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30 Under 30 Asia 2020: The Startups Leveraging AI And Machine Learning To Transform Businesses

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Hyunsoo Kim, a 29-year-old entrepreneur in South Korea, is on a mission to democratize artificial intelligence to enable more companies, both large and small, to utilize the emerging technology. So it's only fitting that Kim, cofounder of Superb AI, has been selected as the featured honoree for the Enterprise Technology category of this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list, leading a pack of several fellow honorees who founded startups based on AI. Since launching Superb AI in April 2018 with four cofounders, Kim has grown his startup to $2 million in revenues last year and 21 employees, fueled by increasing demand for AI. Profits are still in the future, but Superb AI also managed last year to join Y Combinator, a prominent Silicon Valley startup accelerator. So far, it has raised $2 million in funding from Y Combinator, Duke University and VC firms in Silicon Valley, Seoul and Dubai, giving it a valuation of $12 million as of March 2019.


How AI and ML are helping tackle the global teacher shortage Amazon Web Services

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United Arab Emirates-based global EdTech Alef Education is on a mission to digitally transform the education sector to support its most valuable resource: teachers. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics estimates that the world needs almost 69 million new teachers by 2030 to meet the deadline of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for quality education. But according to latest projections, the world will fail its education commitments without addressing the teacher shortage. Overwhelming teacher workload is a major contributor to teacher scarcity and the urgency to tackle this imbalance is a key driver for United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based global education technology Alef Education. The forward-thinking organization is shrinking teacher workloads and helping them better manage classrooms through its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform built on Amazon Web Services (AWS).


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.


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.


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.



Over 1,000 Applications for First Artificial Intelligence Masters and PhDs in Abu Dhabi - Fintechnews Middle East

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The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, MBZUAI, the first graduate-level, research-based AI university in the world, held its first official Advisory Board meeting to review ongoing activities as the University gears up to welcome its first class of graduate students in September 2020. In a press statement today MBZUAI said applications into its MSc and PhD programmes for 2020 that include Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision, are going through the vetting process "with over 1,000 applications reviewed and in the final stage," before acceptance is finalised. During the meeting, Advisory Board members discussed the importance of ensuring that the University exerts every effort towards producing practical, tangible results that can directly and positively impact economies and industries. They also emphasised the need to directly engage with industries to ensure the proper integration between the output of the University and the needs of the marketplace. This would include making sure that students are aware of the full ecosystem required for a successful market deployment including knowledge of patent laws and access to startup financial advice.


World AI Show – Dubai 2020 Maximise your business potential with AI

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MBZUAI delegation discusses cooperation on AI with Egyptian Higher Education Institutions

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ABU DHABI, 4th March, 2020 (WAM) -- A senior delegation from the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, MBZUAI, the world's first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence university, recently discussed potential collaboration opportunities with Egypt's educational institutions during a recent visit to the country. The visit - organised by Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the UAE Embassy in Cairo - touched upon the importance of the exchange of students and knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence, AI, to provide reciprocal benefits for the UAE and Egypt. Led by Professor Ling Shao, Executive Vice President and Provost, Assistant Professor Dr. Hang Dai, and Reem Al Orfali, Director of Student Affairs, the MBZUAI delegation met with representatives from the Supreme Council of Universities to demonstrate the breadth of the University's education and research facilities. The meeting emphasised the value of enabling both countries' plans to develop AI capacity for economic and societal empowerment. Discussions with the Supreme Council of Universities, as well as University deans, head of departments, and faculty members during the visit included joint research projects that would further the use of AI in healthcare and Arabic language processing amongst other fields, creating joint AI labs and a collaborative AI competition, exchanging professors, co-advising students, and the potential for summer and winter schools in AI, as well as exploring the scope for offering dual or joint degrees.