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This AI-enabled robotic boat cleans up harbors and rivers to keep plastic trash out of the ocean

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Now a Hong Kong-based startup has come up with a solution to help stem these devastating flows of waste. Open Ocean Engineering has developed Clearbot Neo – a sleek AI-enabled robotic boat that autonomously collects tons of floating garbage that otherwise would wash into the Pacific from the territory's busy harbor. After a long developmental phase, its creators are planning to scale up and have fleets of Clearbot Neos cleaning up and protecting waters around the globe. The United Nations estimates that as much as 95% of plastic pollution in the world's seas gets there via 10 major rivers, eight of which are in Asia. And there are fears that the volume of plastic trash flowing into marine environments could nearly triple by 2040, adding 23 to 37 million metric tons into the oceans per year.


Your Next Surgeon Could Be a Slime Robot

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When you think of robotic surgery, you might think of remotely controlled robotic arms whirring over a patient, or tiny endoscopic cameras that help surgeons navigate with precise instruments. You probably don't think of a magnetically controlled slime robot slithering through your gastrointestinal tract and swallowing objects, like some kind of sci-fi ooze. But that's the exact idea behind the Reconfigurable Magnetic Slime Robot -- a stretchy, sluglike robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, wrap around objects and even "self heal" after it's been cut in two. Researcher Li Zhang says the Reconfigurable Magnetic Slime Robot is soft and stretchy enough to go inside the human body and swallow foreign objects. Created by a team of researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Slime Robot is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it can behave both as a solid and a liquid.


Chinese Drone Giant DJI Suspends Business in Russia, Ukraine

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

HONG KONG--China's SZ DJI Technology Co., the world's largest maker of consumer drones, said it is suspending business activities in Ukraine and Russia pending a compliance review. The disclosure by the Shenzhen-based company follows complaints from Ukrainian officials of technical glitches in its products that they said appeared to aid Russia's military activities in the country. DJI has said that it never tampered with its products and that it was trying to fix the malfunction problems.


Chinese drone giant DJI suspends business in Russia, Ukraine

Al Jazeera

DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer, has announced it is temporarily halting operations in Russia and Ukraine, in a rare example of a Chinese firm suspending business in response to the war in Ukraine. The Shenzhen-headquartered company said on Wednesday it would suspend its business in the two countries while "internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions". DJI, which was founded in Hong Kong in 2006, added it was "engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension," according to a company statement. Adam Lisberg, DJI's director of corporate communications for North America, told Al Jazeera the company had taken the action "not to make a statement about any country, but to make a statement about our principles". "DJI abhors any use of our drones to cause harm, and we are temporarily suspending sales in these countries in order to help ensure no one uses our drones in combat," Lisberg said.


BioBAY Suzhou - China's Biotechnology Megahub

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As the CEO of one of the top global AI-powered biotechnology companies, I regularly get to see some of the world's most innovative techno parks and biotechnology hubs that are popping up all over the world. Over the past couple of years, I traveled to several such centers in the US, Canada, China, Singapore, and the Middle East. We even established one of our R&D centers at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. All of these centers have their advantages and disadvantages that often go in line with the government policies and I will try to cover some of these centers in my future posts and make a comparison. So far, some of the most impressive biotechnology hubs are in China and in Singapore.


SenseTime delivers 'AI for a better tomorrow' keynote at WAICF

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Hong Kong-based AI giant SenseTime delivered a keynote titled "AI for a better tomorrow" at this year's World AI Cannes Festival (WAICF). George Huang, President of the International Business Group at SenseTime, led the keynote and showcased how the company is applying its AI technology in the areas of mixed reality, mobility, city management, and healthcare. "There has been massive market demand for AI computing services, as the digitalisation of cities and enterprises expand, along with the accelerated development of the metaverse and autonomous driving," said Huang. "We are committed to developing AI technology that advances economies, society, and humanity to address global challenges." SenseTime is the world's most-funded AI company and its facial recognition system is used for China's mass surveillance network.


Digital Twin: How can it Contribute to Eliminate Decision Paralysis?

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While the concept of the digital twin is not new or something people haven't heard before, the advancement in the involved factors, specifically technology, has led to people renewing their focus on it for a plethora of reasons. Metaverses are swiftly becoming the next playground for hearts and minds, with the big tech brands connecting vast datasets to create experiential worlds for consumers. It won't take long for the metaverse to become a reality for governments and enterprises as well, with digital twins and 5G converging to connect the dots for digital realms. With ransomware assaults on the ascent in the Asia Pacific and cyber attackers progressively utilizing new innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), nation-states (including Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan) recently came together at a US Summit and promised to team up on the developing issue. This will incorporate better approaches to mitigate the risk to physical infrastructure.


This shapeshifting slime is designed to enter the human body

Mashable

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have created a slimy soft robot designed to enter the human body. The bot is made up of a slime containing magnetic particles which can be manipulated using external magnets. Scientists hope to one day deploy the slimy creation into a human digestive system to help retrieve objects that have been accidentally swallowed.


Researchers in Hong Kong create 'soft robot' made of magnetic slime

BBC News

Researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong have created a "soft robot" made of slime containing magnetic particles, which can be manipulated using external magnets. The magnetic particles are toxic, but have theoretically been made safe to enter the human body after being covered in a layer of silicone compound - although further safety testing will be needed in the future. The team in Hong Kong hope the slime will one day be used to collect objects which have been accidentally swallowed. You can read more about the team's research here. This video has no sound.


Can You Code Empathy? with Pascale Fung

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ANJA KASPERSEN: Today I am very pleased to be joined by Pascale Fung. Pascale is a;rofessor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is known globally for her pioneering work on conversational artificial intelligence (AI), computational linguistics, and was one of the earliest proponents of statistical and machine-learning approaches for natural language processing (NLP). She is now leading groundbreaking research on how to build intelligent systems that can understand and empathize with humans. I have really been looking forward to this conversation with you. Your professional accolades are many, most of which we will touch on during our conversation. However, for our listeners to get to know you a bit better, I would like us to go back to your upbringing during what I understand to be a very tenuous political period in China. I was born, spent my childhood, ...