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Fugro using machine learning to map boulders on the sea floor ZDNet

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Geo-data firm Fugro collects and analyses information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. It surveys the land and in the case of mapping objects on the sea floor, Fugro uses side scan sonar, collected via boats, to gather information. One project sees Fugro search the sea for boulders to help its customers determine whether they can set up an offshore windfarm. "Windfarm companies want to know where the impediments and where the potential sites they can build windfarms are," Fugro senior innovation engineer Marcus Nepveaux said, speaking at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. "So we go in, we map the sea floor for them, tell them where the big rocks or the little rocks are … they may be as small as a foot, and as big as we can detect."


Neural Network Projects with Python

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James Loy has more than five years, expert experience in data science in the finance and healthcare industries. He has worked with the largest bank in Singapore to drive innovation and improve customer loyalty through predictive analytics. He has also experience in the healthcare sector, where he applied data analytics to improve decision-making in hospitals. He has a master's degree in computer science from Georgia Tech, with a specialization in machine learning. His research interest includes deep learning and applied machine learning, as well as developing computer-vision-based AI agents for automation in industry.


The Challenge of Scaling Soft Skills Lynda Gratton

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It is becoming increasingly clear that for most working people, a proportion of the working tasks they currently perform will be either completely replaced by machines (AI if the tasks are cognitive, robots if they are manual) or augmented by a human-machine interface. While there is less clarity about the types of tasks that will remain within the human domain, we can make some predictions. We know that, right now and in the foreseeable future, machines are generally poor at understanding a person's mood, at sensing the situation around them, and at developing trusting relationships. So as the World Economic Forum report on future skills argued, it is human "soft skills" that will become increasingly valuable -- skills such as empathy, context sensing, collaboration, and creative thinking. That means that millions of people across the world will have to make the transition toward becoming a great deal better versed in these soft skills.


Lighting up the Blackhole of the Internet using AI by Ashish Vikram & Kuldeep Yadav #ODSC_India

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Enterprises are creating more and more videos and using them for various informational purposes, including marketing, training of customers, partners & employees and internal communications. However, videos are considered as the blackholes of the internet because it is very hard to see what's inside them. The opaque nature of videos equally impacts end users who spend a lot of time navigating to their point of interest, leading to severe underutilization of videos as a powerful medium of information. In this talk, we will describe visual processing pipeline of VideoKen platform which includes Graph-based algorithm along with deep scene text detection to identify key visual frames in the video, FCN-based algorithm for semantic segmentation of screen content in visual frames, Transfer-learning based visual classifier to categorize screen content into different categories such as slides, code walkthrough, demo, handwritten, etc. and Algorithm to detect visual coherency and select indices from the video. We will discuss challenges and experiences in implementing/iterating on these algorithms using our experience with processing 100K video hours of content.


No job losses due to chatbots, AI: Banks - Times of India

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Mumbai: The financial sector in India is driving investments into chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) to augment customer service, but bankers are convinced that there would not be job losses as these new tools will only complement staff. When it comes to AI it is not upstarts but big guns of banking with resources, which are driving investments. State Bank of India (SBI) is working with IBM to make use of Watson -- an answering computer software to assist staff and employees. HDFC Bank has tied up with artificial intelligence firm Niki (funded by Ratan Tata and Ronnie Screwvala) to bring in conversational banking. Last week, Yes Bank partnered Payjo to launch AI-led digital initiatives.


Rensselaer focuses IBM's AiMOS supercomputer on machine learning

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Sophisticated machine learning applications require not only enormous amounts of training data, but powerful computer hardware on which to train. An analysis conducted by San Francisco research firm OpenAI found that since 2012, the amount of compute used in the largest training runs has been increasing exponentially with a 3.4-month doubling time, and that it's grown by more than 300,000 times over that same time period. The trend spurred the development of supercomputers like the U.S. Department of Energy's Sierra and Summit, which leverage dedicated accelerator chips to speed up AI computation. Now, IBM's Hardware Center, in collaboration with New York State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and other members of IBM's AI Hardware Center, has delivered a new machine for the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) that's optimized for state-of-the-art machine learning workloads. It's dubbed Artificial Intelligence Multiprocessing Optimized System, or AiMOS (in honor of Rensselaer cofounder Amos Eaton), and it will principally tackle projects in biology, chemistry, the humanities, and related domains underway at the new IBM Research AI Hardware Center on the SUNY campus in Albany.


Artificial intelligence gets to work in the automotive industry

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Artificial intelligence is among the most fascinating ideas of our time. It has captured the imagination of visionaries, science fiction writers, engineers and wall street analysts alike. In fact, artificial intelligence is in many ways a catalyst for the data revolution – something that has disrupted every aspect of modern life. As with all new technologies, some are faster to embrace them, and others are much slower. Is automotive manufacturing one of the faster ones or would it be among the last?


Nearly half of firms don't know how AI can help them

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While some business owners are happy and excited about the prospect of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it could improve their operations, some are scared of it, some don't even know they're using it already, and some don't know how they could benefit from the emerging tech, at all. This is according to a new report from Esme Loans, which polled 250 business owners in the UK to understand how they perceive AI. As it turns out, 43 per cent don't understand how they could benefit from AI, while six in ten feel they've overlooked AI's potential. Three quarters (73 per cent) said they didn't use AI, but when presented with a long list of tools, 29 per cent said to have been using at least one. That means that these business owners have been using AI, unknowingly.


Nvidia's Clara to help hospitals with radiology AI at the edge

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Nvidia unveiled a new federated learning edge computing reference application for radiology to help hospitals crunch medical data for better disease detection while protecting patient privacy. Called Clara Federal Learning, the system relies on Nvidia EGX, a computing platform which was announced earlier in 2019. It uses the Jetson Nano low wattage computer which can provide up to one-half trillion operations per second of processing for tasks like image recognition. EGX allows low-latency artificial intelligence at the edge to act on data, in this case images from MRIs, CT scans and more. Nvidia made its announcement of Clara on Sunday at the Radiological Society of North America conference in Chicago.


Considering AI In Hiring? As Its Use Grows, So Do The Legal Implications For Employers.

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Employers engage artificial intelligence solutions amid a talent shortage. As employers grapple with a widespread labor shortage, more are turning to artificial intelligence tools in their search for qualified candidates. Hiring managers are using increasingly sophisticated AI solutions to streamline large parts of the hiring process. The tools scrape online job boards and evaluate applications to identify the best fits. They can even stage entire online interviews and scan everything from word choice to facial expressions before recommending the most qualified prospects.