The demand for triaging technologies like conversational bots has risen sharply as the pandemic reaches new peaks. Millions of patients wait at least two hours to see a health care provider, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tech giants like IBM, Facebook, and Microsoft have partnered with governments and private industry to roll out chatbot-based solutions in response, as have a number of startups. Companies like Current Health and Twistle have teamed up with Providence and other health care providers to pilot at-home health-tracking platforms. Even before the pandemic, nine in 10 seniors said they would prefer to stay in their homes over the next 10 years, highlighting the need for remote health monitoring solutions.
One year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms around the country and the world, U.S. parents are guardedly optimistic about the academic and social development of their children, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds. But 62% of parents say their child's education has been disrupted. And, more than 4 out of 5 would like to see schools provide targeted extra services to help their kids catch up. This includes just over half of parents who support the idea of summer school. The nation has lacked solid national data on precisely where classrooms are open to students.
If you don't have the technology you don't have a business in the igaming sector. As much as any other digital industry, online gaming relies upon the harnessing of technological developments. There isn't a single part of the business that doesn't rely on cutting edge technology, from data to marketing, content to payments. I think back over the last few years in North America and consider some of the legislative changes that have allowed for a new, fully regulated multibillion-dollar industry. A landscape has been created for players to enjoy games legally and for operators to vie for the attention of millions of players.
Bhagat Singh, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, and other historical figures were momentarily'brought back to life' via Deep Nostalgia – an AI tool released by the genealogy website, MyHeritage. Kind of surreal to take a photo of the singularly inspiring Bhagat Singh -- a revolutionary voice in 1920s India, who was hung by the British in 1931, at the age of 24 -- run it through the Heritage AI algorithm, and see him reanimated. When Ken Burns meets Deep Fake: MyHeritage is offering a tool dubbed #DeepNostalgia, meant to animate old family pictures. Holy Darwin this #deepfake is so scary, Mr. Darwin!!#DeepNostalgia pic.twitter.com/vxWP5LnO9L Deep Nostalgia created quite a furore of late, with animated pictures of historical figures running rife in social media.
China has overtaken the United States in total number of AI research citations, fewer AI startups are receiving funding, and Congress is talking about AI more than ever. Those are three major trends highlighted in the 2021 AI Index, an annual report released today by Stanford University. Now in its fourth year, the AI Index attempts to document advances in artificial intelligence, as well as the technology's impact on education, startups, and government policy. The report details progress in the performance of major subdomains of AI, like deep learning, image recognition, and object detection, as well as in areas like protein folding. The AI Index is compiled by the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and an 11-member steering committee, with contributors from Harvard University, OECD, the Partnership on AI, and SRI International.
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing "AI-enabled" weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. Schmidt and current executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are among the 15 members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which released its final report to Congress on Monday. "To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership," Schmidt said Monday. The report says that machines that can "perceive, decide, and act more quickly" than humans and with more accuracy are going to be deployed for military purposes -- with or without the involvement of the U.S. and other democracies. It warns against unchecked use of autonomous weapons but expresses opposition to a global ban.
With AI use continuing to grow in adoption throughout enterprise IT, Deloitte is creating a new Deloitte Center for AI Computing to advise its customers, explain the technology and help them use it in their ongoing business and growth plans. Designed to provide a cloud-accessible accelerated platform that Deloitte clients can use to test and explore various AI strategies and tools, the infrastructure features six Nvidia DGX A100 systems, Nvidia Mellanox networking, high-performance storage and Nvidia software. The platform will be physically hosted in Deloitte's datacenter in Hermitage, Tenn., but will also be part of a virtual service. Based on Nvidia's DGX POD reference architecture and harnessing the power of 48 A100 GPUs, the installation will serve as an AI acceleration engine for Deloitte's clients, the company said. The new facility was announced on Tuesday (March 2).
The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore commissioned Michelangelo two of his most celebrated masterpieces the DAVID and ST. More than 500 years after his birth (6 March 1475), Michelangelo "lives again", and is ready to answer your questions! This is not fake news, but a joint project of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral Foundation), and Querlo, Customized Artificial Intelligence Solutions based in New York, who for the first time ever have realized a virtual Michelangelo, using Artificial Intelligence technology. MICHELANGELO AI is an educational tool available to all who want to know something about the art, life, and thought of the greatest Renaissance artist. Anyone can ask him questions (his language is now English) at the sites: https://duomo.firenze.it/it/home
Supported by a host of East Anglian based businesses and universities, this virtual event is exploring the possibilities for applied'Artificial Intelligence' Facebook, Google, and BT are just some of the leading technology companies set to share their knowledge and insights at the newly launched AI Festival, on 24 and 25 February 2021. Created by Suffolk based Orbital Global and BT, this virtual event is a unique initiative that will explore the implications for business, skills, and employment in relation to what could be the defining technology of the 21st Century. Taking place online at www.aiglobalfestival.com and accessible globally, the ticketed, two-day event brings together a range of sector specialists to share their experiences and forecasts for the future in a series of inspirational keynote talks, workshops, 'fireside chats', and technology demonstrations. This includes former NASA scientist, Peter Scott, who worked for the space agency's famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory, speaking about the future of AI and technology, Professor Paul Hunter from University of East Anglia will share what the pandemic tells us about future AI and digital based approaches to health, and Daniela Rus from MIT will provide an overview of AI robotic automation and the opportunities this offers the average business. The line-up includes many other world leading representatives from organisations such as PwC, Silicon Valley Bank, Alan Turing Institute, MIT, IQ Capital, Innovate UK, Orbital Global, VirtTuri, Wilkin and Sons Tiptree, University of Essex, and University of Suffolk.
Artificial intelligence is becoming a true industry, with all the pluses and minuses that entails, according to a sweeping new report.Why it matters: AI is now in nearly every area of business, with the pandemic pushing even more investment in drug design and medicine. But as the technology matures, challenges around ethics and diversity grow.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeDriving the news: This morning, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) released its annual AI Index, a top overview of the current state of the field.A majority of North American AI Ph.D.s — 65% — now go into industry, up from 44% in 2010, a sign of the growing role that large companies are playing both in AI research and implementation."The striking thing to me is that AI is moving from a research phase to much more of an industrial practice," says Erik Brynjolfsson, a senior fellow at HAI and director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab.By the numbers: Even with the pandemic, private AI investment grew by 9.3% in 2020, a bigger increase than in 2019.For the third year in a row, however, the number of newly funded companies decreased, a sign that "we're moving from pure research and exploratory small startups to industrial-stage companies," says Brynjolfsson.While academia remains the single-biggest source worldwide for peer-reviewed AI papers, corporate-affiliated research now represents nearly a fifth of all papers in the U.S., making it the second-biggest source.The drug and medical industries took in by far the biggest share of overall AI private investment in 2020, absorbing more than $13.8 billion — 4.5 times greater than in 2019 and nearly three times more than the next category of autonomous vehicles.The catch: While the field has experienced sudden busts in the past — the "AI winters" that vaporized funding — there's little indication such a collapse is on the horizon. But industrialization comes with its own growing pains.Cutting-edge AI increasingly requires huge amounts of computing and data, which puts more power in the hands of fewer big players.Conversely, the commoditization of AI technologies like facial recognition means more players in the field, both domestically and internationally, which makes it more difficult to regulate their use. As AI grows, the ethical challenges embedded in the field — and the fact that 45% of new AI Ph.D.s are white, compared to just about 2% who are Black — will mean "there's a new frontier of potential privacy violations and other abuses," says Brynjolfsson.The AI Index found that while the field of AI ethics is growing, the interest level of big companies is still "disappointingly small," says Brynjolfsson.Details: Those growing pains are at play in one of the most exciting applications in AI today: massive text-generating models. Systems like OpenAI's GPT-3, released last year, swallow hundreds of billions of words along the way to producing original text that can be eerily human-like in its execution.Text-generating AI models could help polish human-written resumes for job search, but could also potentially be used to spam corporate competitors with realistic computer-generated applicants, not to mention warp our shared reality."What we increasingly have with these models is a double-edged sword," says Kristin Tynski, a co-founder and senior VP at Fractl, a data-driven marketing company.What to watch: The growing geopolitical AI competition between the U.S. and China.The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence warned in a major report this week that "China possesses the might, talent, and ambition to surpass the United States as the world’s leader in AI in the next decade if current trends do not change.""We don’t have to go to war with China," former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that authored the report, told my Axios colleague Ina Fried. "We do need to be competitive."Yes, but: While researchers in China publish the most AI papers, the U.S. still leads on quality, according to the Stanford survey.And while a majority of AI Ph.D.s in the U.S. are from abroad, more than 80% remain in the country when they take jobs — a sign of the lasting attraction of the U.S. tech sector.The bottom line: AI still has a long way to go, but the challenges the field faces are shifting from what it can do to what it should do.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.