Local Finnish officials unaware of US firm's big data centre plans

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The US-headquarted consortium Silent Partner Group is planning to build three massive data centres in Finland, IT-news outlet Tietoviikko reported on Monday (in Finnish). When the data centres are operational they will reportedly each have a minimum capacity of 250MW of electricity, which would place them at the top end of the data market, according to Data Economy magazine. According to Tietoviikko, the firm has decided on the locations of all three of the planned data centres in Finland, but has so far only announced two. One of the centres is reportedly to be built in the town of Hamina, about 145km east of Helsinki, while the other site is planned in the municipality of Sotkamo, located in the Kainuu region. The company has not announced the location of its third planned data centre in Finland, according to Tietoviikko.


Tieto the First Nordic Company to Appoint Artificial Intelligence to the Leadership Team of the New Data-Driven Businesses Unit

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HELSINKI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tieto (HEX:TIE1V) (STO:TIEN) has appointed Artificial Intelligence as a member of the leadership team of its new data-driven businesses unit. The AI, called Alicia T, is the first AI to be nominated to a leadership team in an OMX-listed company. AI will help the management team to become truly data-driven and will assist the team in seeking innovative ways to pursue the significant opportunities of the data-driven world. Tieto established its new data-driven businesses unit in July 2016 to help Nordic organisations to create innovative data-driven services and new business models. In support of this goal, Tieto is also investigating the opportunities AI can present to the new unit's leadership team.


Dialogue on Dialogues -- Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Advanced Speech-Based Interactive Systems: A Report on the Interspeech 2006 Satellite Event

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The Dialogue on Dialogues workshop was organized as a satellite event at the Interspeech 2006 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and it was held on September 17, 2006, immediately before the main conference. It was planned and coordinated by Michael McTear (University of Ulster, UK), Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki, Finland), and James A. Larson (Portland State University, USA). The one-day workshop involved more than 40 participants from Europe, the United States, Australia, and Japan.


Valossa secures funding for real time, AI powered video search technology ZDNet

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Oulu, Finland based Start-up Valossa has released its new video search tool. The technology analyses video streams in real-time to identify more than one thousand concepts such as places and objects from any video stream. Valossa technology understands the contents of video files themselves through a combination of natural language processing and pattern recognition AI. It has been designed for service and content providers enabling users to can reach down into their video content, identify it and make it searchable. Sometimes the most profound solution is to change the entire problem.


Machine translation, no match for humans: machines translate words, humans the underlying message University of Helsinki

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Many of us are familiar with Google Translate, translation applications for travellers' smartphones and the instruction manuals of various devices and products. Professional translators also make use of machines. Training a computer to translate between two specific languages takes millions of sentences or billions of words worth of text. Maarit Koponen, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, is investigating which errors made by machines lead to misunderstandings and how those mistakes could be identified. The learning algorithms behind machine translation are called artificial intelligence, but machines are not intelligent in the way humans or the super AIs of science-fiction films are.