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Ericsson's AI and Analytics hub hits software milestone in Egypt

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Swedish tech giant Ericsson has announced that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics Hub in Egypt shipped its first Cognitive Software to be used by Ericsson customers worldwide in the design and optimisation of their networks. Ericsson's research and development hub focuses on R&D in the fields of AI and Automation, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to create data-driven, intelligent and robust systems for automation, evolution and growth. "We are excited to reach this milestone and deliver a top-notch technological innovation through our local talent in Egypt. Our AI & Analytics Hub both leverages and collaborates with our customers in order to collectively drive industrialization of new opportunities while enabling access to world-class talent from which we can recruit," said Eva Andren, vice president and head of managed services at Ericsson Middle East and Africa. The hub showcases Ericsson's commitment towards the local Egyptian market and aims to develop local talent in advanced technology areas of Artificial Intelligence and software.


Egypt's AI digital assistant and human concierge startup Elves raises $2 million - Tech In Africa

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The Cairo-based startup Elves has raised $2 million in seed funding from Egyptian VC fund Sawari Ventures. According to Menabytes, part of the investment was received in February and the other in July. Sawari Ventures was the investor in both cases. If we are to factor in this recent investment, the startup will have thus far raised $5 million. In 2017, Elves raised a record sum of investment in what was MENA region's largest seed round.


Setting Digital Banking Transformation Priorities During a Pandemic

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Today, financial mobile applications and similar digital platforms need to provide much more than simple banking processes like payments and transactions, due to consumers' high expectations and an increasingly competitive e-banking industry. FIs already recognize that advanced technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), applied robotics, and biometrics are more and more relevant to deliver innovative products and services that cater to consumers' dynamic needs. These ever-changing needs require solid prioritization by FIs in terms of investment and shifting their budgets to the proper channels in hopes of overcoming the competition and delivering what their customers expect. A dramatic shift was shown in global priorities in the banking sector post-COVID-19, pertaining to 2020 and into 2021. The actual digital transformation stood out as a top priority for banks, with 75% of them acknowledging that these dire times are in critical need for them to fully switch their offerings to digital channels.


Artificial Intelligence helps counter COVID-19 misinformation in – IAM Network

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CAIRO: With most credible information on COVID-19 and its symptoms supplied in English, Arabic-speaking populations have faced a significant barrier, falling prey to hysterical and inaccurate social media posts that come from questionable sources. This urgent and potentially life-threatening problem was quickly identified by the team at DxWand, an Egyptian startup providing conversational artificial intelligence (AI) solutions -- and they sought a fast and effective fix for it. "In late February, we, as a team, were struggling to find credible information about COVID-19, and we found that one needs certain access to find credible information," said Ahmed Mahmoud, co-founder of DxWand. "That made us think about others who would find it challenging to make a distinction between credible and false information. Even on official websites it was sometimes hard to find an answer to a specific question. Or worse -- you would get your information from social media."


Artificial intelligence has a high IQ but no emotional intelligence, and that comes with a cost

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Several years ago, I packed up my life in Cairo, Egypt, and moved to the UK to pursue my PhD – thousands of miles away from everyone I knew and loved. As I settled into my new life, I found myself spending more hours with my laptop than with any other human being. I felt isolated and incredibly homesick. Chatting online with my family back home, I was often in tears, but they had no idea how I was feeling behind my screen (with the exception of a sad face emoticon that I would send). I realised then that our technology and devices – which we consider to be "smart", and helpful in many aspects of our lives – are emotion blind.


Mummified animals from ancient Egypt 'digitally unwrapped' to unlock mysteries

The Independent - Tech

Researchers have "digitally unwrapped" mummified animals from ancient Egypt, revealing previously undiscovered details about ritualistic mummification. Analysis of the 2,000-year-old animals – which include a bird, a kitten and a snake – was done using a technique that achieves a resolution 100-times higher than a medical CT scan. "Using micro CT we can effectively carry out a post-mortem on these animals, more than 2,000 years after they died in ancient Egypt," said Professor Richard Johnston from Swansea University, who led the research. "We were able to piece together new evidence of how they lived and died, revealing the conditions they were kept in, and possible causes of death. "These are the very latest scientific imaging techniques.


Ancient Egypt: Mummified animals 'digitally unwrapped' in 3D scans

BBC News

Three mummified animals from ancient Egypt have been digitally unwrapped and dissected by researchers using high-resolution 3D scans. The snake, bird and cat, from the Egypt Centre's collection at Swansea University, are at least 2,000 years old. Ancient texts suggest they were offerings to the souls of the departed, but little was known of their fate. Researchers said the details revealed by the scans were "extraordinary". Using micro CT scanners, which generate 3D images with 100 times the resolution of medical CT scans, the animals' remains were analysed in previously unseen detail, giving an insight into how they were killed and the ritual behind it.


A Journey To Emotional (and Artificial) Intelligence – IAM Network

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For many entrepreneurs, starting their startup is the most significant thing they do. For Rana el Kaliouby, it's one achievement in a series of unpredictable things that this self-described "nice Egyptian girl" has accomplished in her life. In her remarkable book Girl Decoded, el Kaliouby shares her inspiring academic and professional journey. Alongside this, it is an intimate meditation about what it took from her personally to accomplish all that she has. Born in Egypt to conservative Egyptian parents, the family spent several years in Kuwait and eventually fled back to Cairo when Iraq invaded Kuwait.


Global Big Data Conference

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For many entrepreneurs, starting their startup is the most significant thing they do. For Rana el Kaliouby, it's one achievement in a series of unpredictable things that this self-described "nice Egyptian girl" has accomplished in her life. In her remarkable book Girl Decoded, el Kaliouby shares her inspiring academic and professional journey. Alongside this, it is an intimate meditation about what it took from her personally to accomplish all that she has. Born in Egypt to conservative Egyptian parents, the family spent several years in Kuwait and eventually fled back to Cairo when Iraq invaded Kuwait.


A Journey To Emotional (and Artificial) Intelligence

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For many entrepreneurs, starting their startup is the most significant thing they do. For Rana el Kaliouby, it's one achievement in a series of unpredictable things that this self-described "nice Egyptian girl" has accomplished in her life. In her remarkable book Girl Decoded, el Kaliouby shares her inspiring academic and professional journey. Alongside this, it is an intimate meditation about what it took from her personally to accomplish all that she has. Born in Egypt to conservative Egyptian parents, the family spent several years in Kuwait and eventually fled back to Cairo when Iraq invaded Kuwait.