We recently chatted with Susanna Dillenbeck, Commercial Partnerships Manager at Furhat Robotics, to learn more about the impact Conversational AI and Social Robots are having on our lives, and their potential for the future. Furhat Robotics is a Stockholm-based startup building the world's most advanced social robotics and conversational AI platform. Hi Susanna, thank you so much for joining us for the RE•WORK Woman in AI Podcast today. I wanted just to firstly ask if you could tell us a bit about the company that you work for, which is Furhat Robotics. It was founded in 2014 I believe. Yes, exactly, so we are a social robotics startup from Sweden originating from the Royal Institute of Technology here in Stockholm, and the company was actually never meant to be a company. So we are the result of the research of our four founders and our current CEO, this was also his PhD project, and it just turned out that the research that we made within social robotics was quite groundbreaking and people from all over the world started reaching out to the group and saying, OK, where can we buy your robot or your prototype? And then the company was born as a demand out of that.
Virginia Dignum is a Professor in the Dept. of Computing Science of Umeå University, where she leads the Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence research group. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. She received a PhD in 2004 from Utrecht University, before that she worked for 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management. Her research focuses on the complex interconnections and interdependencies between people, organizations, and technology. Prof. Dignum is actively involved in international initiatives on policy and strategy guidelines for AI research and applications, she is a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, the TU Delft Design for Values Institute, the European forum AI4People, the Responsible Robotics Foundation, the Dutch AI Alliance on AI (ALLAI-NL), and the ADA-AI Foundation.
At several points during my time with Ratchet & Clank – after landing on a new planet whose peculiar rocky landscape stretched off far into the distance, for instance, or while I was zipping around a collapsing city and battling a titanic robot as dimensional rifts catapulted me at speed through different worlds – I felt compelled to call my partner into the room to watch. If you want to know what the PlayStation 5 can do visually, this is the game that will show you. I have rarely been as awestruck by how a game looks; I think the last time was when I was drinking in the austere beauty of mythical Scandinavia in God of War. It's hard to overstate how technically impressive Rift Apart is, and how much that contributed to the joy I felt playing it. This family-friendly action game might not do anything revolutionary with its structure or storytelling, but good lord, does it elevate the spectacle and fun to a new dimension. This is a blissfully uncomplicated cartoon science-fiction escapade about two furry aliens trying to save the universe (multiple universes, in fact) from a robot supervillain with a gun that can tear open portals between dimensions.
LKAB, Minalyze AB and Sentian say they have joined forces in a consortium to develop the latest technology for scanning drill core. In March 2020, LKAB started a test with the Minalyzer CS drill core scanner where the goal was to improve the workflow for core logging – ie how the results of exploration drilling are analysed. The test led to a permanent installation in Kiruna (Sweden) and expansion to Malmberget where data from the Minalyzer CS is used to help geological logging of the drill core. The consortium of LKAB, Minalyze and Sentian are now set to take the use of data to the next level when boreholes in LKAB's deposits are to be investigated. The new artificial intelligence application being developed by the trio will make the analysis much faster, with the time to evaluate a drill core reduced from weeks to minutes, with increased accuracy.
The temperature of the Earth is too damn high. Unless we can get our planet to halt its warming trend, and soon, our species continued existence here is very much in jeopardy. Sure, we've implemented countless climate change remediation schemes in recent decades but the fact remains that our window of opportunity for addressing this issue is quickly closing. It might come time in the very near future that we stop farting around with half-measures and pull out the proverbial big guns, namely geoengineering and terraformation. In Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, Stockholm Resilience Centre researchers Owen Gaffney and Johan Rockström walk readers through the scope and scale of environmental challenges we currently face, explore the concept of "planetary stewardship," and in the excerpt below, discuss what we might have to do if what we're doing doesn't work. Excerpted from Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet reprinted by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Developed by experts from Sweden's Lund University, the approach has the potential to speed up diagnoses while removing the need for costly, specialist equipment. At present, some 20–30 per cent of patients with Alzheimer's disease are misdiagnosed in specialist care alone, let alone primary care, the team noted. A new tool -- using just a blood test (pictured) and a quick set of cognitive tests -- can predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer's in four years with 90 per cent accuracy'Our algorithm is based on a blood analysis of phosphylated rope and a risk gene for Alzheimer's, as well as testing of memory and executive ability,' said neurologist Sebastian Palmqvist of Lund University and the Skåne University Hospital. 'We have developed an online tool to calculate the risk at the individual level that a person with mild memory difficulties will develop Alzheimer's within four years.' In their study, Professor Palmqvist and colleagues examined 340 people with mild memory difficulties who had been recruited into the Swedish BioFINDER Study into neurodegenerative diseases and 543 people from North America.
The test, at the AstaZero test track in Sweden, is part of the EU-funded 5GCroCo project – a major initiative that is preparing for large-scale connected car trials along a 5G corridor between Metz in France, Merzig in Germany and Luxembourg. The AstaZero track tests proved that seamless service continuity on 5G networks can be guaranteed across borders – good news as cross-border handovers are essential to enabling continuous driving experiences between national networks when connected and autonomous vehicles cross from one country to another. Crossing borders by car is often part of a longer journey – and long journeys are one of the circumstances when high-quality maps are appreciated most. The Ericsson/Volvo trial also utilized 5G connectivity to ensure that maps were constantly updated with the latest real-time information to aid future autonomous driving operations and an understanding of the environment beyond the range of the vehicle and its sensors. As part of the test, Ericsson deployed a 5G mobile radio network while two Volvo cars received an HD map of the route ahead.
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. In the first instance, a person who has completed a Swedish doctoral degree in Law with a focus on IT Law and AI or has a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to this or has achieved equivalent scientific competence is sought, no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier. Such reasons are leave due to illness, parental leave, clinical service, elected positions within trade unions or other similar circumstances.
STOCKHOLM – Silicon Valley leaders tell us that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring untold benefits. They say it is already underway and accelerating, powered by artificial intelligence and other technologies, and warn that we will be left eating dust if we don't get with the program. The prevailing consensus among Israelis that Palestinian nationalism had been defeated – and thus that a political solution to the conflict was no longer necessary – lies in tatters. And even as the violence escalates, it has become clear to both sides that the era of glorious wars and victories is over. This upheaval – which also reflects the impact of robotics, bio- and nanotechnology, 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – is a general-purpose revolution.
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is already a reality in many industries, but the technology also has significantly more potential, as an analysis from Accenture and Frontier Economics shows. The report predicts that labor productivity in developed countries can increase by up to 40 percent until 2035 due to the influence of artificial intelligence. A high increase in productivity is projected in Sweden at around 37 percent. The U.S. (35 percent) and Japan (34 percent) are also expected to benefit greatly from the effects of AI. In Germany and Austria, AI can potentially maximize labor productivity by around 30 percent within the next 15 years.