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The rise of the robot startups

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Starting a robotics company may seem like the coolest job in the world, but in reality requires a lot of grit and hard work, said a panel of experts. Imagine a surgeon's assistant who never feels sleepy, never suffers from tremors and never lets emotions get in the way of work. Fortunately for surgeons, this miraculous being indeed exists in the form of the da Vinci surgical robot, now widely used to perform minimally invasive surgery in Singapore's hospitals. Made by US company Intuitive, the robot is also a boon for patients, who recover much faster post-operation, said Dr Joseph Ng, chairman of the Gynaecologic Robot-Assisted Cancer & Endoscopic Surgery (GRACES) programme at Singapore's National University Hospital. For instance, while traditional surgery for endometrial cancer entails a six-day hospital stay and some 300 millilitres of blood loss in the hands of a good surgeon, a patient who undergoes robotic surgery can go home on the same day, and loses a tenth as much blood even if she is operated on by a trainee surgeon.


Understanding The Difference Between Deep Learning & Machine Learning - Analytics India Magazine - Design4India

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Machine Learning as the name signifies allows machines to learn with huge volumes of data that an algorithm can process to make predictions. Essentially, machine learning eliminates the need to continuously code or analyze data themselves to solve a solution or present a logic. In other words, this form of AI enables a computer's ability to learn and teach itself to evolve as it is fed new data. And since machine learning deploys an iterative approach to glean from data, this learning process is automated and the models are run until a robust pattern is found. ML software constitutes of two main elements -- statistical analysis and predictive analysis which is used to spot patterns and uncover hidden insights from previous computations without being programmed.


Drone footage and aerial maps of cities in Palestine

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To find out more, click here. With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests. How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity. Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US. Answer as many correct questions in 90 seconds to win the World Cup with your favourite team.


Databowl

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There are many reasons England did not reach the World Cup final this year. There are myriad factors which contributed to Croatia stopping football coming home. I could probably spend a while talking about Harry Kane's missed opportunity, Modric's masterclass or general fatigue setting in during Extra Time. Instead, working at a technology company, I spoke with our AI Department Skunkworx and they took the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. After using their machine-learning tools to analyse data from every world cup game ever, they presented me with multiple patterns.


This AI Startup Could Be The Next DeepMind

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Most people find it a pain to receive parcels between wide time slots like 8am and 5pm, so when delivery startup Paack offered a service where everyone could narrow that window down to one hour, with no extra charge, it had a challenge on its hands. The startup's routing engine worked but needed to be more efficient. Enter Prowler.io, a Cambridge, UK-based machine-learning startup that bills itself as a decision-making platform for any company with complex problems to solve. Paack's investor at Balderton in London introduced it to Prowler in February 2018 and within months, its delivery vans and trucks were being coordinated by an intelligent, digital simulation. With the beta test over, Paack's CEO Fernando Benito sees a potential benefit to his bottom line.


What is Cognitive Robotic Process Automation (CRPA)? by Venkateshwarlu Kakkireni

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Cognitive Robotic Process Automation is the next step in the evolution of robotic process automation trends. Many of the leading robotic process automation companies are already eyeing the big shift towards the cognitive automation. Cognitive robotic process automation is basically a combination of robotic process automation and Data Analytics, which together make it easy and effective to manage processes that are information-intensive, in an intelligent and efficient manner. By that definition, it is a marriage between artificial intelligence and cognitive computing methods. By incorporating artificial intelligence, cognitive automation broadens the scope and depth of actions that would typically be associated with RPA.


Investigation reveals elaborate technology terror web

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A terror network established in south Wales is now suspected to have been a much more elaborate and sophisticated operation. BBC Wales Investigates reveals the complex web which began with the arrival in Pontypridd of a "vulnerable looking" computer engineering student. In late December 2015 a uniformed Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren, made a video announcement about "Operation Inherent Resolve", the US military's campaign against so-called the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The spokesman gave details about 10 senior IS figures who had been targeted and killed, many in drone strikes, over the course of the month. "We are striking at the head of this snake by hunting down and killing ISIS leaders," declared the US army spokesman. Among those killed was Siful Sujan, a Bangladeshi national who was targeted near Raqqa in Syria on 10 December.


5 Most Lucrative Israeli Fintech Firms

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This article was written by Kwon Sok Oh, a Financial Analyst at I Know First. Israel currently has over 7000 thousand startups, living up to its reputation as the "startup nation." Israel is considered the most venture capital intense country, with the highest investment funds per capita in the world. Israel's unique combination of innovative and entrepreneurial mentality, technology-oriented ecosystem, government support, and international investment has driven the proliferation of the startup environment. Over 350 multinational companies, including technology giants, such as Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Samsung, and global financial institutions, such as JP Morgan, Citibank, and Barclays, have established R&D Centers in Israel to take advantage of the advent of novel startups and innovative technologies that solve existing problems.


China poised to climb artificial intelligence rankings

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BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China may be ranked seventh globally when it comes to the number of professionals working in the cutting-edge industry of artificial intelligence (AI), but the country is predicted to climb the rankings in the next decade. More than 50,000 AI technical professionals are working in China. India, Britain, Canada, Australia and France took second to sixth place in the rankings, according to the report based on LinkedIn user data. "The core technique of AI is closely related to computer science, in which the US has maintained an absolute advantage in the past 20 years," said LinkedIn China's vice-president Wang Di. Researcher Li Hui at the Shanghai Institute for Science of Science said that AI talent in the US is mainly concentrated in such primary technical fields as chips, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision and imaging, and far surpasses its Chinese counterparts in numbers.


Intelligence on the edge: What does the future hold? Forbes India Blog

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Let me start with a piece of trivia. As of today, research suggests there are already more connected "things" than human beings on earth. Not surprising, really, considering that each of us possesses multiple devices to simply stay connected. Think of these countless everyday physical objects being connected to the internet. Some studies predict that the number of connected devices will touch 50 billion by 2020.