Govt aims to harness big data, AI in agriculture sector


The government and private companies alike are taking the first steps to deploy big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain insights into and offer solutions to problems in India's agriculture sector. To experiment with such technology, the NITI Aayog, the government's main think-tank, will start a pilot project on "precision agriculture" using AI in 10 districts to be selected from seven states: Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. This month, the NITI Aayog signed an agreement with software firm IBM to develop a model for crop-yield predictions using AI so that farmers can be provided real-time advisories in these states. While the project is aimed at improving yields through last-mile solutions, the private sector is also wagering money on so-called smart-agriculture systems. Companies such as CropIn and Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, say they are equipped to provide a range of technologies based on AI in areas such as pest surveillance, climate control, controlled irrigation, and warehouse management.

Women in this country are marching for their right to go out


On Jan. 21, the world was taken over by women's marches. While America marched against President Trump, Indian women took to the streets to reclaim their right to public spaces. SEE ALSO: Bangalore's'Night of Shame': Mass molestation in India's Silicon Valley on New Year's Eve What started as a Facebook thread following the Bangalore mass-molestation on New Year's Eve has now snowballed into a nationwide movement called'I Will Go Out'. More than 20 Indian cities including the national capital of New Delhi, metros Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and even smaller towns like Bhopal and Lucknow, witnessed hordes of women across age groups spilling out on the streets with placards and posters bearing strong messages against sexual harassment and gender inequality. Bengaluru women won't let molesters keep them at home, insist'I Will Go Out'

Over 5,000 Indian developers in 6 cities acquire deep learning skills, Prepare for AI era at NVIDIA Developer Connect 2017


December 21, 2017: Business Wire India NVIDIA brought together the best minds in research, academia and industry across Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bangalore 42 speaker sessions from leading experts in fields such as computer vision, sensor fusion, software development, regulation and HD mapping provide expertise NVIDIA today completed its first edition of Developer Connect 2017 in Bangalore. The six-city developer roadshow witnessed over 5,000 attendees who experienced some of the highest quality workshops and demonstrations of AI and deep learning tools, designed to meet the challenges big data presents. Attendees got a closer look at NVIDIA's DGX systems, as well as the opportunity to learn more about its new Volta architecture. Both the DGX-1 and DGX Station were on display to demonstrate the full power of these AI supercomputers. The concluding segment witnessed prominent speakers from organizations such as Ola, Cognitive Computing, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs, Shell India, Sony India and Aditya Imaging Information Technologies provide their views.

Artificial intelligence is already all around us: John MacIntyre


Mumbai: As pro vice-chancellor (product and partner development) of the University of Sunderland in the UK, Prof. John MacIntyre's brief includes covering research, innovation, knowledge exchange, employer engagement and regional economy. Since 1996, MacIntyre has also been the editor-in-chief of Neural Computing and Applications--an international scientific peer- reviewed journal published by Springer Verlag. In an interview, he talks about why artificial intelligence (AI) needs to be looked at more positively and how AI can contribute to society. MacIntyre will also address EmTech India 2017--an emerging tech conference organized by Mint and MIT Technology Review--on 9 March in New Delhi. You completed your PhD in applied AI, focussing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance.

Times AI Hub Lauds 'Industrial uses of AI' In Its Maiden Event


TimesJobs powered'Artificial Intelligence' community - Times AI Hub - conducted its maiden event at IIT Delhi to discuss the industrial uses of AI. The event brought together AI industry stalwarts and students and highlighted real-life use cases from farming to telecom. New Delhi, January 25, 2018: When Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to humanoid robot Sophia, most people didn't know how to react to the fact that a life-size bot was'living' among them, dressing up meticulously and talking about her aspirations of having a family. Bots have long been used to facilitate basic, repetitive jobs in many industries. In India, we may not have a bot as celebrated as Sophia, but bots are already serving food in a Chennai restaurant and helping customers in a Mumbai bank.