If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
So you have a new cutting-edge AI product/service idea. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done! How can a project cover the numerous expenses of AI product development, and remain financially stable? This is exactly where seed funding comes in. What is seed funding?... Seed funding comes before the product/service is ready for commercialization.
In early spring 2020, Smithfield, Tyson, and other industrial food suppliers warned that upwards of millions of pounds of meat could disappear from the U.S. supply chain as a result of the coronavirus. Although it now appears these fears were overblown or possibly a ploy to bolster exports (excepting pork products like pepperoni), tens of thousands of slaughterhouse workers around the world have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 90 of them have died from the virus. As the health crisis stretches on, the threat to meatpacking, meat processing, and distribution center employees has researchers hunting for a new production model. Even with physical distancing protocols and personal protective equipment like face shields and masks, plant closures are looming -- and the idea of automation is rapidly gaining ground. The U.S. meatpacking industry employed nearly 600,000 workers -- a large portion of whom are immigrants -- at wages averaging $15.92 an hour in 2019.
Apache Hop, a metadata-driven data orchestration tool used to design and build pipelines, today emerged from incubator status and was named a Top-Level Project at the Apache Software Foundation, clearing the way for more intensive production use. Apache Hop, which stands for Hop Orchestration Platform, is a Java-based product designed to help data professionals manage a variety of data and metadata orchestration and integration needs. The software sports a visual design environment that allows users to create ETL pipelines, as well as an execution engine that can run by itself or embedded into Spark, Flink, Google Dataflow, or on AWS EMR via Apache Beam. "Hop is entirely metadata driven," it states on the Apache Hop website. "Every object type in Hop describes how data is read, manipulated or written, or how workflows and pipelines need to be orchestrated. Metadata is what drives Hop internally as well. Hop uses a kernel architecture with a robust engine. Plugins add functionality to the engine through their own metadata."
It's not often that a twitching, snowman-shaped blob of 3D human tissue makes someone's day. But when Dr. Sergiu Pasca at Stanford University witnessed the tiny movement, he knew his lab had achieved something special. You see, the blob was evolved from three lab-grown chunks of human tissue: a mini-brain, mini-spinal cord, and mini-muscle. Each individual component, churned to eerie humanoid perfection inside bubbling incubators, is already a work of scientific genius. But Pasca took the extra step, marinating the three components together inside a soup of nutrients.
Cutting-edge technology has captured remarkable images of Charlotte as an embryo but what's even more extraordinary is how this technology helped bring her to life. Charlotte, now nine weeks old, is one of the first babies in Australia to be born with the help of artificial intelligence. Of all the things her parents, Sarah-Eve Dumais Pelletier, 32, and Tim Keys, 33, thought would improve their chances of having a child of their own, a computer was not one of them. Yet, here their daughter is after they endured a painful 12 months of fertility struggles, two miscarriages and a failed round of IVF. The husband and wife, who live on the Sunshine Coast, are among 1000 patients taking part in an Australian-first trial using artificial intelligence in the embryo selection process during an IVF cycle.
A startup incubator is a collaborative program that helps new startup to grow. It aids entrepreneurs in solving discrepancies associated with running of startup. Globally, incubators have become a biome with an array of initiatives that motivate and back economic growth. However, talking about India, incubators are a recent phenomenon, which is sure to upswing in the coming days. In this article, we have tried to focus on some incubators trends for startups that we expect in 2020.
MagniLEARN, an Ed-Tech company using artificial intelligence and Natural Language Processing, received second prize for innovation in Artificial Intelligence and was recognized as a promising AI Startup in the third annual China – Israel Innoweek Conference held in Beijing, China. "Combining Natural Language Processing (NLP) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) allowed us to turn the computer into a language-aware personal tutor for each student," said MagniLEARN CEO Howard Cooper in accepting the award. "Our difference lies in presenting personalized exercises that the student answers with free-form responses. Just like a personal tutor teaching language to a child, we understand what is correct, what is nearly correct, and provide feedback and then reinforcement as the student learns proper English. We gave the computer enough language awareness to become an intelligent and efficient language tutor for each student," he concluded.
Strong writing can determine whether a Hollywood show turns out like Game of Thrones or Pee-Wee Herman's Big Adventure. That's why Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment has opened an incubator for writers called Imagine Impact. The film and TV industries employ 2.6 million people in the U.S. alone, and those businesses generate $177 billion a year in wages. But surfacing new writers can be a haphazard process. Imagine Impact, the division of a film production company with dozens of Oscar-nominated films, wants to create a pipeline of strong writers.
You know for sure AI has formally gone mainstream when it is a hot topic among government circles. To give a few instances -- the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with Microsoft to enable tech skills development, while the Indian army is seeking intuitive AI assistance in its weapon systems and surveillance programmes. And more recently, the Housing Ministry has ordered AI algorithms to cut down bookkeeping corruption incidences. But the most prominent development has been the proposal of Rs.7,500-crore plan by Niti Aayog to create an institutional framework for AI in the country. And while the public sector is poised to play a crucial role in the growth of India's future, the increasing adoption of AI in the corporate world is calling for experts to create responsible AI technologies.
I used to see the young people in the city mostly spending their time at the eateries, playing games online, driving out to the desert. Coffee shops were just a place to drink coffee or spend some time chilling out. That scenario is slowly changing. A new group of youngsters are emerging in Jeddah who love music, art, fashion as well as creating their own startups. Many of these youngsters are women.