For years, scientists have raised concerns about the ethical applications of artificial intelligence. Facebook said it chose Germany because of its position “at the forefront of the conversation.” Facebook announced on Sunday that it will help create an independent ethics research center for artificial intelligence (AI) with the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The technology giant said it will provide $7.5 million over five years as “an initial funding grant.”
There is this very basic problem with the rule of law in Germany. The law does not apply to everyone equally. Some people, groups and institutions are getting away with everything while others are harrassed with police investigations into the most trivial nonsense all the time. But it is the rule of law, maybe even more fundamentally so than freedom of speech, without which a free society cannot exist. If one group can harrass the other without consequences, resentment grows until it erupts into violence.