How AI technologies are being used to better understand retinal diseases

Retinal diseases are varied, in both their symptoms and severity. Left untreated, some diseases can cause severe vision loss, or even blindness. The importance of proactive treatment and prevention is vital; yet not everybody has that equal opportunity.

In third-world countries in particular, a critical issue is a lack of public access to specialised medical care. Even if the equipment is there, the expertise required to interpret test results and get the correct diagnosis and...

Machine learning expert Jordan bemoans use of AI as catch-all term

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A pioneer in machine learning has argued that the technology is best placed to augment human intelligence and bemoaned 'confusion' over the meaning of artificial intelligence (AI).

Michael I. Jordan, a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science, and department of statistics, at the University of California, Berkeley, told the IEEE that while science-fiction discussions around AI were 'fun', they were also a 'distraction.'

"There's not been...

‘Information gap’ between AI creators and policymakers needs to be resolved – report

An article posted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has argued there is a 'huge gap in understanding' between policymakers and AI creators.

The report, authored by Adriana Bora, AI policy researcher and project manager at The Future Society, and David Alexandru Timis, outgoing curator at Brussels Hub, explores how to resolve accountability and trust-building issues with AI technology.

Bora and Timis note there is "a need for sound mechanisms that will generate a...

Strategy Analytics defines path to AI vendor and buyer success in new report

Research firm Strategy Analytics has argued in a new report that both vendors of AI products and their users can succeed with a 'thorough understanding' of customer journeys.

The report, 'Defining the AI Buyer Journey', aims to take a comprehensive view of the 'who, what, why and how long' issues in the buyer journey, from paths to selection, paths to adoption, and implementation.

The goal is to avoid all 'AI-washing' where possible. This can occur on both the vendor...

Global spending on AI ‘expected to double in four years’, says IDC

Worldwide spending on artificial intelligence (AI) is forecast to double over the coming for years to hit $110 billion by 2024, according to new data from IDC.

The figure, which comes from the analyst firm's latest Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Spending Guide, calculates a CAGR of 20.1% as adopting AI becomes a 'must' in the enterprise.

In particular, companies will utilise AI to deliver a better customer experience, as well as help employees to become better at...

Beware the AI winter – but can Covid-19 alter this process?

We have had a blockchain winter as the hype around the technology moves towards a reality - and the same will happen with artificial intelligence (AI).

That's according to Dr Karol Przystalski, CTO at IT consulting and software development provider Codete. Przystalski founded Codete having had a significant research background in AI, with previous employers including Sabre and IBM and a PhD exploring skin cancer pattern recognition using neural networks.

Yet what effect...

Dorian Selz, CEO, Squirro: Why the AI revolution will take time

Imagine you are riding in a fully driverless car - with no human controls - down a narrow countryside road, with no lights or road markings. Upon emerging from a twisting bend a flock of sheep confront you. What happens next?

These types of situations are what programs such as the MIT-developed Moral Machine have been looking to unlock. The site has for the past four years canvassed public opinion by presenting a series of ethical dilemmas: should an autonomous car...

AI bot had to unlearn English grammar to decipher Trump speeches

A developer had to recalibrate his artificial intelligence bot to account for the unconventional grammar and syntax found in President Trump's speeches.

As originally reported by the Los Angeles Times, Bill Frischling noticed in 2017 that his AI bot, Margaret, was struggling to transcribe part of the President's speech from May 4 that year commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. In particular, Margaret crashed after this 127-word section, featuring a...

Intel and UPenn utilising federated learning to identify brain tumours

Intel and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) are training artificial intelligence models to identify brain tumours - with a focus on maintaining privacy.

The Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn is working with Intel Labs to co-develop technology based on federated learning, a machine learning technique which trains an algorithm across various devices without exchanging data samples.

The goal is therefore to preserve privacy. Penn Medicine and Intel Labs have claimed...

Q&A: Anton Fedotov, Airband Technologies: On how AI is tackling air pollution

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been described, in the words of one executive in the air pollution space, as 'the biggest single global intervention you will ever see.' Cars almost entirely remain in their garages; commercial aeroplanes lay dormant.

When the crisis ends, it will in some ways be a statistician's dream. The amount of data which will be able to be extrapolated will be huge, for both scientists and businesses working in this field.

One such business is...