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Infographic: Chinese Surveillance Technology Spreads Around the World

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A large share of countries around the world are now using Chinese AI surveillance technology, including facial recognition technology, in full or in part. This is according to a report by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Many countries are combining Chinese tech with U.S.-made surveillance tech, among them the U.S. and China themselves, but also India, Australia, Brazil and several European countries. Many countries in Latin America, South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East are relying on Chinese technology alone after participating in the Belt and Road initiative, as is Japan, the only developed country to do so. China is not only a prominent user of AI-powered surveillance and facial recognition but also a big producer and exporter of the technology.


Orange unveils new five-year grand plan

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With the Essential2020 plan all but complete, Orange has released the details of the Engage2025 strategy to drive growth over the next five years. The new strategy is going to be focused on four key pillars; reinventing the operator business model, accelerating growth in the developing markets and emerging segments, integrate artificial intelligence at the centre of every aspect of the business, and building sustainability goals through the organization. "If I had to summarise Engage2025, Orange's new strategic plan, I would use two words: growth and sustainability," said CEO Stephane Ricard. "The first one is growth. We are going to grow our core business – connectivity – by adding to our competitive edge and by making the most of our network infrastructure. We are also going to foster growth beyond connectivity in Europe thanks to three elements which set us apart from our competitors, namely Africa & the Middle East, B2B IT services and financial services. At Orange we are convinced that in the years ahead strong economic performance will not be possible without exemplary performance on social and environmental issues."


Ireland is top AI talent hub in the EU

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The Republic has the highest ratio of artificial intelligence (AI) talent in the European Union, according to a new study from LinkedIn. The report comes as the recruitment website is itself planning to hire 20 additional AI specialists locally with the promise of more jobs in the area in the future. The study reveals that half of all Europe's AI workers are based in just three countries: the United Kingdom, France, and Germany – with the UK leading by a significant margin. But, on a per capita basis, Ireland is far and away the top nation for AI talent, followed by Finland, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Sweden. LinkedIn attributed Ireland's leading position to a number of factors, including the high number of tech companies that have established centres on data analytics, machine learning and big data locally.


KAUST Installs Cray CS-Storm 500NX Supercomputer

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At the 2019 Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado, global supercomputer leader Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced that the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has selected a Cray CS-Storm 500NX supercomputer to support innovation in the university and the nation through a strategic artificial intelligence (AI) initiative. The added power of the GPU-accelerated CS-Storm system provides KAUST researchers greater computational capabilities to drive positive and significant outcomes in the university's core research areas of global significance: food, water, energy, the environment, and digitalization. From helping to build smart cities to developing AI algorithms that think like scientists, KAUST is the largest research center in the Middle East that brings together faculty, researchers and graduate students to leverage the interconnectedness of science and engineering. With an 8:2 ratio of GPUs to CPUs, the new Cray CS-Storm 500NX supercomputer will meet KAUST's most demanding computing requirements for production scalability, while also delivering a low total cost of ownership. Engineered for the convergence of modeling, simulation and analytics, the CS-Storm fast-started KAUST's AI journey and provides researchers and scientists the highly-advanced supercomputing and software capabilities required to analyze large volumes of data for rapid insight, where simulation alone is unsatisfactory for predicting real-world outcomes.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Retail Market worth $15.3 billion by 2025 - Exclusive Report by Meticulous Research

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Geographically, the global artificial intelligence in retail market is segmented into five major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The global AI in retail market is analyzed methodically with respect to major countries in each of the regions with the help of bottom-up approach to arrive at the most precise market estimation. At present, North America holds a dominating position in the global AI in retail market. The region has high technology adoption rate, presence of key players & start-ups, and high penetration of internet. Consequently, North America is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period.


AntWorks partners with SEED Group to drive adoption of Artificial Intelligence in the GCC

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With successful adoption of AntWorks' IAP solution, businesses will stand to save millions and realise increased performance and efficiency by automating and processing business data, including unstructured data, which will make up 80% of the world's data by 2025. The partnership will help the GCC become a blueprint for the AI economy in the rest of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, especially as governments look to diversify and drive revenue from non-oil and gas sectors. "We are deeply honored to partner with The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum and SEED Group expanding our reach into the Middle East," said Asheesh Mehra, AntWorks Co-Founder and Group CEO. "We see our partnership with SEED Group as an incredible opportunity to bring AntWorks' leading expertise in artificial intelligence to the GCC - helping the UAE's Ministry of AI realise its 2031 Artificial Intelligence Strategy. This is a market that thrives on innovation and has taken some of the most ambitious steps in the world in adopting the use of AI across government and business as they seek to create new economic, social, and educational opportunities for citizens. We look forward to a powerful and productive relationship that will make straight-through processing a reality across the GCC."


We've got to regulate the application of AI -- not the tech itself

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Co-Founder and Group CEO, AntWorks -- Asheesh is the co-founder and CEO of AntWorks, a global leader in AI and Robotics. He believes humane, responsible AI is the future, and is excited by its limitless applications to solve for issues t… (show all) Asheesh is the co-founder and CEO of AntWorks, a global leader in AI and Robotics. He believes humane, responsible AI is the future, and is excited by its limitless applications to solve for issues that impact business, our lives and the planet we inhabit. Prior to boarding the entrepreneurial ship, Asheesh headed Infosys BPO – Asia Pacific, Japan and the Middle East. His experience over twenty years has also spanned across leadership roles in large ITeS organizations, such as Mphasis, TCS and WNS, having worked extensively across the UK and the United States.


The Amazing Ways Babylon Health Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Make Healthcare Universally Accessible

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Babylon, a UK start-up, plans to "put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth" by putting artificial intelligence (AI) tools to work. Currently, the company has operations in the UK and Rwanda and hopes to expand to the Middle East, the United States, and China. The company's strategy is to combine the power of AI with the medical expertise of humans to deliver unparalleled access to healthcare. The Amazing Ways Babylon Health Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Make Healthcare Universally ... [ ] Accessible Babylon's engineers, doctors, and scientists developed an AI system that can receive data about the symptoms someone is suffering from, compare the information to a database of known conditions and illnesses to find possible matches, and then identify a course of action and related risk factors. People can use the "Ask Babylon" feature to inquire about their medical concerns to get an initial understanding of what they might be dealing with, but this service is not intended to replace the expertise of a doctor or be used in a medical emergency.


We need to equip young people for the jobs of the future from a pre-school age

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As the world enters the age of the fourth industrial revolution, marked by accelerating innovation and the adoption of automation, the future of work is a fundamental question for the Middle East. While some jobs will be lost and others will be created, nearly all jobs will be transformed. The new reality is one in which 45 per cent of jobs will be automatable by 2030. The automation potential will vary across sectors: jobs requiring repetitive routine work such as manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will see more than 50 per cent of its work done by smart devices. Jobs that require emotional intelligence and creativity such as the arts, health care and entertainment will only see a 29 to 37 per cent automation rate.


[WATCH] Wilbert Tabone: 'AI will empower humans, not suppress them'

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You are a member of the Malta National AI Taskforce and were involved in drafting the government's national strategy for AI. What is your background in this regard - which are your areas of expertise? In terms of my undergraduate education, my background is in creative computing – combining computing technology with art and culture, which is what my job at MUŻA involves. I subsequently studied for a post-graduate degree in Artificial Intelligence, an area I always found interesting, especially when it comes to creative intersections with AI. I am very interested in computer interaction and computer vision, which are also my areas of expertise.