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Welcome to our seventh edition of AI Landscape where we have collated interesting insights from the world of AI and other emerging technologies.

Keeping AI Inclusive

From Google search imaging to virtual assistants – research suggests that racial and gender bias is endemic in the AI we see today. Bias can be seen as easily through the overwhelming white, female voices that are used for virtual assistants. Typically, chatbots have been assigned the female gender but the UN believes that the feminine and subservient nature of virtual assistants contributes to gender bias. Beyond this, many voices and appearances of robotics portrayed in pop culture are assigned white features, voices, and actors. The representation can contribute to unconscious bias when considering who should be involved in the technology. However, there are companies that are going against the grain to rectify these established biases, and AI can be used to combat bias that is typically held in traditional industries such as Healthcare.
 

The creation of ‘white’ AI is detrimental to the technology’s advancement as it excludes a large portion of society, furthering inequality.

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BBVA has launched ‘Blue’ – a gender neutral chatbot trained to answer customer queries. ‘Blue’ goes against this trend and is deliberately going against the unjustified social stereotypes. 

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Women’s health is an area that has traditionally trailed behind that of men’s, but AI healthcare start-up Presagen has made it a priority by focusing exclusively on women’s health solutions. Presagen has launched their first product that aims to offer better outcomes for patients undergoing IVF.

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Are my favourite SciFi’s coming to life? Probably

The fabled technologies of SciFi movies may be closer to reality than you think. From the Spinners of Blade Runner to the all-knowing VIKI of iRobot, these classic conceptions are becoming increasingly viable with AI. Even closer to home, ML is now able to tell us what makes a relationship happy, making Black Mirror’s ‘Hang the DJ’ concept increasingly plausible.
 

The Imitation Game meets iRobot with Atos’ new AI supercomputer. Atos has partnered with the University of Oxford to deliver JADE2, which aims to enable new scientific breakthroughs and innovations in ML and AI.  

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Japan’s SkyDrive Inc has carried out a successful 10-minute test flight/drive with a person on board, bringing the dream of flying cars one step closer to a reality.

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ML has revealed what makes people happy in a relationship by analysing 11,000 couples and 43 data sets.

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AI is next to revolutionise the workplace

In recent years, AI has become a prevalent technology which has led to workplaces becoming a new hotspot for development. AI companies are developing solutions targeted at the workplace to streamline tasks. Simultaneously, companies are finding that in order to stay competitive, their employees need to be skilled in the basics. 

 

DBS is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to train employees in AI and ML, helping to accelerate the use of the budding technologies across the business. DBS expects 3,000 employees, including senior leadership, to learn new AI and ML skills this year. 

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Tired of staring at spreadsheets on screen? Researchers have developed a VR interface that could move Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel into a 3D space, making spreadsheets more usable.

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UK faces AI skill gap, which could lead to a disadvantage against overseas competitors.

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Genpact and AppZen partner to enable companies to minimise fraud risks by automating the travel and expense audit process within minutes of submission.

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Sterling and IPsoft have partnered to launch “Skye” – a cognitive AI digital customer service colleague with the use of IPsoft ‘Amelia’ technology. Skye will provide automated self-service for more than 3 million customer calls each year.

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