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Automated Quantification of CT Patterns Associated with COVID-19 from Chest CT

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To present a method that automatically segments and quantifies abnormal CT patterns commonly present in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), namely ground glass opacities and consolidations. In this retrospective study, the proposed method takes as input a non-contrasted chest CT and segments the lesions, lungs, and lobes in three dimensions, based on a dataset of 9749 chest CT volumes. The method outputs two combined measures of the severity of lung and lobe involvement, quantifying both the extent of COVID-19 abnormalities and presence of high opacities, based on deep learning and deep reinforcement learning. The first measure of (PO, PHO) is global, while the second of (LSS, LHOS) is lobe-wise. Evaluation of the algorithm is reported on CTs of 200 participants (100 COVID-19 confirmed patients and 100 healthy controls) from institutions from Canada, Europe and the United States collected between 2002-Present (April 2020).


GSTS awarded contribution for Space-Based Artificial Intelligence

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HALIFAX, NS, Aug. 4, 2020 /CNW/ - Global Spatial Technology Solutions ("GSTS" or "the Company") an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Maritime Analytics company today announced that it has been selected by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop space-based AI capability to support enhanced decision-making for a range of space applications focused on tasks using computer vision (such as would be used by exploration landers, rovers, robotics or Earth observation systems). This project is funded under the Space Technology Development Program. "This contribution will enable GSTS to expand our growing AI capabilities into the space sector to support decision making based on the same techniques we utilize in the maritime domain, enabling detection, recognition and prediction," said Richard Kolacz, GSTS CEO. "It is equivalent to placing the brain next to the eyes of any space asset or sensor in order to support decision-making locally, rather than having to relay all the data to Earth for analysis before a decision can be made. It is the first step in the development of truly autonomous space capability." Computer vision involves the automatic extraction, analysis and understanding of information gleaned from digital images. By applying machine learning, which is a type of AI, it can enhance and optimize the production of actionable insights much faster and more accurately than a human can.


Royal Bank of Canada and Borealis AI announce new AI

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RBC's AI private cloud platform is the first-of-its-kind in Canada to deliver intelligent software applications and boost operational efficiency Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and its AI research institute Borealis AI have partnered with Red Hat and NVIDIA to develop a new AI computing platform designed to transform the customer banking experience and help keep pace with rapid technology changes and evolving customer expectations. "Modern AI cannot exist without access to high performance computing. This collaboration means that we can conduct research at scale, and deploy machine learning applications in production with improved efficiency and speed to market." As AI models become more efficient and accurate, so do the computational complexities associated with them. RBC and Borealis AI set out to build an in-house AI infrastructure that would allow transformative intelligent applications to be brought to market faster and deliver an enhanced experience for clients.


Council of Europe starts work on legally-binding AI treaty – Government & civil service news

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The Council of Europe is working on a future legal framework to regulate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across all 47 member states. The Council's Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) held a three-day meeting on 6-8 July attended by around 150 international experts. The purpose of the meeting was to draw up "concrete proposals on the feasibility study of a future legal framework on artificial intelligence based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law," according to the Council. Representatives from all 47 member states, including Russia, attended the online meeting alongside delegates from'observer states' (USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Vatican and Israel) and AI experts drawn from civil society, academia, and business. Other international organisations such as the EU, OECD and the UN will also contribute to CAHAI's work on potential AI regulation.


Future Fields is tackling cultured meat's biggest problem -- #ArtificialIntelligence #StartUp #iot #robotics #AI

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One possible solution to cellular agriculture's biggest problem -- how to develop a cheap, humane, growth material for cultured meat -- may have come from a conversation in line at a Tim Hortons in Alberta. The husband and wife duo of Matt and Jalene Anderson-Baron were waiting for Timbits and coffee and talking about the technology behind their startup, Future Fields, when Jalene suggested a possible new growth medium. Matt Anderson-Baron had hit a wall in his research, and the pair, which represented two-thirds of the founding triumvirate of Future Fields, were out for a snack. Along with co-founder Lejjy Gafour, the three friends had set out to launch a startup from Canada that could do something about the world's reliance on animals for protein. They recognized that the attendant problems associated with animal farming were unsustainable at a scale needed to meet global demand for meat.


Google Assistant's new Family Bell feature adds structure to endless summer days

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As summer slowly winds to a close and the first day of remote learning remains weeks away (for many of us, anyway), it's easy--way too easy--to let the kids go nuts on their iPads while the grown-ups toil at home. Luckily, Google Assistant has a new feature to help keep young ones from disappearing into their bean bags. Slated to roll out starting today in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and India, the new Family Bell feature lets you create bells that sound on your Google smart speakers and displays, just like the bells at school. For example, you can day "Hey Google, create a Family Bell" to set reminder bells for breakfast, the start of a virtual camp day, recess in the backyard, or dinner time. You can ask Google Assistant to set a Family Bell on recurring days of the week, and in specific rooms.


RBC Seeks to Pump Up Its AI Models With a New Platform

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Royal Bank of Canada is upgrading its trove of artificial-intelligence models with advanced capabilities, as it seeks to beef up its usage of the technology to improve operations and customer experience. The Toronto-based bank, which serves more than 17 million customers in over 30 countries, has 1,000-plus AI models for jobs like fraud detection, risk analysis and marketing. Part of the goal is to take models that use simple prediction techniques, such as linear regression, and apply advanced techniques, like machine-learning,...


Soaring Attendance at the 57th Design Automation Conference, as Premier Event for the Electronic Design Ecosystem Gets Even Bigger

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Total conference attendance at the 2020 Design Automation Conference (DAC), the industry's premier event dedicated to the design and design automation of electronic circuits and systems, leapt by 52% compared to DAC 2019, according to the 57th DAC Executive Committee (EC). The intense engagement at the 57th DAC, held for the first time virtually due to the recent pandemic, reflected a voracious appetite among engineers for information and insights to propel design innovation. Submissions to DAC's research track increased by 20% in the past two years, and the Designer, IP and Embedded Tracks submissions increased by 15% compared to 2019, continuing a steady three-year rise. The global reach of DAC, July 19 - 24, soared at the 2020 virtual event with attendance from the following regions: 24% Asia Pac, 11% Europe, 52% United States and 13% a combination of Canada, South America and Middle East. Despite the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic, design innovation never sleeps," said Zhuo Li, General Chair of the 57th DAC. "We had record attendance viewing each of the four Keynotes, plus attendees globally were able to view the recorded technical sessions at their leisure in their respected time-zones.


Microsoft's Cortana is saying goodbye to Android and iOS in 2021

Mashable

In an announcement posted on July 31, the company said it would pull the Cortana mobile app from both iOS and Android devices in early 2021. While this is new for American users, Microsoft did a similar scrubbing of mobile Cortana in regions like Canada, Australia, and the U.K back in Jan. 2020. As Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry explained back then, this means that, "your reminders and lists won't work through [mobile Cortana] anymore. They'll still be synced to the Microsoft To Do app, as a minor consolation prize. It's also being integrated into Microsoft 365 apps."


Datametrex Awarded Contract Extension With US Air Force, by @nasdaq

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TORONTO, July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Datametrex AI Limited (the "Company" or "Datametrex") (TSXV: DM, FSE: D4G) is pleased to announce that it has been successfully awarded a second contract in the United States defense industry, United States Air Force via Wright State Applied Research Corp. ("WSARC") on July 29, 2020. WSARC is provides contracting, security and research administration services for Wright State Research Institute, the University and the state of Ohio, and will head the U.S. Air Force Academic Partnership and Engagement Experiment (APEX) program. "This is a great example of renewable business for Datametrex. Getting a one-year contract extension shows that our technology is valued by the client, and marks progress in our plan to expand our mandate with the organization. Datametrex will continue to solidify our position as a trusted solution provider within the U.S. military departments."