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BMW, Facebook And Airbus Takes On The Future

Every year, Munich based DLD Media holds a Digital Life and Design conference and as is the custom, each year comes with its motto. The 2019 conference was titled “Optimism and Courage.” The exciting slogan provides a perfect camouflage to the seriousness of the gathering which is to reveal to consumers the hidden things that tech’s biggest companies don’t want them to know.

What Is DLD?

Digital Life Design (DLD) is a worldwide conference network that is coordinated by DLD Media which is based in Munich. DLD was set up so that people could come together to exchange their visions for the future as well as their past experiences for the purpose of creating a network of science and culture, innovation and digital prospects.
The Digital Life Design conference was established in the year 2005 by Marcel Reichart and Stephanie Czerny to be an annual event. The idea behind its creation is to be a place where business owners, social and creative leaders, investors and opinion formers can come together for inspiration and crossover conversation. Since its inception, DLD has hosted events in Beijing, New York, London, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Hong Kong, Munich, New Delhi, and Tel Aviv.

More Industry Challenges to be Addressed

The second day of the conference will tackle issues of privacy, regulation, the rise of xenophobic nationalism and fake news as executives like BMW AG’s Harald Krueger and Facebook Inc’s Sheryl Sandberg take the stage.
The subject of autopilot is very well known in the world of technology and speaking on the subject, the Chief Technology Officer at Airbus, Grazia Vittadini said that the company is very hopeful that the progress being made in the area of artificial intelligence will bring about a breakthrough to the achievement of autonomous planes.
Speaking at an interview with the CTO of Accenture, Paul Daugherty, Vittadini said: “That’s what we’re looking into, artificial intelligence, to free up pilots from more mundane routines.” Presently, the company is working to achieve single-pilot operations, while full autonomy will follow later.

Is Autonomous Planes Really A Necessity?

The benefits of autonomous planes are quite much, and though airline executives are reluctant to shed more light on it, this technological milestone will help airlines cut costs and will also bring a solution to the problem of shortage of qualified pilots. These two issues will be taken care of by pilot-less planes. However, Vittadini stated that the biggest challenge plane makers like Airbus would face getting approval for the technology from regulators.

“Explainability of artificial intelligence is a real challenge for us when it comes to the certification of products,” she stated.

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