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Leverage new tech opportunities for SDGs achievement in Africa UNDP in Africa

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The Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, called on African countries to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchains and machine learning, and deploy these in various sectors for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She made the call during a panel session at a side event at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan. The event, titled "From Idea to Action: Harnessing the Potential of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa's Development", was organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank. Ms. Eziakonwa noted that, Africa needs to harness the potential of STI for development by prioritizing policies and making investments to increase access to state-of-the-art technologies such as e-governance, finance and digital literacy and skills – at secondary and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) level. She called for the adoption of innovative financing schemes that combine both public and private sector resources and technical expertise for the achievement of the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environment.


Intel to use Tokyo Olympics to show off 3D tracking, other new tech - Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Tech giant Intel Corp said on Wednesday it will use the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to show off a portfolio of new technology including artificial intelligence driven 3D tracking of athletes to augment broadcasts of events during the Games. The tracking technology will use mobile cameras to capture video of Olympic events that will be used to create visual overlays and analysis, the company announced in Tokyo. The Olympic showcase comes as the once-dominant chipmaker looks for new opportunities amid a forecast of modest profit growth over the next three years as its market share for personal computer chips shrinks. "This is a really good opportunity for us to showcase the microprocessor technologies that we have been developing for many years but also a lot of our work in software, in algorithms and broadcast enhancing experience," Rick Echevarria, general manager of Intel's Olympic Program, said at an event attended by members of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Intel also said it would use virtual reality to recreate images of venues to help train staff.


Intel to use 3D athlete tracking, VR to enhance Tokyo 2020 broadcast

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American tech major Intel Corp has recently disclosed its plans to unveil a range new technology products at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including AI-driven 3D tracking of athletes to enhance the broadcasts of events. The brand stated that the 3D tracking system apparently use mobile cameras to capture video of Olympic games that will used to design visual overlays and analysis. The announcement supposedly comes as the once-dominant chipmaker now looks for new opportunities amidst a forecast of substantial business growth in the coming years as its market share for PC chips fall. Intel's artificial intelligence products have been earning quite a reputation worldwide. Rick Echevarria, GM of Intel's Olympic Program, said that it is a golden opportunity for Intel to showcase the microprocessor technologies the team has been developing, along with innovations in software and algorithms to enhance broadcast experience.


Fukushima Prefecture sets sights on flying cars to boost recovery and local industry

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The Fukushima Prefectural Government is leading a collaborative effort involving companies from different industries and a robotics testing field to invent a flying car. In early August, the research center at the test field began accepting applications for four additional companies. The prefecture is focusing on efforts to attract companies to the site, which remains the only facility in the country where development and testing can all be done at the same site. The prefecture hopes to create synergies among various businesses and local parts suppliers and eventually build one of the country's largest industrial centers in Fukushima. Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori introduced the concept in Tokyo during a conference on flying car development organized by the industry ministry on Aug. 2. The central government is in the process of putting together a plan to build a working flying car by 2023.


Artificial Intelligence Software Will Track Athletes' Speed at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Ever feel like the broadcasts for running meets lack a few bells and whistles that you may notice during other sporting events? If so, Tokyo 2020 is hoping to change that--and revamp the viewer experience with artificial technology innovations. On Wednesday, Intel announced a new partnership with International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, and as part of it, also revealed some of the tech they will have at the event to offer broadcasters in Tokyo next July. As a result, track and field fans should be in for a very different viewing experience than they are used to. For starters, the tech giant is debuting what they call 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT).


Bionic 'dragonfly' is world's largest robotic insect

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A four-winged robotic "dragonfly" with Long Island connections has landed -- in the pages of Guinness World Records 2020. The BionicOpter, created by Festo AG, a global company with operations in Islandia, has been crowned the world's largest flying robotic insect. The bionic insect, with a wingspan of almost 25 inches and a body length of more than 17 inches, won the designation in Guinness World Records 2020 published this month. The 6-ounce device, which can fly and hover, accompanies entries for the most tattooed man, the farthest arrow shot (using your feet) and the most expensive commercially available hot dog ($169 by Seattle's Tokyo Dog in February 2014). Festo executive Michael Zakrzewski said the BionicOpter is one of a series of robotic devices developed by Festo that mimic the motions of animals.


DataOps Plus AI and ML Power New Hitachi IoT Manufacturing Suite -- ADTmag

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Integrating DataOps, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Hitachi Vantara is touting big data technology in a Tuesday announcement of its Lumada Manufacturing Insights, a suite of Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) products. DataOps, which is an "automated, process-oriented methodology, used by analytic and data teams," according to a Wikipedia article, appears to be a major emphasis for Santa Clara, Calif.-based Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's Hitachi, Ltd. "We know DataOps," pops out in large white letters on the first page of the company Web site. After asking if the Web visitor knows about the methodology, the site proclaims: "You know there's value in your data. But you've only scratched the surface. To get the full value out of your data, you need to get the right data to the right place at the right time. DataOps helps you do that."


How Japan can win in the ongoing AI war The Japan Times

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Can Japan compete in the global battle for dominance in artificial intelligence and robotics that is under way? A long-standing strength in AI research gives the United States an advantage that is reinforced by the deep bench of AI talent at its numerous universities and tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. China's government incentives and growing leadership in the mobile economy has led to a data advantage -- its e-commerce giants like Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and DiDi have an unparalleled view into the minutiae of everyday economic activities across hundreds of millions of consumers, data that feeds into increasingly sophisticated deep learning systems that power AI-native applications ranging from news filtering to medical diagnostics. Japan does not have to be left behind as the U.S. and China race ahead of the rest of the world. But building dominance in this new generation of technologies will require change and planning.


Japanese Government Eyes USD 19m for Automated Simultaneous Interpretation by 2025 Slator

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Simultaneous interpretation (SI) has been described by research scientists as "an extremely difficult job […] requiring careful concentration and having very little margin for error." Enhancing the difficulty is the fact that the practice of interpretation, per se, is "as much interpersonal as it is linguistic," as one professional interpreter put it. Little surprise then that interpretation -- heretofore largely unchanged by software advances -- would be a highly attractive target for AI research. Hoping for a shot at the brass ring of automated SI is the Japanese government, which will fund the development of AI-powered software that can deliver SI in 15 languages in time for the 2025 World Expo in Osaka, according to an August 28, 2019 article in Nikkei Asian Review. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will ask for JPY 2bn (USD 18.9m) in the fiscal 2020 budget to fund the program, the same article said.


The Amazing Ways How L'Oréal Uses Artificial Intelligence To Drive Business Performance 7wData

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L'Oréal as a global cosmetics and beauty care company (the largest in the world), but you might not be aware of the company's commitment to research, innovation, and technology. In fact, since 2012, L'Oréal operates its own technology incubator, a group that operates like a start-up but focused on where beauty and technology meet. Here's an overview of the company's incubator and some other ways they are using artificial intelligence such as with its AI-powered digital skin diagnostic. L'Oréal's first incubator lab was located in New Jersey, but it now also operates additional labs in San Francisco, Paris, and Tokyo that are focused on a small number of products--a mix of apps and wearables and objects to help cosmetics be connected and customized to meet the specific needs of each customer. The incubator partners with entrepreneurs and academia to develop the latest and greatest products by using technology.