Industriepolitik im Zeitalter künstlicher Intelligenz: Zur Renaissance interventionistischer Staatlichkeit

Philipp Staab, Dominik Piétron


In recent years, many governments have developed national strategies and
investment programs to promote so-called artificial intelligence (AI). We
read these programs as blueprints of specific techno-futures with a common
goal: states reinvent themselves as initiators and managers of socio-technological
change and are therefore developing more interventionist models
in the context of industrial policy. In our text we analyse the specific modes
of intervention and their normative backgrounds outlined in the AI initiatives
of three countries – the United States, China and Germany. We observe
convergence in a regulation model centred around what in political economy
is called a Decentralized Development State which, however, is being developed
within the framework of specific national path dependencies. We
frame this as a functional connection between socio-technical visions of
the future and attempts at political legitimation.