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How to stress test AI algorithms & build trust – a melbourne platform

As society becomes increasingly dependent on algorithms for advice and decision-making, the question of how we can trust them is reaching critical mass. Among the various initiatives (ethical frameworks, transparency research, bias reducing methods etc), a Melbourne University research team has taken a different approach. What if we could stress-test algorithms, visualise them and their possible scenarios? After more than a decade of research, the new online algorithm analysis tool – MATILDA: Melbourne Algorithm Test Instance Library with Data Analytics – has been launched. Check it out. Maybe if Google had used it earlier on some of their Maps algorithms, it could have prevented the last mile error that got 100 drivers stuck on a private muddy road! https://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/analysis/algorithms-stress-test/ MATILDA: https://matilda.unimelb.edu.au/matilda/ Google Maps – the algorithm error: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/26/us/google-maps-detour-colorado-trnd

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Sharing data for profit, benefitting research and patients

Kara helps researchers access the large amounts of data they need to further knowledge whilst a) protecting privacy of the patient yet b) paying said patient. If we’re going to benefit from the power of AI and Quantum computing, the type of structured and ethical framework Kara represents might be just the right approach. https://www.notion.so/Kara-Primer-1b5290d3205e448384c6a365d2444f61

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Smart Writing Set

This technology allows you to write your ideas on paper by hand, while all the notes are taken down manually to the screen of your phone in real time. It looks just like a standard notebook and pen; however, the pages are dotted with grid pattern and the pen uses smart technology and a built-in camera to track your movement as you write or draw on the dotted paper. The Ncoded paper technology allows the special pen to recognize individual pages, capturing each stroke in real time and immediately transferring it to your device for it to be edited and shared directly. https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/23/moleskine-ellipse-smart-pen-saves-writing-for-later/

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Groundbreaking Aussie program to help IBD sufferers

Australia-based gut health biotech company Microba has launched a research and development program to develop gut microbiome derived therapeutics for IBD. Microba has identified distinct differences in the gut microbiome of healthy individuals and those with IBD. Using deep learning artificial intelligence, their scientists are now able to predict IBD in patients from microbiome data alone with 86% accuracy. The program aims to create novel therapeutics that will rapidly induce and maintain remission in those with IBD. Microba launched the program at BIO in Philadelphia with the Queensland Minister for Innovation, The Hon. Kate Jones in June. | http://bit.ly/2T5B37F

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Hands free video calling

This device known as Portal from Facebook allows you to stay connected with friends and family with smart, hands-free video calling. By following your action and moving with you, Portal allows you to move and talk freely, creating intimate moments by feeling as if you were in the same room. Calls can be made easily with any smartphone or tablet device and can include up to six people in one group call. Friends can connect using the Messenger app even if they don’t have Portal. https://portal.facebook.com/

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This artificial tongue detects counterfeit whisky

You would totally expect the Scots to have developed this nanoscale taster to test their national drink. The metallic ‘tongue’ is too small to see with the naked eye, but very stable and sensitive to changes in environment due to its chemical properties. The structure acts as ‘tastebuds’ that absorb light in different ways when different types of whisky are poured over them, with greater than 99% accuracy. Researchers are looking now to commercialise their technology https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2019/08/05/Scientists-have-got-it-licked-as-artificial-tongue-detects-counterfeit-whisky

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A women-only bus to prevent violence against women on public buses in PNG

A study by UN Women found that more than 90% of women had been assaulted on public buses in Port Moresby, PNG. This high rate of violence was keeping women home from work and girls from school. In 2016, the Meri Seif Bus was introduced. This is a free women only bus which works on so many levels. It educates women about sexual violence, consent, street violence and women’s empowerment while they sit on the bus. It creates a safe space for them to share stories and views. It offers referral pathways for women in need. All this happens whilst enjoying a safe ride on the bus to their final destination. The program has been expanding with new buses in both Lae and Port Moresby. https://unwomen.org.au/resource/meri-seif-bus-factsheet/

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Female doctors in Pakistan providing healthcare for women in low-income disadvantaged areas

Female doctors are in short supply in Pakistan despite women making up 70% of all medical students. This is because what is known as the “doctor bride” phenomenon; women in Pakistan who have medical degrees but stop practising to look after their children and/or because of social pressure. These doctors are desperately needed as 50% of the total Pakistani population lacks access to a doctor in their community. Sehat Kahani is the solution. Trained female doctors work from home using telemedicine and consult with patients in remote areas who come to an E-Health clinic. https://sehatkahani.com/

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Helping those in need while fighting fashion waste

Did you know that 1/3 of produced clothing stock is dead stock and therefore cannot be sold? Or that 13% of Australia’s population is below poverty? Thread Together is an organisation that solves the problem of fast fashion waste by giving back to the community. They take unused clothing and shoes from high-quality Australian fashion retailers and deliver it to less fortunate people who are in need, while saving new clothing from going directly to landfill. https://www.threadtogether.org/

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Smart software that converts documents to an easily searchable format

WordFlow is an Australian company with new smart software that converts Adobe Pdf and Microsoft Word documents to an easily searchable Html format. It performs in more than 100 languages, tags critical words on every page; and, boasts superior security to other formats. To prove that WordFlow’s software could dramatically increase the number of visitors to a website the Banking Royal Commission’s final report was downloaded and digitised – to become the most popular unofficial provider of the report. Every page in the report is now searchable so anyone can seek out any aspect of the findings without having to read the entire document.  https://neweconomy.media/2019/08/05/the-aussie-software-solution-that-helps-users-navigate-a-tsunami-of-information-on-the-world-wide-web/

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Inflatable solar light that packs flat

Architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, they considered the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities and turned their attention to another critical need: Light. Now everyone’s getting the bright idea: hikers in Yosemite, backpackers in Whistler, and emergency workers in Nepal alike use LuminAID to light their way. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank saw the LuminAID vision irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea to premiere their product on primetime. https://luminaid.com/pages/about-luminaid

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China experiments with AI to create its ‘intelligent’ nation

It should be of no surprise to learn that AI is considered a national priority for China – various policy statements and plans point to their strong investment & focus (2017: the AIDP, 2015: Made in China 2025). China plans to build a domestic AI industry worth nearly USD$150bn in the next few years and become a leading AI power. To build greater wealth, economic and social power requires knowledge, creativity and capability in your population. So China’s experiment with AI in education is a natural strategic priority. Enter Squirrel AI – a personalised tutoring startup using AI algorithms. Early experiments with Squirrel AI point to a significant confidence boost in students and their test scores. One student, struggling in high-school level mathematics, was able to increase his test scores from 50% to 62.5% from one semester tutoring. Two years later, the same student scored 85% in his final exams. Squirrel AI is one of many learning & development focused AI startups. How this will change education and learning remains to be seen. Will it create a generation of rote learners or will it help with creating greater opportunity equality? Will China truly lead the world in AI driven innovation? https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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