[Video Highlights] Our Week with the World Economic Forum

In March 2021, Good Systems hosted a first-of-its-kind event with the World Economic Forum, inviting researchers and industry leaders to talk about government procurement of artificial intelligence, or — simply — how state, local, and federal government agencies buy AI technologies like computer vision, used for everything from autonomous vehicles and facial recognition, and natural language processing for things like virtual assistants or chatbots.

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[IBM Survey] Global Business AI Adoption Flat in 2020, but growth expected to rebound

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That’s the conclusion of a new “Global AI Adoption Index 2021” report from IBM’s Institute for Business Value and the IBM Watson business unit that includes input on AI plans and challenges from some 5,501 business decision-makers in 15 markets around the world. The report was released May 11 (Tuesday) as part of IBM’s Think 2021 virtual conference. The 13-page report, which was conducted by market research firm Morning Consult for IBM, found that about one-third of the respondents reported that their companies are using AI, while 43 percent said their companies accelerated their rollouts of the technology due to the pandemic.

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How the USPS is finding lost packages more quickly using AI Technology from Nvidia

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In one of its latest technology innovations, the USPS got AI help from Nvidia to fix a problem that has long confounded existing processes – how to better track packages that get lost within the USPS system so they can be found in hours instead of in several days. In the past, it took eight to 10 people several days to locate and recover lost packages within USPS facilities. Now it is done by one or two people in a couple hours using AI.

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Torch.AI Lands $27M in State Tax incentives to invest in Growing its Kansas City headquarters

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Torch.AI is bringing in $27 million in state tax incentives from Kansas to expand its operations in a suburb of Kansas City. The fresh cash influx comes less than two months after the company secured $30 million in new Series A funding that is also aimed at growing its business.

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RapidDeploy raises $29M for a cloud-based dispatch platform aimed at 911 centers

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RapidDeploy, which provides computer-aided dispatch technology as a cloud-based service for 911 centers, has closed a round of $29 million, a Series B round of funding that will be used both to grow its business, and to continue expanding the SaaS tools that it provides to its customers. In the startup’s point of view, the cloud is essential to running emergency response in the most efficient manner.

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To ensure inclusivity, the Biden administration must double down on AI development initiatives

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) issued a report last month delivering an uncomfortable public message: America is not prepared to defend or compete in the AI era. It leads to two key questions that demand our immediate response: Will the U.S. continue to be a global superpower if it falls behind in AI development and deployment? And what can we do to change this trajectory?

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Scale AI gets a $325M Series E Funding infusion to grow its Data Annotation mission

Scale AI Annotation

Data annotation and labeling startup Scale AI is taking in another $325 million in new investment, this time through a Series E round. The new funding round was co-led by Dragoneer, Greenoaks Capital and Tiger Global, and included new investors Wellington Management and Durable Capital. Several previous investors, including Coatue, Index, Founders Fund and YC, were also involved, according to the company.

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IBM Expanding AI, ML capabilities in IBM Cloud Satellite through the Cloud Pak for Data Add-On

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With the recent release of its IBM Cloud Pak for Data, IBM is quickly expanding the tools it offers to enterprise customers that want to put their workloads onto IBM’s Cloud Satellite. The IBM Cloud Pak for Data, which became generally available to customers on March 26, is the first major add-on for Cloud Satellite since the nascent service was launched on March 1.

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Why businesses don’t Deploy Machine Learning (And How to Overcome It)

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Yet many businesses haven’t adopted machine learning (ML) on any scale. AI requires enormous and expensive leaps of knowledge about data, which itself is often an under-governed, poorly-structured Achilles’ heel.

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IBM lauding 40 distinguished Women in AI around the globe for 2021

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IBM has named 40 distinguished female technologists to its 2021 Women Leaders in AI list, which highlights women in business who are using IBM Watson to drive AI innovation across companies around the globe. The list, which is part of IBM’s three-year-old Women Leaders in AI Program, includes…

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Stanford University – Strategic AI shapes economy, policy

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According to an annual AI index released this week by Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, AI is gradually reshaping segments of the global economy in sectors like bioscience and healthcare. Those investments have caught the attention of policy makers. The index notes growing congressional attention to AI technology as a strategic asset. To that end, U.S. lawmakers concerned about China’s expanding AI strategy this week proposed the creation of an interagency office to coordinate AI and other technology research.

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C3 AI launching a technology licensing office after getting broad AI software Patent

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Enterprise AI software platform vendor C3 AI will begin licensing its model-driven architecture and other technologies later this year after receiving a broad, new “omnibus” U.S. patent for its flagship product, the C3 AI Suite.

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Deloitte’s upcoming Center for AI Computing aims to help customers grow AI use

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With AI use continuing to grow in adoption throughout enterprise IT, Deloitte is creating a new Deloitte Center for AI Computing to advise its customers, explain the technology and help them use it in their ongoing business and growth plans. Designed to provide a cloud-accessible accelerated platform that Deloitte clients can […]

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British intelligence agency GCHQ publishes ‘Ethics of AI’ report

GCHQ AI ethics report

The intelligence agency’s first-ever public report details how AI can be used “ethically” for cyber operations. GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is tasked with providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the government and armed forces of the United Kingdom and its allies. Jeremy Fleming, Director of GCHQ, said: “We need honest, mature conversations about the […]

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Sunlight’s AI Hypervisor gains Nvidia GPU support to boost Edge deployments

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Sunlight, the U.K.-based specialist in virtualizing data-intensive applications, announced Nvidia GPU support for its “lightweight” hypervisor designed to boost the performance of edge AI deployments. GPU support for its NexVisor platform would…

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How enterprise AI use will grow in 2021: Predictions from our AI experts

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Among IT executives, leaders, experts and supporters in the field of AI, the opinions and insights vary widely. In this AI 2021 predictions roundup for EnterpriseAI readers, we have gathered the thoughts and comments from a sampling of our experts who shared their thoughts with us on the AI marketplace and coming innovations over the next year. Their conversations are intriguing.

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AI Virtualization and Orchestration Startup Run: AI Captures $30M in Series B Funding

AI Stack of the Future

Upstart AI vendor Run:AI dove into AI by creating Kubernetes-based software to help customers get more production out of their existing AI infrastructure investments. Run:AI’s software is an orchestration and virtualization layer that pools together compute resources so they can be instantly allocated on demand as needed.

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U.S. leads world in AI, but here comes China

USA China Race

The United States is maintaining its early lead over China and the European Union in development and application of artificial intelligence technology, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). But while the Americans’ lead is still substantial today, China is poised to close the gap, while the EU is largely failing to keep up, the report found.

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Nvidia unveils Certified Server Program offering Pre-Built Servers for AI applications

Nvidia Certified Support

Nvidia today launched a certified systems program in which participating vendors can offer Nvidia-certified servers with up to eight A100 GPUs. Separate support contracts directly from Nvidia for the certified systems are also available. Besides the obvious marketing motives, Nvidia says the pre-tested systems and contract support should boost confidence and ease deployment for those taking the AI plunge. Nvidia-certified systems would be able to run Nvidia’s NGC catalog of AI workflows and tools.

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