Summit meeting on leading-edge technologies

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Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder hosted the state government's high

Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder hosted the state government's high-tech summit at TUM. Robotic assistant GARMI presented him with a statuette generated from photos using AI - and diplayed an AI-generated message from former Minister President Franz Josef Strauss. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Bavarian government hosts high-tech summit at TUM

Summit meeting on leading-edge technologies

The objectives of the Bavarian government’s Hightech Agenda Bayern program, among others, will be to provide support for new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). At the invitation of the Bavarian Minister President, representatives from the worlds of research, education and industry gathered today at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The state government intends to invest approximately 2 billion euros in the coming years in advanced technologies such as AI, infrastructure and support for start-ups and technology companies, and in infrastructure and the modernization of universities. TUM will play an important role in these efforts. For example, its Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) will serve as the foundation for creating a Bavarian "KI Mission Institute" that will bundle research and entrepreneurial activities. More than 1000 representatives of the various fields and players involved in the "high-tech agenda" got together today at the TUM Garching Campus for a high-tech summit. They came from top research institutions and universities, for example, as well as government agencies, start-ups and established companies.

On the agenda, along with demonstrations of AI applications, were discussion sessions on such topics as "High tech in urban and rural settings" and "Leading-edge research at Bavarian universities". The Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder said, "A successful future will be possible only with science. We are experiencing a new era of global competition. But instead of an arms race, it’s about technology and research." TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann stressed the importance of the humanities for engineering and applied sciences: "We cannot lose the backing of society. That’s why it is essential to integrate social sciences into our degree programs at an early stage. That will ensure that students learn how to abide by ethical and moral principles and what it means to be a truly European engineer."

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