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SoftBank Opens Institute in Tokyo to Accelerate AI Research

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SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son unveiled a $184 million initiative Friday to accelerate artificial intelligence research in Japan, enlisting Alibaba's Jack Ma to expound on his goal of commercializing the technology. Son's company announced a partnership with the University of Tokyo that includes spending 20 billion yen ($184 million) over 10 years by mobile arm SoftBank Corp. to establish the Beyond AI Institute. He roped in the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. co-founder for an on-campus chat, during which the two billionaires discussed their vision for the future of technology. The institute will support 150 researchers from various disciplines and focus on transitioning AI research from the academic to the commercial using joint ventures between universities and companies. Health-care, city and social infrastructure and manufacturing will be the primary areas of focus, SoftBank Corp. said in a statement.


Predictions Series: Top 10 Trends in Digital Advertising in 2020

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As we approach the "visionary" year of 2020, we took a look at what the New Year has in store for the Digital Advertising industry. Here are key things to watch out for as you plan ahead and finalize your Marketing budgets. Brands have begun to understand the power of advertising on Amazon and the unique opportunity it offers to capture people at the beginning of their purchasing journey. The Opportunity: Brands have flocked to Amazon for its revenue-generating ad capabilities. We expect this trend to continue in 2020 as Amazon refines its offering and advertiser use becomes more sophisticated.


SharkEye - UCSB uses Salesforce Einstein Vision for Ocean Health

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Sign in to report inappropriate content. SharkEye is a research effort that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect great white sharks to learn more about their biology and help people safely share the ocean with marine wildlife. It is a collaborative effort by UC Santa Barbara's Benioff Ocean Initiative and the Salesforce AI Research team.


European Commission's new president promises GDPR-style legislation on AI Computing

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Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, has pledged to introduce GDPR-style legislation to regulate artificial intelligence (AI).


Why Chatbots Need Both Human and Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence is no longer just a buzzword but a massive reality now. It is continuing to transform the user experience for all kinds of digital interfaces including mobile apps, e-commerce stores, and enterprise websites. Artificial intelligence is conceived by many as the great replacement of human intelligence. Let us have no doubt that still human intelligence and power of reasoning are miles ahead of machines and software programs in terms of capacity and effectiveness. So, again, now artificial intelligence is just a value addition that is primarily controlled and maneuvered by humans.


Machine Learning Making Big Moves in Marketing

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Machine Learning is (or should be) a core component of any marketing program now, especially in digital marketing campaigns. The following insightful quote by Dan Olley (EVP of Product Development and CTO at Elsevier) sums up the urgency and criticality of the situation: "If CIOs invested in machine learning three years ago, they would have wasted their money. But if they wait another three years, they will never catch up." I believe that this statement also applies to CMOs. Machine Learning-based personalization (SegOne Segment of One Marketing) is hotter than ever, especially when marketers select context-specific content to be presented to an individual consumer.


Humans are still beating AIs at drone racing, for now

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While AIs are increasingly beating us mere mortals at many things, racing drones is something we still have the upper hand at. The Drone Racing League (DRL) orchestrated its first AI racing competitions this year, with the final of a four-part series held in Texas earlier this month. The races aim to advance the development and testing of fully autonomous drone technologies for real-world applications including disaster relief, search and rescue missions, and space exploration. The DRL RacerAI is the first autonomous drone designed to defeat a human in a physical sport. The drone features the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier AI-at-the-edge compute platform in addition to four onboard stereoscopic cameras which enable the AI to detect and identify objects with twice the field of view as human pilots.


Walmart brings autonomous grocery deliveries to Houston

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Walmart is trying out self-driving shipments. Walmart is testing new ways to deliver your milk, eggs and bread using self-driving vehicles. The world's largest retailer said Tuesday it has teamed up with Nuro, a Mountain View, California-based autonomous vehicle startup, to pilot grocery deliveries in Houston. Nuro, founded in 2016, has already raised $1 billion in funding, according to Crunchbase. It has previously partnered with Domino's for pizza deliveries and Kroger for grocery deliveries.


Can Artificial Intelligence Increase Our Morality?

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In discussions of AI ethics, there's a lot of talk of designing "ethical" algorithms, those that produce behaviors we like. People have called for software that treats people fairly, that avoids violating privacy, that cedes to humanity decisions about who should live and die. But what about AI that benefits humans' morality, our own capacity to behave virtuously? That's the subject of a talk on "AI and Moral Self-Cultivation" given last week by Shannon Vallor, a philosopher at Santa Clara University who studies technology and ethics. The talk was part of a meeting on "Character, Social Connections and Flourishing in the 21st Century," hosted by Templeton World Charity Foundation, in Nassau, The Bahamas.


How Artificial Intelligence in Web Apps is Emerging?

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The implementation of Artificial intelligence in the mobile and web applications have enhanced the realistic nature and the standards of these web-based applications in the finest way. This is the main reason that most of the companies are implementing this Artificial Intelligence in web technology for website development purposes. Also, these AI-based applications are quite simple and attractive. This results in a way that a major section of the users and the customers get attracted to the services and the products availed by these respective companies. Thus, availing these intelligent web technologies is quite an effective strategy for achieving a strong position in the digital marketing world.