Finance experts note importance of workforce diversity, global collaboration

The Japan Times

Against a backdrop of startling international developments, such as Brexit and the Hong Kong protests, Japan's financial sector is uniquely positioned to step out of the shadows of its competitors in Singapore and Hong Kong. This is the assessment of The Organization of Global Financial City Tokyo -- also known as FinCity.Tokyo -- which, on March 19, held its FinCity Global Forum at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi to explore the opportunities and challenges that await Japan in its pursuit to become a top global financial hub. Established in April 2019, FinCity.Tokyo is an organization that promotes Tokyo as a global financial hub and supports foreign financial services firms set up in Tokyo. In addition to the keynote and other speeches, the forum consisted of a series of panel discussions that invited industry veterans to discuss a wide array of topics, ranging from regional revitalization and socially oriented asset management to competition and collaboration among international financial cities. The first panel, centered on the theme of "Advancement of the Asset Management Industry and Global Financial City Initiative," invited panelists Yasumasa Tahara, director of the strategy development division at the Financial Services Agency; Kazuhide Toda, managing executive officer and chief investment officer at Nippon Life Insurance Company; and Oki Matsumoto, chairman and CEO at Monex Group Inc., to share their thoughts on how the industry can improve its asset management environment.

Robots learning to move like animals


Whether it's a dog chasing after a ball, or a monkey swinging through the trees, animals can effortlessly perform an incredibly rich repertoire of agile locomotion skills. But designing controllers that enable legged robots to replicate these agile behaviors can be a very challenging task. The superior agility seen in animals, as compared to robots, might lead one to wonder: can we create more agile robotic controllers with less effort by directly imitating animals? In this work, we present a framework for learning robotic locomotion skills by imitating animals. Given a reference motion clip recorded from an animal (e.g. a dog), our framework uses reinforcement learning to train a control policy that enables a robot to imitate the motion in the real world.

Human Robot Interaction conference launches online


The 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction – HRI 2020 – was meant to take place in the city of Cambridge UK. Instead it will be launching online today. You can follow latest happenings on twitter and youtube. Check here for a list of all the papers. The theme of this year's conference is "Real World Human-Robot Interaction," reflecting on recent trends in the HRI community toward creating and deploying systems that can facilitate real-world, long-term interaction between robots and users.

Kazuhm Expands AI-Driven User Insights and Controls with Latest Version Release


Kazuhm announced the availability of advanced AI-driven insights and controls in the latest release of their distributing computing platform. Newly added functionality uses artificial intelligence algorithms to forecast available computing capacity across corporate assets including servers, desktops, laptops, and multi-cloud resources. Additionally, users can now more precisely control when any given compute resources are used based on configurable exclusion windows and usage limits. The Kazuhm platform represents the first time distributed computing is available as an enterprise-grade product enabling organizations to take full advantage of the computing power they already own across all their devices from desktops, laptops and tablets to servers and multi-cloud environments. Kazuhm allows customers to quickly and easily unify their resources and run enterprise applications faster, more securely, and at a lower cost.

Health care in 2030: Artificial intelligence will allow remote diagnoses, create 'virtual hospitals'


This week at KGW we've been looking to the future to get a glimpse of what our lives might look like in the next 10 years A NASA-style command center, called Mission Control, at Oregon Health & Sciences University was just added a couple years ago. To keep it simple, it shows doctors the available beds across four hospitals: OHSU, Doernbecher, Hillsboro Medical Center, and Adventist Health Portland. The command center is staffed 24-7. Think air traffic control, but for hospitals. In 2016, OHSU turned away more than 500 people because a lack of beds.

BLOG: Artificial Intelligence May Help Enterprise Imaging


After languishing for years, enterprise imaging appears ready to enter the mainstream of health care. AI Hot Spots: Where Is Artificial Intelligence Heading Now? – InformationWeek

How Artificial Intelligence Impacts Sales and Marketing Experience?


Artificial Intelligence has already proven its transformative capability across diverse industries. Its impact on sales and marketing strategies promises to be optimistic. Both functional areas have been witnessed the rise of innovation in the last few years. By harnessing the power of AI, brands can improve decision-making and leave more resources for high-level human touch. AI-enabled technologies are becoming more prevalent in almost every sector.

Free PDF download: Managing AI and ML in the enterprise 2020 ZDNet


As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) initiatives reshape critical sectors, CXOs need to understand the ethical issues of using AI and ML at their operations. ZDNet and TechRepublic published a PDF ebook: Managing AI and ML in the enterprise 2020, which examines how companies manage, benefit from, and make ethical decisions regarding their AI and ML usage. Artificial intelligence projects are a top priority for many companies, but there are plenty of potential pitfalls for the unwary. Learn more in ZDNet's Daphne Leprince-Ringuet's feature "AI for business: What's going wrong, and how to get it right." How to approach cost justification, identify ROI, and avoid implementation missteps for AI/ML initiatives is the topic of TechRepublic contributor Mary Shacklett's article, "The true costs and ROI of implementing AI in the enterprise."

IBM Watson can answer all your coronavirus questions


In order to help government agencies, academic institutions and healthcare organizations handle the influx of calls and messages regarding the coronavirus, IBM has announced that it will provide a bundle of Watson services for free. The company will combine Watson Assistant, which uses IBM Research's natural language processing technology, with Watson Discovery to create IBM Watson Assistant for Citizens. The new Watson suite will be available online and on smartphones and will be free for at least 90 days. According to IBM, wait times for coronavirus-related questions are exceeding two hours, so the company believes that using AI via Watson may be able to help speed up response times. "While helping government agencies and healthcare institutions use AI to get critical information out to their citizens remains a high priority right now, the current environment has made it clear that every business in every industry should find ways to digitally engage with their clients and employees. With today's news, IBM is taking years of experience in helping thousands of global businesses and institutions use Natural Language Processing and other advanced AI technologies to better meet the demands of their constituents, and now applying it to the COVID-19 crisis. AI has the power to be your assistant during this uncertain time."