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AI start-up CEO encourages fellow founders to make culture their secret ingredient

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The co-founder of a fast-growing conversational AI start-up attributes its ongoing success to the commitment to building a diverse and trusting company culture almost as much as to the quality of the technology it is offering. Andrei Papancea is CEO of conversational AI specialist NLX, which has expanded from five to 25 staff in a little over a year. The small team is geographically spread across the world, from New York to Seattle to Queensland, and Berlin, and speaks 19 different languages, including Arabic, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish. Andrei says that his mission is to combine the best of AI with the best of human support to create extraordinary, memorable self-service experiences for users by building the world's go-to platform to create human conversational AI applications. "In all the jobs I had throughout my career, I always disliked it when good people – my colleagues, my peers, and my friends – quit. They always left for one of three reasons: they weren't paid well, they didn't feel heard or respected, or they didn't have interesting and engaging work to do. In building NLX, I've done the best I can to avoid losing good people because of these three reasons," explains Andrei.


Queensland government expands police air fleet with new drone trials

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The Queensland government has announced that it will invest nearly a million dollars to deliver drones for use in Townsville and Cairns. The government of the Sunshine State detailed that the drones will initially be trialled in each town for 12 months. The remotely piloted aircrafts will be integrated with an aerial platform featuring intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, plus AI technologies for tracking vehicles and thermal imaging cameras to locate lost people. Police on the ground will then be able to receive a live feed of images being recorded by the aerial platform. The drones form part of an expansion of the Queensland Police's air fleet, which will also see the introduction of new helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.


Facial recognition taken to the next level in virtual reality

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Faces can unlock smartphones, provide access to a secure building, and speed up passport control at airports, verifying identities for numerous purposes. An international team of researchers from Australia, New Zealand and India has taken facial recognition technology to the next level, using a person's expression to manipulate objects in a virtual reality setting without the use of a handheld controller or touchpad. In a world first study led by the University of Queensland, human computer interaction experts used neural processing techniques to capture a person's smile, frown and clenched jaw and used each expression to trigger specific actions in virtual reality environments. One of the researchers involved in the experiment, University of South Australia's Professor Mark Billinghurst, says the system has been designed to recognize different facial expressions via an EEG headset. "A smile was used to trigger the'move' command; a frown for the'stop' command and a clench for the'action' command, in place of a handheld controller performing these actions," says Prof Billinghurst.


How AI is Saving Sea Turtles?

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AI technologies are being used in different areas like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, teaching, security, etc. However, the use of artificial intelligence is not just confined to some businesses and industries. Artificial Intelligence is also being used for saving the environment, and saving sea turtles as well. There are different ways to help the environment, and the use of AI software for saving sea turtles is one such way to use AI for conservation. The use of AI technologies has helped in protecting and saving sea turtles eggs from the feral pigs in North Queensland in Australia.


Chicken wing gets literal with KFC drone delivery pilot

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On-demand delivery drone company Wing continues to expand its pilot in southeast Queensland, announcing it has teamed up with KFC to run a trial where its drones will be used to deliver for free a range of Kentucky Fried Chicken menu items to customers in the area. According to the Alphabet-owned subsidiary, the drone delivery pilot will be available to a "small number" of households in Kingstone, Logan Central, Slacks Creek, Underwood, and Woodridge, with plans to gradually expand to include other nearby locations. Participating customers craving a KFC Zinger burger or some salty chips will be able to put through their orders on the Wing delivery app, downloadable from the App Store or Google Play. Once an order is submitted, the drone will fly to pick up the feed at the Wing delivery site where a purpose-built KFC kitchen prepares all orders. When the order is picked up, the drone will fly to the designated delivery destination.


A simple calculation can stop artificial intelligence sending you broke - ToysMatrix

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Mike is a 40-something crop farmer from southern Queensland. With a chestnut tan, crushing handshake and a strong outback accent, he's the third generation of his family to grow sorghum, a cereal mostly used for animal fodder. But, like most farmers, Mike faces more challenges than his forbears. Climate change has eroded Australian farms' profitability by an average of 23% over the past 20 years. It's a constant challenge to improve productivity by producing more with less.


A Little About Me -- Amena Khatun

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My name is Amena Khatun, and I currently live in Australia with my partner and our son. I am working as a'Postdoctoral Fellow' at Queensland University and Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. My research interest is computer vision, deep learning, person re-identification, and security surveillance. In February 2017, my Ph.D. journey started in computer vision and deep learning at QUT. I am so thankful for the Australian Government RTP Scholarship, QUT HDR tuition Fees Sponsorship, and QUT Top-up Scholarship.


Making sense of patient experience data

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Artificial intelligence that scans extensive amounts of data could help revolutionise how health providers interpret patient feedback. University of Queensland researchers, supported by the Global Change Institute (GCI), are examining how improving access to real-time patient data with artificial intelligence software could lead to better health outcomes. UQ Research Fellow Professor Jason Pole said an efficient system was needed to allow healthcare providers to use the data constructively. "For some time, patients have been routinely invited to provide feedback on their healthcare experience by responding to a simple text message – not unlike rating a hotel room or restaurant online," Professor Pole said. "Our studies have demonstrated that artificial intelligence could be used to process the patient feedback data in a way that is not only meaningful, but efficient."


Brisbane's Queen's Wharf to undergo digital transformation

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Schneider Electric has officially commenced its digital transformation journey with Queen's Wharf Brisbane after two years' preparation. As a technology partner for the high-profile development, Schneider is set to future-proof the precinct with its cutting-edge technology in digital buildings and unrivalled local resources. Currently the largest development in Queensland, worth $3.6 billion and covering over 26 hectares of land and water, the Queen's Wharf Development transforms a once underutilised area into a vibrant location of major significance to the Brisbane CBD's future plans. The partnership will see Schneider design and implement integrated digital solutions that feature Building Management Systems (BMS), and Integrated System Platforms (ISP) across the whole precinct, including The Star Grand hotel, casino, main podium area, Sky Deck, as well as the Dorsett hotel and Rosewood hotel. Louise Monger, Vice President of Digital Buildings at Schneider Electric said, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to apply Schneider's world-class expertise in digital buildings to future proof such a significant project for the community. "Our relationship with the Queen's Wharf team began in 2017, when we first identified technology to be a key focus for the development.


Team uses AI to develop the 'ultimate' chickpea - Futurity

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You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Using artificial intelligence, researchers have developed a genetic model for the "ultimate" chickpea, with the potential to lift crop yields by up to 12%. Researchers genetically mapped thousands of chickpea varieties, and then used this information to identify the most valuable gene combinations using artificial intelligence (AI). Researchers wanted to to develop a "haplotype" genomic prediction crop breeding strategy, for enhanced performance for seed weight. "Most crop species only have a few varieties sequenced, so it was a massive undertaking by the international team to analyze more than 3,000 cultivated and wild varieties," says Ben Hayes, professor at the University of Queensland.