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Editorial

Dear Reader,

Our understanding and perception of artificial intelligence lies somewhere between ‘technological revolution’ and ‘attack of the algorithms’. These notions are often diffuse, driven by our fascination of possibilities and technical complexity on the one hand, and by scepticism and mistrust on the other, because it seems that our control over technology is slipping away. So, it comes as no surprise that the topic of artificial intelligence is on the political agenda. After all, artificial intelligence is already reality; it is being used, tested, researched and further developed in a wide variety of areas. The challenge now is to create the framework conditions for this system to develop its potential but within the limits that we humans set.


People’s trust in artificial intelligence can only be gained through transparency, understanding and common guidelines. It must be clearly defined who is liable if an AI-supported system makes wrong decisions. People must be able to understand why and how decisions are made. They must be able to reject decisions. There must be a common understanding of the values on which artificial intelligence is based. In areas where decisions have a direct impact on people, especially in the health sector, it must always be possible to have control.


It’s time to face these issues together. At European level, there are a number of initiatives dealing with the topic. 29 European countries have declared that they will work together to develop the issue and find solutions. This has to be done the right way, because artificial intelligence knows no national borders.


In the current issue of ed*, we outline the potential of artificial intelligence for social security – with all its possibilities but also questions that need to be answered.


We hope you enjoy reading this month’s ed*!


Ilka Wölfle, LL.M.

Director