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How artificial intelligence is helping the fight against coronavirus

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Artificial intelligence is improving the ability of healthcare providers to effectively respond to the coronavirus pandemic – allowing for faster diagnoses and speedy dissemination of trusted information as well as detecting fraudulent insurance claims and accurately evaluating patient data in real time. SoftBank-backed AI company Automation Anywhere is offering free healthcare bots to help the industry manage increased workloads due to the outbreak. "Bots are software that will be configured within the company's system in 24 to 48 hours. They can keep a track of infected people, analyse data, find new trends and perform clerical tasks," Milan Sheth, the company's executive vice president for India, the Middle East and Africa, told The National. Collaborating with one of its technology partners in Macau, Automation Anywhere has developed a global positioning system-enabled dashboard that shows local statistics, sites of infection, hospital wait times, local availability of masks and other useful information which is updated every few minutes.


Global Big Data Conference

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On March 31st the Her Future Summit powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem will take place virtually with 1000 digital delegates. This will be the largest virtual summit for women to date featuring digital stakeholders from over 60 countries. The Her Future Summit aims to identify, train, and empower the next generation of female pioneers. The summit also serves to teach fundamentals of future technology and the leading social impact applications of Artificial Intelligence, among other technologies. Her Future Summit was scheduled to take place in 7 global cities - DC, Silicon Valley, New York, Accra, Port-au-Prince, London, and Dubai - throughout the month of March.


Exploratory Data Analysis for Natural Language Processing

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This article was originally posted by Shahul ES on the Neptune blog. Exploratory data analysis is one of the most important parts of any machine learning workflow and Natural Language Processing is no different. But which tools you should choose to explore and visualize text data efficiently? In this article, we will discuss and implement nearly all the major techniques that you can use to understand your text data and give you a complete(ish) tour into Python tools that get the job done. In this article, we will use a million news headlines dataset from Kaggle. Now, we can take a look at the data. The dataset contains only two columns, the published date, and the news heading.


New university in Abu Dhabi focuses on artificial intelligence

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Millions more jobs will be created than lost with the advance of artificial intelligence, the British head of a new university dedicated to the subject has said. Sir Michael Brady, 75, president of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi, predicted that innovations in machine learning would rival the invention of the car in transforming productivity. The university, which opens in August with 75 masters and PhD students, will focus on key applications of AI, such as computer vision, which helps to detect cancers, machine learning and natural language processing, which is vital for speech recognition and translation.


Researchers in Israel create survey with AI to analyse the spread of COVID-19

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Researchers in Israel have developed a questionnaire with AI that will help them detect which parts of the country coronavirus is going to spread in. The survey collects the user's demographic data, information on symptoms, existing health issues and isolation status. It then displays the information on a map indicating the pattern in which the virus is spreading.


AI CT Scan Analysis for COVID-19 Detection and Patient Monitoring

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A research team has proposed non-contrast thoracic chest CT scans as an effective tool for detecting, quantifying, and tracking COVID-19. As of March 16, the COVID-19 pandemic had a confirmed infection total of more than 170,000 people around the globe. The speed of transmission of COVID-19 has surprised the world and had a massive impact on people's daily lives and the global economy. To accelerate COVID-19 detection and support efforts to combat the epidemic, researchers from RADLogics, Tel-Aviv University, New York Mount Sinai Hospital and University of Maryland School of Medicine developed an AI-based approach designed to help identify infected patients and quantify disease burden by analyzing thoracic CT (Computer Tomography, aka CAT) exams. Data sources for new epidemic diseases such as COVID-19 remain limited, as does expertise.


RTA begins trial run of autonomous vehicle at Expo 2020 Dubai site

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started the trial run of an autonomous vehicle within the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 Dubai site. The vehicle will be used to commute individuals on a dedicated path from the main entrance to staff offices. It can accommodate 15 riders, including 10 seated and five standing, and travels at a speed of 25kmph. It is designed to travel in closed and internal public roads within the entertainment and residential communities. The autonomous vehicle, which uses green technologies, is powered by electricity and can operate up to 16 hours.


Mathematicians who revealed the power of random walks win Abel prize

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Mathematicians Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis have jointly won the 2020 Abel prize for their pioneering use of methods from probability and dynamics in other mathematical fields such as group theory, number theory and combinatorics. Furstenberg, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and Margulis, at Yale University, have never formally collaborated, but both invented similar "random walk" techniques to study various mathematical objects. They share a 7.5 million Norwegian kroner (£595,000) prize. "I received this notice with total disbelief," said …


Israeli start-up Ibex helps detect cancer using AI

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Tackling cancer is one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st century, and accurately detecting the presence of tumors is an essential part of this challenge.Tel Aviv-based Ibex Medical Analytics supports medical professionals through its AI-based technology, which is designed to be used in routine clinical practice.Ibex's Galen Prostate solution helps identify suspected cancer on prostate core-needle biopsies. It just received the CE-IVD Mark, the company announced last Thursday, marking the first time one of its products has received the certification of conformity to EU health, safety and protection standards.Ibex provides an important contribution in facing two challenges, the shortage of pathologists and the occurrence of human errors, CEO Joseph Mossel told The Jerusalem Post."When a person shows potential symptoms of cancer, the next step is a biopsy, an analysis of a sample of the affected tissues," he said. "The examination of the sample has to be carried out by a pathologist using a microscope. Pathology is a complex medical discipline that requires years of training, and the world is facing a shortage of these specialists, even in countries such as the US and the UK. There is a growing gap between supply and demand."Galen


Why Truly Smart Future Tech Needs Radically New AI Chips - insideBIGDATA

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Much distance remains between today's AI hardware and the technologies needed to enable smart cities and autonomous vehicles (AVs) to function smoothly. To bring new innovations to reality, AI chipmakers must concentrate on honing the building-block technologies needed to enable the truly smart AV and IoT systems of the future. That means building processors efficient and compact enough to compute and interpret reams of data in real-time. To achieve maximum benefit, these processors must be embedded within the edge devices themselves. Improving performance and speed while keeping compute cost and power demands low is the central challenge.