Preventing Extinction Using Artificial Intelligence and Citizen Science

Wild Me is introducing an innovative program where citizen science and high technology are combined to fight the extinction of wildlife. Microsoft AI is the technology that uses the algorithm to distinguish the pattern of an animal’s physical appearance, for instance, skin pattern and scars. This program would not be completed without the help of citizen science and researchers who actively seek the existence of the living creatures and record them. For example, the data shows that Wild Me succeeded in identifying 10 times more whale sharks than ever recorded. https://www.wildme.org/

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A Minister for Artificial Intelligence

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first nation with a government minister dedicated to AI. As tech companies begin to center their business models around AI, the UAE want to be at the forefront of this development. Dubai, for example, plans to put robot cops on the streets by 2030 and they’ve been pushing to get autonomous vehicles on the city’s roads and in its skies. https://futurism.com/dubai-just-appointed-a-state-minister-for-artificial-intelligence/

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The Intelligence Revolution has started!

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The world in undergoing a new revolution and it’s not just the 4th Industrial Revolution. It’s impacting on virtually every aspect of our business and personal lives. We can call it the Intelligence Revolution because it’s based on AI (artificial intelligence). The Industrial Revolution enabled us to build powerful machines that could do things for us. The Intelligence Revolution is enabling us to create machines that are making decisions for us with AI- a whole new step forward in technology. Try this link to see how your job will be affected. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-08/could-a-robot-do-your-job-artificial-intelligence/8782174?pfmredir=sm

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How to use AI in E-commerce

Do you run an e-commerce store that sells fast moving products or services? Well, if you do, then you are lucky. Research by Statistica shows that in 2018,  total e-commerce sales hit $2.8 trillion. It is expected that this figure will significantly increase in 2019, and might hit $4.88 trillion by 2021. This means that, if you do everything right and reach a wider target market, your business will grow tremendously. Similar to e-commerce,  artificial intelligence (AI) is another booming field. A survey by Statistica shows that the global revenue of products and services using AI is over $482 billion, and is expected to hit $3.61 trillion by 2024. With the above statistics, you learn one lesson – if you want to succeed in your e-commerce endeavours, you should incorporate AI. But how do you do this? Below are some innovative ways you can use AI for your e-commerce store: Provide A-class service Today, your credibility, trust, and reputation are dependent on how you serve your customers. If they have a bad experience, they are not likely to come back to your business, and they will most likely give you poor reviews in multiple review sites. However, if you give them the best customer service, they will come back for more, refer you to others and give you good reviews which will enhance your reputation. You can use AI to enhance customer service by using chatbots, which give customers 24/7 customer support even when you are not online. Chatbots are capable of saving you money by improving response times and offering quick solutions to the most pressing issues about your website. They also enhance personalisation in your business, which goes a long way to increasing sales and profit margins. Optimise searches and recommendations Most people who visit your e-commerce store will search for products using natural language, and if they are unable to find them, they will believe they are having a bad shopping experience and leave your site. You can fix this by using AI. Today, it is not wise to create a search box and leave it as it is. Instead, optimise it and include some recommendations with the help of AI. For example, when a user searches for a product the system could automatically recommend similar products and display their prices. This will ultimately increase your sales. Retarget potential clients Are there people who showed interest in your products or services, but never completed a transaction, or didn’t perform any action? You don’t have to ignore them and carry on with your business life. You can retarget them using AI. AI will automate your sales process and give you necessary information such as user behaviour which you can then use to retarget your client. It will also give you insights on the types of products you can target for a particular audience depending on their behaviour patterns. You can also use AI to; Create an efficient sales process through voice and natural language inputs Identify exceptional target prospects through predictive analysis Automate back-office processes such as product data management and manual mapping of products If you want your e-commerce store to succeed don’t treat AI as an emerging technology. Treat it as a mature technology, and use it in the innovative ways mentioned above.  Danny Kariuki  https://fitzallblades.com

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10 Practical uses of Deep Learning

Deep learning has altered the way we operate in various ways. These are 10 practical use cases of Deep Learning in the last few years. ONE: Facial Recognition Most airports are now able to use deep learning techniques to identify and track persons of interest (e.g. terror suspects), track your luggage and detect any suspicious item very quickly. VPU (Vision Processing Unit)-enabled security cameras installed at airports generate alerts the moment they find someone leaving their luggage, thus making it possible to detect airport security threats within minutes. Installed in traffic scenarios, they can also recognize driver-less cars and help them find the right parking spots. TWO: Understanding customer behaviour in ecommerce E-commerce sites, such as ebay and Amazon, are greatly benefited through Deep Learning. The entire session journeys of consumers are noted. The longer and more dynamic an event is, the greater is the propensity of people to click on the ‘buy now’ button. Once a particular consumer behaviour is noted in case of a range of products, the site is optimized to ensure that the next time a similar consumer visits, they get a more engaging experience so as to convert into a purchase within the shortest time. THREE: Having a private tech self-support For calendar coordination and scheduling, we have Clara and to gather staff report and consolidate meeting information we have Howdy. Google Now is the preferred program for keeping on schedule through proactive alerts, and for follow-ups after meetings, GridSpace Sift is a brilliant manager. FOUR: Transforming the industrial sector through Internet of Things Data In several countries, chemical manufacturing units and aircraft units are installing machine learned sensors to get a complete idea of new challenges and insights. This has helped in reducing pitfalls and machine breakdown, thus considerably reducing costs and maintaining a healthy and hygienic environment in manufacturing units. FIVE: Convolutional neural networks finding minerals Geologists in Australia are currently using the procedure to locate minerals in relatively unexplored areas of the land. SIX: Deep learning facilitating automatic grading of eye diseases Researchers today are very close to developing digital assistance to radiologists, ophthalmologists and other clinicians. Significant progress has been made in the field in the past years. SEVEN: Defining personal style through artificial intelligence Visit a page of your favourite shopping site a few times and you will find that products as per your preference are displayed on your personalized page. Thus, your work of choosing and shopping has been made simpler. EIGHT: Deep learning reducing error rate for diagnosis of breast cancer Adoption of this machine-learning method has enabled pathologists working with computers, to outperform independently working pathologists. Machine learning has been adopted by several breast cancer research organizations. The algorithms put together in the technologically enhanced machines help pathologists identify cancer cells through lymph node images. NINE: Deep learning is now a part of baby monitor systems Instead of conventional baby monitors that just track breathing and heart-rate of children, advanced baby monitors have hit the market that detect wrong postures and movements of the baby, generating alerts to parents from time to time. Thus, if your baby is accidentally sleeping on her stomach, mum can get an alert in the kitchen through the baby monitor and rush to her cot to perfect the posture. Furthermore, if a baby is sleeping on the edge of the bed, an alert is sent to the mum, so she can settle the baby before a fall. TEN: Machine learned cars can now find their way through complex traffic routes A DNC (Differentiable Neural Computer) has been developed by Google’s DeepMind and today it is being installed within cars so that, if it is simply presented with maps, lines and stops, it can take the shortest and simplest route to navigate from one point to another. Thus, making it possible for new drivers to make through new roads without difficulty. Machine learning through neural networks is picking up speed and increasing in popularity all over the globe. Continuous research and improvisations in the field can give us many more ways that deep learning can ease human involvement and accelerate productivity. SHAILENDRA KUMAR First published in Cognitive Today

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A new way to assess the worth of rural properties

Now, with the added advantage of satellite technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud-based geospatial technology it has been possible to create a new way to value Australian agriculture. This new service from Digital Agriculture Services is set to revolutionise how decisions and investments are made in agriculture. https://digitalagricultureservices.com/

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Music designed to help you focus, relax or sleep

Brain.fm is one of several companies using artificial intelligence to help you hone into a productive state of work, a. state of relaxation or a deep sleep,. While most music is designed to sound good, Brain.fm works with teams of scientists and engineers generating music that helps you achieve your desired state of mind. Human composers write and record the core sound tracks, and an AI engine mixes, matches, and remasters them into longer tracks. www.Brain.fm

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Finding koalas with heat seeking drones

Heat from animals can be identified using high tech sensors in cameras flown in drones. Artificial intelligence algorithms are used to analyse the thermal imagery to determine what’s seen and can identify koalas. Field tests after the heat-sensing camera work showed it was 100 per cent accurate. https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/heat-seeking-drones-find-brisbane-s-hiding-koalas-20181003-p507km.html

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The world’s first digital super model

Shudu has been called the “world’s first digital supermodel.” Experts think she may be the beginning of a new wave of digital models. She arrives at a time in which Instagram, Snapchat filters and photo-editing apps that rely on artificial intelligence have blurred the lines between reality and fantasy, Some believe we might see a hybrid system in future in which models and celebrities license out their digital avatar, allowing them to book multiple appearances simultaneously. A model might appear at a New York fashion shoot in person, but their digital avatar would be in China promoting a movie using the local dialect. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/08/08/soon-most-beautiful-people-world-may-no-longer-be-human/?

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A breakthrough in detecting early stage stomach cancer

Two Japanese national research institutes have succeeded in using artificial intelligence to identify early stage stomach cancer with a high accuracy rate. The breakthrough should help extend the lives of patients in Japan in particular, where stomach cancer is one of the leading causes of death. Stomach cancer causes few symptoms and is often found only after it reaches an advanced stage. At an early stage, even specialists have a difficult time distinguishing the cancer from inflammation. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/22/national/science-health/japanese-researchers-use-ai-identify-early-stage-stomach-cancer-high-accuracy/#.W1Vk-aR_XDs

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Identifying the embryo with the best chance of life

“Ivy” is the artificial intelligence being developed by Sydney-based healthcare start-up Harrison-AI, and IVFAustralia (part of listed player Virtus Health), and allows embryologists to identify the embryo with the best chance of achieving a successful pregnancy as quickly as possible. https://www.afr.com/business/health/virtus-health-says-artificial-intelligence-has-potential-to-make-ivf-babies-20180627-h11xpl

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An AI system at the board table

The first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system and two human debaters has happened. Using language and reasoning to debate is far more complicated than playing a game and the AI system matched the humans. Once AI is capable of persuasive arguments, it can be applied as a tool to aid human decision-making. One example of this might be boardroom decisions, where there are conflicting points of view. The AI system could, without emotion, listen to the conversation, take all of the evidence and arguments into account and challenge the reasoning of humans where necessary. The machine wouldn’t make the decision but would contribute to the discussion and act as another voice at the table. www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/18/artificial-intelligence-ibm-debate-project-debater

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