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How AI and robots are eating desperately-needed jobs in India


If I were under the age of 40, a category that encompasses approximately 65 percent of Indians, I would be absolutely terrified right about now. For that matter, if I were below or above those ages, I would also be petrified. If ever a country faced the prospect of a dystopian future marked by gangs of unemployed youth in the millions wandering about creating mayhem, pillaging and plundering for lack of anything else to do, it's India -- unless it is able and willing to do something about it very quickly and efficiently. Sophia got to share her views with some powerful leaders. AI and robotics are part of this story but to understand the gigantic swamp of quicksand that India is in, we have to go back a little.

SBI Deploys Payjo AI Based Chatbot To Help Customers - TeleAnalysis


World's largest bank, the State Bank of India (SBI), has deployed a new artificial intelligence (AI) based chatbot to help its customers that include addressing customer queries and help them find right kind of services from the bank. The AI solution, named SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA), is deployed by Payjo that also offers similar solutions to many other international banks including Yes Bank. The SIA, Payjo said addresses customer enquiries instantly and helps them with everyday banking tasks just like a bank representative. The chatbot firm said setting up the AI platform for State Bank of India, the world's largest bank with 420 Million customers is nothing short of an engineering marvel.

India starts work on Japanese bullet train that will fire people across the country at incredible speed

The Independent

India has started building a super-fast bullet train that will fire people across the country. Japan is helping to construct the high-speed train that will fire people the 310 miles between Ahmadabad, the main commercial city in Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's native state, to India's financial capital of Mumbai. "My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. "A strong India is in Japan's interest and a strong Japan is in India's interest," Mr Abe said soon after he and Mr Modi pressed a button at the foundation laying ceremony for the high-speed train.

3 Technologies To Make 'Digital India' Dream Come True -


As part of the initiative, the telecom governing body will be collaborating with the telcos and internet data providers to set up'pay-as-you-go' public data offices (PDOs) in different parts of the country. As a part of Prime Minister Modi's Digital India initiative, The Indian Railways have partnered with Google to provide Wi-Fi broadband facility to passengers at major railway stations across India. "Increasingly being termed cyber archaeology, the latest Big Data tools can help archaeological agencies capture digital information, collaborate, store, share, as well as display data for public and researchers. All these technologies today are also giving shape to our country's much ambitious initiative- Smart Cities-India took a major step towards building safer, greener and intelligent cities as the government announced its plans to develop 100 smart cities along with a host of urban renewal schemes.

How India's public policy can take maximum advantage of AI


The report titled Artificial Intelligence and Robotics–2017 believes that national initiatives like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India could immensely benefit from AI technologies. AI, for instance, can be applied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives such as the Digital India initiative, Skill India and Make in India; in large-scale public endeavours ranging from crop insurance schemes, tax fraud detection, and detecting subsidy leakage, and to helping hone the country's defence strategy. For example, cloud computing infrastructure, which is capable of storing large amounts of data and facilitating the huge amount of computing power essential for AI applications, is largely located on servers abroad. To encourage the same level of innovation in AI research efforts in India, initiatives to hold events and build user communities in the field of AI will go a long way, the report notes.


U.S. News

FILE - In this June 2, 2017, file photo Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Trump administration is set to authorize the sale of surveillance drones to India as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting on June 26. That's according to a congressional aide and an industry representative speaking to The Associated Press.

Digital Payments, AI and VR will power the Indian economy in future


He said: "Post demonetization, the growth of mobile wallets has surpassed the growth of net banking and other digital payment offerings from banks in India. To figure out how are some of the government initiatives working, as they show where the opportunities will be in the future (more people online, more ecommerce and more digital spend), The Drum spoke to K Yatish Rajawat who is a well known digital strategist and policy analyst based in Delhi. For instance, it has made an open stack (UPI) that allows banks to create applications for mobile phones for digital transactions. We spoke to Arvind Gupta, founder member of AI startup India is moving from a data poor country to a data rich country and AI will play a true role in delivering services self services, bringing about a policy driven state where only exceptions will need to be handled by government staff."

Datasets of the Week, April 2017: Fraud Detection, Exoplanets, Indian Premier League, & the French Election


In this month's set of hand-picked datasets of the week, you can familiarize yourself with techniques for fraud detection using a simulated mobile transaction dataset, learn how researchers use data in the deep space hunt for exoplanets, and more. What I have learned is that with the help of simulation to generate synthetic datasets we can study a specific fraud phenomenon and more important measure the impact of different controls that we can implement before implementing them. So I decided to download the data for all the seasons of IPL (total 9), convert to csv format and started looking at the key insights. Comparison of interest from Google Trends and Twitter mentions by candidate in the kernel "First Round Prediction."

Making predictions with Big Data


At first glance, the letter from the Delhi police commissioner's desk could have easily been dismissed as another routine laundry list of his department's "achievements" in the previous year. A closer look at the letter, written a little over two years ago, would have sprung a pleasant surprise in the context of the city police's technology prowess. The Delhi Police, according to the letter, had partnered with the Indian Space Research Organisation to implement CMAPS--Crime Mapping, Analytics and Predictive System--under the "Effective use of Space Technology-based Tools for Internal Security Scheme" initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. CMAPS generates crime-reporting queries and has the capacity to identify crime hotspots by auto sweep on the Dial 100 database every 1-3 minutes, replacing a Delhi Police crime-mapping tool that involved manual gathering of data every 15 days. It performs trend analysis, compiles crime and criminal profiles and analyses the behaviour of suspected offenders--all with accompanying graphics.

UP election results 2017: Move over exit polls, Artificial Intelligence gives Modis BJP 220 seats


An internet data analysis says the BJP could get between 220-222 seats and about 35 per cent vote share in Uttar Pradesh. An artificial intelligence analysis of internet engagements across parties shows the Bharatiya Janata Party is far ahead in its online push and this could translate into 220-222 seats for the party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the results for which will be announced tomorrow. In Uttar Pradesh too, evidently, the party carpet-bombed the internet with PM Modi's messaging and that could translate into substantially more votes for the BJP, if data analysis is to be believed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's engagement across platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube was substantially higher than Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaj Party.