International AI ethics panel must be independent


Facial-recognition software is increasingly being used to track individuals without their permission.Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty China wants to be the world's leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. The United States has a strategic plan to retain the top spot, and, by some measures, already leads in influential papers, hardware and AI talent. Other wealthy nations are also jockeying for a place in the world AI league. A kind of AI arms race is under way, and governments and corporations are pouring eye-watering sums into research and development. The prize, and it's a big one, is that AI is forecast to add around US$15 trillion to the world economy by 2030 -- more than four times the 2017 gross domestic product of Germany.

How blockchain can save the food industry millions from recalls


Top nations like Germany, Singapore and South Korea have adopted AI and robotics into the healthcare sector. Korea is the leading nation for AI adoption followed by Singapore, China and Taiwan according to an ITIF report. Healthcare systems around the world, notably the UK's National Health Service, have already engaged the use of AI health assistant programs to modify the clinical process with the help of applications and programs to give their patients information as well as facilitate meetings with clinicians. An Indian software company Sigtuple, created an AI- based telepathology system that automates their smart microscopes to take pictures and upload on cloud. This allows efficiency among pathologists for their diagnosis.

Health of the future is taking shape: AI Health from Berlin


The innovative power of the German capital in the area of AI is not only noticeable in the high-profile areas of business intelligence and process management, but is also demonstrated by the excellent work of the AI companies which deal intensively with intelligent health and represent about 10 per cent of the Berlin AI ecosystem. AI systems from Berlin are used in a variety of ways: they help in the diagnosis and data analysis of specific disease patterns, but are also used in operation planning and in supporting the internal processes of hospitals. Apps for intelligent data recording and analysis in the field of prevention are being developed in the context of fitness and health. Chatbots, i.e. systems with which people can communicate in natural language, also accompany patients during the healing process. A number of start-ups in Berlin are pushing the boundaries of traditional healthcare with innovative solutions which could also break new ground on the international stage - always at the interface between business and research.

Artificial intelligence to predict protein structure


Proteins are biological high-performance machines. They can be found in every cell and play an important role in human blood coagulation or as main constituents of hairs or muscles. The function of these molecular tools is obvious from their structure. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a new method to predict this protein structure with the help of artificial intelligence. This is very difficult to detect, the experiments needed for this purpose are expensive and complex.

Lessons From Implementing AI In A People Business


Charles Brayne is EY's UK Chief Tax Innovation Officer and Partner and has a dual role. On the one hand, he works with clients to help them adopt new tax technologies and on the other, he oversees the implementation of AI technologies within EY's own tax business. Meanwhile, as EY's UK Chief Tax Data Scientist, Harvey Lewis works directly with tax and law professionals to create and deliver new AI tools and applications, as well as provide strategic oversight for their automation projects. In this keynote, Charles and Harvey discuss EY's lessons from implementing AI within their own organisation. With flagship shows in San Francisco, London, New York, Munich, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cape Town, 2019 will see over 30,000 delegates from businesses globally joining the AI revolution through The AI Summit events.

Men are equally capable of multi-tasking, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Women are not inherently better at multi-tasking - and that's according to scientists. A study examining the long-asserted myth has proved that men are just as capable of juggling numerous jobs simultaneously. In fact, despite years of claims to the contrary, it transpires that both genders are equally able, or unable, to do more than one task concurrently. A team of researchers led by Dr Patricia Hirsch of Germany's Aachen University reached the conclusion after analysing 48 men and 48 women, with an average age of 24, in letter or number identification tasks. Some participants were asked to pay attention to two tasks at once, known as concurrent multitasking.

News - Research in Germany


Up to 30 additional Alexander von Humboldt Professorships in the field of Artificial Intelligence are to be filled in the years up to 2024. Through these professorships, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation intends to contribute to the German government's Artificial Intelligence Strategy which targets the establishment of new AI chairs in Germany. Alexander von Humboldt Professorships are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The award comes with €5 million in funding for individuals conducting experimental research and €3.5 million for researchers working in theoretical fields. The award brings top international researchers from abroad to German universities and offers them long-term prospects for conducting research in Germany.

AI in Health - How InsurTech and their clients can benefit


What does the use of artificial intelligence look like in everyday health life? What is already possible today, where are the challenges and opportunities? This Meetup is supported by Aicura Medical, IBM PowerAI Vision and WWK Versicherungen and is a teaser event for this year's at the Xpomet from 10-12 October in Berlin. The focus of the hackathon will be on medical technology, hospital management, care and health insurance and will bring together about[masked] working medical-affine programmers and digital-affine physicians from hospitals, companies and insurance companies. We want to integrate Deep and Machine Learning as well as Blockchain and other technologies into today's health challenges.

Most people would feel better about a ROBOT taking their job than losing out to another person

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Losing a job is never easy on the mind, but according to a recent study, the psychological severity may depend on exactly who -- or what -- is doing the usurping. According to researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany, most people would prefer to lose their own jobs to a robot as opposed to a human. In a study, researchers asked 300 people their preferences on losing professional roles -- both their own or a co-workers -- to either robots or humans. A new study says that workers would rather have their jobs replace by robots over humans to lessen the psychological blow. What they found was that when it comes to somebody else's job, most of them said they would prefer a human to step in -- an overwhelming 62 percent.

Most people would rather lose their job to a robot than another human

New Scientist

If you were going to lose your job, would you prefer to be replaced by a robot or another person? If you said robot, you're in the majority. Most people would prefer a robot to take their job if they had to lose it, but they would prefer to see another human step in if a co-worker was going to lose theirs. "Being replaced by modern technology versus being replaced by humans has different psychological consequences," says Armin Granulo at Technical University of Munich in Germany. He and his colleagues set out to examine these differences.