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The 7 Most Promising Government Led AI Solutions

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As the 21st century rages on, success and failure of nations depends not only on their citizenry and governmental leadership, but heavily on the technological visions that countries embrace. If a nation takes the approach of sitting back or standing still as automation and Artificial Intelligence advance at ever increasing rates, that nation is destined to be left behind. However, if a country embraces AI and dedicates significant resources and top minds to ethical implementation, that country is destined to be a leader for decades to come. Recently Steve Mills, Chief AI Ethics Officer & Leader for Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector, and Partner at Boston Consulting Group said quite eloquently "AI has become table stages for global national economic and technological competitiveness. This goes beyond nations capturing a piece of the large and rapidly growing AI market. AI is poised to transform nearly every industry. There is an imperative for nations to position themselves to integrate AI into these sectors. Particularly those sectors that are economically important to them. Failing to do so could erode their competitive position, creating opportunities for other, more technologically advanced nations to fill the void. This is not just a matter of missed upside potential from the new AI market. It's also about downside risk for every other sector that is economically important to a nation."


(November 6 & 13, 2020) Artificial Intelligence on Water Resources - TheWaterChannel

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In recent years the increase of machine learning applications to water resources have allowed us to propose new solutions to complex problems. Alumni from the Hydroinformatics program have explored new areas that in many cases have led to implementations at different places in the world, and have shown to be able to compete with ongoing traditional solutions. For this seminar we will make an overview of some of the most recent ideas of applications of machine learning in Hydroinformatics. These presentations will be divided into two sessions that will cover forecasting problems. An introduction in both sessions to a variety of machine learning basic concepts will be given to introduce the topics, limitations and a friendly way to see the theory.


How AI proptech can instantly value properties around APAC

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Property technology, often abbreviated as proptech, is becoming increasingly commonplace around the Asia Pacific (APAC) in recent years, and certain factors are set to see proptech truly takeoff. An excellent example of proptech disrupting traditional property investor tools is the AI-powered platform, OfficeBlocks. According to the Urban Land Institute and PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific (APAC) 2020 report, awareness of and investment in proptech strategies are growing rapidly. And the recent world events have made things difficult for the property investor market, with travel restrictions and other restrictions limiting the possibilities. But using the Market Intelligence App within the OfficeBlocks platform, a photo of a property can be uploaded, and the industry-first AI and big data tool will send out the rental estimates and valuation of the property to an email address within minutes.


New Malaysia AI park could add tech muscle to country

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Malaysia will soon build its first artificial intelligence (AI) park in the country, as it looks to attract international interest and add muscle to the local electrical and electronics (E&E) industry. The country, specifically northern manufacturing hub Penang, is already well-established in the regional semiconductor market, and the entry of an AI development node should push local manufacturing and supply chain management, as well solidify the country's fledgling semiconductor industry with the deployment of AI. "Semiconductor is basically the brain of AI technology. The AI park is a very important project that can bring Malaysia to the next level and it will certainly be a national agenda for the government to create a high-tech industry and create high-value jobs for the country, " Dr. James Tee told local daily StarBiz. Tee was recently appointed as an executive director of G3 Global Bhd, which last year agreed with Chinese firms SenseTime Group and China Harbour Engineering Co to set up the first Malaysia AI park with investment totaling US$1 billion (RM4.15 billion) over the next five years. Tee was certain that AI will become mainstream in the years to come and when that happens, coupled with the convergence of technology including blockchain, big data, and other transformational tech, it will boost local semiconductor industry growth and ultimately drive growth in the E&E sector on which it's reliant.


AI-powered mini-brain help robots recognize pain and self-repair

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Using the human brain as an inspiration, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) developed an artificial intelligence-based "mini-brain" for robots to recognize pain and self-repair when damaged. The system has different sensor nodes enabled by AI with the purpose of processing and reacting to pain, which emerges from the pressure exerted by force. This gives robots the ability to detect the exact area and repair its own damage when it is slightly injured, without the need for human intervention. Currently, robots use a network of sensors that typically do not process information but send it to a single large, powerful, central processing unit where learning occurs. As a result, existing robots are usually heavily wired, which results in delayed response times.


Singapore to pilot floating energy storage system, invest $36M in low-carbon research

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The Singapore government is setting aside SG$49 million ($36.05 million) to drive research and development (R&D) efforts in low-carbon energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). It also announces an initiative to pilot a lithium-ion battery energy storage on a "floating" lab, utilising seawater to cool the battery cells. Spanning five years, the SG$49 million R&D investment aimed to push the "technical and economic viability" of technologies that could help reduce the country's carbon emissions. In particular, it hoped to do so in emission-intensive areas such as the power and industrial sectors, according to a joint statement Monday released by give government agencies involved in the funding efforts: the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star); Economic Development Board (EDB); Energy Market Authority (EMA); National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS); and National Research Foundation (NRF). Country's government is setting aside more than SG$500 million ($352.49


Robots Use AI to 'Feel' Pain and Self-Repair – IAM Network

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Robots are one step closer to being more like living beings with a new development within the field. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created an AI system that allows robots to recognize pain and self-repair. The newly developed system relies on AI-enabled sensor nodes, which process'pain' and then respond to it. This pain is identified when there is pressure brought on by an outside physical force. The other major part of the system is self-repair.


Who Should be Responsible when Robots and AI Cause Accidents

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Who should be considered lawfully responsible when a self-driving vehicle hits a walker? Should the finger be pointed at the car proprietor, manufacturers or the engineers of the artificial intelligence (AI) software that drives the vehicle? The question of deciding'risk' for decision making achieved by robots or artificial intelligence is an intriguing and significant subject as the usage of this innovation increases in the industry, and starts to all the more directly sway our everyday lives. To be sure, as applications of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning innovation develops, we are probably going to observe how it changes the idea of work, organizations, businesses and society. But, in spite of the fact that it has the ability to disrupt and drive more prominent efficiencies, AI has its snags: the issue of'who is at risk when something goes astray' being one of them.


8 Upcoming Webinars On Artificial Intelligence To Look Forward To

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With the continuation of COVID disruption, businesses are still relying on webinars to carry out their marketing strategies. Although the concept of webinars has always been there, the pandemic has provided great importance to it while engaging audiences in the comforts of their home. Not only these webinars are a shorter form of conferences, saving an ample amount of time, but also turns out to be extremely convenient for attendees to get their hands-on industry insights, latest tools and technologies. Further to this, webinars have also proven to be a great learning resource for many enthusiasts as well as professionals. Alongside, with artificial intelligence gaining its massive momentum amid COVID, the number of webinars on AI is also rapidly increasing. About: Organised by Analytics India Magazine, in association with ISIMA, this webinar will cover the three generations of data architecture and what lies ahead.


Singapore startup develops COVID-19 breath detection test

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A Singapore startup has developed a breath test it says can detect COVID-19 in under 60 seconds. Based on clinical trials involving 180 patients, the system has clocked an accuracy rate of more than 90%. Developed by Breathonix, the breath test is a notable move away from the current screening standard involving a swab test. The latter may be uncomfortable and identifies COVID-19 through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which can take a few hours. Swift detection was key in effective contact tracing and stemming the spread of the coronavirus, and Breathonix's breath analysis technology offered a fast and convenient way to identify infections, the startup said in a statement Tuesday. A spinoff from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the company's two founders are graduates from the local university and is supported under the university's Graduate Research Innovation Programme.