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What America's largest technology firms are investing in

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WHEN CORPORATE bosses want to impress investors they increasingly reach for the i-word. Mentions of "innovation" during the earnings calls of S&P500 firms have almost doubled in the past decade. And no other sector talks about it as much as the technology companies do. For Hewlett-Packard, a printer and personal-computer maker, innovation has on occasion become what location is to estate agents and education to Tony Blair: so important it has to be said three times in quick succession. Your browser does not support the audio element. Do they protest too much?


5 Frontier Technologies to Improve Health in Emerging Economies - Coruzant Technologies

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The pandemic, chronic disease, rising costs, an ageing population, limited resources, health worker shortages, and a data explosion are converging to accelerate digital health globally. WHO has launched a major transformative agenda on digital health, "The use and scale up of digital health solutions can revolutionize how people worldwide achieve higher standards of health, and access services to promote and protect their health and well-being." At a granular level, technology offers improved efficiency; better treatment choice; more efficient diagnosis; faster drug development; better prediction of disease outbreaks, medical consultations with patients where there is no doctor and improved medical training. Consumers can access information they need to proactively manage their own health and wellness. AI can identify specific demographics or geographies where population health issues exist, then targeting and precisely implementing education and prevention programs.


In battle with U.S., China to focus on 7 'frontier' technologies from chips to brain-computer fusion

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China is looking to boost research into what it calls "frontier technology" including quantum computing and semiconductors, as it competes with the U.S. for supremacy in the latest innovations. In its five-year development plan, the 14th of its kind, Beijing said it would make "science and technology self-reliance and self-improvement a strategic pillar for national development," according to a CNBC translation. Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that China would increase research and development spending by more than 7% per year between 2021 and 2025, in pursuit of "major breakthroughs" in technology. China's technology champions such as Huawei and SMIC have been targeted by U.S. sanctions as tensions between Beijing and Washington have ramped up in the past few years. As such, China has concentrated on boosting its domestic expertise in areas it sees as strategically important, such as semiconductors.


Applying Ancient Chinese Philosophy To Artificial Intelligence - NOEMA

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Bing Song is the director of the Berggruen Institute China Center and the editor of "Intelligence and Wisdom: AI Meets Chinese Philosophers." BEIJING -- There has been much discussion on the global stage around China's ambition to lead artificial intelligence and robotics innovation over the coming decades. But few if any of the discussions by Chinese philosophers on the threats of AI and approaches to AI ethics have managed to penetrate Western-language media. Like many Western commentators, many Chinese philosophers (mostly trained in Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism) have expressed deep concern over diminishing human autonomy and free will in the age of data manipulation and automation, as well as the potential loss of purpose and meaning of human life in the long run. Others are concerned about humankind's eagerness to tinker with the human genome and the natural evolution process to achieve much-desired longevity and physical wellbeing. Confucian scholars seem to be the most alarmed as certain developments in AI and robotics, especially those related to familial relationships and elder care, directly threaten the foundation of Confucianism, which emphasizes the importance of bloodlines and familial norms.


Technology for All by Dani Rodrik - Project Syndicate

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CAMBRIDGE – We live in a world with an ever-widening chasm between the skills of the "average" worker and the capabilities demanded by frontier technologies. Robots, software, and artificial intelligence have increased corporate profits and raised demand for skilled professionals. But they replace factory, sales, and clerical workers – hollowing out the traditional middle class. This "skills gap" contributes to deepening economic inequality and insecurity and ultimately to political polarization – the signal problems of our time. Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, heedless of the political consequences for Europe and Germany, has issued a ruling that risks sacrificing the euro and possibly even the European Union.


Frontier technologies need better governance to tackle COVID-19

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Today: Accelerating Medical and Drug Discovery To be sure, the quality of these tools and their promise varies, but given there is already reliance on AI to accelerate disease insights and drug development, we should be accelerating work on guardrails too. Among the bigger governance challenges is assessing the reliability, safety, and fairness of such tools. In many instances, a well-designed audit framework would enable leaders to evaluate whether the system is trustworthy but this can be challenging in practice. Tomorrow: Enabling Population Management and Limiting Disease Spread Tracking COVID-19 patients and their contacts is widely understood to be central to the effort to contain spread and eventually, loosen the restrictions on our mobility and economic activity. The AI/ML-enabled contact tracing tools that were so effective in Singapore and South Korea are now, in some form, likely coming to the EU and US.


Highlights in AI for Drug Discovery Q2 2019

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There's been significant growth in the AI for Drug Discovery sector this year. In the last quarter, the number of R&D centers increased by 5, companies increased by 20, collaborations increased by 30, and investors increased by 50. There are now 400 investors investing in AI for Drug Discovery including Google Ventures, Tencent, WuXi, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, and Sequoia Ventures. This week, Deep Knowledge Analytics Pharma Division published Landscape of AI for Drug Discovery and Advanced R&D Q2 2019. This report is the most comprehensive analytical report on the AI for Drug Discovery sector to date.


Telangana is making real advancement in AI, ML and blockchain: Jayesh Ranjan - ET Government

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For Telangana, information technology (IT) plays a significant role in its GDP. Overall services continue to contribute the maximum – around 55 per cent – of which IT contributes about 40 per cet in the state's GDP. Now, with emerging technologies such as AI and ML playing a defining role, the state is looking to leverage these frontier technologies to strengthen public service delivery and tech innovation. In an exclusive interview with ETGovernment's Mohd Ujaley, Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary - IT, Electronics & Communication Department said: "Emerging Technologies is the one area where we are making real advancement. In Telangana, these frontier technologies are being explored by different government departments to improve governance, public service delivery and creation of new jobs."


Frontier technologies at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Frontier Enterprise

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The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 promise to exhibit not only the highest standards in human endurance and physical ability, but also some wild, cutting-edge technology never visible (or invisible) before at a public event of this size. Here are some of the most interesting technologies on display featuring AI and VR to artificial shooting stars, among others. In October 2017, the NTT Group established a consortium comprising six companies with SoftBank, Facebook, Amazon, PLDT, and PCCW Global to begin constructing "JUPITER", a large-capacity optical submarine cable system linking the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. Construction is currently scheduled for completion in March 2020. "JUPITER" has the speed to transmit approximately six hours of high vision images (about three full movies) in one second.


Don't squander the techno-revolution

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Public discussion of the effects of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) often focuses on the productivity benefits for companies and the economy, on the one hand, and on the potential downside for workers, on the other. Yet there is a critical third dimension that should not be overlooked: the impact of new technologies on wellbeing. Historically, technological innovation has had positive effects on wellbeing extending far beyond what is captured by standard economic metrics such as GDP. Vaccinations, new pharmaceuticals, and medical innovations such as X-rays and MRIs have vastly improved human health and increased longevity. Today, even countries with the world's lowest life expectancies have longer average lifespans than did the countries with the highest life expectancies in 1800.