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Seoul to unveil master plan for AI this year: science minister Yonhap News Agency

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On the need to strengthen the country's components and industrial materials industries, Choi said the government is committed to pouring 5 trillion won into related R&D up till 2022, with support being given to smart chips, future mobility, quantum technology, biotech and laying the foundation for a hydrogen economy.


New robotic contact lenses can be powered wirelessly without raising the temperature

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Researchers at the Yonsei University of Seoul have developed a new type of robotic contact lens that can be recharged wirelessly and which could bring a wide variety of futuristic uses for contact lenses one step closer to reality. The new devices are built around a circular translucent antenna and super capacitor system that can receive continual power without needing to be plugged in to an external power source. These experimental new contact lenses will also be able to draw electricity without raising the temperature of the lens, eliminating a potential long-term cause of harm to wearers and the device itself. According to a report from Yonhap News Agency, because the lenses are completely self-enclosed they can be maintained with standard contact solutions without any risk of degradation. The team used soft contact lens material instead of rigid material to ensure the tools could be used in as wide a variety of circumstances as possible.


Automakers investing billions in partnerships as industry races toward autonomous and electric vehicles

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DETROIT – General Motors' $2.3 billion joint venture with LG Chem for production of battery cells for electric vehicles is "more than a collaboration," it's a necessity in today's rapidly changing automotive industry. The announced joint venture between America's largest automaker and the South Korean chemical giant adds to a growing list of tie-ups for the auto industry as companies attempt to share in the monumental costs of electric and autonomous vehicles. Automakers such as GM are annually spending billions on the emerging technologies in an attempt to gain an upper hand on the potential multitrillion-dollar businesses, which many believe will transform transportation as we know it and assist in lowering global carbon emissions. But, for the moment, remain unprofitable. Mark Wakefield, global co-leader of the automotive and industrial practice at AlixPartners and a managing director at the firm, said the "tricky balance" of investing in new technologies while keeping traditional business operations profitable is one of the main drivers for the uptick in auto industry partnerships.


Intel eyes AI on 'edge computing'

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US chipmaker Intel said Dec. 4 that it will focus on "edge computing" that could hold the key to the success of artificial intelligence in the future. Edge computing refers to the practice of storing data on computers located near cell towers and other network equipment to improve network response times. It is different from today's cloud-based system, where information is sent to a distant data center. "Forty-three percent of AI tasks will be handled by edge computing in 2023," said Kwon Myung-sook, CEO of Intel Korea, during a forum in Seoul. "AI devices empowered with edge function will jump 15-fold."


ChatLeads CEO To Speak at Global Digital Marketing S.E.T in Seoul - Future Startup

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The impact of artificial intelligence on our daily lives is yet to be fully realized. Leading the movement with proprietary natural language processing technology, WebAble's SAAS platform, ChatLeads will be represented in the global stage in Seoul on April 9 at "2019 Global Digital Marketing S.E.T ", said a statement sent to FS. CEO of ChatLeads, Shadab Mahbub, will be speaking at the event about "Utilizing A.I chatbot to deliver cross-cultural marketing". He will also discuss changes to customer experience made by A.I chatbot & Facebook A.I messenger campaigns across Southeast Asia. Shadab will be sharing the stage with leaders from Hubspot, Mercer, and other global leaders in the field. The event will explore the implications of A.I powered customer experiences in an era of fragmented interfaces.


Why The Retirement Of Lee Se-Dol, Former 'Go' Champion, Is A Sign Of Things To Come

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South Korean professional Go player Lee Se-Dol after the match against Google's artificial ... [ ] intelligence program, AlphaGo on March 10, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. In May 1997, IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer defeated the reigning world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in an official match under tournament conditions. Fast forward to 2011, IBM extended development in machine learning, natural language processing, and information retrieval to build Watson, a system capable of defeating two highly decorated Jeopardy champions: Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. The progress of gaming innovation in the field of artificial intelligence was swift, but it wasn't until the introduction of Google DeepMind's AlphaGo in 2016 that things started to change dramatically. The AlphaGo supercomputer tackled the notion that Go, an ancient Chinese board game invented thousands of years ago, was unsolvable due to a near limitless combination of moves that a player can execute.


Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible

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The South Korean Go champion Lee Se-dol has retired from professional play, telling Yonhap news agency that his decision was motivated by the ascendancy of AI. "With the debut of AI in Go games, I've realized that I'm not at the top even if I become the number one through frantic efforts," Lee told Yonhap. "Even if I become the number one, there is an entity that cannot be defeated." For years, Go was considered beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated computer programs. The ancient board game is famously complex, with more possible configurations for pieces than atoms in the observable universe. This reputation took a knock in 2016 when the Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind shocked the world by defeating Se-dol four matches to one with its AlphaGo AI system.


World champion Go player retires: AI 'cannot be defeated'

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One of South Korea's most celebrated professional Go players, master Lee Se-dol, has retired, citing the futility of raging against the machines as a motivating factor. With the debut of AI in Go games, I've realized that I'm not at the top even if I become the number one through frantic efforts. Even if I become the number one, there is an entity that cannot be defeated. Se-dol's 24-year career includes wins over dozens of the world's top players, including a stint as world champion. He faced DeepMind's AlphaGo in five matches during March of 2016 where he managed to come away with just a single win.


Korean Go master quits the game because AI 'cannot be defeated'

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Hong Kong (CNN Business)A South Korean master of the ancient strategy game Go has announced his retirement from professional competition due to the rise of what he says is unbeatable artificial intelligence. The news that Lee Se-dol is bowing out comes three years after he lost in a closely watched series against Google's AlphaGo in 2016. Lee managed to win one game out of five against Google's computer program -- the only time it has been beaten in competition -- but was ultimately defeated. Since then, AlphaGo has become even more advanced, beating other top players around the world. "With the debut of AI in Go games, I've realized that I'm not at the top, even if I become the number one through frantic efforts," Lee told South Korea's Yonhap news agency this week.


Mitsubishi Heavy reviewing SpaceJet test flight plan

The Japan Times

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is reviewing a test flight plan for the SpaceJet small passenger jet under development, the firm's president said Wednesday. The review, partly to see whether the first delivery of the aircraft should be moved back further, reflects delays in the production of test models for obtaining a type certificate, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries President Seiji Izumisawa. So far, the planned first delivery of the SpaceJet has been delayed five times, from 2013 to the middle of 2020. "We have not changed" the current schedule, Izumisawa said in an interview with media organizations. The SpaceJet, previously known as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, is the first Japanese-made small passenger jet developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy.