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Building artificial intelligence: staffing is the most challenging part

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Every company worth its weight is set on achieving practical and scalable artificial intelligence and machine learning. However, it's all much easier said than done -- to which AI leaders within some of the most information-intensive enterprises can attest. For more perspective on the challenges of building an AI-driven organization, we caught up with Jing Huang, senior director of engineering and machine learning at Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey), who shares the lessons being learned as AI and ML are rolled out. Q: AI and machine learning initiatives have been underway for several years now. What lessons have enterprises been learning in terms of most productive adoption and deployment?


Who Had the Best--and Worst--Italian Accent in em House of Gucci /em ? A Dialect Coach Dishes About Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, and More.

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House of Gucci, in theaters this week, is ostensibly a drama about the family behind the Italian fashion house, but it is soon clear what the movie is really about: accents. It's a showcase for stars like Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and Al Pacino to test-drive their Italian and Italian-accented English, and critical reactions have been mixed, to say the least: Lady Gaga was slammed by one expert for sounding more Russian than Italian, and Jared Leto earned comparisons to a certain cartoon plumber. How fair is all this grousing? To get an expert's perspective on the matter, Slate spoke to Garrett Strommen, who runs a Los Angeles company that offers language lessons and dialect coaching, among other services. Strommen has worked as a dialect coach and consultant for TV, movies, commercials, video games, and more, and agreed to explain exactly what is going on with Gaga and Leto in House of Gucci. Our conversation has been edited and condensed. Heather Schwedel: Can you tell me about your background with Italian?


Building artificial intelligence: staffing is the most challenging part

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Every company worth its weight is set on achieving practical and scalable artificial intelligence and machine learning. However, it's all much easier said than done -- to which AI leaders within some of the most information-intensive enterprises can attest. For more perspective on the challenges of building an AI-driven organization, we caught up with Jing Huang, senior director of engineering and machine learning at Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey). Q: AI and machine learning initiatives have been underway for several years now. What lessons have enterprises been learning in terms of most productive adoption and deployment?


Top Irish innovators recognised at AI Awards

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Top Irish innovators have been recognised at the third annual AI Awards, with STATSports, Fire1, ACI Worldwide and Infant Research Centre among this year's winners. The awards are designed to support the development of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) in Ireland, recognising how AI can be used ethically to help solve some of the biggest business, academic, environmental and health challenges facing our society today. University College Cork's Infant Centre, which uses deep learning to detect neonatal seizures, won an award for the best application of AI in an academic research body, beating competition from shortlisted entries Maynooth University for Terrain AI, and Tyndall National Institute for Wearable AI.It is the third time the centre has won the award. ACI Worldwide was named best application of AI in a Large Enterprise for its development of a patented technology to transform fraud prevention in the payment solutions sector. Also shortlisted in the category was Bank of Ireland, Zalando and Shutterstock.


AI Awards

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Third Annual Awards Celebrate Irish AI Innovation across diverse sectors The 2021 AI Awards winners are: ACI Worldwide for the best application of AI in a Large Enterprise Terrain AI wins for the Best Application of AI to achieve Social Good INFANT Research Centre wins for a third year for Best Application of AI in an Academic Research Body Webio wins the award for Best Use of AI in a Consumer/Customer Service Application EdgeTier snaps the Best Application of AI in a Start-up award FIRE1 wins the Intelligent Automation – Best Use of RPA & Cognitive award STATSports recognised for Best Use of AI in Sector Eoin Kenny, University College Dublin wins the Best Application of AI in a Student Project award Dublin 25th November 2021: STATSports, FIRE1, ACI Worldwide, and INFANT Research Centre are amongst the top Irish AI innovators recognised by AI Ireland at the third annual AI Awards ceremony, sponsored by Microsoft...


Tennessee Voices, Episode 234: Ravi Atreya and Pedro Teixeira, founders, PredictionHealth

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A frustration for physicians and primary care providers alike is trying to balance listening to a patient and properly documenting the medical visit. This documentation is essential to making sure all the data is captured properly and that the patient was heard and treated correctly. Ravi Atreya and Pedro Teixeira, who met when they were in a joint M.D./Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University, set out to solve the problem and eventually founded PredictionHealth, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help health providers complete documentation. On this episode of the Tennessee Voices podcast, the pair talked about their passion for medicine, computer science and data and how AI can be "game changing." The purpose behind their startup was helping create effective communication channels and reducing the frustration doctors and nurses may face at times with technology.


Guest Editorial

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is motivating the automation of processes and services, being recently used as a way to interact directly with customers in frontline services (Belanche et al., 2020a). AI constitutes a major source of innovation (Huang and Rust, 2018), with a potential for disruption particularly high in services (Bock et al., 2020). As a result, there is an increasing interest in implementing automated forms of interaction in services (Paluch et al., 2020; Flavián et al., 2021), and this trend is not different in the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry. The use of AI and autonomous robots to perform different tasks in this context is continuously increasing (Ivanov and Webster, 2019; Tussyadiah, 2020; Belanche et al., 2020b), which is reshaping the service and affecting experiences and relationships with customers. In addition, service automation may have a great impact on customer choices (Van Doorn et al., 2017) and behaviors (Grewal et al., 2017).


Interview with Tao Chen, Jie Xu and Pulkit Agrawal: CoRL 2021 best paper award winners

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Congratulations to Tao Chen, Jie Xu and Pulkit Agrawal who have won the CoRL 2021 best paper award! Their work, A system for general in-hand object re-orientation, was highly praised by the judging committee who commented that "the sheer scope and variation across objects tested with this method, and the range of different policy architectures and approaches tested makes this paper extremely thorough in its analysis of this reorientation task". Below, the authors tell us more about their work, the methodology, and what they are planning next. We present a system for reorienting novel objects using an anthropomorphic robotic hand with any configuration, with the hand facing both upwards and downwards. We demonstrate the capability of reorienting over 2000 geometrically different objects in both cases.


Tech CEO: Demis Hassabis Brings DeepMind Artificial Intelligence: How the Company Started and Its Rise

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Tech CEO Demis Hassabis is known for his role in DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company based in the United Kingdom and known as the subsidiary of Google's Alphabet. The CEO and his focus on the company have earned it one of the top recognitions in the world, and it is currently one of the top companies sought out with regards to AI. Demis Hassabis was born in London, England, on July 27, 1976, and has attended the University of Cambridge from 1995 to 1997 with top honors and a degree in Computer Science. Hassabis is also known as a chess master and is fond of gaming. He briefly joined Lionhead Studios before forming his own company, Elixir Studios are known for game development. Alongside this, he is also known for winning the World Series of Poker for six different seasons.


Einride founder Robert Falck on his moral obligation to electrify autonomous trucking – TechCrunch

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Robert Falck used to work at a Russian trucking factory by day, and by night, he built a nightclub guest list startup. He also collects old books, and once guessed that Chinese author Gao Xingjian would win the Nobel Prize in literature. He grew up on a farm, but has degrees in finance, economics and mechanical engineering. No, this isn't a game of two truths and a lie -- indeed, these are snippets from the life of a serial entrepreneur who harbors a vendetta against the carbon emissions produced by the world's trucking industry. Falck, now the CEO and founder of Swedish autonomous freight company Einride, also worked as the director of manufacturing engineering assembly at Volvo GTO Powertrain.