Hans-Christian "Chris" Boos is founder and Managing Director of the high-tech supplier Arago AG. Arago specializes in intelligent automation (information management, sourcing, data center automation, security).
For Boos intelligence means: with the people and not against them. Machines should do things on their own, so that humans do not have to. The focus is on the visionary and probably the most successful German artificial intelligence inventor problem solving.
His company has been self-financing for 18 years. In 2016, a million-euro investment by the well-known New York-based investment company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts was recorded. The international expansion is aimed at.
Boos is known in the IT industry as an investor and consultant, he is a board member in various companies. The computer scientist studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and at the TU Darmstadt. He was awarded the John F. Kennedy National Leadership Award.
Boos wants to save time for thinking with his company. "People are grossly abused because we always let them handle the same processes." He sees the problem of being often still operating in the old world of industry, with a new race, old patterns of thinking geared to optimisation as in industrialisation, not for change, do not help: technology should not only preserve the status quo, it also means that the lack of opportunity is inevitable, that it has to be automated, that routines have to be transferred to machines.
The time is over, that knowledge is power, today knowledge is ultimately Google. It's not about the difference anymore, it's about the application. High-tech companies develop in the river without an on / off switch, one tries out, rejects or carries on. New companies are different from the established ones.
This is also a question of personnel, so an argument for automation: The speed with which new technicians are produced is not sufficient, the need for "Tekkies" is growing exponentially, so that machines that are tasked with routine tasks are not job killers, but rather open up the opportunity to use valuable staff more effectively.
Boos - who himself worked for two years as a capital market analyst for Dresdner Bank - sees no competition between humans and machines, but rather collaboration, a circle - man learns, teaches the machine, learns more - with plenty of room for new creativity.
He can not do much with related fantasies and philosophical discussions. "As bad as humans are machines are unlikely." Hype and fears are based on incomprehension over what artificial intelligence is all about, and he explains the global difference: in Europe, robots are enemies, servants in America and friends in Japan.