Hans-Christian Boos

Opening Speech AI & AI/DeepTech Panel at GrowthCon17

    Chris Boos has a mission: empowering human potential, freeing up time for creativity and innovative thinking through artificial intelligence (AI). To that end, Chris founded Arago in Germany in 1995, pushing existing boundaries in AI technology to build a general AI.
    Since then, Chris has led Arago to become a key partner and driver for the established economy, positioning Arago’s AI HIRO™ as a platform for companies to reinvent their business models in the digital age. But his ambitions go far beyond: a strong believer in integrating machine reasoning and machine learning, Chris is constantly challenging current thinking on AI.
    As a strategic corporate and political advisor, as well as angel investor, Chris’ multifaceted engagement for AI makes him a much respected public speaker and thought-leader on issues of global importance, such as the man-machine-relationship, the way societies deal with information and the future of labor.


    Interview with GrowthCon17, 3 May 17

    Where is the top hub for AI in Europe?
    Saarbrücken or Zurich/Lausanne

    Is the European ecosystem ready to power this deep tech revolution?
    No. In Europe there is good science and great teams, but there is very little in terms of an AI eco system. People still compete around data, functions, models instead of feeding into each other.

    Why is speed the blood of artificial intelligence?
    I don’t think it is. Speed is what is bringing on overinflated expectations especially in the press. What wee need is proper execution.

    Why we should not fear artificial intelligence?
    Because our society is currently self-destructing. Inequality in wealth will eventually lead to war (between north and south, between the rich and the ppor). People – as can clearly be seen in the protectionist movement in the US and rightwing movements in Europe – are certain this inequality will rise. AI forces is to rethink economy, it forces us to reevaluate human qualities and is the biggest opportunity in achieving a better society without prior dismantling we have.

    What is the most important technology change you have seen?
    In general? The switch from single-solution to multi-solution approaches ultimately enabling the internet, modern compute architectures and the use of long known AI algorithms.