The Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Europe applies AI technologies to science to push the frontiers of research and develop new tools to help solve some of the biggest challenges that humanity faces. These range from the effects of climate change to predicting space weather, from improving disaster response, to identifying meteorites that could hold the key to the history of our universe. FDL brings researchers from the cutting-edge of AI and data science, and teams them up with their counterparts from the space sector for an intensive eight-week research sprint, based on a range of challenge areas. The results far exceed what any individual could develop in the same time period, or even in years of individual research. A key aspect of our success is the careful formation of small interdisciplinary teams focused on tackling specific challenges.
Despite the many unanswered questions that remain about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace and in customer-facing and servicing departments, the growth of AI appears unstoppable. Even as early as two years ago, research from the UK-based digital marketing agency Big Rock found after interviewing 100 senior marketers globally, that AI applications, even at that stage had become one of the marketing departments mainstays. The interviews showed -- again at that stage -- that 55% of companies were either currently implementing or actively investigating some form of AI initiative within their marketing practices. Meaning, AI was already shaking things up in the industry. Unsurprisingly, the research read, this inevitable rise of AI technologies in marketing is causing a major shift in the way companies work.
IBM will make its Watson artificial intelligence software available for free, so government agencies, businesses, universities and healthcare institutions can use intelligent bots to answer citizens' queries about the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. The software will be available for free for at least 90 days, meaning organisations can use it to create chatbots to alleviate demand and waiting times on customer service phone numbers. IBM's Watson AI software will be free for organisations to create customer service bots, which can talk to people about their COVID-19 queries. The free service is already being used by organisations in the US and across Europe and the company said it could be added into existing mobile phone apps, or online apps such as the newly released Australian government's, to provide information and advice about the pandemic. In a statement IBM's general manager of data and AI Rob Thomas said it was putting years of experience in helping businesses use natural language processing, out into the market for use.
Apple Inc. acquired Voysis, an artificial intelligence startup that developed a platform for digital voice assistants to better understand people's natural language. Dublin, Ireland-based Voysis focused on improving digital assistants inside online shopping apps, so the software could respond more accurately to voice commands from users. A now-removed company webpage said the technology could narrow product search results by processing shopping phrases such as "I need a new LED TV" and "My budget is $1,000." Voysis provided this AI to other companies to incorporate it into their own apps and voice assistants. An Apple spokesman said the company "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
When the 1970s and 1980s were colored by banking crises, regulators from around the world banded together to set international standards on how to manage financial risk. Those standards, now known as the Basel standards, define a common framework and taxonomy on how risk should be measured and managed. This led to the rise of professional financial risk managers, which was my first job. The largest professional risk associations, GARP and PRMIA, now have over 250,000 certified members combined, and there are many more professional risk managers out there who haven't gone through those particular certifications. We are now beset by data breaches and data privacy scandals, and regulators around the world have responded with data regulations.
Experts at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, have begun using artificial intelligence to create computer models that calculate the risk of a corona patient's needing intensive care or a ventilator. As coronavirus patients are hospitalized, it is difficult for doctors to predict which of them will require intensive care and a respirator. Many different factors come into play, some yet to be fully understood by doctors . As such, computer scientists at the University of Copenhagen are now developing computer models based on artificial intelligence that calculate the risk of an individual patient's need for a ventilator or intensive care. The new initiative is being conducted in a collaboration with Rigshospitalet and Bispebjerg Hospital.
Codebase Ventures Inc (CSE:CODE) (OTCQB:BKLLF) reported that Love Hemp, a CBD supplier in the UK, and a subsidiary of World High Life Plc, in which the company is invested, has seen record monthly sales via its retail presence and e-commerce site. In an update on the early-stage investor's holdings, Codebase also told investors it is "actively pursuing" pharmaceutical opportunities that could have a positive impact on the current global coronavirus pandemic. World High Life is focused on backing or acquiring companies operating in the CBD wellness and medicinal cannabis industry and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Love Hemp is a leading CBD supplier in the United Kingdom. Elsewhere, the firm said its Arcology investment - an AI (artificial intelligence) blockchain ecosystem - is advancing its presence among dAPP developers by launching a project on GitHub, the world's largest source code sharing platform. DApp stands for decentralized application and such an app has its backend code running on a decentralized peer-to-peer network.
Phantom AI has secured raised $22 Million in Series A funding round. Celeres Investments led the latest funding round. Other investors participated in the round includes Ford Motor Company and KT (Korea's largest telco). The company intends to use the latest funds to speed up product development and scale its operations in Europe and Asia regions. Executive Opinion Co-founder and CEO of Phantom AI, Hyunggi Cho, "We founded Phantom AI to fundamentally change the economics of ADAS by developing modern software-based solutions that are high performing, cost effective, and infinitely flexible and customizable. To the automakers frustrated with the lack of options in computer vision technologies--Phantom AI is here to help. We are thrilled to bring our AI-based perception technology, including computer vision, sensor fusion and control capabilities to market, and to have the support of our new investors to help us accelerate production globally."
Experts found that men from wealthy western countries like the UK are more motivated to workout than their Nicaraguan and Ugandan counterparts. However, in all three countries, men that watch more television -- and are therefore exposed more to images of idealised bodies -- wanted to be muscular more. Men who are'couch potatoes' -- those spending a lot of time watching TV -- are more likely to want to be muscular and hit the gym, a study has found Psychologist Tracey Thornborrow of the University of Lincoln and colleagues examined British men's obsession with getting a muscular physique -- along with related phenomena like relying on protein shakes, unhealthy dieting and steroid use. Comparing British men with those from Nicaragua and Uganda, the team assessed each man's body mass index, along with their feelings about peer pressure and their ideal appearance. Participants also ranked the perceived level of muscularity of their current body and their ideal body on the so-called'Male Adiposity and Muscularity Scale.' Designed by the Person Perception Lab at the University of Lincoln, the new scale makes use of two-dimensional images created from 3D software, providing a more realistic range of body types and sizes based on measurements of real people.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already deeply embedded in so many areas of our lives. Society's reliance on AI is set to increase at a pace that is hard to comprehend. AI isn't the kind of technology that is confined to futuristic science fiction movies – the robots you've seen on the big screen that learn how to think, feel, fall in love, and subsequently take over humanity. No, AI right now is much less dramatic and often much harder to identify. Artificial intelligence is simply machine learning.