.

The is such a thing as the Queen of the German tech conferences. It took place on Monday and Tuesday, now for the twelfth Time at the invitation of the Federal government, this time in Nuremberg. Which is why in addition to the Federal Chancellor, the Federal Minister of economic Affairs, the Federal Minister of the interior, the Federal Minister of education and research, the Federal Minister of transport and the Minister of State for digitisation (the Federal Minister of labour, disease was absent due to) as the host, the Bavarian Prime Minister something about the future could say. “Digitalization is the most exciting change we have in the development of society at all,” said Markus Söder on Tuesday. “It is the according to most Revolution the world has ever seen. And it is the fastest.”

but, you might argue now, is already talking long and loud about the digitization. In Germany specifically, because in other languages this term has no real equivalent, neither semantically, nor in terms of content. The local Software house SAP, for example, an entry in English from a differentiated way in a not-so-old blog the quite different processes of digitization, digitization and digital transformation are all part of what makes German seem to mean, among other things, so with digitisation. The is such a thing as the Currywurst among the Buzzwords: No one knows exactly what all is in there, but in Germany, it takes everyone in the mouth. Those funny Germans!

private jets for all

At this year’s Digital summit it should go to a different one, the just, and probably the most extemporaneous Tech-Buzzword: artificial intelligence (AI). But the Chancellor about shunned in her Keynote to the Terminus, as well as the topic at all. Angela Merkel spoke rather about something that should not be too remote in the future: the introduction of the new wireless standard 5G in Germany. The Federal network Agency auctioned off at the beginning of next year, the licenses for it. The Standard applies as a requirement for future technologies identified things such as Autonomous Driving, a kind of digitized agriculture and medicine – and all future applications, for which large quantities are transported to data quickly through networks.

The telecommunications companies to bid for the licenses that are apparently not very happy with the (politically desirable) requirements of the network Agency, such as the future coverage of the country with 5G. Telekom CEO Tim Höttges said, as he stood on the Digital summit in a Panel next to the transport Minister Andreas Scheuer: “I am for private jets for all. If you listen to the demands for 5G – it calls for as a politician, a 5G-supply in any angle up to the milk jug and everywhere. And says the private sector should pay for it. And the private jets that anyone can get, but no one asks the question, how to do it.”

(perhaps The future of the CDU-party leader, Friedrich Merz, was not present in Nuremberg, but it is obviously a trigger for the re-introduction of private jet compare in the political discourse since the blessed the taxation of aviation fuel times of Franz Josef Strauss was talking about a private plane in Germany hardly more. The current representatives of the Federal Cabinet was shown at the Digital summit, a prototype of the proposed Electric small jets, the Munich-based Startups, Lilium, for the equally ironic perpendicular to the start of the word “flight taxi” in German debates on the Future co-responsible.)

Angela Merkel, however, tried to metaphorically directly to Höttges, in your speech in a room acoustical comparison on the subject of 5G and up to today in Germany have not achieved full mobile network coverage is par excellence: “Not everywhere you need to the quality of the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic, but you should hear tones.” The digitization, so you could understand, is understood in Germany as a task for the State, especially in the provision of infrastructure and, among other things, as a radio hole tamping and broadband installation, for which, however, in fact, private companies are responsible. The policy gets but in case of doubt, the complaints from all the Telecom companies as its customers, the citizens.

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will after all, said Merkel, from the year 2022 all of the “550 to 575 administrative services”, where you can get it as a citizen and as a citizen with the local Authorities to the Federal authorities, in a long-promised online citizen portal digital can handle. Minister of state Dorothee Bär clarified later, it was exactly 575. Also, Federal interior Minister Horst Seehofer had already spoken on Monday in Nuremberg, right in detail about the upcoming online citizen portal at an event, however, in actually, about “Artificial intelligence and cyber-security”, should be discussed. But somehow, everything is digital.

In Nuremberg, it was the job of the Federal Minister of the economy, the more distant the future, to dream, at least when it comes to artificial intelligence: Peter Altmaier proposed the creation of an “Airbus for the AI”, i.e., of a transnational European KI-group, following the example of the aviation group (aircraft!) in AI applications, however, not only to the overwhelming competition from the United States could withstand, but also of the coming AI, super power, China. In both States, both the public sector as well as the native large tech investing corporations many billions in the development of the technology.