Alphabet-owned Wing will begin making drone deliveries in Finland next month

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Wing, an offshoot of Google's parent company, Alphabet, will launch drone deliveries to one of Finland's most populous areas next month according to a recent blog post from the company. Pilot deliveries will be rolled out in the Vousari district of Finland's capital, Helsinki, and will deliver products from gourmet supermarket Herkku foods and Cafe Monami. As noted by Wing, deliveries will include'fresh Finnish pastries, meatballs for two, and a range of other meals and snacks' that can be delivered in minutes. Wing will launch deliveries for customers in Finland starting next month. Wing, the first commercial drone company approved by the FAA in the U.S. will start delivering in Virginia.

Finnish online AI course draws more than 140,000 students


A free online course in artificial intelligence (AI) created by the University of Helsinki and technology consultancy Reaktor has drawn 140,000 students from around the world. Launched in spring 2018, the Elements of AI is available in English and Finnish. It was originally envisioned with the ambitious goal of training one percent of the Finnish population -- 55,000 people -- in the fundamentals of AI. Inspired by the Finnish model, Sweden and the Netherlands have created similar courses, with 15 other countries interested in developing comparable course for their citizens. Part of the course's popularity is the fact that it's available online for free and doesn't require any prerequisite technology skills.

Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa backs machine learning startup – TechCrunch


Aito, a Helsinki-based machine learning startup that is developing "predictive database" technology, has raised €1 million in pre-seed funding, including from Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa (via his investment company First Fellow Partners). Others backing the round are Hermitage, UMO Capital, together with funding from Business Finland. Aiming to replace current machine learning tools that have a steep learning curve and generate only single-purpose models, Aito has built a predictive database for developers. Specifically, it lets users search existing information, make predictions, and find hidden correlations. Crucially, the results are said to fully explainable and the tech can be integrated into existing software as easy as integrating an SQL query.

PhD student in machine learning and computational biology University of Helsinki


The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research unit focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki - a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. FIMM is part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the EU-LIFE Community. A PhD student position is available in the research group of FIMM-EMBL Group Leader Dr. Esa Pitkänen at the Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki. The research group will start at FIMM in July 2019, and will address data integration, analysis and interpretation challenges stemming from massive-scale data generated in clinical and research settings. We will work closely with interdisciplinary collaborators at University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Hospital, EMBL and German Cancer Research Center.

MUJI debuts 'GACHA,' the first all-weather self-driving bus


GACHA will begin operating for the general public in the city of espoo in april 2019, before rolling out to hämeenlinna, vantaa, and helsinki later in the year. MUJI and sensible 4 say that the inspiration for the design came from a toy capsule, a universal shape that'embodies joy and excitement, bringing peace and happiness to those who encounter it.' 'the GACHA development got started when sensible 4 team, working back then with the first generation of robot buses, noticed that they just don't perform at all even in light rain, not to mention the typical winter conditions in finland,' says harri santamala, CEO of sensible 4. 'completely autonomous self-driving technology is not here yet.

Could a Finnish Artificial Intelligence model be the answer to streamlining NHS services? Thought Leadership In Digital Health London UK


To assess the financial benefits of such a forward-thinking scheme, researchers at Aalto University's HEMA Institute (the Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Management and Architecture) in Helsinki, Finland, studied whether there is a link between the treatment costs of patients and the use of an AI-based healthcare system that directs patients to the correct care. The study examined the Klinik Pro service during its first five months of use at the Myyrmäki Health Center in Vantaa and the result was that the tool brought a 14% saving in the average service costs per patient, translating to a €31 cost reduction per patient during the period of study.

Finland's 5G plans: 'We want to build world's smartest road'


Finnish businesses and local government have a bold plan. They want to build the smartest road in the world. It will use 5G technology and cover a 31km (19-mile) stretch of Route 51, between the towns of Siuntio and Karjaa in Inkoo municipality, 54km (34 miles) west of Helsinki on the south coast of Finland. The municipality will be working in partnership with Karis Telefon and TammisaarenEnergia, with Nokia providing the 5G technology in the form of smart light poles. Developed as part of its LuxTurrim5G project, each LED-light pole can be equipped with base stations and antennas that function together to create a 5G network.

Artificial intelligence needs people: Three reasons to learn the basics now University of Helsinki


The pace of AI development has been exaggerated. The applications of artificial intelligence are not smart yet, claims Teemu Roos. He leads a University of Helsinki research group on machine learning, which focuses on big data and applications of AI in quantum physics and medicine. When a computer wins a game of chess against a human, it does not mean that artificial intelligence has surpassed human intelligence. It just means that the programme has been optimised for chess.

Helsinki Conference on Artificial Intelligence


A two-day High-Level Conference "Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human rights, democracy and the rule of law" opened in Helsinki today. "New technology, the collection of massive amounts of data, and the use of information, has already changed the lives of people all over the world. Yet, I believe that the "Big Bang" has yet to come. Questions to be raised include: Are some groups neglected or do they face special challenges due to biased algorithms? What happens to democracy, security and accountability? What are the impacts of artificial intelligence on justice systems? How can we ensure that artificial intelligence supports the advancement of democracy and the rule of law?, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini, in his opening speech. "The Artificial Intelligence revolution long forecast is no longer something for the future.

Manager for the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI Aalto University


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018). Aalto has six schools located in the capital area of Finland. Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI ( is one of only six flagships of the Academy of Finland and the national competence center of Finland's AI program