Alfatec Group at the Croatian Chamber of Economy Conference "Croatian Defense Industry Day"

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Published: 7 November 2023

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Marko Kornfeld, the director of Alfatec Group, joined a significant panel discussion titled "20 Years of the Defense Industry Community - Successes, Challenges, and Future Directions." 

He represented our IT & Homeland Security division and talked about our solutions and products in the field of homeland security, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence.

The Croatian Chamber of Economy in Zagreb organized a unique event dedicated to the defense industry, "Croatian Defense Industry Day." The conference aimed to strengthen perspectives, promote collaboration among stakeholders in the defense industry sector, and highlight Croatia's importance in the European and global defense community. As part of the conference, the digital catalog of the Croatian Chamber of Economy's Defense Industry Community was introduced, with Alfatec Group as a member of the community prominently featured at the beginning of the catalog.

Marko Kornfeld, Alfatec2

*Marko Kornfeld, Managing Director at Alfatec Group

In addition to engaging in B2B discussions with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), where he presented Alfatec Group and its products and services, Marko Kornfeld also participated in the panel "20 Years of the Defense Industry Community - Successes, Challenges, and Future Directions." In this panel, he talked about several topics:

  • Our HYBRID project is co-financed by the European Defense Fund,
  • The development of an application that assesses the psychological health of soldiers, along with an explanation of its functions,
  • The potential issues related to using artificial intelligence in combat missions or military purposes.   
HGK panelisti, sitting on pannel

*Alojzije Šestan, Director of ŠESTAN-BUSCH; Krešimir Sentigar, Sales Director of HS PRODUKT; Ivana Kovač Director of KAP-KO; Marko Kornfeld, Managing Director at ALFATEC Group; Tomislav Radoš, Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of the Economy (HGK); Ivica Grebenar, Director of the Administration for Material Resources at the Ministry of Defense (MORH)

Kornfeld got into the last topic in more detail, based on an event that occurred in May of this year. In a virtual test of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by artificial intelligence, the aircraft decided to "neutralize" its operator to prevent interference with its mission. This raises questions about the challenges of using artificial intelligence for military purposes. Kornfeld responded to this and summarized the prerequisites for its use:

  • Establishing clear regulations and ethical guidelines, with the concern of whether the "opposing side" would adhere to them
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability in AI systems
  • Addressing biases and discrimination in AI systems
  • Preserving the human role in making key decisions
  • Responsible use of data and protection of privacy
HGK katalog

He emphasized that what is commonly referred to as "artificial intelligence" is more accurately described as "machine learning," which involves algorithms that learn from data. Kornfeld believes that using the term "artificial intelligence" can be problematic because it creates systems that predict things, relying on algorithms that are not perfect and are based on data. A large amount of data is used to train the algorithm to make predictions as accurately as possible, which depends on the quality of the data, and the ultimate goal is to make these predictions as precise as possible. He also emphasized that behind all these processes, there is a human being, and he believes that artificial intelligence should serve humans who will make the final decisions.

This topic concluded Alfatec's participation, and if you are interested in how our Homeland Security division operates, you can contact Azur Šaćiragić with your inquiries.

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