TWO student teams are representing Malaysia in an ongoing international Artificial Intelligence (AI) competition. And one of them is from Curtin University Malaysia. The third annual Asia Pacific High Performance Computing – Artificial Intelligence (APAC HPC-AI) Competition is running from May 20 to Oct 15 and is co-organised by the HPC-AI Advisory Council and the Singapore National Supercomputing Centre. This year's edition of the competition encourages international teams in the Asia Pacific to showcase their mastery of high-performance computing and AI expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition that builds critical skills, professional relationships, competitive spirit and lifelong camaraderie. Held remotely, the competition is seeing a record number of teams – 30 in total – comprising undergraduate and graduate competitors from some of the region's leading academic institutions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been implemented in many major industries since the term was first coined in the 1950s. Specific applications of AI include expert systems, natural language processing (NLP), speech recognition and machine vision. In Southeast Asia where e-commerce is a big and booming business, online retailers have embraced the adoption of AI applications such as chatbots to improve the customer experience for shoppers online. In recent times, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many industries around the world are finding ways to increase efficiency and lower operating cost, including automating their customer support and call centres – for every imaginable business operation. One of the ways AI could be of assistance in automating customer service is through the use of chatbots.
Malaysia 5.0 outlines a problem-solving approach to society's challenges and problems through the deployment and implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) The term "Society 5.0" describes the next stage of the evolution of societal communities, following the hunting society (Society 1.0), agricultural society (Society 2.0), industrial society (Society 3.0), and information society (Society 4.0). The key differentiation of Society 5.0 (the digital age) from Society 4.0 (the information age) is the convergence of the virtual world with the physical world. Covid-19 has accelerated the migration of society from physical infrastructures onto digital infrastructures, but Society 5.0 holds the promise to bring these back together through the use of IR4.0 technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), blockchain and digital assets (FinTech). A national IR4.0 policy is needed to create a new narrative for Malaysia as an innovation economy that can compete in a disruptive technology world, serve as a springboard into Asean, bridge Asia, the Middle East and Africa, as well as connect with the 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide.
AI ecosystem builder Skymind's collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Malaysia is the first step to build a global research community with a focus on how #AI can better position people to weather pandemics. Skymind Holdings Limited's Shawn Tan says Skymind is committed to the long haul in building Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region as an AI hub for the world, concluding that: "Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination." The following feature takes a behind-the-scenes look at how frontier technologies can try and balance data privacy concerns and the current state of AI in the health crisis.
Maxime Firth's business is complicated to manage, even in good times. His company, Onduline, turns recycled fibres into roofing material, after dousing them with bitumen to make them waterproof, and sells products in 100 countries. Its eight production plants span from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia and Penang in Malaysia, to Juiz de Fora in Brazil. Further complicating his supply chain, Mr Firth's business is strongly seasonal. People install roofs in the summer, so products are made from January to March, to sell from April to September.
Hexa Food's IoT team has deployed Huawei's ModelArts coupled with the intelligent device Atlas 500 to accurately identify the quality of the chilies it uses in spice blends. The AI can distinguish good chilies from bad, improving production efficiency and the quality of spices available to chefs and homes across Malaysia. Known as the "Kingdom of Spices", Malaysia is a multi-ethnic nation comprising Malays, Chinese, Indians, and the indigenous Orang Asli people. Its diverse culture is reflected in its cuisine, which draws from a multicultural heritage that sees hundreds of spices add flavor to the Malaysian diet. And of these, the colorful, aromatic, and spicy chili powder is a mainstay of many of the nation's signature dishes.
Established in 2013, 360DigiTMG is the training arm of Innodatatics Inc., USA, an IT services company that builds innovative solutions for core business problems. The institute is an accredited centre for Skim Bantuan Latihan (SBL) schemes by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) under the Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia. With headquarters in the United States and presence in India, Malaysia, East Asia, Australia, Middle East, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, 360DigiTMG adds a holistic, global market perspective to its curriculum.
Wild Sumatran rhinos were once a common sight in northern Borneo, gamboling through the rainforests, but that ended last month when the last of their number died in a cage. Their habitat was eroded and Malaysia's rhinos are officially extinct. The TECH4ALLL programme exists to see how tech and AI can save the homes of creatures like the Sumatran rhinos, and build opportunities for the humans who live alongside them. "We want to protect vulnerable groups and make ordinary people extraordinary," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman, at Huawei Connect 2019. Huawei created this programme to tie into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is working with partners to protect tropical rainforests, keep food sources sustainable and diagnose visual disorders in children early.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is calling for regulations on artificial intelligence, warning that the technology can bring both positive and negative consequences, AP reports. Why it matters: Lawmakers are largely scrambling to play catch-up on AI regulation as the technology continues to grow. Pichai did not provide specific proposals, but did urge while speaking at the Bruegel European economic think tank Monday that "international alignment" between the United States and the European Union will help ensure AI is used primarily for good.
KOTA KINABALU (Jan 30): Courts in Kota Kinabalu will be the first in the country to use data analysis by artificial intelligence (AI) application in deciding on sentences, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said. He said AI application would be used in a criminal case hearing on Feb 17. According to Liew, the use of the application was launched on Jan 17, after opening of the legal year in Sabah and Sarawak by Chief Judge Tan Sri David Wong Kah Wah in Kuching Sarawak. For a start, he said AI would be used for drug possession offences under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and rape offences under Section 376 of the Penal Code. "The technology will be able to analyse information to help judges and magistrates determine appropriate sentences on the accused. "With AI, there will be less disparity and inconsistency when sentences are meted out," he told reporters after a briefing on the use of AI application at the Kota Kinabalu Court today. The AI application would only serve as a guideline for judicial officials in making their decisions. Before sentencing he said, the judge or magistrate would inform the defence lawyers and prosecutors on the result of the AI analysis. "However, the discretion of the judges or magistrates in imposing an appropriate sentence will not be affected with the implementation of this technology,.