As Artificial Intelligence offered its best at the beginning of the pandemic, starting from predicting the outbreak up to monitoring the number of cases, it continues to facilitate all our life aspects for us and our children to be able to work, study, and play safely. Virtual assistants and chatbots have been deployed to support healthcare organisations. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Microsoft have developed a coronavirus self-checker service to help users self-assess COVID-19 and suggest a course of action. AI has been used for checking temperature using; tracking cases and their contacts with facial recognition and smartphones; and tracking the GPS location and itinerary of infected people through mobile phones. You no longer need to physically perform your tasks as AI gives you the ability to control your home or company remotely.
In 2016, AlphaGo, a machine, defeated 18-time world champion Lee Sedol at the game of Go, a complex board game requiring intuition, imagination, and strategic thinking--abilities long considered distinctly human. Since then, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have advanced even further, 1 1. AI can be defined as the ability of a machine to perform cognitive functions associated with human minds (e.g., perceiving, reasoning, learning, and problem solving). It includes various capabilities, such as machine learning, facial recognition, computer vision, smart robotics, virtual agents, and autonomous vehicles. See "Global AI Survey: AI proves its worth, but few scale impact," November 2019, McKinsey.com.
The Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MeitY) aims to launch a raft of artificial intelligence (AI) challenges in a bid to empower domestic entrepreneurs amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. The ministry will hold AI challenges for sectors like healthcare, education, agriculture, natural language processing and smart mobility and transportation. Applications will be invited on MyGov, a citizen-engagement platform, and will also be promoted on MeitY Start-up Hub in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. A jury, comprising experts from industry, academia and the government, will select 16 best AI start-ups on October 6. In each category, the best AI start-up will receive a cash prize of 20 lakh.
The importance of digital transformation has accelerated manifold in the last few months as Covid-19 has brought to the fore the importance of digital technologies including artificial intelligence in addressing the healthcare crisis, restarting supply chains, enabling online education and almost every aspect of the economy. MeitY is organizing RAISE 2020 – Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020, a Global Summit on Artificial Intelligence to be held virtually from 5th Oct to 9th Oct 2020. Experts from Industry, Academia and Government from all across the world will be participating in this Global summit, which will bring together all stakeholders on Artificial Intelligence on one platform. AI has the power to solve many societal challenges and be an enabler for inclusion, there is a need to promote and identify such innovative solutions. In order to promote and showcase such innovative AI solutions developed by Indian startups, an AI Solution Challenge is being organized for Indian startups in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
The Penn State community is invited to virtually attend the Nittany AI Challenge Celebration, where nine student teams will present their minimum viable product for a chance to share in the remaining pool of $25,000 in funding. Saqib Shaikh, software engineering manager and project lead for the Seeing AI project at Microsoft, will be the keynote speaker. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, via Zoom. The following nine teams were chosen during preliminary rounds of the challenge and spent the past six months competing virtually from all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They stayed connected online as they worked out the final details of a solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI) for good to address problems within the areas of education, health, humanitarian challenges, sustainability and climate change.
EqualAI, a nonprofit organization and leading voice focused on reducing unconscious bias in the development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), challenged corporations and business leaders around the globe to take The Pledge to Reduce Bias in AI. There are immediate actions that organizations can take to identify and reduce bias within their existing systems. EqualAI has been seeking out ways that companies can go beyond mere statements in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and commit to action. The Pledge identifies actions within a company's control that they can commit to changing quickly to create a tangible impact in our society. Organizations taking The Pledge to Reduce Bias in AI are forward-thinking leaders.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be the dominant technology of the future and will impact every corner of society. In particular, AI / ML (machine learning) will shape how communication networks, a lifeline of our society, will be run. Many companies in the ICT sector are exploring how to make best use of AI/ML. ITU has been at the forefront of this endeavour exploring how to best apply AI/ML in future networks including 5G networks. The time is therefore right to bring together the technical community and stakeholders to brainstorm, innovate and solve relevant problems in 5G using AI/ML.
In particular, the machine learning advantage showed itself early on in the pandemic, spotting the first signs of pandemic risk and recommending derisking or even a stop to trading. And, as the spread of the virus gives the world a lethal demonstration of exactly what exponential growth looks like, we're all learning that an apparently insignificant delay in responding early on can make a catastrophic difference once the curve steepens. The US introduced social distancing on March 16; had it done so on March 2 instead, 90% of those now dead of Covid-19 would still be alive, epidemiologists estimate. Similar delays of a few days in response may have made the difference between European countries like Greece and Ireland suffering hundreds of deaths, and countries like the UK and Spain suffering thousands. Taiwan's health ministry, meanwhile, has reportedly credited part of the country's prompt response to the pandemic to an unlikely source: a December 2019 post on the virus on the country's unruly PTT online bulletin board.
As urban populations grow, more people are exposed to the benefits and hazards of city life. One challenge for cities is managing the risk of disasters in a constantly changing built environment. Buildings, roads, and critical infrastructure need to be mapped frequently, accurately, and in enough detail to represent assets important to every community. Knowing where and how assets are vulnerable to damage or disruption by natural hazards is key to disaster risk management (DRM). The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a global partnership that provides knowledge, funding, and technical assistance towards achieving the vision of a world where resilient societies manage and adapt to ever-changing disaster and climate risk, and where the human and economic impact of disasters is reduced.