Poor Health Compounds Loneliness in Seniors

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And 17 percent of respondents who often felt isolated had fair/poor mental health, compared with 2 percent of those who hardly ever felt isolated. In addition, one in five respondents who said they felt socially isolated had fair or poor hearing, compared to about one in 10 of those who said they hardly ever feel isolated.

Organizations that Implement Artificial Intelligence Increases in 2019


TechInAfrica – The implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by organizations for the past four years has rapidly increased, around 270 percent, according to the 2019 CIO survey by Gartner, Inc. The organizations that implemented AI were across all industries and predicted to keep increasing in 2019. Chris Howard, Vice President of Gartner said: "Four years ago, AI implementation was rare, only 10% of survey respondents reported that their organizations had deployed AI or would do so shortly. For 2019, that number has leaped to 37% -- a 270% increase in four years. He continued, "If you are a CIO and your organization doesn't use AI, chances are high that your competitors do and this should be a concern." The survey aims at helping IT leaders, especially CIOs to set and manage their agendas in the upcoming year. It took data from over 3,000 CIO respondents across 89 countries from main industries that represented $15 trillion of revenue and $284 billion of IT spending. In 2018, the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in many organizations across various industries grew 25%. And the number increased to 37% at the beginning of 2019. The growing number of organizations that implement AI due to its significant capabilities resulting in more organizations want to deploy it. AI has been a part of the digital strategy in many industries nowadays since it offers sustainable digital transformation and task automation. The survey reveals that around 52% of telecommunications companies apply chatbots and about 38% of healthcare providers use computer-assisted diagnostics. Meanwhile, other organizations use AI for fraud prevention and consumer determination. However, the more organizations utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI), the more challenges await them. There were around 54% of survey respondents found that the lack of skill was their biggest challenge. Howard commented on the findings, "In order to stay ahead, CIOs need to be creative.

Fewer people expect China's influence to expand: poll

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A poll has shown that the proportion of Japanese, Chinese and South Korean respondents who expect China's influence to expand has fallen in each country, Japanese private group Genron NPO said Wednesday. According to the poll, 66 percent of Chinese respondents said China's influence in Asia will increase in the next decade, down 16 percentage points from the previous year's survey. The same answer was received from 52 percent of Japanese respondents, down 8 points, and from 71 percent of South Korean ones, down 9 points. There was considerable negative news about China this year, including on the economy, Victor Yuan, head of Horizon Research Consultancy Group, which conducted the Chinese part of the survey, said, pointing to Chinese people's loss of confidence in their country. Asked about the most reliable partner for each country, Japanese and South Korean respondents cited the United States and Chinese ones looked to Russia.

Health leaders ramp up AI investments as confidence in the technology grows


Trust in artificial intelligence technology is rising sharply across healthcare, with many leaders predicting tangible cost savings in under three years. WHY IT MATTERS That's boosting investment in AI systems, according to a new Optum survey of 500 U.S. health industry leaders from hospitals, health plans, life sciences and employers, which also found 22 percent of respondents are in the late stages of AI strategy implementation. The study found revealed a nearly 90 percent increase in the number of respondents who said their organizations have a strategy in place and have implemented AI, with an average investment of just under $40 million over the next five years. Administrative process improvements top the list of investment priorities, led by technologies to help automate business processes like administrative tasks or customer service. Artificial intelligence is also expected to boost job growth and expand employment opportunities, according to survey respondents, although training in AI is seen as a stumbling block – nearly nine in 10 respondents said AI training is not happening fast enough.

The 10 Countries With the Best Quality of Life for Expats

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The country that shares its famous port wine with the world apparently also has the best quality of life for expatriates, according to Expat Insider 2017, a comprehensive report on expats. The report involved about 13,000 respondents from 188 countries or territories. A country needed at least 75 respondents to be included in the review published by InterNations, an expatriate-focused social network with more than 1.6 million members in 390 communities worldwide.