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2021's crystal ball: 6 AI predictions that will shape a new commercial model - MedCity News

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Alan Kalton, Vice President and General Manager of Aktana Europe, is a leader in data analytics and manages all new Contextual Intelligence implementations and developments across Europe. He comes to Aktana from Cape Town, South Africa where he led a data analytics venture called BroadReach and prior was the Analytics Leader of EY in South Africa. He also held prominent executive leadership positions in data analytics at IBM, Elsevier, Cognizant, Steris, Novartis, GSK, and ZS Associates. He graduated with a BS and MSc of industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. Kalton can be reached at alan.kalton@aktana.com.


This clever bot turns Reddit arguments into video game scenes

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There's plenty of drama on Reddit, but it's not often that drama gets to play out on the screen. On Sunday, 24-year-old software engineer Micah Price from Cape Town, South Africa, unveiled what can only be described as a niche-but-genius creation: a bot that takes everyday arguments on Reddit and has them play out in the style of scenes from Ace Attorney, Capcom's animated courtroom-based video game series. The end result is a gloriously dramatic affair that shines a whole new spotlight on Reddit's comment section. Price's video was shared on Reddit's r/Videos sub shortly after it went live on YouTube, and at the time of writing it's racked up over 21,000 upvotes. Price told Mashable he's always been a fan of Ace Attorney, which sees players taking on the role of defense attorneys who must carry out investigations to protect their clients (the game's episodes culminate in a courtroom trial where you have to cross-examine witnesses and present evidence to a judge).


The problems AI has today go back centuries – MIT Technology Review

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In March of 2015, protests broke out at the University of Cape Town in South Africa over the campus statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes, a mining magnate who had gifted the land on which the university was built, had committed genocide against Africans and laid the foundations for apartheid. Under the rallying banner of "Rhodes Must Fall," students demanded that the statue be removed. Their protests sparked a global movement to eradicate the colonial legacies that endure in education. The events also provoked Shakir Mohamed, a South African AI researcher at DeepMind, to reflect on what colonial legacies might exist in his research as well.


Amazon SageMaker is now available in the Africa (Cape Town) and Europe (Milan) AWS regions

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Amazon SageMaker is now available in the Africa (Cape Town) and Europe (Milan) AWS regions. Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that provides every developer and data scientist with the ability to build, train, and deploy machine learning (ML) models quickly. SageMaker removes the heavy lifting from each step of the machine learning process to make it easier to develop high quality models.


Benford's Law: Applying to Existing Data - Hi! I am Nagdev

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Benford's Law is one of the most underrated and widely used techniques that are commonly used in various applications. United States IRS neither confirms nor denies their use of Benford's law to detect any number of manipulations in income tax filing. Across the Atlantic, the EU is very open and proudly claims its use of Benford's law. Today, this is widely used in accounting to detect any fraud. Nigrini, a professor at the University of Cape Town, also used this law to identify financial discrepancies in Enron's financial statement.


The problems AI has today go back centuries

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In March of 2015, protests broke out at the University of Cape Town in South Africa over the campus statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes, a mining magnate who had gifted the land on which the university was built, had committed genocide against Africans and laid the foundations for apartheid. Under the rallying banner of "Rhodes Must Fall," students demanded that the statue be removed. Their protests sparked a global movement to eradicate the colonial legacies that endure in education. The events also provoked Shakir Mohamed, a South African AI researcher at DeepMind, to reflect on what colonial legacies might exist in his research as well.


Using Big Data Analytics for Transboundary Water Management

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Southern Africa has experienced drought-flood cycles for the past decade that strain the ability of any country to properly manage water resources. This dynamic is exacerbated by human drivers such as the heavy reliance of sectors such as mining and agriculture on groundwater and surface water, as well as subsistence agriculture in rural areas along rivers. These factors have progressively depleted natural freshwater systems and contributed to an accumulation of sediment in river systems. In a region where two or more countries share many of the groundwater and surface resources, water security cuts across the socioeconomic divide and is both a rural and urban issue. For example, the City of Cape Town had to heavily ration all water uses in 2017 and 2018, as its dams were drying up.


AI in Africa healthcare falls short of potential

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Two days after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, the South African data science competition platform Zindi set a challenge. Budding data scientists were asked to come up with a model to predict the spread of Covid-19 using open-source data. A fortnight later, more than 500 hopefuls had entered, vying for the $5,000 prize. Entries will be judged in June against the spread of the disease measured in global deaths. Celina Lee, who co-founded Zindi in Cape Town 18 months ago, describes the platform as a way of showcasing budding African data scientists and matching them with companies that have data but lack the expertise to exploit it.


Home - AI Expo Africa - Africa's Largest B2B Trade Focused AI Event

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Our business audience is buyer supplier focused and comprised of Enterprise decision makers / CxOs, allied to AI Cloud platform providers, Tier 1 / 2 deployment & service providers, AI start ups / innovators, investors, educators, government and AI ecosystem community builders. AI Expo Africa 2020 will have 4 main online speaking tracks, expo hall, poster wall & networking zone. You will learn about real Enterprise case studies and the application of AI and Data Science in Business TODAY, available technology and cloud platforms, deployment challenges, ethical considerations allied to the vibrant innovation and start up ecosystem driving the industry in Africa. "AI Expo Africa was nothing less then inspirational. "What an amazing few days spent with like minded individuals, organizations, startups, enthusiasts and those just plainly curious!" Izak De Beer, SAP "Talking to the smaller vendors, particularly the ones in the Innovation Cafe was the highlight for me" Gordon Inggs, City of Cape Town "I learnt so much at this year's AI Expo Africa and cannot wait to return next year" Khumoetsile Khumalo, Absa Bank "It was great the see a diverse field of innovators across business, academia and social enterprises take on our continents challenges" Francis Mumbi, Stanbic Bank My brain has been opened to a whole new exciting world for me" John Morison, Polyoak Packaging "Great event, had a fantastic panel discussion regarding youth and woman" Brigitte Binneman, Technology Innovation Agency, South Africa We are helping lay the foundations for an AI Powered Future for Africa, fostering B2B trade and investment around 6 key themes with a strong business development and growth narrative.


City of Cape Town, FinChatBot, Zindi & Learning Machines join AI Expo Africa 2020 - AI Expo Africa - Africa's Largest B2B Trade Focused AI Event

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CAPE TOWN 17th March – AI Expo Africa is the continent's largest B2B trade-focused artificial intelligence (AI) business event. The expo, which is now in its third year, will be held at Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town on 3rd and 4th September 2020. Zindi, Learning Machines – which provides a number of services across machine learning and data science – and FinChatBot, which develops AI-powered chat bots for the financial services industry, will showcase their solutions at AI Expo Africa's Innovation Cafe. Other companies that will exhibit at AI Expo Africa's Innovation Cafe include data science specialists Ashanti AI and visitor management solutions provider WizzPass. AI Expo Africa Event Co-founder Dr Nick Bradshaw stated, "It's great to welcome back supporters like City of Cape Town, FinChatBot and Zindi, the latter launched at our 2018 event and have gone onto be a massive success. It's also great to introduce brand new supporters and companies like Learning Machines, WizzPass and Ashanti AI. Our goal is to promote the newest and best AI, RPA and Data Science companies and startups via our various media platforms to maximise brand exposure and generate new business for the growing 4IR community of suppliers that is emerging in Africa."