"It is a farce that more and more billions are being announced for AI, while all ministries have only spent a few million so far," said the Green technology politician Anna Christmann the "Handelsblatt" (Thursday edition). Of the around 65 million euros that the Ministry of Economic Affairs earmarked for AI funding in 2019 and 2020, just 22 million have so far flowed out.
This is shown by the ministry's response to a request from the Greens, which the "Handelsblatt" reported on. According to this, the federal government is now also funding 53 full-time AI trainer positions nationwide, which are supposed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use the new technology. According to the ministry, these trainers had around 2019 contacts with SMEs from June 2020 to May 3.400. "The goal of at least 1.000 company contacts per year from the AI strategy has thus been exceeded by far," the ministry said in a letter. The Greens spokesman for the digital economy, Dieter Janecek, holds against it: It was "completely ambitious to celebrate for 50 AI trainers who face over three million SMEs," he told the "Handelsblatt".
The goal of 20 AI trainers per year is far too meager and “looked more like a typo from the start”.