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11 latest use cases exhibited at "5G X LAB OSAKA"


What can you do with 5G? 11 latest use cases exhibited at "5G X LAB OSAKA" "Verification lab" that can be tested in a 5G environment

Scientists create mind-boggling 'black hole' optical illusion

Daily Mail - Science & tech

This 'expanding hole' illusion, which is new to science, has been created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychologist at Ritsumeikan University in Kobe, Japan.

Can AI Be Emotionally Intelligent?


Artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning has transformed speech and language recognition technology. A new study published in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing by researchers affiliated with the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and Osaka University demonstrates human-like, sentiment-sensing AI machine learning using physiological data. Emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ), refers to a person's ability to understand and manage emotions in order to build relationships, solve conflicts, manage stress, and other activities. Applied artificial intelligence machine learning practitioners are striving to integrate more human-like traits, such as EQ, in areas such as conversational AI chatbots, virtual assistants, and more for customer service, sales, and other functions. According to Allied Market Research, the worldwide conversational AI market size is projected to reach $32.6 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent during 2021-2030.

World Customs Organization


The event attracted more than 700 attendees and provided insights into how advanced technologies can help Customs administrations facilitate the flow of goods across borders. The publication titled, "The role of advanced technologies in cross-border trade: A customs perspective" provides the current state of play and sheds light on the opportunities and challenges Customs face when deploying these technologies. The publication outlines the key findings of WCO's 2021 Annual Consolidated Survey and its results on Customs' use of advanced technologies such as blockchain, the internet of things, data analytics and artificial intelligence to facilitate trade and enhance safety, security and fair revenue collection. The joint publication highlights the benefits that can result from the adoption of these advanced technologies, such as enhanced transparency of procedures, sharing of information amongst all relevant stakeholders in real time, better risk management, and improved data quality, leading to greater efficiency in Customs processes and procedures. In his remarks, WCO Deputy Secretary General Ricardo Treviño Chapa said, "Technologies will assist implementation of international trade facilitation rules and standards, such as the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. We are therefore delighted to be partnering with the WTO, to ensure that our work in assisting our Members' digital transformation journeys is complementary, that we bring all relevant partners to the same table, and that we avoid duplication."

Suntory Beer sets up AI-based anomaly detection system - FutureIoT


Suntory Beer is currently implementing an AI-based facility anomaly detection system at the new can filling line at its Natural Water Beer Plan in Kyoto Japan. Traditionally, at production lines at manufacturing sites where mass production is undertaken, field personnel mainly use sensor data from equipment to monitor usage thresholds. However, there is a need for experience and know-how in order to understand the fine changes in individual data, and passing these skills along is a challenge. The beverage maker's own in-house IT team at Suntory System Technology is currently working with NEC Corporation to implement the latter's NEC Advanced Analytics-Invariant Analysis system, which is set to go live in late May. The new AI-based anomaly detection system from NEC Corporation will autonomically discover the relationships between approximately 1,500 sensors at the new can filling line at Suntory's Natural Water Plant, which will start operating in April.

Nintendo Switch tops lifetime sales of Wii console

The Japan Times

Nintendo Co. Ltd sold 18.95 million Switch video game consoles in the nine months to the end of December, the Japanese company said on Thursday, taking total sales past 100 million and beating the lifetime sales of its Wii console. Although the figure undershot the 24.1 million Switch units sold in the same period a year earlier, the milestone highlights the continuing demand for the device which is in its fifth year on the market. The games maker based in Kyoto is seeking to extend the life of the aging system, launching an OLED model in October which had sold 3.99 million units by the end of the year. Nintendo cut its full-year Switch sales forecast to 23 million units from 24 million previously. The move follows a forecast downgrade by rival Sony Group on Thursday as makers grapple with component shortages.

New AI Could Discover Hidden Physical Laws


A new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that could discover hidden physical laws has been developed by researchers at Kobe University and Osaka University. The AI can extract hidden equations of motion from regular observational data, which is then used to create a model based on the laws of physics.

Kishida requests people take basic infection measures during holidays

The Japan Times

One month after Japan's first confirmed case of the omicron variant, concerns are continuing to grow fast with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida requesting people to stay vigilant and to take basic preventive measures during the holiday season. "The omicron variant has been widely spreading around the world. While our nation has placed rigorous border measures, we are also proceeding with bringing forward the booster shots, offering more free PCR testing, introducing oral drugs and securing robust medical care systems with an assumption that the worst-scenario could occur," Kishida said in a video message on Wednesday. As many people are expected to return home, travel and have parties during the year-end to New Year holiday season, the prime minister has asked people to thoroughly take basic measures to avoid infection -- washing their hands, wearing face masks and avoiding the 3Cs (closed spaces, crowds and close-contact situations). Since the first omicron case was confirmed in a quarantine check at an airport on Nov. 30, the number of new COVID-19 infections in Japan has been rising, although the overall number of cases remain relatively small compared with the fifth wave.

Can AI Character Generation Be Used For Ethical Purposes? Researchers Bet


One of the latest and much talked about tech advancements is creating hyper-realistic digital characters with the help of AI. However powerful, AI character generation has been mostly making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Synthetic media, or deepfake, was recently used to manipulate personal data and feed it into facial recognition systems, leading the Chinese government to lose as much as $76 million. And this is just one example of the widespread use of deepfake technology for dangerous activities. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab, along with collaborators at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Osaka University, have collaborated to change that narrative.

Characters for good, created by artificial intelligence


As it becomes easier to create hyper-realistic digital characters using artificial intelligence, much of the conversation around these tools has centered on misleading and potentially dangerous deepfake content. But the technology can also be used for positive purposes -- to revive Albert Einstein to teach a physics class, talk through a career change with your older self, or anonymize people while preserving facial communication. To encourage the technology's positive possibilities, MIT Media Lab researchers and their collaborators at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Osaka University have compiled an open-source, easy-to-use character generation pipeline that combines AI models for facial gestures, voice, and motion and can be used to create a variety of audio and video outputs. The pipeline also marks the resulting output with a traceable, as well as human-readable, watermark to distinguish it from authentic video content and to show how it was generated -- an addition to help prevent its malicious use. By making this pipeline easily available, the researchers hope to inspire teachers, students, and health-care workers to explore how such tools can help them in their respective fields. If more students, educators, health-care workers, and therapists have a chance to build and use these characters, the results could improve health and well-being and contribute to personalized education, the researchers write in Nature Machine Intelligence.