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Top 10 Emerging Artificial Intelligence Startups in Israel


Artificial intelligence (AI) has become ubiquitous across the industry verticals. From boardroom discussion to a trending topic in news, artificial intelligence has managed to capture the attention of every tech enthusiast worldwide. With organizations cashing the benefits of its application, this tech discipline has managed to live up to its hype. While the tech war between USA, China, European Union and other prominent nations escalates, Israel too aims to lead the race. Some surveys have found that Israel ranks among the top 5 countries in the world for AI solutions.

Hybrid robot can 'hear' electrical signals using a dead locust's ear in a world's first experiment

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A robot has heard sounds through the ear of a dead locust in a world's first experiment that uses the Ear-on-a-Chip method to create a long-lasting sensory device. A team from Tel Aviv University announced their new'Ear-bot' that replaces an electronic microphone in a bio-hybrid robot with the insect's ear, allowing the machine to receive electrical signals from the environment and respond accordingly. The result is extraordinary, according to researchers, as when they clap once, the dead insect's ear hears the sound, the robot interprets the pulse and moves forward. Although the experiment seems bizarre, the team conducted the test to understand how biological systems, specifically sensory ones, can be more integrated into mechanical systems. To create the Ear-on-a-Chip, the team placed the insect's ear and nerve in an aquatic environment that allowed air and sound to flow through.

Into the Future: Tel Aviv University Launches New Artificial Intelligence Center

#artificialintelligence – Tel Aviv University has launched its new Multidisciplinary Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science on Wednesday during the university's AI Week to encourage research that uses the most advanced methods of both disciples. The center's aim is to train a new generation of researchers and industrialists who will take Israel to the forefront of the "global AI revolution" in the coming years. "[AI] is expected to impact our way of life in every aspect--from drug development and data-based personalized medicine to defense and security systems, financial systems, scientific discoveries, robotics, autonomous systems and social issues," said Professor Meir Feder, who will head up the center. "It is very important to train human capital in this area, and therefore, the center will provide all TAU students with basic AI education," he added. Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his "initial assessment" was that Iran was responsible for an explosion on...

Hospital Tests Neuromorphic Chip-Powered Robotic Arm


The first clinical trial involving an experimental artificial intelligence chip made by Intel Corp. will begin in the next few months, with patients using a robotic arm at a pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation hospital in Israel. ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem will work with computer scientists at the Open University of Israel and other experts to test how neuromorphic computing, which imitates the way the human brain works, could be used to operate a robotic arm mounted onto a wheelchair.

Use Machine Learning and GridDB to build a Production-Ready Stock Market Anomaly Detector


In this project, we use GridDB to create a Machine Learning platform where we Kafka is used to import stock market data from Alphavantage, a market data provider. Tensorflow and Keras train a model that is then stored in GridDB, and then finally uses LSTM prediction to find anomalies in daily intraday trading history. The last piece is that the data is visualized in Grafana and then we configure GridDB to send notifications via its REST Trigger function to Twilio's Sendgrid. The actual machine learning portion of this project was inspired by posts on Towards Data Science and Curiously. This model and the data flow is also applicable to many other datasets such as predictive maintenance or machine failure prediction or wherever you want to find anomalies in time series data.

MyHeritage's deepfake tool animates photos of dead relatives

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Genealogy website MyHeritage has unveiled a bizarre new online tool that can animate old photos of deceased family members. The free deepfake technology, called Deep Nostalgia, takes any photo and animates the subject's face – with strangely realistic and unsettling results. Examples provided by MyHeritage show historical figures, including Queen Victoria, Mark Twain and Florence Nightingale, come to life. MyHeritage says the tech gives history'a fresh new perspective' by producing a depiction of how a person'could have moved and looked if captured on video'. It's been developed by researchers at Israel-based firm D-ID, which specialises in video reenactment using deep learning.

TAU Launches Israel's First Center for AI and Data Science


Tel Aviv University launched the new, interdisciplinary Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science today, headed by Prof. Meir Feder of the Fleischman Faculty of Engineering. The Center will enhance basic science in these fields, encourage cross-disciplinary research that uses the most advanced methods of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science (DS), and train a new generation of researchers and industrialists who will take Israel to the forefront of the global AI revolution in the coming years. Moreover, it will lay the groundwork for the rapidly growing field of quantum computing. The launch event took place during TAU's annual AI Week. TAU President, Prof. Ariel Porat: "The establishment of the AI Center is one more step toward implementing TAU's vision for advancing groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research that brings together the university's finest researchers, the high-tech industry and the community. Not long ago we launched the interdisciplinary Center for Combating Pandemics and over the coming year we intend to establish more such centers, such as one for climate change and another for healthy aging. TAU's great advantage is its enormous range of disciplines. Our new interdisciplinary centers will further extend the scope of research, combining different disciplines, from engineering and computer science through life sciences, medicine and psychology, to economics, management, humanities, arts and law."

AI will take construction robotics from hype to reality


It seems inevitable that robots will have a big role in the construction industry, but until these machines can automatically prioritize tasks, project managers will still need to manually assess and appraise how the project is progressing. The best telepresence hardware to go beyond video conferencing and make remote work truly collaborative. However, the construction industry's productivity has trailed that of other sectors for decades, and there is a $1.6 trillion opportunity to close the gap, according to a McKinsey report. AI and deep learning can make robotics useful across the construction industry. Now, Israel-based AI startup Buildots has been taking its first steps to make this happen.

Meet the CuBox-M, a tiny 2-inch PC built for developers and makers


If you're a tinkerer who needs a new machine for machine learning or exotic maker creations, the diminutive CuBox-M Micro Desktop PC from Israel-based SolidRun might be up your alley. This addition to the CuBox line is designed specifically for application development and maker projects like a smart home hub. The CuBox-M is based on the i.MX 8M Plus system-on-module (SoM) from NXP Semiconductors. It features up to a quad-core Cortex A53 CPU with a Cortex M7 core, plus a Cadence Tesilica HiFi 4 digital signal processor for voice and natural language tasks. There's also an integrated neural processing unit for AI and machine learning, and optional power-over-ethernet. The SoM is integrated into a carrier board boasting a number of ports, including one HDMI 2.0, one ethernet, two USB 3.0, one microUSB, and a microSD port for storage.

Should Cristiano Ronaldo sell purses in India? Humanz Big Data analysis says yes


Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most liked and followed humans on Instagram -- but why would he be so suitable for a purse campaign in India? Tel Aviv, Israel-based Ai-powered platform Humanz thinks he would be perfect for the job. It ran its algorithm on the footballer and identified some key components that would make him the perfect person for a marketing campaign there: Over one in three (37%) of his audience of authentic users are in India. Four of the top five interest categories of his audience are: Lifestyle. And a product that cuts across all of these categories is'handbags, or purses'.