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Microsoft collaborates with Schlumberger and Chevron - TECH dot Africa

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At the SIS Global Forum 2019, Chevron, Microsoft and Schlumberger, announced the industry's first three-party collaboration to accelerate the creation of innovative digital and petro-technical technologies. The three companies will work together to build Azure-native applications in the DELFI cognitive E&P environment initially for Chevron, which will enable companies to process, visualize, interpret and eventually obtain meaningful and vital insights from numerous data sources. The collaboration will be completed in three phases, starting with the deployment of the Petrotechnical Suite in the DELFI environment. This will be followed by the development of cloud-native applications on Azure and the co-innovation of a suite of cognitive computing native compatibilities across the E&P value chain tailored Chevron's objectives. "Combining the expertise of these three global enterprises creates vastly improved and digitally-enabled Petrotechnical workflows. Never before has our industry seen a collaboration of this kind, and of this scale. Working together will accelerate faster innovation with better results, marking the beginning of a new era in our industry that will enable us to elevate performance across our industry's value chain," said Olivier Le Peuch, Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger.


Cognitive Computing Technology Market Growth and Status Explored in a New Research Report: Google, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Expert System, SparkCognition, etc - Market Segment

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The latest research Cognitive Computing Technology market is comprehensively and Insightful information in the report. The market report contains different market predictions related to market size, revenue, production, CAGR, Consumption, gross margin, price, and other substantial factors. The report provides detailed profile assessments and multi-scenario revenue projections for the most promising industry participants. Each regional market studied in the report is carefully analyzed to explore key opportunities and business prospects they are expected to offer in the near future. This equips players with crucial information and data to improve their business tactics and ensure a strong foothold in the global Cognitive Computing Technology market.


Microsoft releases 18M building footprints in Africa to enable AI Assisted Mapping

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In the last ten years, 2 billion people were affected by disasters according to the World Disasters report 2018. In 2017, 201 million people needed humanitarian assistance and 18 million were displaced due to weather related disasters. Many of these disaster-prone areas are literally "missing" from the map, making it harder for first responders to prepare and deliver relief efforts. Since the inception of Tasking Manager, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) community has mapped at an incredible rate with 11 million square kilometers mapped in Africa alone. However, large parts of Africa with populations prone to disasters still remain unmapped -- 60% of the 30 million square kilometers.


ML, AI enthusiasts to showcase cyber solutions at HITB CyberWeek's AI Challenge - Help Net Security

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Held annually in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Hack In The Box conferences bring together the world's top cyber security experts to share and discuss their latest knowledge, ideas and techniques with security professionals and students. The next HITB event is HITB CyberWeek, which takes place October 12th – 17th at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. As usual, it will offer security trainings, talks, and live challenges. Among the live competitions to be held at the conference is the AI Challenge, which aimed at machine learning and AI enthusiasts. In the first one, participants are tasked with developing an automated penetration testing model based on the DeepExploit framework.


Tech helps drive better customer engagement

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While technology was involved in less than 50% of customer experience (CX) projects in the past, now it is involved in almost two-thirds of these types of initiatives. This is according to Don Scheibenreif, distinguished VP analyst within the customer experience research group at Gartner, commenting on the evolution of customer experience over the last 10 years. With technology, many organisations are realising it's not enough to have a good customer service department or marketing department, they are thinking about the whole experience a client goes through, stated Scheibenreif. He pointed to the fact that an airline can now offer customers 10 different ways to interact with it via technology, something that was not around five years ago. "Technology is providing companies more choices to interact with the customer. Software vendors are also responding to those needs by creating things like data warehouses for customer data. There are more intelligent case management systems that figure out the next customer actions, as well as interactive and predictive e-commerce platforms. "A lot of the technology has evolved to provide companies many more options to engage with customers and even potentially predict what they will do next." The distinguished VP analyst added Gartner believes companies like Starbucks, Domino's Pizza, Ritz-Carlton Hotel and BMW have found value in using technology. "These are organisations that actively study customer behaviour, they understand customer journeys and they are very strategic in their use of technology to create an overall experience," he said. This week, Gartner hosted its annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town, where CIOs and senior IT executives heard about the technology and trends shaping the future of IT and business, including how firms cannot grow their business if they don't give customers great experiences. For Gartner, Scheibenreif said, CX is the sum of either the one-off or cumulative interactions that a person would have with a company, whether it's through employees, physical location or the company Web site. When you put all of those interactions together, that is the customer experience. Mapping out the customer journey, the Gartner analyst said it started from customer service. "It was basically improving interactions on the phone, first-call resolution and being able to provide a personalised experience.


3 Rules: Insights Into How To Get Your Side Hustle Game Right While Still Employed - MMIMMC

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All the same, it's one thing employers love to hate. Whenever an employer hires a worker, the understanding is that they have offered a fair wage for what you have to offer. Therefore, any time spent outside work should be for recuperating (recreation and sleep) from the busy day. That has been the thinking: "Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest." It might have worked in the early 20th century, during the industrial revolution, but a rethink for the demands of the 21st century is long due.


3 Rules: Insights Into How To Get Your Side Hustle Game Right While Still Employed - MMIMMC

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All the same, it's one thing employers love to hate. Whenever an employer hires a worker, the understanding is that they have offered a fair wage for what you have to offer. Therefore, any time spent outside work should be for recuperating (recreation and sleep) from the busy day. That has been the thinking: "Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest." It might have worked in the early 20th century, during the industrial revolution, but a rethink for the demands of the 21st century is long due.


Unhidden Figures: Are Women A.I.'s Natural Born Leaders? (Paid Post by IBM from NYTimes.com)

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IBM has recently launched its inaugural IBM Women Leaders in A.I. in recognition of women advancing their company's journey to artificial intelligence across diverse industries around the globe--from California's County of Sonoma to South Africa's NedBank. There is an opportunity for women to not only contribute to Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) – one of the modern era's most important technologies – but help lead in its application across various industries around the globe. This position of influence is not solely to appease a diversity mandate or to stand guard against algorithmic biases. Women can stand up as one of the integral factors in bringing transparent, inclusive and trusted A.I. to business. Among those recognized on IBM's list of Women Leaders in A.I., we recognized a common success factor - shared a propensity for bringing stakeholders together for effective work.


Africa Wired: Artificial intelligence offers benefits for Africa

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When some people think of artificial intelligence (AI), they think of humanoid robots turning against their creators in an apocalyptic science fiction movie. In reality, AI is already playing an increasing role in many existing and evolving technologies, from driverless cars to translation software, virtual assistance devices and monitoring agriculture and biodiversity. Satellite images provided by AI can assist policymakers in finding solutions to problems of hunger, drought and climate change, to name only a few. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), says that promoting AI in Africa is a top priority for the organization. "Artificial intelligence can help us advance more rapidly towards the achievement of the SDGs by allowing better risk assessment, enabling more accurate forecasting and faster knowledge sharing, by offering innovative solutions in the fields of education, health, ecology, urbanism and the creative industries and by improving standards of living and our daily well-being," Ms. Azoulay explains.


Egypt sets its sights on artificial intelligence

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Interest in artificial intelligence is on the rise in Egypt as enterprises embrace emerging technology to expand into new markets, investors back AI startups and government initiatives support education and awareness of the technology. There is mounting evidence that private enterprise is embracing AI. Recently, for example, AI and anlytics vendor fonYou partnered with a mobile operator in Egypt to use its AI module to reach the unbanked, and Widebot just raised a six-figure (USD) Pre-Series A investment for its Arabic language chatbot. Meanwhile, the government is looking to develop AI capabilities in a number of ways, including launching its first AI faculty at Kafr El Sheikh University. Egypt is aiming to have 7.7 percent of its GDP derived through AI by 2030, a figure touted in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, The Potential Impact of AI in the Middle East.