AI ‘dominated scientific output’ in recent years, UNESCO report shows

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today unveiled its latest Science Report. The massive undertaking — this year’s report totals 762 pages, compiled by 70 authors from 52 countries over 18 months — is published every five years to examine current trends in science governance. This latest edition includes discussion of the rapid progress toward Industry 4.0 and, for the first time, a deep analysis of AI and robotics research around the globe.

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AI and Machine Learning Network Fetch.ai to connect Autonomous Economic Agents to IOTA Network’s Data Sources

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As mentioned in a blog post by Fetch.ai, dated June 10, 2021, for the first time ever, this draws “a clear, substantial path” to addressing the data discoverability problem, and to “connect those that need information to those that have it — seamlessly, autonomously, and in real-time.” As noted in the announcement, today’s world is “drowning” in data, however, most of it is “lost” because those who produce it do not actually share it, and those who require it don’t access it — usually because they “don’t know it’s there, and don’t know where to look for it. Furthermore, much data has a limited shelf-life,” the update from Fetch.ai explained.

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C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute announces AI for Energy and Climate Security Grantees

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C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (C3.ai DTI) announced the second round of C3.ai DTI awards, focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and digital transformation to advance energy efficiency and lead the way to a lower-carbon, higher-efficiency economy that will ensure energy and climate security.

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Quantum rapper has a bright future, Dancing Quantum Magic, understanding quantum computers

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The Canadian rapper and playwright Baba Brinkman is not a physicist, but that hasn’t stopped him from writing and recording this wonderfully clever rap about quantum computing. Called “Qubits”, the song is from his twelfth full-length album Bright Future, which also includes the tracks “Molten salt” and “Stirling engine”. Brinkman is so serious about science communication that his album’s liner notes provide references for further reading.

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Google announces the general availability of Vertex AI to expedite the development and maintenance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Models

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Data scientists, every day, face manually stitching together Machine Learning point solutions and finding anomalies, resulting in a lag in model creation and experimentation, hence reducing the production level. To address these issues, Google announced Vertex AI, a managed machine learning platform meant to expedite the development and maintenance of artificial intelligence (AI) models to be generally available.

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Conversational AI Platform Active.ai partners Glia to empower Financial Institutions with meeting clients in Digital Environment

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Active.Ai, a conversational AI platform developed for financial services, and Glia, a provider of digital customer service, have teamed up in order to empower financial institutions with meeting their customers in the digital domain.

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Fei-Fei Li has been appointed to a federal task force on AI

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation have announced the newly formed National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force, which will write the road map for expanding access to critical resources and educational tools that will spur AI innovation and economic prosperity nationwide.

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Lack of AI implementation may have cost enterprises $4.26T, Signal AI finds

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Signal AI, which offers a decision augmentation platform infused with AI, interviewed 1,000 C-suite executives in the U.S. for the study. The report found 85% of respondents estimate upwards of $4.26 trillion in revenue is being lost because organizations lack access to AI technologies to make better decisions faster.

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Slintel scores $20M Series A as buyer intelligence tool gains traction

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One clear outcome of the pandemic was pushing more people to do their shopping online, and that was as true for B2B as it was for B2C. Knowing which of your B2B customers are most likely to convert puts any sales team ahead of the game. Slintel, a startup providing that kind of data, announced a $20 million Series A today.

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Data flow automation engine Prefect raises $32M

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Prefect, which was founded in 2018, offers a platform that can build, run, and monitor up to millions of data workflows and pipelines. The company’s hybrid execution model keeps code and data private while taking advantage of a managed orchestration service. Customers can use Prefect for scheduling, error handling, data serialization, and parameterization, leveraging a Python framework to combine tasks into workflows and then deploy and monitor their execution through a dashboard or API.

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Osome raises $16M to automate repetitive accounting tasks

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AI-powered accounting platform Osome today announced that it raised $16 million in a series A funding round. The company plans to put the proceeds, which bring its total raised to over $24 million, toward expanding its footprint internationally and building new product integrations.

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Is AI intelligent enough to solve Humanity’s problems?

Life finds a way

Every day at work I wrote Machine Learning algorithms, managed existing models, automated workflows and I was proud that not only is AI enabling me in performing better, but it is also increasing my organization’s productivity. To my realization, it was not AI, it was years of work that humans have done by using resources that occur in nature. Do not get me wrong, I believe in AI and do not dislike it, in fact, that’s my daily driver of work. I am only against its usage at present, where it is exploiting more resources than it is generating. My idea is to use AI responsibly and use it for the betterment of lives.

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Virtual Writing Assistant startup Compose.ai Raises $2.1M

Compose AI

Compose.ai has closed a $2.1 million seed funding round led by Craft Ventures to continue developing a universal auto-complete run with artificial intelligence. The startup currently offers a free Chrome extension (with a waitlist of more than 7,000 people) that handles auto-complete tasks in any text box the browser reaches and improves how well it can anticipate a user with practice.

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European Union report describes unfair competition in Voice Assistant and Smart Home markets

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The European Union has published the first version of a report on competition and potential antitrust issues in the voice assistant, Internet of Things (IoT), and smart home device market. The inquiry began last July and gathered opinions from more than 200 companies on the topic. After a few months of revisions, the European Commission will use the final report to draft any potential policies and rules surrounding the industry.

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