Global payments unicorn Adyen is looking into how artificial intelligence can boost its payments offering, highlighting how the tech can boost the industry as a whole. The Dutch FinTech company went public last year after having raised a massive $250m Series B round in 2014, the biggest deal raised by a FinTech company in the Netherlands between 2014 and the third quarter of 2019. But more is to come and it seems as if AI will play a big role in Adyen's future. "The benefits of AI are real," Pieter van der Does, CEP of Adyen, told VentureBeat at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. However, initially the tech leader was cautious about using AI.
Plastic has been taught to walk when a light shines on it in an experiment that could lead to the creation of artificial muscles, its developers claim. The pieces of plastic are made from thermo-responsive liquid crystal polymer and a coat of dye. They can convert energy into mechanical motion - simulating a walk. Researchers from Aalto University in Finland say the plastic is a programmable soft-robot that could be used in bio-medicine. Their biggest breakthrough was being able to teach it to respond to light sources rather than having to use heat to warp the plastic to generate movement.
The project aims at increasing the efficiency of the company's games' functionalities, in-game advertising and user acquisition by utilizing machine learning and AI. Through research, the goal is to enhance understanding as well as produce practical technical implementations on Next Games technology platform that support efficient utilization of machine learning and AI. The goals of the project are in line with the company's strategic priorities to focus on improving efficiency and reducing development. The project will start in December 2019 and is expected to end on the 30th of September 2021 at the latest. The project has four phases and Business Finland will issue the grant in four stages based on submitted and approved reports on costs incurred and progression of the project.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant global cause of mortality and morbidity with an increasing incidence, especially in low-and-middle income countries. The most severe TBIs are treated in intensive care units (ICU), but in spite of the proper and high-quality care, about one in three patients dies. Patients that suffer from severe TBI are unconscious, which makes it challenging to accurately monitor the condition of the patient during intensive care. In the ICU, many tens of variables are continuously monitored (e.g. However, only one variable, such as intracranial pressure, may yield hundreds of thousands of data points per day.
This is reportedly the first time in the world that artificial intelligence is used to give consumers up-to-date information on animal welfare. Arla Finland's CEO Kai Gyllström explains that the purpose of the new innovative app is to meet consumer expectations. We wanted to make the familiar Arla Milkchain even more transparent for the consumers by giving them a new opportunity to follow the cows' conditions as they actually are. Dairy farms can also take advantage of the AI data to improve their own operations, says Gyllström. The Arla Iris app collects and combines data on cleanliness, nutrition and health, as well as outdoor activities, movement, and everyday operations at the Tikka organic dairy farm.
The dawn of truly artificial intelligences will provoke an international security crisis, according to F-Secure chief research officer and security industry heavyweight, Mikko Hypponen. Speaking to Computer Weekly in October 2019 during an event at the company's Helsinki headquarters, Hypponen said that although true AI is a long way off – in cyber security it is largely restricted to machine learning for threat modelling to assist human analysts – the potential danger is real, and should be considered today. "I believe the most likely war for superhuman intelligence to be generated will be through human brain simulators, which is really hard to do – it's going to take 20 to 30 years to get there," said Hypponen. "But if something like that, or some other mechanism of generating superhuman levels of intelligence, becomes a reality, it will absolutely become a catalyst for an international crisis. It will increase the likelihood of conflict."
The City of Tampere in Finland and Tieto, a leading Nordic IT services and software company based in Espoo, have developed a solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve the safety of pedestrians in urban traffic. Global urbanisation increases the number of people on the move in metropolitan areas, but as road traffic increases, so does the risk of accidents, especially at intersections, with the risk of injury and death being especially high for pedestrians. To increase the safety of urban traffic and prevent accidents, the City of Tampere and Tieto have built a pilot system that uses AI and IoT technology to automatically detect when a pedestrian is planning to cross the street at an intersection. Then an alert can be relayed to automatic traffic signs, and in the future directly to vehicles themselves, providing a key building block for connected and autonomous transport. Developed as a part of the Smart Tampere development program's 6Aika CityIoT project, the pilot system has been built in such a way that prevents the identification of individuals or vehicles to comply with the country's strict privacy laws.
Artificial intelligence and the digital transformation must be inclusive and generate benefits for all Europeans, including vulnerable groups. At the high-level conference on Artificial intelligence, robotics and digital services for the wellbeing of citizens, organised by the EESC in Helsinki on 21 November 2019 in cooperation with the Finnish EU Presidency and the Finnish Ministries of Social Affairs and Health and Transport and Communications, EESC members reaffirmed that people must remain at the core of new technological developments. Ariane Rodert, president of the EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT), underlined that artificial intelligence was one of the main political priorities of the EESC's current presidency and said: Artificial intelligence must be developed in a safe, unbiased way and, above all, must be in keeping with the values of the EU. We need to ensure that artificial intelligence and its applications promote people's wellbeing and empowerment, with due respect for fundamental rights. On the same wavelength was Pierre Jean Coulon, president of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), who declared: Digitalisation is everywhere: in health, transport and energy, and it affects the lives of everyone.
Something curious is happening in Finland. Though much of the global debate around artificial intelligence (A.I.) has become concerned with unaccountable, proprietary systems that could control our lives, the Finnish government has instead decided to embrace the opportunity by rolling out a nationwide educational campaign. Conceived in 2017, shortly after Finland's A.I. strategy was announced, the government wants to rebuild the country's economy around the high-end opportunities of artificial intelligence, and has launched a national program to train 1 percent of the population -- that's 55,000 people -- in the basics of A.I. "We'll never have so much money that we will be the leader of artificial intelligence," said economic minister Mika Lintilä at the launch. "But how we use it -- that's something different." Artificial intelligence can have many positive applications, from being trained to identify cancerous cells in biopsy screenings, predict weather patterns that can help farmers increase their crop yields, and improve traffic efficiency.