November 2017 - Artificial Intelligence | IoT | Autonomous Driving

The Intelligence in the Network

Artificial Intelligence is becoming science fact with remarkable speed. But what is the nature of this intelligence, and what are the risks? Internet pioneer and eco Board Member Klaus Landefeld explains how far AI has come.

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Watch the 8-minute video above or on YouTube, read the transcript, or skip to individual questions:

  1. The applications that have been coming on to the market recently offer some very promising solutions from the fields of machine learning and natural language processing. Take the voice-activated home assistants that are appearing in households everywhere. But how intelligent are they really?

  2. In what areas is there a need for caution?

  3. But even taking weaponized machines out of the equation, what role does ethics play in developing AI?


Klaus Landefeld is Vice-Chair of the Board and Director of Infrastructure & Networks at eco – Association of the Internet Industry.

Since 2013, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of nGENn GmbH, a consultancy for broadband Internet access providers in the field of FTTx, xDSL and BWA. He also serves as network safety and security officer as well as data protection officer for several German ISPs.

Before establishing nGENn, Mr. Landefeld held a number of other management positions, including CEO at Mega Access and CTO at Tiscali and World Online. He was also the CEO and founder of Nacamar, one of the first privately-held Internet providers in Germany.

Mr. Landefeld is a member of a number of high-profile committees, including the Supervisory Board of DE-CIX Group AG, and the ATRT committee of the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency).