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Microsoft to launch AI & IoT Insider Lab in Shanghai - Khmer Times

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SHANGHAI (Xinhua) – US tech giant Microsoft yesterday signed a memorandum of strategic cooperation to locate its new artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Lab, the first of its kind in Asian-Pacific Region, in Shanghai. The memorandum was signed between the company and Shanghai's Pudong New Area. The lab is expected to open in April. It will be Microsoft's third and largest AI & IoT Insider Lab in the world, after the company set up the first two in Seattle and Munich. The lab is set to enhance deep integration of AI and IoT, and help digital transformation across industries including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and the public sector.


Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) Industry

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Germany Market Analysis Table 35: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Artificial Intelligence Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) 9.4.3 Italy Market Analysis Table 36: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Artificial Intelligence Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) 9.4.4


U.S. criminal probe into theft of trade secrets by Huawei reportedly in 'advanced' stages

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities are in the "advanced" stages of a criminal probe that could result in an indictment of Chinese technology giant Huawei, a report said Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, said the Justice Department is looking into allegations of theft involving trade secrets from Huawei's U.S. business partners, including a T-Mobile robotic device used to test smartphones. The Justice Department declined to comment on the report and Huawei did not respond to a request for comment. The move would further escalate tensions between the U.S. and China after the arrest last year in Canada of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the company's founder and remains under house arrest, awaiting proceedings. The Meng case has inflamed U.S.-China and Canada-China relations.


AI-Powered Wheelchair Controlled by Facial Expressions: Interview with CEO of HOOBOX Robotics

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Hoobox Robotics, a robotics company based in São Paulo, Brazil, has developed the "Wheelie 7", a wheelchair controlled using facial recognition technology. Incorporating AI developed by Intel, the technology allows users to control the movements of a motorized wheelchair using just their faces. The technology is envisaged as being particularly helpful for users who cannot use their hands to control a motorized device. The tech consists of a 3D camera that records a user's facial expressions (no body sensors are required) and an on-board computer that interprets the expressions and sends commands to control the movement of the wheelchair. The company claims that their facial recognition system is so sensitive that it can differentiate ten different levels of pain, detect drowsiness, agitation, and sedation, and can even detect when a person will sneeze before the event occurs.


AI Superpower: The Leaders and The Contenders... By-Utpal Chakraborty

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Russian president Vladimir Putin stated - "AI is the future and whoever becomes leader in AI will become the ruler of the world". Chinese president Xi Jinping declared that "China wants to be the world leader in AI by 2030". US White House administration voiced - "America has been the global leader in AI, and the Trump administration will ensure our great nation remains the global leader in AI". Similarly, National strategy for Artificial Intelligence, India published by NITI Aayog indicates its vision as "AI-for-All in India". These statements clearly indicates that the race for the supremacy in the field of Artificial Intelligence had already taken a great momentum and AI has managed to influence even main stream politics and the world leaders in a great way. On the other hand, many experts across the globe are already in a big hurry to proclaim which country is going to be the AI superpower and who is already ahead in the race.


Artificial intelligence may soon cause unprecedented disruption

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A prominent Chinese venture capitalist, Kai-Fu Lee, has been proselytizing for the advancement of artificial intelligence for some time. He is the chief executive of an influential investment firm called Sinovation Ventures based in Beijing that specializes in artificial intelligence, also known as AI, and as such he has an interest in promoting the idea that it will change our world. However, he may end up scaring us more than astonishing us. You see, Lee now claims that up to 40 percent of jobs will be "displaceable" because of AI within 15 to 25 years. This past weekend, Lee appeared on a well-known American news television show to discuss AI, whereupon he stunned the reporter with his claim.


Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations? -- GCN

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When you're lost, Siri can be your best friend. But if she can't retrieve the right address from your contacts, she can drive you crazy. And so it is with the legion of virtual personal assistants that are entering our lives. From Amazon's Alexa to Google's Home, people are busy talking to intelligent machines as never before. It's estimated that more than 60 percent of internet traffic is now generated by machine-to-machine, and person-to-machine, communication.


Up close with Mars: NASA's InSight lander reveals its seismometer is 'crouched' to hear sounds

Daily Mail

NASA's InSight lander is leaning in for a better listen of Mars' underground tremors. The robotic explorer placed its seismometer on the surface at the end of last month, and is now getting even closer'for a better connection with Mars.' This will help its instruments pick up fainter signals that may otherwise have been missed. NASA's InSight lander is leaning in for a better listen of Mars' underground tremors. The robotic explorer placed its seismometer on the surface at the end of last month, and is now getting even closer'for a better connection with Mars.' Before and after images show its instrument at its lowest position yet Days prior, InSight leveled out its seismometer and adjusted the internal sensors ahead of lowering everything down toward the ground.


Yandex's Self-Driving CES Demo Comes Without a Human Backup

WIRED

I buckle my seatbelt, and then double check it, after I climb into the back of a white, black, and orange Toyota Prius V wagon. I'm tense, but the two engineers, one in back with me, the other riding shotgun, seem reassuringly relaxed. We roll forward, turning right out of the parking lot at the Hard Rock Hotel, and head into the streets of Las Vegas--with nobody in the driver's seat. Soon, the car is merging into traffic at 40 mph, the steering wheel spinning and the turn signals flicking on and off on their own. I've witnessed plenty of self-driving demonstrations, some of them here in Vegas, but never one without a human holding their hands over the controls, poised to brake, or swerve, if the computer struggles.


Brazil's Banking Giant Bradesco Plans Artificial Intelligence Leap

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Bradesco expects artificial intelligence will drive a significant increase in sales via digital channels.Bradesco Brazil's second-largest private bank Bradesco will ramp up its efforts around artificial intelligence (AI) to boost sales, improve customer experience and reduce operating costs in 2019. The bank, which has a portfolio of over 71 million customers, has been working on a platform dubbed Bradesco Artificial Intelligence (BIA) over the last four years. BIA's capabilities translate into an improved customer experience across the bank's digital channels – especially the app, which today accounts for 60% of customer interactions with the bank. Currently, 90% of the bank's services are already available via the app, but sales made via mobile currently represents about 20-30% of the overall business volume. We want to increase sales in that channel," says Mauricio Minas, executive vice president at the bank, adding that the goal is to increase mobile sales to 50% this year. "A few years ago we invested in the idea that BIA would be the engine of a substantial increase in Bradesco's customer value perception.