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COVID-19: Data and Artificial Intelligence can help ease lockdowns

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2020

Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) Chair Cristian Bușoi reacted on Thursday to the Commission recommendation to support lockdown exit strategies through mobile data and apps.
“As soon as the epidemic wave will be behind us, we’ll need to move away from the logic of containments. But easing the lockdowns and getting back to normal will be a huge technical and organisational challenge as the virus will still be among us. We are in favour of making use of the possibilities offered by mobile and data applications, and we support the approach proposed by the Commission” said ITRE Chair Cristian Bușoi (EPP, RO).“In order to overcome this unprecedented crisis, we must test new solutions and make use of innovation and research. Various methods have been used by some countries, with contrasting results. We need to look at what has already been tried, and work according to our principles. We also need to make sure that European citizens are on board. The problem to be solved is to find an effective and efficient way of understanding how the virus spreads and being able to deploy strategies adapted to the different territories” he said.The European Commission proposes a common approach for modelling and predicting the evolution of the virus through anonymised and aggregated mobile location data. “Such use of data must of course take place at European level, because that is where the data will have the critical mass to be effective. We will therefore be vigilant concerning user consent and data protection. We welcome the fact that the European Commission is closely working with the European Data Protection Board” he added.

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Artificial intelligence: MEPs want to ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 febbraio 2020

The resolution addresses several challenges arising from the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making (ADM) technologies, with a special focus on consumer protection.Parliament welcomes the potential of ADM to deliver innovative and improved services to consumers, including new digital services such as virtual assistants and chatbots. However, when interacting with a system that automates decision-making, one should be “properly informed about how it functions, about how to reach a human with decision-making powers, and about how the system’s decisions can be checked and corrected”, it adds.Those systems should only use high-quality and unbiased data sets and “explainable and unbiased algorithms”, states the resolution. Review structures should be set up to remedy possible mistakes in automated decisions. It should also be possible for consumers to seek redress for automated decisions that are final and permanent. “Humans must always be ultimately responsible for, and able to overrule, decisions that are taken in the context of professional services such as the medical, legal and accounting professions, and for the banking sector”, MEPs underline.Parliament calls for a risk-assessment scheme for AI and ADM and for a common EU approach to help secure the benefits of those processes and mitigate the risks across the EU. MEPs urge the Commission to table proposals adapting the EU’s safety rules for products (e.g. directives on machinery and toy safety) to ensure that consumers are informed about how to use those products and are protected from harm, while manufacturers should be clear on their obligations.The Product Liability Directive, adopted over 30 years ago, would also need to be revised to adapt concepts such as ‘product’, damage’, ‘defect’ and rules governing the burden of proof, says Parliament.
Under EU law, traders must inform consumers when the price of goods or services has been personalised on the basis of ADM and profiling of consumer behaviour, MEPs recall, asking the Commission to closely monitor the implementation of those rules. The EU must also ensure that ADM is not unduly being used to discriminate against consumers based on their nationality, place of residence or temporary location.The resolution, approved by a show of hands, will be transmitted to the EU Council (member states) and the Commission, so that they take into account MEPs’ views on AI and ADM. The Commission announced that it is due to present its plans for a European approach to AI on 19 February 2020.

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Almirall and Iktos announce research collaboration in Artificial Intelligence for new drug design

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 dicembre 2019

Almirall, S.A. (ALM), a leading skin-health focused global pharmaceutical company, and Iktos, a company specialized in Artificial Intelligence for novel drug design, today announced a collaboration agreement in Artificial Intelligence (AI) , where Iktos generative modelling AI technology will be used to design novel optimized compounds, to speed up the identification of promising drug candidates for an undisclosed Almirall drug discovery program(s).Iktos’ AI technology, based on deep generative models, helps bring speed and efficiency to the drug discovery process, by automatically designing virtual novel molecules that have the desirable characteristics of a novel drug candidate. This tackles one of the key challenges in drug design: rapid and iterative identification of molecules which simultaneously validate multiple bioactive attributes and drug-like criteria for clinical testing.Iktos has recently announced several collaborations with biopharmaceutical companies where Iktos AI technology is used to accelerate the design of promising compounds, and has published, at the EFMC 2018 meeting, an experimental validation of the technology in a real-life drug discovery project. Iktos generative modelling SaaS software, Makya™, is now available on the market, and Iktos intends to release its retro-synthesis SaaS platform Spaya™ as a beta version, before the end of 2019.

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Debuts World’s First Arabic Medical Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 novembre 2019

Nala, Saudi Arabia’s leading digital health service, announced the launch of its artificial intelligence platform that enables instant medical diagnosis in Arabic. The platform will provide users with an accurate medical diagnosis within seconds. To further its growth, Nala has raised $1m in its first financing round. Nala’s new platform will be an addition to Nala’s current digital health service, which provides users with instant access to personalized healthcare through a mobile app. Over 50,000 people have used Nala, a number that is growing exponentially. Dozens of licensed doctors have helped in the development of the new platform. With this new technology, patients can now receive instant medical diagnoses with an extreme precision that alleviates human error. It is currently available through Nala’s mobile app.
Nala is a Saudi-based corporation established as one of the private enterprises to solve the challenges of Vision 2030. Since its launch in February, it has quickly become the region’s leading digital health service. Featured multiple times by the minister of communication and information technology, and the winner of numerous awards, Nala’s app is consistently ranking first in app stores.To strengthen Nala’s growth, The company has raised $1m in its first financing round. AlAraby Investment, which led the funding, is a Dubai-based investment group that invests in high-growth companies. With the funding, Nala will continue to grow its user base, further strengthening its position as the region’s top digital health service. Othman Abahussein, founder and CEO of Nala, commented: “Our mission is to reduce the cost of healthcare by a tenfold while providing exceptional healthcare experience.” He continued: “Our whole team is in Riyadh, and all of our human capital investments go into local talent. We made a bet on local talent, and I can say with full confidence that it pays very well.”

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VSE and Bidgely Pioneer Artificial Intelligence Solutions for Slovakian Customers

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 settembre 2019

Bidgely and Slovakia’s leading utility Východoslovenská energetika a.s. (VSE) have introduced an AI-powered customer engagement and energy efficiency offering that delivers a simplified and more transparent energy experience to VSE customers. The comprehensive UtilityAI services delivered through email, web, VSE call center and field energy advisors are creating new value from customers’ recently-installed smart meters and helping to ensure customers benefit from VSE’s variety of energy efficiency products and services. The initial pilot showed very high customer satisfaction with the services, with 97 percent of customers wanting them to continue and 95 percent finding them useful.
“VSE works to be a utility that offers far more than energy to our customers. Our extensive and well-established products and services marketplace and in-home energy consulting helps to support our customers’ energy goals,” said Miroslav Kulla, chief executive officer of VSE. “Integrating AI technology into our services creates an even more personalised experience for our customers – pinpointing specific opportunities for increased efficiency in their home and uniting the customer experience across each interaction with us.” VSE, part of RWE Group, provides electricity and gas to approximately 500,000 customers in Slovakia. The utility tapped Bidgely’s patented disaggregation technology for both smart and non-smart meters to create an integrated, omni-channel experience for their customer base. Emails with itemised energy usage by appliance creates awareness about consumption in the home. A web platform provides further insights for customers as well as an opportunity to complete their home profile for deeper personalisation. The VSE call center can then schedule a field agent for an in-home visit where highly-relevant products and services can be recommended. With the AI integration, all teams within the utility know which interactions have taken place and what results have been achieved with each individual customer.

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The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019 Opened Grandly in Shanghai

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 settembre 2019

The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019 (WAIC 2019) opened grandly in Shanghai on August 29. With the theme of “Intelligent Connectivity, Infinite Possibilities”, it gathers the world top minds for the highest-level AI academic discussion.Government officials and most influential AI scientists, entrepreneurs and investors across the world witnessed the grand opening of WAIC 2019.The most eye-catching dialogue between Jack Ma and Elon Musk talked about the impact of AI on human life, employment, life, consciousness and environment and inspired people’s imagination on the future AI world, marking the climax of the opening ceremony.
There are dozens of key sessions where industry leaders will focus on frontline algorithms, brain-inspired intelligence and AI chips and share latest research results and practice of key technologies; focus on autonomous driving, AI+5G and smart robots and analyze AI industry trends.
In addition to the knowledge feast, you don’t want to miss the world best AI innovation and application exhibition at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC).With an exhibition area of 15,000m2, the exhibition attracted ~300 exhibitors, 50% more than last year. Besides industry leaders like Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei, Microsoft and Amazon, AI ecosystem companies like Tesla, IBM, ABB, Ping An Group and State Grid demonstrated AI applications in different industries.

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Indian Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 agosto 2019

The “India Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market: Prospects, Trends Analysis, Market Size and Forecasts up to 2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
The country research report on India artificial intelligence (AI) market is a customer intelligence and competitive study of the India market. Moreover, the report provides deep insights into demand forecasts, market trends, and, micro and macro indicators in the India market. Also, factors that are driving and restraining the artificial intelligence (AI) market are highlighted in the study.This is an in-depth business intelligence report based on qualitative and quantitative parameters of the market. Additionally, this report provides readers with market insights and detailed analysis of market segments to possible micro levels. The companies and dealers/distributors profiled in the report include manufacturers & suppliers of artificial intelligence (AI) market in India.

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Punchh Launches Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 maggio 2019

Punchh, the leader in digital marketing solutions for physical retailers, today announced the launch of Punchh Deep Sentiment Analysis. The new product allows brands to extract valuable insights from customer reviews using Punchh’s natural language comprehension engine built with industry-leading deep learning and artificial intelligence.Punchh Deep Sentiment Analysis integrates seamlessly with the Punchh Marketing Cloud, offering real-time descriptive and predictive analytics in a user-friendly dashboard with one-click navigation. Its natural language processing model achieves human-level performance, defined as more than 93 percent accurate, and features multi-language support.
Punchh is the world leader in innovative digital marketing products for physical retailers, combining AI and machine learning technologies, mobile-first expertise, and omnichannel communications designed to dramatically increase lifetime customer value. Punchh offers partners access to real-time consumer information via a live dashboard, enabling them to create and launch campaigns, target specific user segments and review guest feedback. Marketers can connect with customers across any channel through loyalty, offers, ordering, payments, feedback, surveys, gift cards, games and more. More than 160 global enterprise brands rely on Punchh to grow revenue by building customer relationships at every stage, from anonymous to loyalist.

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New Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System Launching at OTC 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 maggio 2019

The toughest welds to make are full penetration, single sided, V butt, pipe welds. Historically, ARC Specialties, a Houston-based developer of welding solutions, declined these jobs because joint fit-up was never repeatable. “Only human welders with a ‘golden arm’ able to compensate for variation in root openings, weld center lines, and groove volumes could handle this challenge,” says Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties. “With the industry facing labor shortages, we decided to develop an intelligent machine with complete knowledge of pipe welding, with full motion and welding control.” The Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System (AIPW) incorporates the 6-axis UR5 collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots to carry out the challenging welds. “The UR5 now becomes our ‘golden arm’,” says Allford. “The UR5 is small enough to be portable yet still allows full freedom of motion for both the laser scanner and welding torch. Being collaborative the robot is able to safely work in close proximity to humans.” The AIPW officially launches at ARC Specialties’ booth 705 at the Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, May 6-9. Stuart Shepherd, Regional Sales Director of Universal Robots’ Americas division, is delighted to see the UR5 power ARC’s AIPW system. “This implementation underscores our collaborative robots’ ability to handle heavy-duty processing tasks that demand both high precision and real-time adaptability,” he says. “We’re excited to share this solution with the oil and gas industry.” The AIPW pre-scans the root opening (gap) using a 2D laser, then uses the data to generate the robot path and welding parameters. Gap variations are compensated for with changes in oscillation, torch position, travel speed and welding conditions. The UR5 positions the torch over a tack weld to start the arc to insure 100% root weld acceptance. Fill and cap pass programs are optimized to fill the groove using user selectable weave or stringer bead welding techniques. The AIPW uses the Miller Auto Continuum welding power supply to weld the root with Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD), then switches to pulsed spray for the fill and cap passes. This combination of Gas Metal Arc Welding techniques maximizes welding productivity while producing X-Ray quality, full penetration pipe welds.The AIPW follows two other successful welding solutions featuring Universal Robots developed by ARC Specialties; the MIG welding SnapWeld and the plasma cutting SnapCut. SnapWeld just became the first product ever to win New Equipment Digest’s Innovation Award two years in a row.

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Published a case study about Evisort, an Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

Columbia Business School data scientist Professor Daniel Guetta, Director of the Business Analytics Initiative at Columbia Business School and Columbia Engineering, has published a case study about Evisort, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced document management and data analytics solution for contracts developed by Harvard Law and MIT researchers. Guetta begins teaching the Evisort case study today in a new Business Analytics MBA class, the latest in Columbia’s growing data- and analytics-focused offerings for MBAs. The case study, entitled: “Evisort: An A.I.-Powered Start-up Uses Text Mining to Become Google for Contracts,” will be joined by a technical case study counterpart in the near future.
Guetta describes Evisort as a compelling, versatile solution for AI-driven contract data mining, with strong core utility for lawyers. He notes that, in addition to their significant usefulness for attorneys, contract analytics also have vast mainstream potential to assist a wide range of corporate professionals in finance and operations. Guetta also acknowledged that artificial intelligence techniques such as those used by Evisort could also be used to harvest data from many types of business documents in addition to contracts.“Contracts are the scaffolding of the modern company,” says Guetta. “Every department and process within an organization is ruled by contracts including legal, employment, supply chain, pricing, inventory, and more. Extracting data from contracts is not only of paramount importance to lawyers in an organization, but it also has a much more enterprise-wide, holistic reach with infinite applications.”
Guetta continues, “Extending far beyond legal tech and contracts, contract-focused business intelligence solutions can form the basis of hundred-million-dollar savings for corporations because contracts contain so much essential corporate data. Text mining drastically reduces the need for manual data searching, reporting and human reading of contracts except in the most complex cases. Evisort is particularly impressive because it demonstrates both the power and limits of AI. Even when human review is necessary, Evisort provides a suite of non-AI-enhanced tools to go the last mile if needed and reduce review time significantly.”Evisort CEO Jerry Ting and COO Jake Sussman were Harvard Law School students when they co-founded the company in 2016 with CTO Amine Anoun, then a graduate MIT student. All three men have since graduated and are now full-time executives at Evisort. Evisort is backed by leading venture capitalists including Amity Ventures and Village Global which has investors like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates.Ting explains, “You can break down a company into its entire value chain by looking at its contracts…a business intelligence platform centered around contracts can become a business intelligence platform for the whole company, from operations, to supply chain, to advertising. Evisort has unlimited potential for corporations and law firms to mine any type of data.”
Guetta’s Business Analytics class at Columbia Business School introduces MBAs to advanced topics in artificial intelligence. This class is the latest in a series of data- and analytics-focused classes at the business school, including classes on databases, Python, R, and applied data science. The Columbia Evisort case study is now available on the Columbia Caseworks website here.

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