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In the publishing industry, we face major challenges in terms of copyright, data protection and quality management. We are still looking for sustainable ways to use AI tools. Will AI make our work easier or will we end up in the optimisation trap?

"AI can certainly speed up a number of tasks, especially in areas such as publishing. However, where new content is created or decisions are made that affect people, AI should certainly not replace humans, i.e. control should remain with humans. Rather, AI is often ideally suited to supporting or preparing human activities, such as the creation of draft texts or framework texts, which are then reviewed, fleshed out and brought to life by humans. This can lead to a change in work processes and, in particular, optimization processes. AI makes different types of errors than humans, which can also affect copyright and data protection, for example. Humans will have to develop a new intuition for these errors, which can be more work, especially at the beginning. In the end, however, the benefits of sensibly deployed AI will certainly often pay off."

- Prof. Dr. Henning Wachsmuth, project leader C04, INF


Which influence will AI have on the creation of texts and graphics?

"AI technologies such as Midjourney and ChatGPT can now generate images and texts based on instructions that are almost indistinguishable from human works. In the case of images, it can be assumed that AI will be increasingly used, especially where they are primarily used for support. Among other things, this means that precisely fitting illustrations can be created and copyright issues can often be avoided. In the case of texts, for example, the creation of recurring document types, the summarization of content or its style adaptation are activities where AI can save a great deal of time. In both cases, however, human intervention is still necessary as soon as very specific (e.g. daily updated) content needs to be displayed or a certain quality guaranteed.

One danger that arises with AI in this context is its misuse for manipulation and misinformation, as the generated images and texts can hardly be distinguished from real ones. As a society, we are still ill-prepared for this; we need to relearn how to assess the trustworthiness of information."

- Prof. Dr. Henning Wachsmuth, project leader C04, INF


How will AI change our work as well as our society?

"AI can increasingly partially or fully automate activities that we previously assumed required human skills or intelligence. Activities that are essentially repetitive in nature can in many cases be carried out using AI, even if the specific content or information is new. Automation will enable us to take on many tasks that were previously often too time-consuming (e.g. giving individual feedback in education) and find solutions to problems that previously seemed too difficult (e.g. early detection and prevention of cancer). However, automation is expected to be accompanied by an intensification of work. Activities for which we used to plan a lot of time are now solved in the blink of an eye; as a result, our daily work will probably involve significantly more activities in the future, which can be exhausting.

AI also holds great opportunities as well as challenges for our society. AI can help us find solutions to climate change and previously incurable diseases and, in principle, it can involve everyone. However, its misuse in particular poses serious risks, such as individualized manipulation and misinformation in social media, mass surveillance and autonomous weapons systems. Politics, the economy and society must learn and practice a responsible approach to AI so that it ultimately benefits everyone. It is to be hoped that this can be achieved through the efforts of society as a whole."

- Prof. Dr. Henning Wachsmuth, project leader C04, INF


Why are we continuing to ruin ourselves even though artificial intelligence has the solution?

"The question is very rich in premises. The first part of the question concerns 'working yourself to the bone', which is of course very subjective. Objectively, the average working week for German employees has fallen by eight hours from 42.8 hours in 1965 to 34.7 hours in 2022. A key driver of the reduction in working hours is technological progress, which leads to higher productivity per hour. It is interesting to note that the subjectively perceived workload and perceived stress have remained almost constant over time. The reasons for this are certainly multifactorial; technostress could be one cause.

The second part of the question is whether artificial intelligence has the solution. This is also not so easy to say, because AI can of course take over certain tasks, but rarely complete jobs. At the same time, AI creates work for employees, because the technology has to be created and monitored, and inputs and outputs have to be monitored. It is therefore unlikely that human labor will become superfluous, but rather that job profiles will change. If AI is used well, it may be able to further reduce the necessary weekly working hours, but it remains subjective whether the work will then also 'less working yourself to the bone'."

- Prof. Dr. Kirsten Thommes, project leader A03, C02


AI is the beginning of the end of the social fabric.

In progress.


Do I need to be afraid that the world will be less human?

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Do we really know what AI is capable of?

In progress.


Do humans forget things because they no longer do them themselves?

In progress.