Happenings
  • AI In Healthcare Q3’19 Funding Breaks Records

    Nov 26, 2019

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  • Multimodal learning is in right now — here’s why that’s a good thing

    Nov 22, 2019

    Data sets are fundamental building blocks of AI systems, and this paradigm isn’t likely to ever change. Without a corpus on which to draw, as human beings employ daily, models can’t learn the relationships that inform their predictions.

    But why stop at a single corpus? An intriguing report by ABI Research anticipates that while the total installed base of AI devices will grow from 2.69 billion in 2019 to 4.47 billion in 2024, comparatively few will be interoperable in the short term.

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  • McKinsey survey: AI boosts revenue, but companies struggle to scale use

    Nov 22, 2019

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  • Is AI in a golden age or on the verge of a new winter?

    Nov 16, 2019

    The global rush forward of AI development continues at a breakneck pace and shows no signs of stopping. Stanford University recently called on the U.S. government to make a $120 billion investment in the nation’s AI ecosystem over the course of the next 10 years, and reports from France show 38% more AI startups in 2019 with government and investor backing.

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  • AI Can Detect Mental Illness Through Speech-based Mobile App

    Nov 16, 2019

    The advances in AI has enabled computers to assist doctors in detecting diseases and help keep a check on patient health remotely. Now, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) are working to leverage ML to psychiatry using a speech-based mobile app. This app can categorize patients’ mental status better than humans.

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  • Lawmakers Propose Bill Limiting Government's Use of Facial Recognition

    Nov 15, 2019

    A bipartisan pair of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would force law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using facial recognition software to track American citizens.

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  • What Exactly Is Machine Intelligence?

    Nov 15, 2019

    Machine intelligence, artificial intelligence and machine learning are not different terms for the same thing. They’re related but distinct from each other.

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  • The Buck Starts Here: How AI Shapes The Future Of Money

    Nov 13, 2019

    For a long time, financial institutions had a buttoned-down reputation when it came to innovative thinking. Nowadays, even the most conventional and risk-averse parts of the economy are looking at Artificial Intelligence, not long ago considered an experimental, bleeding edge technology.

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  • AI helps bring voices to the voiceless

    Nov 12, 2019

    At the Voice Preservation Clinic in Boston, researchers are now using AI technology to reconstruct the voices of patients at risk of losing the ability to speak.

    According to a new report from the Guardian, the project is a collaboration between Northeastern University in Boston and VocaliD, a digital voice company. While a patient is still able to speak, they make a series of recordings that assist the researchers as they build the digital voice.

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  • AI ethics is all about power

    Nov 11, 2019

    At the Common Good in the Digital Age tech conference recently held in Vatican City, Pope Francis urged Facebook executives, venture capitalists, and government regulators to be wary of the impact of AI and other technologies. “If mankind’s so-called technological progress were to become an enemy of the common good, this would lead to an unfortunate regression to a form of barbarism dictated by the law of the strongest,” he said.

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  • Issue 18 - The Impact of Deep Tech + Imagery on the Future of Healthcare

    In the second issue of our Special Report Series, we turn our focus to the imagery modality and the impacts already being felt in the future of healthcare.

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  • Issue 18 - tagSpace: Augmented Reality for the Masses, now Covid Ready

    tagSpace (Azafran Portfolio I) provides a no-code solution for location-based Augmented Reality - With a focus on markets such as music festivals, events and experiences, tagSpace has pivoted to also helping fight the spread of Covid-19.

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