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Orange unveils new five-year grand plan

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With the Essential2020 plan all but complete, Orange has released the details of the Engage2025 strategy to drive growth over the next five years. The new strategy is going to be focused on four key pillars; reinventing the operator business model, accelerating growth in the developing markets and emerging segments, integrate artificial intelligence at the centre of every aspect of the business, and building sustainability goals through the organization. "If I had to summarise Engage2025, Orange's new strategic plan, I would use two words: growth and sustainability," said CEO Stephane Ricard. "The first one is growth. We are going to grow our core business – connectivity – by adding to our competitive edge and by making the most of our network infrastructure. We are also going to foster growth beyond connectivity in Europe thanks to three elements which set us apart from our competitors, namely Africa & the Middle East, B2B IT services and financial services. At Orange we are convinced that in the years ahead strong economic performance will not be possible without exemplary performance on social and environmental issues."


Machine Learning for a Low-cost Air Pollution Network

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We consider the example of a deployment of an air pollution monitoring network in Kampala, an East African city. Air pollution contributes to over three million deaths globally each year(Lelieveld and others, 2015). Kampala has one of the highest concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) of any African city Mead (2017) Hence we know little about its distribution or extent. Lower cost devices do exist, but these do not, on their own, provide the accuracy required for decision makers. In our case study, the Kampala network of sensors consists largely of low cost optical particle counters (OPCs) that give estimates of the PM2.5 particulate concentration.


World's first AI health app in Swahili launches to tackle doctor shortages

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An innovative chat-bot that helps patients and doctors diagnose diseases ranging from malaria to diabetes has become the first health app to launch in Swahili. Developed by Ada Health, the app relies on artificial intelligence, large medical databases and personalised responses to assess an individual's symptoms, suggest a cause and recommend the next stage of treatment. The smartphone chat-bot is already used by roughly eight million people in more than 130 countries across the globe – published in languages including English, French and Spanish. But it has now become the first AI health application to launch in Swahili, a language spoken by almost 100 million people across East Africa – predominantly in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. According to Hila Azadzoy, the managing director of Ada's global health initiative, the expansion will help tackle a shortage of doctors and nurses in the region, where countries have fewer than one physician per 1,000 people on average.


Robotic Processing Automation, Hello November

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Sign in to report inappropriate content. It's been some time since there's been a video on my Vlog Channel. Good to be back, on this video I share some quick snippets of my recent trip to #NewYorkCity. I Dive into the great work we have been doing at Hashtag South Africa and welcoming you to Robotic Processing Automation, and Artifical Intelligence solutions we are now providing to our customers. As Usual, I'm recapping Global Goals 2030 and how everyone around the world is working together.


Does AI Challenge Biblical Archeology?

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The Dead Sea Scrolls, found by a shepherd boy in 1947, dating from roughly 200 BC through 100 AD, were remarkably well-preserved. Exciting finds like the Scrolls and the hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt tempt us to think that when a lost document is found, we will easily physically read it once we understand the language. Sadly, many surviving documents are so damaged that they cannot be read using traditional methods. All we know is that they are/were documents. Nowadays, the 1,700-year-old En-Gedi Scroll--one of the most ancient snippets of the Old Testament ever uncovered--isn't much to look at.


Smart CCTV Networks Are Driving an AI-Powered Apartheid in South Africa

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Michael Kwet is a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is the author of Digital Colonialism: US Empire and the New Imperialism in the Global South, and hosts the Tech Empire podcast. "Beggars" and "vagrants" are not welcome in Parkhurst, South Africa, a mostly white, middle-class suburb of about 5,000 on the outskirts of Johannesburg's inner city. Criminals are on the prowl, residents warn, and they threaten their neighborhood security. To combat crime, the locals came up with a solution: place CCTV surveillance cameras everywhere. However, these are not the camera networks of times past. Thanks to advancements in machine learning and AI, CCTV systems are now equipped with sophisticated video analytics that can track a wide range of behaviors, objects, and patterns, in addition to individual faces. Armed with powerful new tech, communities of color can be watched, flagged, policed, and intimidated into submission. I've spent the past several years studying the video surveillance industry in South Africa. During that time, a private corporation called Vumacam has been quietly assembling a "smart" CCTV surveillance network in the suburbs of Johannesburg. Earlier this year, the company announced it would blanket Joburg with 15,000 cameras.


Softcom partners Data Science Nigeria to simplify Artificial Intelligence for Nigerian students …

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Titled "Beginners' Artificial Intelligence and Python Programming", the book was written by the convener of Data Science Nigeria, Olubayo Adekanmbi, …


Techies Meetup

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Robotic & Intelligent Automation Conference - Johannesburg hosted by Techies Meetup is an ideal platform to educate and involve practitioners and industry experts to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. Intelligent Automation is the next generation in automation technology beyond Robotic Process Automation. Intelligent Automation capture technologies like machine learning and make things uncomplicated. We focus on bringing industry senior experts together in a platform that shares the integration of ideas. Get the Robotic & Intelligent Automation insights you need to drive results in your business and learn how to go beyond the basics.


Powered by Artificial Intelligence, smartphones can now ward off banana pests

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Banana, a nutritionally-rich, delicious fruit, is a widely-cultivated crop across the world and is a staple diet of people living in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Due to pests and diseases, only 13% of the global production is traded, and often, farmers in India experience severe loss due to fusarium wilt or Panama disease. A novel innovation now aims to change the fortunes of banana growers by helping them detect diseases and pests with their smartphone. In a recent study, researchers from the USA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia and India have developed a banana pest detection app powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Artificial Intelligence is an emerging arena in computer science where machines are programmed to simulate human intelligence and perform tasks like speech recognition, visual perception, language translation and decision-making.


Facebook Says It's Removing More Hate Speech Than Ever Before. But There's a Catch

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On Nov. 13, Facebook announced with great fanfare that it was taking down substantially more posts containing hate speech from its platform than ever before. Facebook removed more than seven million instances of hate speech in the third quarter of 2019, the company claimed, an increase of 59% against the previous quarter. More and more of that hate speech (80%) is now being detected not by humans, they added, but automatically, by artificial intelligence. The new statistics, however, conceal a structural problem Facebook is yet to overcome: not all hate speech is treated equally. The algorithms Facebook currently uses to remove hate speech only work in certain languages.