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Pakistan introduces first business robot journalist Emerging Pakistan - your gateway to Pakistan!

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KARACHI: Pakistan has introduced the first-ever business robot journalist, Dante, who writes and publishes a comprehensive report on stocks traded at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) within a few seconds after the market's closure. "The Pakistan Stock Exchange is closed at 3:30pm (from Monday to Thursday and at 4:30pm on Friday) and it gets the daily report published before it is 3:31pm," said the award-winning tech startup, baseH Technologies, Founder and CEO Anisuddin Sheikh. TheRoboJournalist, also called Dante, had been writing the reports for the past few days, he said at a signing ceremony to get seed money from the Elahi Group of Companies for the project at the National Incubation Centre (NIC) at NED University on Saturday. Simultaneously, the artificial intelligence (AI)-based content writing software develops a video on share trading and gets it uploaded at YouTube, Sheikh said. The robot journalist is capable of doing sports and weather reporting as well.


Facial recognition to be used for officials and journalists at Emperor's anniversary ceremony, but not for politicians

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The government plans to use a facial recognition system at a ceremony later this month to mark the 30th anniversary of Emperor Akihito's accession to the throne, officials said. The use of facial recognition technology, a first for a government-sponsored event in Japan, is designed to reduce the time required for participant identification and help prevent terrorism. Using images of the faces of participants registered in advance, the system authenticates recognized faces in some 10 seconds per person with an accuracy rate of more than 99 percent, the officials said. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony set to take place at Tokyo's National Theatre on Feb. 24. The facial recognition system will be used for hundreds of people including government officials and journalists.


Japan to use facial recognition system at Emperor's anniversary ceremony

The Japan Times

The government plans to use a facial recognition system at a ceremony later this month to mark the 30th anniversary of Emperor Akihito's accession to the throne, officials said. The use of facial recognition technology, a first for a government-sponsored event in Japan, is designed to reduce the time required for participant identification and help prevent terrorism. Using face images of participants registered in advance, the system completes the recognition authentication process in some 10 seconds per person with an accuracy rate of more than 99 percent, the officials said. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony set to take place at Tokyo's National Theatre on Feb. 24. Of the total, the facial recognition system will be used for hundreds of people, including government officials and journalists.


China's brightest teens are studying about AI weapons so Beijing could 'lead the war game'

Daily Mail

Some of China's smartest high school graduates have been recruited to study the manufacturing of AI weaponry to keep Beijing ahead of the war game. The Chinese teenagers are studying at Beijing Institute of Technology, a top university in the country specialising in engineering and national defence. The class, unveiled last month, comprises 31 students who are selected based on their academic achievements and their level of patriotism, according the school. AI weapons, called by some as'killer robots', generally mean automated weapons which select, engage and eliminate human targets without the involvement of other humans. It has been described as the third revolution in warfare - after gunpowder and nuclear arms - and has been a controversial topic due to the ethics behind them.


New facial recognition technology caught 'imposter' using someone else's passport, US officials say

The Independent

A new facial recognition technology caught a man trying to enter the US using a passport belonging to someone else, US officials say. Officials with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Office of Field Operations (OFO) intercepted a 26-year-old man, the agencies referred to as an "imposter", who reportedly attempted to use a French passport belonging to someone else, at Washington's Dulles International Airport.


UAE, India to generate $20 bln from artificial intelligence deal

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Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the UAE's minister of state for Artificial Intelligence, and Deepak Bagla, the managing director and CEO of Invest India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a bilateral Artificial Intelligence Bridge that envisages the generation of $20 billion in economic benefits during the next decade. WAM said that the AI Bridge aims to spur discussion and explore options for the UAE and India to grow their Artificial Intelligence economies, according to an announcement after the signing ceremony by Invest India, the national investment promotion ad facilitation agency of the Indian government. The UAE Minister said that in the coming years, "how a country chooses to embrace Artificial Intelligence will have a tremendous impact on its ability to innovate and prosper. Data and processing will be a catalyst for innovation and business growth and serve as the backbone of more effective and efficient service delivery system." The designated Indian signatory said his country, which is "the world's fastest expanding market opportunity with its talent pool of human capital, well-acknowledged for innovation – and the UAE, a hub of cutting edge technologies – are natural partners in the field of Artificial Intelligence."


The 'Emperor bug' that could send Japanese computers haywire next year

Daily Mail

When the current emperor steps down in April next year, the Japanese calendar will move into a new era - and it could cause havoc with the country's computer systems. The calendar is based on era names that coincide with the rule of its emperors, and the country has been in the Heisei or'peace everywhere' era since Japan's current emperor, Akihito, took the throne in 1989. However, he is is set to step down on April 30, 2019. Japan's Emperor Akihito, took the throne in 1989. However, he is is set to step down on April 30, 2019.to:


Apple and Malala Fund partnership takes major new step into Latin America

The Independent

How do you get every single girl a full 12 years of quality education? That's the question at the heart of the Malala Fund, the organisation set up by Malala Yousafzai, the young Nobel Prize winner. And she wants to provide this education in parts of the world where it can't be taken for granted. Luckily, she has a powerful ally. In January, Apple revealed a tie-up with Malala Fund as part of the initial goal of getting 100,000 girls into education in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria. But today it has been announced that the collaboration is expanding to Latin America. This expansion means grants will be offered to advocates in Brazil, who will join the Malala Fund's network of so-called Gulmakai Champions.


Artificial Intelligence Comes to Tokyo 2020 - Sponsor Spotlight

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Artificial Intelligence Comes to Tokyo 2020 - Sponsor Spotlight (ATR) Intel wants developers to come up with the next best use of artificial intelligence at the next Olympic Games. Drones at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics (Intel) "Today, we're inviting the developer community to join us in potentially creating an amazing AI experience for fans and athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by submitting their ideas through the Intel AI Challenge for the Olympic Game," Naveen Rao, corporate vice president and general manager, Artificial Intelligence Product Group, Intel, said in a statement. Intel joined the TOP sponsor program with the IOC last year in a "long term technology" partnership through the 2024 Olympics. During the signing ceremony Intel said it would be working on 5G telecom networks, virtual reality, drones, and artificial intelligence. During the opening and closing ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympics Intel brought coordinated drone light shows to showcase its technologies.


Videos from European Robotics Forum 2018

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The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, took place in Tampere on 13-15 March 2018. ERF2018 brought together over 900 leading scientists, companies, and policymakers. Under the theme "Robots and Us", the over 50 workshops cover current societal and technical themes, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations.