Prediction 2021: The Year AI Became Normal

A clear pattern of growth has already emerged in AI: in 2018–19, the phase of experimentation became mature; in 2020, adoptions began in a serious way and suddenly, COVID-19 gave the business leaders an opportunity and impetus to push automation and AI. In 2021, the fallout from a second wave of COVID-19 will eventually become clear, starting with the rapid decline of many traditional, non-digital businesses. As the C-suite takes notice, following are the relevant trends I expect to emerge in 2021.

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Amazon Lex introduces an Enhanced Console experience and new V2 APIs

Amazon Lex

Today, the Amazon Lex team has released a new console experience that makes it easier to build, deploy, and manage conversational experiences. Along with the new console, we have also introduced new V2 APIs, including continuous streaming capability. These improvements allow you to reach new audiences, have more natural conversations, and develop and iterate faster.

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Google’s AI ethics flap widens

Google’s AI ethics mess continues to spread, with reports this week that the company is investigating a second AI ethicist for scanning company files in search of examples of discriminatory treatment of ousted Google researcher Timnit Gebru.

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A quick reflection on some ethical implications of creative AI

Reflections ethical use of ai

AI is increasingly being applied to more creative areas, raising concerns about the protection of intellectual property. Recently I started to analyze a trend taking AI towards a more “creative” space with the integration with human creativity. As content generation capabilities of AI increase, it starts to be applied more often in the more diverse areas, raising concerns about how its content can be protected as intellectual property.

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Red Kill Switch for AI Autonomous Systems may not be a life saver

Kill Switch

We all seem to know what a red stop button or kill switch does. Whenever you believe that a contraption is going haywire, you merely reach for the red stop button or kill switch and shut the erratic gadgetry down. This urgent knockout can be implemented via a bright red button that is pushed, or by using an actual pull-here switch, or a shutdown knob, a shutoff lever, etc.

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Carnegie Mellon, Qatar computing research presents arabic Speech Recognition by end-to-end, modular systems and human

Recent advances in automatic speech recognition (ASR) have achieved accuracy levels comparable to human transcribers, which led researchers to debate if the machine has reached human performance. Previous work focused on the English language and modular hidden Markov model-deep neural network (HMM-DNN) systems. In this paper, we perform a comprehensive benchmarking for end-to-end transformer ASR, modular HMM-DNN ASR, and human speech recognition (HSR) on the Arabic language and its dialects.

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AI and control of Covid-19 coronavirus

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used as a tool to support the fight against the viral pandemic that has affected the entire world since the beginning of 2020. The press and the scientific community are echoing the high hopes that data science and AI can be used to confront the coronavirus and “fill in the blanks” still left by science.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) market size, share & COVID-19 impact analysis

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Component (Hardware, Software, and Services), By Technology (Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Others), By Deployment (Cloud, On-premises), By Industry (Healthcare, Retail, IT & Telecom, BFSI, Automotive, Advertising & Media, Manufacturing, and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027

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TripActions raises $155 million to help enterprises analyze travel and expense data

TripActions, a booking and management platform that offers enterprises real-time data, automated reporting, and insights into business travel and expenses, has raised $155 million in a series E round of funding co-led by existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The Palo Alto, California-based company is now valued at $5 billion, up from the $4 billion valuation at its series D round 18 months ago.

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How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can help in Agriculture

Artificial Intelligence is growing at a rapid pace. With advances in computational capabilities and increased cloud penetration, wider parts of the world economies have started to reap the benefits of Artificial Intelligence. (Machine Learning). Agriculture is a field that has started to leverage AI for its benefits. Be it containing weeds, calculating the best time to harvest crops, Monitoring the health of soil and crops, or predicting the yield in advance.

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FB Prophet is not always the most suitable time series forecasting model

I have written a series of posts about a univariate dataset of shampoo sales dating back from 1901 to 1903. This series of posts would not be complete, however, without a post on Facebook Prophet, an open source time series forecasting model. The finale of this series of posts, therefore, attempts to shed light on the forecasting of the shampoo dataset using Facebook Prophet, which is based on based on decomposable (trend+seasonality+holidays) models.

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4 business strategies for implementing Artificial Intelligence

AI Strategies

Machine learning technologies are more accessible than ever, but finding the business case for AI isn’t always straightforward. In this piece of writing, I would like to make AI business strategies more concrete by walking you through four AI strategies that you can use to improve any activity you could imagine. After walking through the four strategies, I’ll help you figure out which strategy to use for any given activity.

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How to help the Helping Hands — AI for Case Management

Bridging the gap between technical models and how they relate with social caseworkers. What would the world look like for a social worker if AI helped them every step of the way? How many more people will find their help? How would the speed of processing the cases increase? These questions I have tried to answer while rummaging through the tress of my grey matter.

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Artificial intelligence researchers rank the top A.I. labs worldwide

Demis Hassabis

There are some obvious contenders when it comes to commercial AI labs. U.S. Big Tech — Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft — have all set up dedicated AI labs over the last decade. There’s also DeepMind, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet, and OpenAI, which counts Elon Musk as a founding investor.

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Cambridge-based OBRIZUM bags £1.8M funding to create AI training programmes for organisations

OBRIZUM, a B2B corporate learning and knowledge management company, has secured $2.4 million (approx £1.8 million) funding in Pre-Series A venture round. 
How will the funding be used?
The company will use the funding to expand its UK presence into corporate learning environments that have had to accelerate their digital paths. 

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This startup says its AI can better spot a healthy embryo — and improve IVF success

With every year, AI is beginning to bring more standardized levels of diagnostic accuracy in medicine. This is true of skin cancer detection, for example, and lung cancers. Now, a startup in Israel called Embryonics says its AI can improve the odds of successfully implanting a healthy embryo during in vitro fertilization.

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