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Can a machine outsmart a human? Artificial intelligence goes up against debate champion

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In a packed auditorium in San Francisco on Monday night a competition of man versus machine took place. In this case, man won. A grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championship took up the challenge of a live debate against an artificial intelligence machine in front of an audience of thousands. Harish Natarajan, 31, from London took on IBM's latest AI machine following the Watson Project. Project Debate, which resembles a tall speaker with a small screen, has been developed over the course of seven years by a team of dozens of people in multiple countries including Israel and India.


Artificial Intelligence to nearly double innovation in Asia-Pacific by 2021 HRM Asia

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) will nearly double the rate of innovation and employee productivity improvements in the Asia-Pacific by 2021 – at any rate, for those organisations that have actually adopted it. This according to a new study from Microsoft and IDC Asia-Pacific, which surveyed more than 3,000 business leaders workers across 15 regional markets. However, despite clear benefits in adopting the technology, only 41% of organisations in Asia Pacific today have embarked on their AI journeys. For these organisations, the top three business drivers were: better customer engagement (26%), higher competitiveness (19%), and higher margins (18%). Business leaders who are adopting AI face three top challenges: a lack of thought leadership and leadership commitment to invest in AI; a lack of tools and infrastructure to develop actionable insights; and a lack of skills, resources and continuous learning programs.


Japan to ease language requirements for foreign nursing care trainees amid sluggish growth in applications

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The central government plans to ease language requirements for foreign technical interns in the nursing care sector as part of its efforts to bring in more laborers from abroad, government sources have said. Japan opened up its nursing care sector to foreign nationals willing to work as trainees from November 2017. But the number of such trainees has seen sluggish growth apparently due to Japanese-language proficiency requirements, which have been set higher than those for interns in other sectors. Currently, care workers must have either reached the N4 level on the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test before entering the country or pass N3 a year after they arrive. Those who fail the N3 test have to return to their home country.


Google Developers brings its Machine Learning Bootcamp to Indonesia

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Last October, Google Developers brought their Machine Learning Bootcamp to Jakarta, Indonesia! ML Bootcamp is a one-stop solution to learn about Google's latest machine learning offerings from both Googlers and other industry experts. The 4-day intensive bootcamp consists of instructor-led trainings, hands-on codelabs, and saw 35 companies, as well as 12 startups represented from across Indonesia. If you're an aspiring ML developer, be sure to check out the following online courses: ML crash course with TensorFlow APIs http://bit.ly/2MLUDkU


SK Hynix Plans to Spend $107 Billion Building Four Memory Chip Plants

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South Korea's SK Hynix Inc on Thursday said it would spend $107 billion building four factories, as the memory chip maker seeks to maintain its competitiveness in the face of Chinese efforts to become a leading chipmaking nation. The chip fabrication plants will be built on a 4.5 million square meter site south of Seoul beginning 2022, complementing two existing domestic factories that will receive a separate 55 trillion won ($49 billion) investment over the next decade. The plans for the factories, producing DRAM and next-generation chips, come as chipmakers prepare for a surge in demand to power new technology such as fifth-generation (5G) communication networks and artificial intelligence, even as a slowdown in smartphone sales kills off a two-year chip boom. "Though there is not enough chip demand for autonomous cars now, I believe there will be much more demand for self-driving vehicles in the next 10 years or as early as in 2023 or 2024," said analyst Kim Young-gun at Mirae Asset Daewoo.


SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom to collaborate on blockchain ID

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SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will collaborate to create a new blockchain ID that will borderless, they said. SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will collaborate to create a blockchain ID with the aim to ease authentication processes, the companies have announced. The South Korean telco will sign an memorandum of understanding to that effect with its German counterpart's research arm, T-Labs, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC). The two will use blockchain technology to create a mobile digital ID that can be used for authentication, entry control, transactions, and contracts. The ultimately aim will be to make a "borderless" ID, much like a passport, that can used across different countries.


How AI Will Double Innovation Speed in APAC in Two Years

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Most business leaders and entrepreneurs today realise that artificial intelligence (AI) is essential for the growth and competitiveness of their organizations. In fact, the AI technology will allow the rate of innovation and employee productivity improvements in Asia Pacific to nearly double (1.9 times, to be precise) by 2021, according to business leaders in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. These were some of the findings of a study from Microsoft and IDC Asia/Pacific, "Future Ready Business: Assessing Asia's Growth Potential Through AI", which surveyed over 1,600 business leaders and over 1,580 workers across 15 markets, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Among the industries polled included agriculture, automotive, education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, services and telco/media. Eight in 10 business leaders from companies with more than 250 staff agreed that AI is instrumental for their organization's competitiveness, the study said.


How AI Will Double Innovation Speed in APAC in Two Years

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Most business leaders and entrepreneurs today realise that artificial intelligence (AI) is essential for the growth and competitiveness of their organizations. In fact, the AI technology will allow the rate of innovation and employee productivity improvements in Asia Pacific to nearly double (1.9 times, to be precise) by 2021, according to business leaders in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. These were some of the findings of a study from Microsoft and IDC Asia/Pacific, "Future Ready Business: Assessing Asia's Growth Potential Through AI", which surveyed over 1,600 business leaders and over 1,580 workers across 15 markets, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Among the industries polled included agriculture, automotive, education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, services and telco/media. Eight in 10 business leaders from companies with more than 250 staff agreed that AI is instrumental for their organization's competitiveness, the study said.


AI-Generated Art Just Got Its First Mainstream Gallery Show. See It Here--and Get Ready

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After years of quiet percolation, the art world is suddenly waking up to the creative and market potential of AI-generated art. Earlier this year, the Grand Palais museum in Paris staged a show examining the medium, and this month, Christie's announced it will be auctioning off a work made by an artificial intelligence in October. Now, one of the largest contemporary commercial galleries in India, Nature Morte, has become the first mainstream gallery to take the nascent art form seriously. "Gradient Descent," on view through September 15 at the New Delhi gallery, is a group show including works created entirely by computers in collaboration with seven international artists: Harshit Agrawal, Memo Akten, Jake Elwes, Mario Klingemann, Anna Ridler, Nao Tokui, and Tom White. Gallery director Aparajita Jain tells artnet News that it couldn't afford to ignore the field of AI-made art because of how she believes it is going to impact the art world. And while she was initially shocked to find out how far AI has already come in the creative field, Jain wants to dispel the idea that it will replace artists in the same way it is replacing human workers in other fields.


Customer Experience Management Survey Reveals Massive Growth in Companies Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Provide Customer Service

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WINTER PARK, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 20, 2019--COPC Inc., a global consulting firm that helps companies improve operations to transform the customer experience, and Execs In The Know, a global community of customer experience professionals, have announced the release of the 2018 Corporate Edition of the Customer Experience Management Benchmark (CXMB) Series. The report, The CX Journey: Understanding Corporate Strategies and Best Practices, provides customer experience management insights from the corporate perspective. A key finding is that since 2017, companies have dramatically increased their use of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions for customer service. "Our new corporate report shows that companies see tremendous potential in AI-powered solutions for customer care, both in applications that are customer-facing and in those that assist call center agents with their work. However, we also know from previous research that customers want a quick and easy way out of any AI-powered solution to reach a live person. Our findings overwhelmingly show that companies are keenly aware of this necessity in any customer-facing application. And while customers still want that personal interaction, we think that AI-powered solutions will find their appropriate place in the service journey," said Kyle Kennedy, president and chief operating officer, COPC Inc.