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Asian farmers turn to drones and apps for labor amid climate challenges

The Japan Times

BAN MAI, Thailand – As a child, Manit Boonkhiew watched his grandparents plow their rice farm near Bangkok with water buffaloes, and harvest by hand. His parents switched to tractors and threshers, while he now uses a zippy drone to spray pesticide on his field. Manit, who grows rice, orchids and fruit trees on about 40 acres (16 hectares) of land in Ban Mai, is part of a community enterprise that recently acquired a drone under a Thai government program to digitize agriculture. Drones to plant seeds, and spray pesticide and fertilizers are growing in popularity in the Southeast Asian country as it grapples with a labor shortage that worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, with restrictions on movement of workers. "Labor is the biggest challenge for us -- it's hard to get, and it's expensive," said Manit, 56, a leader of the Ban Mai Community Rice Center farm that comprises 57 members with nearly 400 acres of land.

Thai PM to visit Saudi Arabia as diplomatic relations thaw

Al Jazeera

Thailand's prime minister will visit Saudi Arabia next week in what will be the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a diplomatic row over a jewellery theft nearly 30 years ago. Saudi Arabia downgraded its diplomatic relations with Bangkok following the theft in 1989 of about $20m worth of jewels by a Thai janitor working in the palace of a Saudi prince. The theft triggered a feud between the countries dubbed the "Blue Diamond Affair" that has yet to be resolved. Thai police later returned some of the jewels but Saudi officials claimed most were fake, while the whereabouts of the most precious gem – a rare 50-carat blue diamond – remains unknown. The invitation to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha for a two-day visit beginning Tuesday was issued by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the Thai government said in a statement.

Tech to offer better health outcomes


These new technologies could help save lives, reduce medical personnel workloads and support precision medicine. These opinions were shared at Bangkok Post's virtual conference entitled: "Shaping Tomorrow: Power of 5G and Technology Convergence". Cherdchai Nopmaneejumruslers, deputy director of Siriraj Hospital, said new technologies will support telemedicine, allowing patients to receive remote medical advice. "Within the next few years, patients suffering from diabetes and blood pressure may forget their last visit to the hospital," he said. "Many people now forget the last time we went to a bank counter."

Japanese language opens doors for Thai students

The Japan Times

Bangkok – When the "Demon Slayer" movie hit cinemas in Japan late last year, its box-office success reverberated beyond the archipelago -- all the way to Thailand. According to Major Cineplex, one of the leading chains of cinemas and theaters in Thailand, the film topped the list of 2020's top-grossing foreign movies with revenue of 115 million baht (about ¥400 million) even though it was shown for just two months of the year. For decades, the latest Japanese manga and anime releases have topped Thai youngsters' must-read and must-watch lists. Yet the influence of Japanese culture has not stopped there. These media are acting as steps to the door of language learning, which is allowing Thai people to gain a better understanding of another culture.

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Bangkok Bank Co-Develops Thai Language AI Chatbot With - Fintech Singapore


Bangkok Bank PLC announced the launch of its Thai language Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered chatbot that was built in-house in a joint collaboration with Singapore-based fintech startup The chatbot called TT01 was a result of Bangkok Bank's innovation programme, InnoHub. The development began earlier this year and the chatbot was fully completed in October. The solution will be available to clients of Meanwhile, Bangkok Bank will use this as a digital sales assistant on LINE for their sales and relationship managers, scheduled to launch in Q1 2021.

ACL 2021 : Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) « Guide 2 Research


The great event will be jointly organized by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) and held in Berkeley Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, during August 1-6, 2021. For the first time, the Association for Computational Linguistics and the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing are pleased to announce that their joint meeting takes place in Thailand. The Joint Conference of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 10th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2021) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, during August 1-6, 2021. As in previous years, the program of the conference includes a poster session, tutorials, workshops and demonstrations in addition to the main conference.

12th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, November 18-20 2020, Bangkok, Thailand (now virtual)


The 12th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, Bangkok, Thailand (ACML 2020) aims to provide a leading international forum for researchers in machine learning and related fields to share their new ideas, progress and achievements.

IBM banking on cloud, AI to drive digital transformation


IBM Thailand, the local unit of the US tech giant, is highlighting its cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies as a way to help drive business transformation to ensure organisations thrive following the Covid-19 crisis. Ms Patama says artificial intelligence and cloud technology are crucial to help companies digitally transform. "Over the past four months, Covid-19 has accelerated Thailand's digital transformation, which was earlier expected to take shape over three years," Patama Chantaruck, vice-president for Indochina expansion and managing director of IBM Thailand, told the Bangkok Post. The pandemic has forced organisations, including those in the business, government and education sectors, to proceed with stress tests for their business and financial models as well as management of their operations and workforce, she said. Organisations need to revisit their business mission, vision and value and consider whether they still cater to customer needs.

Thailand hospitals use 'ninja robots' to fight coronavirus

FOX News

Over 4,000 blood drives have been canceled; Bryan Llenas reports. Hospitals in Thailand have begun using "ninja robots" to ease the burden on medical workers and doctors fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The robots, which were originally built to monitor recovering stroke patients, have been repurposed to measure patients' fevers, AFP reported. In this photo taken on March 18, 2020 a robot modified to screen and observe COVID-19 coronavirus patients is photographed at the Regional Center of Robotics Technology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The machines have, as of Thursday, been used at four hospitals in and around Bangkok, according to the outlet.