“Chinese companies, not a Mission, but the market. Your goal is to earn money, and you’re ready to, any product, any business model to adopt in any industry, if you the brings closer to this goal.”

Kai-Fu Lee “AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order” (2018)

There are in the German political symbolism of two constants. The a is the car. The other is the beer.

If German politicians and officials talk about the future, about anything that is considered to be hard to explain, then you try metaphors of Transport. Until today, the absurd notion of the “information highway emerges in the political discourse in this country, for example, regularly” as a Synonym for the Internet. A word from the Era Kohl.

Sometimes, if you really want to be drastic, talk to German politicians of steam machines. Or from aircraft. But more on that later.

Altmaiers All-in-one calming formula

so When it comes to the future, think about German politicians of engines and transport, no matter what the real theme. And when it comes to alleviate the fear of this future, then pick up the beer. Once in the Mug, changes to the North-German folk such as Gerhard Schröder: “Get me a bottle of beer.”

at The Moment is the settling requirements are particularly high. All are a bit nervous. Digitisation, digitization, and actually, you don’t really know what that means, actually. But it goes so incredibly fast, and will somehow change everything. But what actually? And what’s the point?

For such questions was invented by the Minister of economic Affairs in the framework of the digital summit, held this week in Nuremberg, a fantastic All-in-one calming formula. He was looking forward to a future, joked Altmaier, in the him a German-made digital Butler get the beer out of the fridge. He also said things like that, “Germany needs to bring its HP on the road”, that it “would need a kind of Airbus in the KI” in Europe and also something to do with steam machines. Telekom boss Tim Höttges tried to call for a nationwide 5G network for Germany the comparison, that would be like “private jets for everyone.”

And now for the really important news of the week

Meanwhile, announced that Demis Hassabis, the founder and head of the Google subsidiary deep mind, on Twitter the recent success of his company: deep mind has the so-called CASP13 competition won, with a System called AlphaFold, of a learning machine.

In this competition, it is about the physical Form of the basic building blocks of life on the Basis of their DNA to predict. From a given sequence of amino acids to deduce which three-dimensional shape of a complex Protein, is hellishly difficult. To resolve a single such Puzzle, it may take years, it takes immense computing power.

medication, clean water, less plastic waste

The Stanford University called Folding@Home project has for many years. In the framework of private users or business capacity of your own computer, to form a kind of distributed Supercomputer for the protein conundrums. As a service to humanity to some extent.

errors in protein folding are regarded as responsible for diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Who knows what protein will arise structure from a given DNA sequence, can develop also a lot easier to design proteins for specific tasks: medication, plastic to decompose, purify water, whatever.

It is one of the most important tools of the biotechnological Revolution, the us in addition to the digital Transformation in the house. DNA is nothing more than data. This has nothing to do with either cars or planes anything. But a lot of it is not with the retro metaphors to describe the future, towards which we are moving. It is not the first such breakthrough in recent times.

first: 25. Second: 3.

AlphaFold hit 98 competitors. The System predicted 25 of 43 the given protein structures correctly – the second-placed Team managed 3. In addition, AlphaFold worked for this kind of task atemberauend quickly. It will take a bit to hit this breakthrough in concrete, applicable developments. But that will happen, seems to me to be identified.

I’d be willing to bet that you’ll learn from this progress on here for the first Time. And I think that’s a Symptom.

In Germany, talked about the digital Transformation, such as via the Internet, it is always spoken about: there are now just new solutions for old problems. The Incremental Changes. The BMW can in the future travel, but who wants that. The beer you don’t need to get there at some point. It’s all a bit like the steam machine, only faster. Or so.

Extremely unproductive

I think this way of thinking has its roots in the fact that it goes to well for us. Here are the only real problems that German decision – makers personally: transport, climate change and our own mortality. That’s why so much is being talked about self-driving cars. The fantasy is missing. Everything else, what would now have to solve are the First World problem , the keyword beer Butler. Therefore, the apparent lack of Vision stems from the in German politics: it Is all quite ok. Just not too much of a change.

Elsewhere in the world people are dying of hunger, of Malaria, typhoid, dysentery, or by natural disasters. Some eat to run to each meal the Same every day hours, to get water or spend your life as an illiterate. But that’s not our Worry. The German voters is not something to convey. A maximum of as “escape cause”.

The next two AI super-powers, which are described in the above-cited book by the former chief of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee,, are different. In China you work hard and ruthlessly to the lower levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In Silicon Valley, is a mixture of left-liberals and the ultra-libertarian world improvement visions.

Here in Europe we seem to have no right idea what we should do, even with the exponential change. Except for the desire for a cold beer.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.