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SA to establish Artificial Intelligence Institute

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Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the AI Institute is being established in partnership with institutions of higher learning, in particular the Johannesburg Business School of the University of Johannesburg and the Tshwane University of Technology, which are co-founder institutions together with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies. "It is essential that we invest significantly to provide our youth with access to modern training, skill sets and formal education. To achieve this, our Department of Basic Education has introduced robotics and coding as school subjects in primary and high schools. "At present, learners in over a 1,000 schools are designing and producing robots both for gaming and to complete tasks the learners find tedious for human completion. "Next year, learners in these and additional schools that will join this category will compete in a National Robotics Development Challenge," the Minister said on Thursday during the G20 Digital Economy Ministers Meeting in Bali, Indonesia.


Crowdsourcing helps mitigate disasters - ITU Hub

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When a disaster strikes Indonesia, residents may well log onto social media before taking shelter. Posts tagging the PetaBencana initiative with a reference to the disaster – be it due to a flood, earthquake, or volcanic eruption – will prompt a chatbot to appear with a link to the PetaBencana platform. Users can then share their location, photos of any visible damage, and details like flood depth. Indonesian government agencies then validate these crowdsourced situation reports, using the data to coordinate emergency response measures. Residents can also consult the resulting collaborative map in real time to make informed decisions about their safety and security.


The Week in Detail: AI, party presidents, and food banks

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Every weekday, The Detail makes sense of the big news stories. This week, we talked about the burgeoning concerns over artificial intelligence, talked to two former political party presidents about their hidden role, visited a food bank operating in the wealthy North Shore, looked at the fight to keep foot-and-mouth disease out of our farms, and finished the week with a new Supreme Court case trying to hold big corporations liable for contributing to climate change. Whakarongo mai to any episodes you might have missed. Artificial intelligence systems running rogue might seem like the stuff of science-fiction, but these systems are increasingly common in many high-tech elements of society, from self-driving cars to digital assistants, facial identification, Netflix recommendations, and much, much more. The capabilities of artificial intelligence are growing at pace; a pace that's outstripping regulatory frameworks.


12 futuristic cities being built around the world, from Saudi Arabia to China

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With world's population continuing to increase and climate change drastically affecting our environment, many metropolises are struggling to grow, develop and even support citizens within current and traditional urban designs. Governments, entrepreneurs and technology companies are employing some of the world's leading architects and designers to rethink the idea of cities, how people can interact and how to live within them. From reclaimed land, groundbreaking skyscrapers in the desert and cities rising in the metaverse, here are 12 incredible futuristic cities redefining the urban spaces we live in. The $500 billion Neom project in Saudi Arabia is set to be home to a record-setting 170-kilometre-long skyscraper called the Mirror Line. It will be the world's largest structure, comprising of two buildings up to 490 metres tall, running parallel to each other.



Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Demand in Indonesia

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Indonesia is a country with enormous economic potential, which has not gone unnoticed by the international community. Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, possesses a variety of qualities that position the country well for advanced economic development. Furthermore, the central government has recently shown significant support for reducing Indonesia's historic reliance on (raw) commodity exports while increasing the importance of the manufacturing industry in the economy. Looking ahead, Indonesia's information and communication technology (ICT) sector have a promising future, since the country is only getting started with IT solutions adoption, leaving plenty of space for expansion. Much of Indonesia's potential has yet to be realised, making the country one of the most promising ICT markets in the future years.


Qlue Smart City

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Established in 2016, Qlue has transformed from a tech startup to a comprehensive smart city provider company in Indonesia. Driven by the mission to accelerate positive changes worldwide, we have built a platform which consists of cutting-edge technology products leveraging workforce management, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT).


Crackling or desolate?: AI trained to hear coral's sounds of life

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June 6 (Reuters) - When a team of scientists listened to an audio clip recorded underwater off islands in central Indonesia, they heard what sounded like a campfire. Instead, it was a coral reef, teeming with life, according to a study scientists from British and Indonesian universities published last month, in which they used hundreds of such audio clips to train a computer programme to monitor the health of a coral reef by listening to it. A healthy reef has a complex "crackling, campfire-like" sound because of all the creatures living on and in it, while a degraded reef sounds more desolate, life sciences specialist and the team's lead researcher Ben Williams said. The artificial intelligence (AI) system parses data points such as the frequency and loudness of the sound from the audio clips, and can determine with at least 92% accuracy whether the reef is healthy or degraded, according to the team's study published in Ecological Indicators journal. The scientists hope this new AI system will help conservation groups around the world to track reef health more efficiently.


Examples of Information Retrieval Application on Image and Text

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Originally published on Towards AI the World's Leading AI and Technology News and Media Company. If you are building an AI-related product or service, we invite you to consider becoming an AI sponsor. At Towards AI, we help scale AI and technology startups. Let us help you unleash your technology to the masses. In this post, I want to write what I shared when I got invited as a guest lecturer at the University of Indonesia for the Advanced Information Retrieval course. I shared several Information Retrieval implementation ideas that can be used in the real world.


The Engineer - AI tool tracks plastic waste from space

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Developed by Minderoo Foundation, the'Global Plastic Watch' tool uses advanced satellite data technology and machine learning to create a near-real-time, high resolution map of plastic pollution. The tool aims to help authorities better manage plastic leakage into the marine environment, and is said to provide the largest ever open source dataset of plastic waste across dozens of countries. Global Plastic Watch uses remote sensing satellite imagery from the European Space Agency and a novel machine learning model created in collaboration with digital product agency Earthrise Media. The tool can determine the size and scale of land-based plastic waste sites, which fuel the growing issue of plastic pollution in the world's rivers and oceans. By using the data, governments, industry and communities can evaluate and monitor the risk of land-based plastic waste sites as well as prioritise investment in solutions, Minderoo Foundation said.