UBank uses machine learning in new spending tracker


UBank is embracing the industry shift to open data banking through a partnership with Australian fintech, Basiq, leveraging machine learning (ML) to give customers a more complete picture of their finances. The partnership hopes to offer customers predictions of future spending behaviours just by using their UBank app by 2020. This follows UBank launching its third artificial intelligence-based customer assistance offering earlier in the year, and what it claimed was the first digital human home loan application assistant. Dubbed'Mia', short for my interactive agent, the offering is built on digital human technology created by New Zealand company, FaceMe. It taps into IBM's Watson AI engine and designed to help consumers answer real-time questions during the home loan application process.

Beam Me Up, Scotty! All Aboard the Enterprise AI Express


Such is the ideal scenario for every manager everywhere, right? Just assign that task to a trusted colleague and watch as the magic happens. Well, maybe that's a reality best expressed in a famous sci-fi TV series, but ... Science fiction often predicts the future quite accurately; and the 1990s future is, well, today! In other words, the vision espoused by Star Trek: Next Generation, in many ways can now be qualified as realistic, at least with respect to the dynamic use of data. Let's face it: Data drives the Information Economy, especially when modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are trained on it.

These are the top 15 emerging jobs in India, according to LinkedIn


Professional networking platform LinkedIn unveiled the Top 15 Emerging Jobs in India for 2020, today. Blockchain Developer, Artificial Intelligence Specialist, and JavaScript Developer are likely to be the top roles in 2020. Among the non-technical profiles are Digital Marketing Specialist and Lead Generation Specialist. India adds 12 million people to its workforce every year. And, as automation makes inroads to the job market, humans are competing with machines to keep up.

Machine learning can create meaningful conversations on death - ET CIO


New York, Researchers at University of Vermont have used machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) to better understand conversations about death, which could eventually help doctors improve their end-of-life communication. Some of the most important, and difficult, conversations in healthcare are the ones that happen amid serious and life-threatening illnesses. Discussions of the treatment options and prognoses in these settings are a delicate balance for doctors and nurses who are dealing with people at their most vulnerable point and may not fully understand what the future holds. "We want to understand this complex thing called a conversation. Our major goal is to scale up the measurement of conversations so we can re-engineer the healthcare system to communicate better," said Robert Gramling, director of the Vermont Conversation Lab in the study published in the journal Patient Education and Counselling.

DeepMind founder leaves to take up separate AI role with Google


The co-founder of Deepmind, Google's flagship artificial intelligence company, has left his post to take up another position within the multinational technology company. Mustafa Suleyman announced on Twitter he would be joining Google's team looking at the opportunities and impacts of applied artificial intelligence. Suleyman was placed on leave from DeepMind in August. At the time the company did not say why he was placed on leave but claimed the decision was mutual, adding that he was expected to be back by the end of the year. In a tweet on 5 December, Suleyman said: "After a wonderful decade at DeepMind, I'm very excited to announce that I'll be joining the fantastic team at Google to work on opportunities and impacts of applied AI technologies. "Can't wait to get going!

120 AI Predictions For 2020


Me: "Alexa, tell me what will happen in 2020." Amazon AI: "Here's what I found on Wikipedia: The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship…[continues to read from Wikipedia]" Me: "Alexa, give me a prediction for 2020." Amazon AI: "The universe has not revealed the answer to me." Well, some slight improvement over last year's responses, when Alexa's answer to the first question was "Do you want to open'this day in history'?" As for the universe, it is an open book for the 120 senior executives featured here, all involved with AI, delivering 2020 predictions for a wide range of topics: Autonomous vehicles, deepfakes, small data, voice and natural language processing, human and augmented intelligence, bias and explainability, edge and IoT processing, and many promising applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies and tools. And there will be even more 2020 AI predictions, in a second installment to be posted here later this month. "Vehicle AI is going to be ...

Osaka Metro unveils ticket gate with facial recognition tech

The Japan Times

OSAKA – Osaka Metro Co. showed a next-generation automated ticket gate with a facial recognition system to the media Monday. Aiming to introduce such gates at all of its train stations in fiscal 2024, ahead of the 2025 World Expo in the city of Osaka, the subway operator will start testing the gates Tuesday with some 1,200 employees. Through the test, the Osaka-based company hopes to identify problems and make improvements. This will be the first such test by a Japanese railway operator, according to Osaka Metro. The test, which is set to run through September 2020, will be conducted at four stations: Dome-mae Chiyozaki, Morinomiya, Dobutsuen-mae and Daikokucho.

Award CSI2025'19


The 2019 IT Innovation & Excellence Awards, brought to you by CSI Mumbai Chapter, the fourth year of its presence. The awards ceremony will be held in Mumbai. The awards will recognize the very best in the area of Cognitive Technology and allied IT Industry including IoT, RPA, Innovative use of bots, Robotics, Innovative applications of cognitive application combine vision technology (including AR / VR), Advanced AI Application, Analytics and Machine Learning, Block chain. The leading organizations & individuals will be honoured and awarded for their innovation and excellence in this sector.

Researchers report breakthrough in 'distributed deep learning'


Online shoppers typically string together a few words to search for the product they want, but in a world with millions of products and shoppers, the task of matching those unspecific words to the right product is one of the biggest challenges in information retrieval. Using a divide-and-conquer approach that leverages the power of compressed sensing, computer scientists from Rice University and Amazon have shown they can slash the amount of time and computational resources it takes to train computers for product search and similar "extreme classification problems" like speech translation and answering general questions. The research will be presented this week at the 2019 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2019) in Vancouver. The results include tests performed in 2018 when lead researcher Anshumali Shrivastava and lead author Tharun Medini, both of Rice, were visiting Amazon Search in Palo Alto, California. In tests on an Amazon search dataset that included some 70 million queries and more than 49 million products, Shrivastava, Medini and colleagues showed their approach of using "merged-average classifiers via hashing," (MACH) required a fraction of the training resources of some state-of-the-art commercial systems.

ouchhh unveils AI MONOLITH sculpture using the world's oldest data


'encompassing both the euphrates and tigris rivers, the area gave birth to the first cities, states, bureaucracy and written communication in history,' explains ferdi slici, director and founder of ouchhh. 'in other words, civilization originated in the fertile crescent. 'göbeklitepe is, in many ways, the epicenter of history. 'the temples, adorned with animist figurines reflecting the religious faith of prehistoric people, have made göbeklitepe one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times. 'until recently, it was thought that monumental structures of this size were only possible given more advanced stages of human settlement.