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KuroNet: Regularized Residual U-Nets for End-to-End Kuzushiji Character Recognition

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Kuzushiji, a cursive writing style, had been used in Japan for over a thousand years starting from the eighth century. Over 3 million books on a diverse array of topics, such as literature, science, mathematics and even cooking are preserved. However, following a change to the Japanese writing system in 1900, Kuzushiji has not been included in regular school curricula. Therefore, most Japanese natives nowadays cannot read books written or printed just 150 years ago. Museums and libraries have invested a great deal of effort into creating digital copies of these historical documents as a safeguard against fires, earthquakes and tsunamis.


Machine Learning for Future System Designs

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As an engineering director leading research projects into the application of machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) to computational software for electronic design automation (EDA), I believe I have a unique perspective on the future of the electronic and electronic design industries. The next leap in design productivity for semiconductor chips and the systems built around them will come from the fusion of fully integrated EDA computational software tool flows, the application of distributed and multi-core computing on a broader scale and ML/DL. The current wave of artificial intelligence (AI) and ML innovation began with improved GPU computing capacity and the smart engineers who figured out how to harness it to accelerate deep neural network training. AI/ML will play a key role in the design of next-generation platforms, enabling the proliferation of today's technology drivers including 5G, hyperscale computing and others. In my role, the fun comes from the numerous non-deterministic polynomial (NP)-hard and NP-complete problems that exist at every stage of the design and verification process.


Artificial intelligence is the future of how we work – author

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 29) – In this era of rapid digitization, every company in the Philippines must accept that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in office tasks will be more prevalent in the near future, an entrepreneur-turned-author advised. Maulik Parekh, author of the book "Futureproof your Company and Career," emphasized that AI has the ability to perform manual or physical office jobs which will be a game changer in the country's corporate landscape. "The future of career is artificial intelligence. To future-proof yourself in the world of artificial intelligence, you have to be the kind of human that AI cannot replicate," the Indian-born former CEO of business process outsourcing company Inspiro told CNN Philippines on Thursday. For instance, Parekh cited the use of popular video streaming app Netflix where AI is utilized in analyzing the user's viewing habits to provide show or movie suggestions that suit one's preferences.


5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Your Business Right Now

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Here are five reasons more than half of the employers are interested in artificial intelligence. Through AI, you can train more people and improve their learning experience. Gaps in knowledge can be identified and resolved efficiently through AI assessments and training (i.e., turning downtime into productive learning-time). Your team will be more confident in doing their jobs and more prepared than ever. Creating credibility is the key to successful AI implementation.


How can artificial intelligence help in the fight to remain secure?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has gone from being science fiction to an increasingly common part of our lives. TV streaming services use AI and machine learning (ML) to make recommendations of what you might like to watch next, for example, while other AI programmes can carry out rapid trading on the stock market without human intervention. The information security sector hasn't been left untouched by this trend, either. Increasingly, an AI element in cyber security technology is seen less as a nice-to-have and more as an essential part of the package. "AI [has become] an expected feature within cyber security products and services," says Jeff Pollard, Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester.


Council Post: Where Is Artificial Intelligence Now, And Where Should Your Company Be?

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We are near the end of the hype cycle for artificial intelligence (AI). The human champion of the game of Go decided to retire, saying AI cannot be beaten after AlphaGo defeated him. Domain-specific chatbots are engaging with customers and providing them with the answers they need. AI is about to revolutionize our broken health-care system. Is your company ready for AI? Anyone with deep data claims to be using AI.


How nine digital front-runners can lead on AI in Europe

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Globally, researchers are working to discover how artificial intelligence (AI) can be usefully applied across a range of commercial and public-sector situations. Much of the most exciting work is taking place in tech clusters, particularly in China and the United States, which are attracting some of the brightest global talent. Europe is also seeing rising levels of engagement, but not on the same scale. The onus is now on European companies and policy makers to ensure that the continent keeps pace with its peers and realizes AI's benefits across societies. If Europe is to make the most of AI, it must find a way to bring together stakeholders from across the continent.


FEATURE: "Healing robots" help ease COVID-19 isolation – IAM Network

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While many people have learned to stay in touch with loved ones, friends, and colleagues through videoconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the reduction of face-to-face interaction has boosted a market for robots providing substitutes for physical human contact. "Healing robots," such as the cuddly humanoid Lovot developed by Groove X Inc., Sony Corp.'s Aibo robotic dog, and Qoobo, a furry cushion with a tail that moves in reaction to strokes developed by Yukai Engineering Inc., are seeing sharp sales rises, the companies say. Lovot and Aibo can gather data on the well-being of their owners and report it remotely, which is why some people are gifting the automatons to their elderly parents living far away whom they are refraining from visiting due to infection risks. "When people feel uneasy or lonely, they tend to yearn for a sense of physical touch," Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor of intelligent robotics at Osaka University, said in explaining the reason behind the trend. "Through healing robots, they must be trying to confirm the actual existence of others, which is hard to really feel on the telephone or through videoconferencing," he said.


Automation in Pathology Will be Enabled by Artificial Intelligence

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Years ago, my mother worked for a major airline company in reservations. Her job included booking and cancelling reservations, checking fares and re-booking passengers. She was also responsible for printing tickets to be mailed to the traveler(s). Her office in suburban Chicago occupied several floors of a large office building with enough wires, I was told as a child, to circle the globe seven times to carry out those functions as well as printing tickets. This system, of course, meant you had to book your ticket far enough in advance to actually get your ticket in the mail.


Intel acquires SigOpt, a specialist in modeling optimization, to boost its AI business – TechCrunch

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Intel has been doubling down on building chips and related architecture for the next generation of computing, and today it announced an acquisition that will bolster its expertise and work specifically in one area of future technology: artificial intelligence. The semiconductor giant today announced that it has acquired SigOpt, a startup out of San Francisco that has built an optimization platform that can be used to run modeling and simulations (two key applications of AI tech) in a better way. Anthony described SigOpt as a startup built to "optimize everything" when we covered its Series A, but Intel specifically will be integrating the tech into its AI business, specifically into its AI Analytics Toolkit, a spokesperson tells me. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but SigOpt already counted a number of large enterprises -- "SigOpt's customer base includes Fortune 500 companies across industries, as well as leading research institutions, universities and consortiums using its products" -- among its customers. The product was still in a closed beta, however.