Guide To TAPAS (TAble PArSing) – A technique to retrieve information from Tabular Data using NLP

One of the most common forms of data that exists today is tabular data (structured data).In order to extract information from tabular data, you use Python libraries like Pandas or SQL-like languages. Google has recently open-sourced one of their models called ‘TAPAS’ (for TAble PArSing) wherein you can ask questions about your data in natural language.

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Can AI be governed?

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The artificial intelligence revolution will potentially change the composition of all human society and might even transform humanity itself. The transnational, boundary-bridging character of AI calls for a multistakeholder platform of global governance. Based on a shared proposal of the governments of France and Canada, the Intergovernmental Panel on Artificial Intelligence (IPAI) aims to follow the example of the IPCC, its role model on climate change, to become the primary source of objective scientific advice on AI. To help policy makers balance its significant opportunities and risks, the IPAI will work towards an ethical AI for the good of human society.

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Cognitive Risk Management

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Machine Learning (ML) applications have become ubiquitous. A frequently overlooked area is the application of natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning to help process huge volumes of business documentation quickly and effectively to find the proverbial needle in the haystack. One of the domains that allows organic application of ML is risk management for financial institutions and insurance companies. There are many questions that organizations face regarding how to apply ML to improve risk management.

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The AI/ ML FDA Plan

FDA TPLC Approach AI/ML Workflow

In case you are not familiar with it, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. that is responsible for the control and supervision of food safety, drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and the likes. In recent times the FDA has been thinking about how to regulate medical devices that are driven or based on AI as a result of several recent efforts, they published their “Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) Action Plan” in January 2021.

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AutoML, MLOps, RL, and more | Dean Wampler interview | AI with Alex

AI with Alex

AI with Alex live. And actually, this is the very first time that I’m doing a AI with Alex live stream with a guest that we’ll be doing an interview with. And I’m super excited and very honored to have Dean Rambler here today as the not only as a great guest to talk to in general, but also as the first AI with Alex live. So welcome, Dean.

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Microsoft, HPE Bringing AI, Edge, Cloud to earth Orbit in preparation for Mars missions

Space Station

The International Space Station will soon get a delivery of powerful AI, edge and cloud computing tools from HPE and Microsoft Azure to expand technology experiments aimed at preparing NASA for launching future crewed exploratory missions to Mars. The new equipment and software, including HPE’s specialized, second-generation Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), will mark the first time that broad AI and edge computing capabilities will be available to researchers on the space station, Tom Keane, Microsoft’s vice president of Azure Global, wrote in a Feb. 11 post on the Azure blog.

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Crypto Gems: What is Quant?

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For those who have read my first piece which pertained to the Quant Network (QNT), I will openly apologize because I’m not really providing any new information within this piece. I am refining that article here, as the beginning of my collection, because I have not only researched the Quant Network extensively (just as much as Ripple’s XRP), but I also believe that it will be one of the most powerful and disruptive tech companies in the world within the next few years. It’s still early regarding the discovery of this upcoming technology.

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Can COVID Report verification become a more streamlined process with AI?

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Amid the novel Coronavirus, one cannot help but worry about its spread while traveling. So, governments and healthcare providers have come up with a plan to verify the identities of customers along with their COVID reports. There are varying degrees of restrictions put in effect in many countries; for instance, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Greece pay heed to the same problem. The crux of these new regulations is …

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Algorithmic Trading with Python and Machine Learning Part-1

From shouting on the counters to mobile applications, trading has significantly advanced over the last several decades. This progress has made the capability to trade equities, bonds, ETFs, CFDs, etc., available to everyone (depending on your country of residence). Though GUIs provided by brokers can be easy to use, it can get quite painful when managing a large portfolio, involved in day trading, analyzing or tracking a large number of financial instruments, etc. This is where algorithmic trading comes to save us.

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Fetch.ai partners with FESTO on decentralised manufacturing marketplace

Festo.ai

AI blockchain startup Fetch.ai is partnering with industry veteran FESTO to launch a decentralised marketplace for manufacturing. Fetch.ai is based in Cambridge, UK and has built an impressive team of talent with experience from DeepMind, Siemens, Sony, and a number of esteemed academic institutions. The company is working on decentralised autonomous “agents” which perform real-world…

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How effective is natural language processing in clinical trials?

Natural Language Processing

NLP is one of the fastest adopted business technologies in the world, only two years after Google first released its pre-trained Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT). BERT provides a state-of-the-art output on 11 NLP tasks, and has a deeper sense of language context than any other language model developed before. In the last three years, NLP has made more progress than any other subfield of AI and estimates predict that the worldwide NLP market size will reach $43 billion by 2025, compared to $11 billion in 2019. 

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Quantum & AI: Accelerating discovery to help the world cope

All it took was a ball of discarded Scotch tape in the waste basket… The discovery was serendipitous — but just like many other accidental material discoveries, it could significantly impact our world, leading to flexible circuits and unbreakable touchscreens, more powerful gadgets, improved bulletproof vests and more efficient medical, chemical and industrial processes.

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Voicebots, voice AI, and chatbots in psychotherapy — how they help?

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iteoJust now·6 min readLast decade brought a considerable growth of morbidity in the field of mental health. It’s estimated that over 264 millions of people in the world are clinically depressed, 1 out of 5 kids and teenagers suffers from a mental disease, and alcohol addiction kills even 3 million women and men a year. Statistics are unrelenting, but all of these disorders can be treated with a properly adjusted pharmaco- and psychotherapy. Does the health system cope with such a large number of patients? Unfortunately, not always. Hopefully, artificial intelligence solutions like voicebots and chatbots come to the rescue. You wonder how they can support physicians in a demanding task of taming a human psyche? It turns out that quite effectively. And it’s not a science-fiction movie intro. We live in the XXI century in which a robot can be a reliable psychotherapist, too.Mental health in our every-day realityMental health problems influence the standard of our professional and private lives. They cause insomnia, deterioration of physical health, decreased satisfaction with personal life, and family relationships falloff. Remote work has a varied impact on our lives as well. 62% of interviewees perceive it quite positively. It allows them to spend more time with their families, sleep well, and effectively fulfil their daily chores. On the other hand, working from home can interfere with the boundaries between our private and professional life which can result in working after hours or even a burnout.Stress-inducing effects of pandemicYear 2020 hasn’t been helpful at all, becoming a sad social media meme of the whole world. It resonated with many unpleasant events which destroyed order on nearly every continent and forced us to completely change our lifestyle. Coronavirus and the endangerment it brought aroused anxiety and gloom, increasing the level of stress. We were exposed to the lack of contact with people, being locked at home and a constant fear for the health of our loved ones. In such difficult times, many of us seeked help in psychotherapy. An interaction with another person and a possibility to talk about our maladies and fears can be an effective way to deal with our worries and organize a scattered pandemic reality. But does this person really have to be human?Voice AI — talks and helpsLatest research has shown that when having a choice between talking to a psychotherapist and a voicebot or a chatbot, we prefer to entrust our mental health to artificial intelligence. Why do we choose a contact with a machine instead of another human being? It turns out that bots are simply more understanding — they don’t judge, are free of prejudice and can quickly answer any health-related questions.Advantages of using voicebots and chatbots in psychotherapyAlthough the topic seems a bit controversial, psychotherapists are not afraid of using intelligent bots, especially before contacting a patient for the first time. A clever voicebot or chatbot can help us get accustomed to a new situation, answer basic questions connected with our mental state and offer some further steps of treatment — redirecting us to a qualified medical staff. And that’s not all.1. The use of known and proven psychological practicesBoth voicebots and chatbots can be programmed according to the most effective techniques used in contemporary psychotherapy. A good example is a cognitive-behavioral therapy which deals with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Research shows that it really works! Scientists compared examples of patients who interacted with one of the most known chatbot psychotherapist — Woebot — and a group that seeked support in book guides. The former had a considerable reduction in symptoms, while the latter had no significant changes.It proves that a bot is able to teach patients basic techniques of coping with their mental state — the same ones which they would be introduced to by a psychotherapist. Additional advantage of AI-based solutions is their wide accessibility. A patient who needs help doesn’t have to book an appointment. A chatbot or a voicebot is available 24/7 and ready to listen to our problems regardless of the time.2. Encouragement to seek the help of a specialistEven people with an easy access to medical support often delay their visit to a specialist, risking aggravation of the disease. Why does it happen? It turns out that the largest blocker is the fear of being judged. Additionally, patients often marginalise their state, coming to the conclusion that “everybody’s got their problems” and they will get back to normal soon enough.Fortunately, we have yet another chatbot therapist come to the rescue. It’s a penguin named Wysa which motivates its patients to use professional help. It uses an intelligent mood monitor that detects their worse well-being and encourages them to take a depression test. Although it may sound a little weird, it can be quite useful. Depending on acquired results, a robot can persuade a patient to use psychological help. After all, nobody can resist a cute penguin.Apart from that, Wysa documents our mood swings — thus, we can monitor every mental breakdown and analyze both our state and situations that caused it. Many patients are not aware of how long the symptoms last. Bot makes them realize the seriousness of the situation and the necessity to deal with it.3. Better and more accurate diagnosticsTo make a more accurate diagnosis, a psychotherapist has to be familiarized with a patient’s history, ask some valid questions and suggest an efficient solution. However, treating a patient holistically based on one’s personal experience doesn’t always result in drawing the right conclusions, which may end up frustrating both a doctor and a patient.There’s proof that the process can be made more effective. What helps is thoroughly analyzing patient’s… social media. Wide usage of artificial intelligence on services such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram allows us to analyze a person’s mental state, based on acquired data. An example of the solution’s efficiency is an algorithm created by scientists which was supposed to analyze Instagram posts of chosen patients. As a result, it managed to diagnose as much as 70% of depression cases! For comparison, the effectiveness of doctors is about 42%.Let’s assume that not all of the questions asked by a psychotherapist are relevant, and a patient forgets to mention a few crucial things that would unequivocally point at a certain disease or be a warning sign. Voicebot or chatbot would be able to analyze all of the information more accurately and alarm a doctor about a patent’s deteriorating mental state which would lead to a more effective diagnosis and a proper treatment.4. Solving the problem of medical staff shortageAlthough we can’t really complain about the inaccessibility of a psychological care in larger cities, it can be problematic for people living in smaller towns and villages. There are not enough specialists to take care of all the people who need help — especially in the times of a global crisis and a falloff of the society’s state of mind.Only in the United States more than 106 million people live in areas with a psychological staff shortage problem. As a result, not every patient is able to get to the nearest medical center to use a specialist’s help. In that case, using an intelligent bot seems like the last resort. It can for example inform a doctor that a patient could be suicidal.Voicebot in the psychotherapist’s officeVoice AI solutions can also be a direct support for psychotherapists in organizing their every-day office work. A voicebot is able to:Answer a phone call, provide basic information, and appoint a visitContact a chosen group of patients if there’s a need of cancelling a visit and arrange another dateCall patients to confirm their visitsInform about promotions, dedicated events, and group classesAct as a knowledge base, providing patients with in-depth information on a chosen topicPsychotherapy of the future — summing upAlthough applications that support psychotherapists are still quite fresh, both WHO and their users indicate that they’re a necessary solution. Wide usage of smartphones and seamless Wi-Fi connection make a robot accessible for thousands of patients, allowing them to conveniently and anonymously use the help they need.In the future, voicebots and chatbots will be used for even better detection of human emotions. Though, we can’t really count on them to completely replace psychotherapists, they can support their every-day duties and let them do their job more accurately and efficiently.If you’re wondering how to use a voicebot in your own business, we’ll be happy to adjust the solution to your patients’ and offices’ needs. Just let us know!

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DeepMind & UCL’s Alchemy Is a ‘Best-of-Both-Worlds’ 3D Video Game for Meta-RL

Deepmind Alchemy

n recent years, reinforcement learning (RL) has garnered much attention in the field of machine learning. The approach does not require labelled data and has yielded remarkable successes on a wide variety of specific tasks. RL unfortunately continues to struggle with issues such as sample efficiency, generalization, and transfer learning. To address these drawbacks, researchers have been exploring meta-reinforcement learning (meta-RL), in which learning strategies can quickly adapt to novel tasks by using experience gained on a large set of tasks that have a shared structure.

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Hiring Talent in the age of Artificial Intelligence

Hiring talent

AI makes machines have human-like intelligence. Meanwhile, machine learning (ML) is performed where data is retrieved, tweaked, and processed based on whether the goal was reached previously or not. AI can help humans accomplish more in less time by automating tedious and data-based tasks. Various industries like online shopping, predictive investing, music streaming services use Artificial Intelligence (AI). It has now come to the benefit of the HR teams worldwide. HR teams need the right tools to implement AI that can impact your organization successfully.

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Know how AI and Machine Learning help to develop Vaccines

Know how AI

Headways in AI advances such as Natural Language Processing (NLP), Speech Recognition/Text Recognition (STR), Data Analytics and Data Handling, Machine Learning, Facial Recognition, and Deep Learning are being utilized for contact following and immunization improvement. In this post, we momentarily clarify how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) advances keep on assuming an undeniably significant part in the improvement of immunizations and vaccine development to give you the best immune responses against viruses and bacteria.

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