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Canada is officially testing driverless cars on public streets

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Canada is celebrating a technological milestone after its first official self-driving car test on public roads last week. The street test was conducted in Ottawa's west end using technology developed by Blackberry. The city of Ottawa announced a partnership with Blackberry's QNX team, the operating system arm of the company which is developing self-driving vehicle software. "With support from BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center and by working closely with all our partners, we are facilitating smart initiatives and research, and fuelling innovation and job creation in Ottawa," said the city's mayor, Jim Watson in a press release. The test was not run in real-life conditions as the roads were closed during the demonstration.


Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery QuickFire Challenge

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation focuses on accelerating all stages of innovation worldwide and forming collaborations between entrepreneurs and Johnson & Johnson's global healthcare businesses. Johnson & Johnson Innovation provides scientists, entrepreneurs and emerging companies with one-stop access to science and technology experts who can facilitate collaborations across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer companies of Johnson & Johnson. Under the Johnson & Johnson Innovation umbrella of businesses, we connect with innovators through our regional Innovation Centers, Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLINX, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC and our Business Development teams to create customized deals and novel 4 collaborations that speed development of innovations to solve unmet needs in patients. Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators to create and accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to patients around the world.


Nuance Nina Earns Industry Accolades for Innovation in Artificial Intelligence

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Nuance was honored alongside customers FedEx and IP Australia, with partner Datacom, for delivering notable customer experiences through natural language understanding, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These recent wins come on the heels of Nuance Nina gaining recognition from leading global research firms including being ranked #1 among virtual assistant vendors in Forrester's Chatbot Vendor Ranking* and receiving the highest combined rating among virtual assistant vendors in Opus Research's "Decision Makers' Guide to Enterprise Intelligent Assistants. Nuance was honored alongside customers FedEx and IP Australia, with partner Datacom, for delivering notable customer experiences through natural language understanding, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These recent wins come on the heels of Nuance Nina gaining recognition from leading global research firms including being ranked #1 among virtual assistant vendors in Forrester's Chatbot Vendor Ranking* and receiving the highest combined rating among virtual assistant vendors in Opus Research's "Decision Makers' Guide to Enterprise Intelligent Assistants.


Digital Reasoning Appoints Uday Kamath as Company’s Chief Analytics Officer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Uday Kamath, an experienced data scientist and machine learning expert, joins Digital Reasoning as the company's chief analytics officer (CAO). In this new role, Kamath will lead a dedicated team focused on driving innovation in data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, while also working closely with product and engineering departments across Digital Reasoning. Building on Digital Reasoning's proven success, Kamath will lead the company's AI and analytics strategy and will help to drive continued AI innovation across the company's portfolio of industry leading analytics and insights solutions. Most recently, he served as the chief data scientist at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, building machine learning products and solutions for the financial industry, focused on fraud, compliance and cybersecurity.


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Participating in the ceremony were (in speaking order) Young Min You, Minister of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea; Byung-soo Suh, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City; Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General; Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia; Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General, Telecom Sector, Telecommunciations Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates; Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia; Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa; István Mikola, Minister of State for Security and International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary; and Edwin Estrada Hernández,Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica. Said Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, CITC Governor and sponsor of the opening ceremony, spoke on the smart digital transformation currently underway in the ICT sector, and the importance of digital technology going forward. Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General, Telecom Sector, TRA and opening ceremony sponsor spoke on our rapid digital transformation, and how it is a key priority for UAE. Technologies on display include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, smart health, smart finance, IoT, radio frequency spectrum solutions, spectrum management, smart city technologies and more.


September 22, 2017 Press Release – Québec and Ontario Working Together to Fuel Innovation and Growth

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Québec and Ontario held their seventh joint meeting of cabinet ministers in Québec City today, building on a long history of productive partnership between them. Building on existing investments, the agreement will boost the provinces' competitive advantage in the field of AI by expanding opportunities for collaboration in research, talent attraction, skills development and business growth. Previous joint meetings between Ontario and Québec have led to advances on common goals of growing the economy, attracting businesses and investments, and protecting our shared environment. Through their joint meetings of cabinet members and work year-round, Québec and Ontario have strengthened their long-standing relationship, creating opportunities and greater prosperity within the provinces -- and across Canada.



Huawei Connect 2017 - Highlights and Summary

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There was a detailed and dedicated session about the digital economy at Huawei Connect 2017 that covered the below speeches and panel discussions about how digital economy helps in increasing the National Competitiveness, creates a new model for economic growth and brings new development opportunities The Future of Digital Economy Forum • The benefits and opportunities of digital economy • Preparing for the future digital economy Intelligent Technology, Digital Transformation, and the Role of ICT Providers • Industries that are likely to leverage smart technology and seize growth opportunities • Developing countries are using smart technology to achieve leapfrog development • The role of ICT providers in enabling the intelligent world The first keynote of second day was based on how connectivity and cloud together can lead us to faster digitization and its benefits. The speakers for the Connectivity Cloud: Faster Digitization were Mr. David Wang - President of Products & Solutions of Huawei; Prof. Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat – President of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang; Michael Nilles – CDO of Schindler Group, Jerry Li - Vice President, and Head of Business Development of ABB China The second keynote Huawei Cloud - Technology & Product Innovation also had lots of speakers as below; - Joy Huang, Vice President, IT Product Line, Huawei - Wang Xiaoping, Fellow, Software Development Center, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - Jean-Christophe Marchal, Executive Deputy General Manager, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Company Ltd. Huawei organized a special session of international KOLs with Joy Tan and Walter Jennings, President and Vice President of Huawei's Global Media and Communications Department, respectively. Another special session organized for International KOLs was by Huawei's Consumer Business Group's Handset Business unit in which Mr. Li Changzhu, Vice President of Huawei Consumer Business Group's Handset Business interacted about the high-end series handset product strategy, research and development, and integrated operation and delivery. Yu Dong, President of Industry Marketing & Solution, Enterprise Business Group in Huawei shared some great stat like the latest AI can detect a face correctly among a billion input data and face recognition is improved 1000 times in last two years.


Genpact Acquires Digital Customer Experience Firm TandemSeven

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Genpact announced that it has acquired TandemSeven, a Boston-headquartered company that delivers customer and digital experience innovation consulting using design thinking at its core. TandemSeven's ability to design better customer experiences complements Genpact's digital capability aimed at transforming business processes end-to-end. That's where TandemSeven's team of consultants, technologists, and designers, as well as its UX360 customer analytics technology, will complement Genpact's global business domain experts and digital and analytics experts in applying Lean Digital and its Genpact Cora AI-powered platform to help clients reimagine their customer experiences. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Boston, TandemSeven's team of experts expands Genpact's U.S. operations, including its Boston area AI and digital innovation hub built on its recent acquisitions of Rage Frameworks and OnSource.


NextAI Announces Founding Partners and Initial Commitment of $5M to Build Canada's AI Ecosystem

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TORONTO, January 25, 2017 - Today NextAI announced major partnerships with several leading Canadian companies to help fund and support the program and its participants. They will provide program participants with funding, corporate mentorship, and access to industry experts, customer trials and valuable data sets. "NEXT Canada has a proven track record of helping foster entrepreneurship in Canada, and by partnering on NextAI we'll help entrepreneurs from around the world develop their next AI ventures here in Canada." The program is the first of its kind in Canada, and will bring global AI talent and entrepreneurs to Toronto, where they'll work with corporate, academic and technology partners to create commercially-viable AI ventures.