About a year ago, on June 21, 2018, our founder Oliver Bludau warned in the MoreFire Kneipentalk “Does the German middle class oversleep digitalization?” that Germany is about to lose its leading position due to the self-assertion of entrepreneurs and managers as well as an overly positive self-assessment of the economy. In his lectures he does not tire of stressing that it is high noon if we do not slowly wake up and become active. Oliver Bludau now receives support from Ansgar Hinz, Chairman of the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) at Hannover Messe 2019.
Experts warn that Germany is lagging dramatically behind in artificial intelligence. Countries like China are clearly more innovative. For some, the gap between Germany as an industrial location and the world’s top appears to be already unassailable. “We are obviously too well off to realize that the swan song to Germany as an industrial location has already begun,” the association’s representative complains. “Particularly when we talk about crucial future technologies, methods and cross-sectional competencies, we are only mediocre in a world comparison.” Hinz is sure: “The Made in Germany brand is fading.”
About the article: “The swan song to Germany as an industrial location has begun”
Can Germany still be saved?
The picture Hinz paints is pretty gloomy. As reasons he mentions:
- Germany invests too little in the future
- skills shortage
- Inadequate infrastructure
Above all, however, we share one aspect that he calls – our attitude:
Germany is too concerned. Other countries are running away from us as we conduct moral discussions and steal time from the entire economy with a moronic DSGVO or discussion about upload filters.
Water on our mills
We wish for more voices that address the dilemma in Germany as concretely as Ansgar Hinz. At the moment, the Innovators Institute is still struggling too much on its own, and yet we will not let up in encouraging companies to let us train their own innovation teams.
We are certain that it is precisely these open-minded, willing to learn and self-critical companies that will be able to keep Germany internationally competitive.