Stuttgart, Germany. Whether at home, in traffic, or at work, () is going to transform the world. It’s a future that is not so distant. Smartphones already come with smart voice-controlled assistants, and physicians are using to diagnose conditions.
The more intelligent systems now shape everyday life, the more important it is to show people their benefits, and in this way to foster acceptance for this key technology. But even if smart systems are already with us, most Germans (85 percent) still have no clear picture of the purposes that already serves today.
Much the same can be said of the public’s understanding of . Although most respondents – 82 percent – are familiar with the term “,” more than half (53 percent) know only vaguely what it means. These are the findings of a representative survey conducted by Bosch and the market research institute Innofact in the run-up to the CON symposium at Renningen near Stuttgart.
Commenting on CON , where 200 and more experts are to talk about the opportunities and challenges of , Dr. Michael Bolle, the chief digital and technology officer at Bosch, says: “The more intelligent systems now shape everyday life, the more important it is to show people their benefits, and in this way to foster acceptance for this key technology. We have get the message across that humans will be in control of .”
One example of how can benefit people is automated driving. Bosch is striving to make road transportation emissions-free, accident-free, and stress-free. With nine out of ten accidents are currently attributable to human error, smart technology could use to prevent many of these from happening in the first place. Connected manufacturing is another banner field for . In a smart factory, people and machines will work together as an intelligent team. Robots will relieve people of strenuous and dangerous tasks and learn from experience. This will reduce people’s burden. The Bosch survey found that many Germans could imagine being able to accept this situation. Two-thirds of respondents – 67 percent – believe that manufacturing and mobility are going to benefit greatly from . They are also open to working with a if it takes over routine chores. Half of all respondents could well imagine such a situation, and would above all devote the free time gained to social or creative activities. Views on the use of vary with age, with 18- to 29-year-olds most likely to see applications as potentially useful for smartphones and households. […]