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China-based Terminus to deploy more than 150 interactive robots at Expo 2020


China-based Terminus Technologies will deploy more than 150 interactive robots when Expo 2020 opens doors next year. Visitors will be greeted and be able to interact with Opti, one of the Expo 2020 robot mascots from Terminus, and will also provide visitor assistance as well as helping with food and beverage delivery and hospitality services. Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. After signing in as Expo 2020 Dubai's Official Robotics Partner, Victor Ai, Founder and CEO, Terminus Technologies, said that they will set up its first headquarters outside of China as well as a research and development centre at District 2020, the human-centric smart city that will repurpose post Expo. "Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as an incredible hub of innovation for the world, and District 2020 will act as an example for global smart city development. Terminus is working with both to redefine the concept of future cities with our leading robotics, AI and IoT technology," he said.

How AI and Machine Learning Is Transforming Digital Marketing - ValueWalk


Digital marketing is the buzzword of 2020. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that it has been the buzzword of the online world since 2019. All the hype and all the struggle of marketers makes sense because the more visible a business is on the internet, the more successful it's considered. Speaking of digital marketing, today we are here to talk about how AI and machine learning is transforming digital marketing. Yes, you can easily look for a company to manage SEO in Dubai but you should know how your business can change.

Trump aims to sidestep another arms pact to sell more U.S. drones

The Japan Times

Washington – The Trump administration plans to reinterpret a Cold War-era arms agreement between 34 nations with the goal of allowing U.S. defense contractors to sell more American-made drones to a wide array of nations, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters. The policy change, which has not been previously reported, could open up sales of armed U.S. drones to less stable governments such as Jordan and the United Arab Emirates that in the past have been forbidden from buying them under the 33-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), said the U.S. official, a former U.S. official and one of the executives. It could also undermine longstanding MTCR compliance from countries such as Russia, said the U.S. official, who has direct knowledge of the policy shift. Reinterpreting the MTCR is part of a broader Trump administration effort to sell more weapons overseas. It has overhauled a broad range of arms export regulations and removed the U.S. from international arms treaties including the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Open Skies Treaty.

Abu Dhabi forms R&D council; Robot rental service opens in Dubai


With Dark Matter founder Faisal Abdulaziz Al Bannai appointed as its Secretary General, the ATRC will be responsible for setting the technological priorities and driving R&D, reporting to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

AI in the times of corona: Robots can reduce human contact, transmission of Covid-19


DUBAI: Robots can act as an interface between a doctor and a patient wherein they can carry out diagnostic and treatment processes, reducing the human contact and risk of transmission of infection during the coronavirus pandemic, an expert in the field of Robotics has said. Bartlomiej Stanczyk, Robotics Engineer with ACCREA Engineering in Germany, was speaking during an e-discussion on the the topic- Using Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Epidemics: The COVID-19 Model. The event, organised by the Abu Dhabi-based TRENDS Research & Advisory, brought together leading experts from around the world who deliberated on the importance of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and other technologies in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 that has infected more than 3.8 million people and killed over 260,000 people across the world. Stanczyk said that robots could help doctors keep a safe distance from the patient by using probes and other remote medical equipment. "We aim to build a completely autonomous diagnostician through robotics, thus enabling the transfer of the skill from the human doctor on the machine carrying out the treatment," he said.

MBZUAI announces academic year to start in January 2021 - Biz Today


ABU DHABI: Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world's first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, has announced that the start of its first academic year has been rescheduled for January 2021. The decision was made in light of safety measures taken on campus due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Board of Trustees meeting that took place over video conference earlier today. Chaired by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UAE Minister of State, the meeting was attended by MBZUAI Interim President, Professor Sir Michael Brady, professor of Oncological Imaging at the University of Oxford, UK; Professor Anil K. Jain, a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, USA; Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a technology executive and venture capitalist based in Beijing, China; Professor Daniela Rus, Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), USA, and Peng Xiao, CEO of Group 42. During the meeting, the Board of Trustees also discussed the status of the nearly completed Masdar City campus and facilities, student onboarding and engagement plan, faculty and leadership appointments, and potential industry partnerships. Regarding the decision to postpone the first intake of students, His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: "The University is eager and ready to welcome our first cohort of students from around the world, however, given the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, the decision to start the academic year in 2021 been made in the best interest of the prospective students, faculty, and staff, whose health and wellbeing is our top priority. We want our students to be able to focus on their studies and research, and take full advantage of the world-class education that they will receive at the MBZUAI campus."

UAE BounceBack project which utilizes blockchain wins MBRU competition


The winners of the #MBRUHacksCOVID19 hackathon, a pioneering competition which tasked UAE residents with developing innovative solutions that can help in the fight against the global pandemic, have been crowned. The winning team, a group of four, took the top prize for their solution, Bounceback, a platform that utilises machine learning algorithms and tokenisation to identify, verify and provide immediate subsidy relief to vulnerable communities and individuals who have suffered financially from the global health crisis. The winning Bounceback team composed of Faisal Al Hawi, Yves Farhat, Santhosh Kumar and Veronica Murguia, beat off competition from more than 470 hackers to claim the AED50,000 first prize as well as a AED25,000 National Impact Grant awarded by Sandooq Al Watan, a social initiative created to empower the brightest minds in the UAE. During the three-day hackathon, which attracted innovators from the fields of engineering, coding, design thinking, data analytics, medicine, public health and more, Bounceback focused on the challenge of delivering a solution to prevent social and economic disruption in vulnerable communities. Bounceback utilises a suite of emerging technologies, including big data analytics, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, for efficient transparent and effective match-making between a beneficiary in need and a subsidy donor or contributor to ensure that relief funds and packages reach the most vulnerable, whether individuals or businesses.

Thermal camera with face detection tech for fever screening procured in Kerala


The first Thermal and Optical Imaging camera with Artificial Intelligence-powered face detection technology for fever screening has been procured for the state capital by former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor. Following a discussion, his team had with district collector K Gopalakrishnan, Congress leader Tharoor said it was brought to his notice that a Thermal imaging camera with face detection technology was urgently needed in the district to scan from a safe distance and isolate those potentially having fever. Using his MPLADS fund, Tharoor, who represents, Thiruvananthapuram in the Lok Sabha, procured the equipment. Bahrain and Dubai before finally reaching Bengaluru, from where it was shipped to Kerala, Tharoor said in a Facebook Post. "The installation will be done at our Airport, Railway Station, MCH. Since all MPLADS funds have been exhausted, we are approaching other corporate groups to partner with us and the district administration to procure more of this highly sophisticated technological device prior to the huge influx of expatriates from the middle east and other areas overseas,"

Artificial Intelligence aiding fight against coronavirus


DUBAI: Four months into the battle against the latest strain of the coronavirus, it is clear that humanity must deploy all medical and technological tools at its disposal. Roughly half the global population has been placed on lockdown and billions of dollars are being poured into vaccine research, yet the total number of confirmed cases worldwide has hit the two million mark. With no sign of an imminent breakthrough, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to speed up the search for an antidote to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19 is a no-brainer. In fact, scientific institutions and governments have already been harnessing AI to generate possible solutions to the global public-health emergency. Shameer Thaha, CSO at Accubits, a UAE-based AI and blockchain focused solutions and development company, says AI is playing a key role since day one of the fight against humanity's common foe.

Clearview AI exposes source code to controversial facial recognition app and company credentials

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Security researchers say a misconfigured server owned by the controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI, exposed its software's source code as well as internal credentials and keys. According to TechCrunch, which first reported on the flaw, Mossab Hussein, the chief security officer at SpiderSilk, a security firm based in Dubai, uncovered a flawed Clearview server storing sensitive data, allowing users to bypass its password protection. Specifically, Hussein found that a misconfiguration allowed anyone to register as a new user and access the database containing Clearview's code regardless of whether they had entered password. TechCrunch reports that, in addition to source code that would allow anyone to use Clearview's software, the database also contained passwords and other keys that would allow one to access the company's cloud storage buckets. Finished versions of Clearview's apps for iOS and Android as well as pre-developer beta versions were contained in those buckets, TechCrunch reports.