Almost ten years ago, the idea for particularly comfortable individual mobility was to be driven completely autonomously in a car from Los Angeles to New York. Autonomous driving has not made much progress so far. It's in a constant traffic jam, so to speak. But now another breakthrough has been achieved: autonomous flying is coming. Initially only for flies. The Howard Hughes Medical Center in Maryland, USA, has developed an AI system that allows simulated fruit flies to fly in a lifelike manner. With 200 wing beats per second and 102 degrees of freedom. The artificial intelligence works at a rate of 0.1 milliseconds, its model was trained with a neural network, and the synthetic fly flies even demanding flights perfectly.

Michael Spehr

Editor in the “Technology and Engine” department.

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    In Germany, artificial intelligence is not yet that far along. Sometimes not even with the human one. The neighbor's idea of ​​being able to submit his application for funding for the new heat pump to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control immediately leads to a nervous breakdown. It's not just the official gibberish, but also the German madness of wanting to prescribe and regulate everything down to the smallest detail, as well as the compulsion to have to provide information in the forms, the consequences of which remain completely open. It quickly becomes clear: In order to provide active support, a neighborhood collective must be founded, which should include at least a lawyer and an engineer, and perhaps also a doctor in cases of further trauma. When the forms are then systematically processed so that the bureaucratic apparatus is reproduced, which in turn ensures the reproduction of the bureaucracy, it turns out at the end of the process that a computer specialist is missing. The PDF to be submitted is one megabyte too large. Presumably the office still stores data on floppy disks.

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    How easily such bureaucracy could be replaced with AI! But is that even wanted? As the great world philosopher and economics minister Robert Habeck recently said, bureaucracy “arises from something good”. And with that he concluded: “If you just say they're all idiots, you don't understand what the problem is. It’s a good thing because the state doesn’t make mistakes.”