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DIGITIMES: Why are Smart Cities the Future Momentum

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DIGITIMES Research report shows that Taiwan's ICT industry development has shifted from focusing on hardware to hardware/software integration models. The industry is combining big data analysis and AI applications in public IoT to facilitate the development of smart city management. Tools such as IoT, AI, cloud computing, and communications technologies are efficiently integrated with urban infrastructure to ultimately produce economic benefits and improve quality of life. It is estimated that the business opportunities of smart cities will reach $2.6 trillion in 2025, mainly in the Asia Pacific region. This includes sectors such as smart poles, building, parking, monitor, government, transportation, fire protection, water conservancy and WITMED.


Charts: Global AI Stats and Trends

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental agency with 38 member countries, founded in 1961 in France to stimulate economic progress and world trade. The OECD's "AI Policy Observatory" tracks artificial intelligence research and advancement. This includes the number of annual AI-related research papers by country, an indicator of its progress. According to the OECD, since 2010 China has led the world in AI research, reaching 141,006 cumulative (since 1980) papers in 2021. Hence China is becoming the global leader in artificial intelligence.


New AI Model Translates 200 Languages, Making Technology Accessible to More People

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Language is our lifeline to the world. But because high-quality translation tools don't exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can't access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is particularly an issue for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa and Asia. To help people connect better today and be part of the metaverse of tomorrow, our AI researchers created No Language Left Behind (NLLB), an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world's languages. Today, we're announcing an important breakthrough in NLLB: We've built a single AI model called NLLB-200, which translates 200 different languages with results far more accurate than what previous technology could accomplish.


WNS Expands Intelligent Automation Capabilities with Acquisition of Vuram - Express Computer

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WNS (Holdings) Limited a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) services, today announced it has acquired Vuram, a global leader in enterprise automation services. Vuram helps companies accelerate digital transformation by aligning, automating, and optimizing processes using a combination of low-code software applications and intelligent automation platforms. By integrating these technologies into core business operations, Vuram is able to drive end-to-end enterprise automation and the creation of custom, scalable BPM solutions. These solutions include the ability to extract, collect, and categorize data using OCR and AI-based document processing, develop rule-based processing engines and ML-based augmentation, and leverage advanced analytics to improve decision-making. Vuram has also created customizable, low-code, "plug and play" solutions across front, middle, and back-office functions, including industry-specific solutions for the Banking/Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals.


Chinese researchers develop device they say can test loyalty of ruling party members

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Researchers in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui say they have developed a device that can determine loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) using facial scans. A short video uploaded to the Weibo account of the Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center on June 30 said the project was an example of "artificial intelligence empowering party-building." The Weibo post was later deleted, but a text summary of the video, produced in honor of the CCP's July 1 anniversary, remained available on the Internet Archive on Monday. "Guaranteeing the quality of party-member activities is turning into a problem in need of coordination," the text said. "This equipment is a kind of smart ideology, using AI technology to extract and integrate facial expressions, EEG readings and skin conductivity ... making it possible to ascertain the levels of concentration, recognition and mastery of ideological and political education so as to better understand its effectiveness," the description said.


Indigenous AI-powered Software to Prevent Trespassing on Defence Land

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Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) has developed an indigenous AI-based software that will detect illegal constructions or trespassing on the defence land using satellite imaging. The software was developed by the Centre of Excellence on Satellite and Unmanned Remote VEhicle Initiative (CoE-SURVEI), along with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), at Meerut Cantonment in Uttar Pradesh. Currently, the technology employs trained software and Cartosat-3 imagery from the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). This software can detect any alterations made to the land by comparing satellite images in a time series. It allows the CEOs of Cantonment Boards to keep track of changes being made to the area, whether or not these changes are authorized, and when to take any action if it turns out to be unauthorized.


Meta's latest AI can translate 200 languages in real time

Engadget

More than 7,000 languages are currently spoken on this planet and Meta seemingly wants to understand them all. Six months ago, the company launched its ambitious No Language Left Behind (NLLB) project, training AI to translate seamlessly between numerous languages without having to go through English first. On Wednesday, the company announced its first big success, dubbed NLLB-200. It's an AI model that can speak in 200 tongues, including a number of less-widely spoken languages from across Asia and Africa, like Lao and Kamba. According to a Wednesday blog post from the company, NLLB-200 can translate 55 African languages with "high-quality results."


Convin launches AI-powered agent assist platform for banks & financial institutions - India Press Release

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Bengaluru, July 6, 2022: Bengaluru-based Convin.ai, a leading AI-driven platform that reimagines virtual assisted selling for businesses, today announced that it has launched an AI-powered agent assist platform that helps them better prioritize their collection accounts resulting in a 25% increase in the closure rate. The new platform also has a proactive alert mechanism and sentiment analysis that triggers a red alert in case of any shouting or abuse during the call so that necessary steps can be taken to tackle such a situation. The proactive alert mechanism has helped Convin's BFSI customers improve their CSAT scores by 30%. Three main pillars supporting the just launched platform are – 1. Automated quality management, which scores the call performance and identifies training opportunities for agents; 2. Call behaviour analysis which uncovers the behaviour outcome of calls (wins and losses) and 3. Automated quality coaching based on the above 2 that completely removes the dependency on archaic coaching methods. Convin offers a holistic platform that allows customers to interact at multiple channels in different ways, automates conversation analysis, assists agents to sell better, improves agent productivity, and enhances end-customer experiences.


Singapore develops Asia's first AI-based mobile app for shark and ray fin identification to combat illegal wildlife trade

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Singapore, 8 June 2022 – The Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), Microsoft and Conservation International announced the launch of Fin Finder, Asia's first mobile application that employs artificial intelligence (AI) to visually identify illegally traded shark and ray species. Through the tripartite collaboration, the mobile app was created by a Singapore-led team from Conservation International in consultation with NParks with support from the Microsoft AI for Earth program. The app will be used by officers from the Singapore National Parks Board to combat illegal wildlife trade. According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix II [1], there are approximately 1,000 species of sharks and rays in the world, of which over 30 species are listed under CITES Appendix II for regulated trade. In Singapore, more than 160,000 kilograms of fins from CITES-listed sharks and rays have entered the borders between 2012 and 2020 [2].


Japan's forestry industry tests robots to address labor shortage

The Japan Times

The yellow, four-legged robot walks up a grass slope, then marches through a forest full of twigs. It even mounts a stump and then climbs down unassisted. It's part of a trial run by Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) and SoftBank Corp., using robots produced by Boston Dynamics. The goal: find a solution to Japan's chronic labor shortage in the forestry industry. If successful, it could increase reforestation in the country and help Japan achieve its carbon neutrality goals.