Scientists look at how A.I. will change our lives by 2030

APACMIS Asia — By the year 2030, artificial intelligence (A.I.) will have changed the way we travel to work and to parties, how we take care of our health and how our kids are educated. That’s the consensus from a panel of academic and technology experts taking part in Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence.

IBM will emphasize Watson and AI at new cloud computing center in South Korea

KoreaGeek Wire — IBM has opened a cloud data center in Pangyo, South Korea, bringing its total number of data centers to 47, with nine of them in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today. The new center, outside Seoul, will help serve the cloud-services market in South Korea, which IDC said it expects to grow to $1 billion in 2019, from $445 million last year.

Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.

NEC technology uses AI to automatically detect unknown cyberattacks

JapanNetwork Asia — NEC Corporation has announced the development of a “system operations-visualization and anomaly-analysis technology” that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect unknown cyber-attacks against social infrastructure and enterprise systems.

IBM takes Watson to Asia

APACBusiness Cloud News — IBM has opened a new research centre in Singapore as it aims to expand its cognitive computing offering Watson into the Asian markets. The Watson Centre will be located in IBM’s current office at Marina Bay Financial Centre will help commercialize the cognitive, blockchain and design capabilities through partnering with local organizations and co-creating new business solutions.

IBM SolutionsConnect: Technology leadership in the cognitive era

APACMIS Asia — We are living in the digital age in which anything that could be digitized is being digitized. Also, because of the mobile revolution, there has been an exponential growth in the number of connected devices. Both these trends have led to the explosion of data and devices. According to one estimate, the numbers of devices will reach 75 billion by 2020. And about ninety percent of data created in the last two years was because of this proliferation of devices.

IBM Watson partners with 8 universities to tackle cybercrime

APACEnterprise Innovation — IBM said it plans to collaborate with eight universities to expand the collection of security data for IBM Watson. The company unveiled on Tuesday Watson for Cyber Security, a new cloud-based version of its cognitive technology trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project.

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

Why automation is the key to the future of cyber security

APACNetworks Asia — In 2015 there were 781 publicized cyber security breaches which resulted in more than 169 million personal records being exposed – a number that’s steadily on the rise year over year. And with notable names like BlueCross, Harvard and Target being tossed into the mix, it’s obvious that no company is safe.

Is IBM’s Growth in Asia-Pacific Good News for Watson?

APACYahoo — Asia-Pacific is expected to grow faster than North America in the IoT space. Previously in the series, we looked at IBM’s (IBM) fiscal 1Q16 results. We saw that for all geographies, Asia-Pacific was the only one that posted growth in fiscal 1Q16. Although the 1% growth is meager, it provides a sizable opportunity for IBM’s Watson.

Alibaba hooks up with Accenture, SAP in expansion push in China and Southeast Asia; takes aim in dominating global cloud business

ChinaSCMP — Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest computing services provider, is looking to accelerate its expansion in China and Southeast Asia on the back of newly formed alliances with global consulting firm Accenture and software giant SAP China. “Accenture is a well-respected consulting firm in the industry, especially for computing enterprises,” said Ethan Yu, vice president of Alibaba Cloud told reporters.

Forget AlphaGo; China’s Alibaba is using its AI to predict TV talent show winners

ChinaDigital Trends — Last month, Google altered our technophobic opinions on AI by using its AlphaGo program to defeat a world champion at the ancient Chinese board game of Go. Although most of us that tuned into the YouTube livestreams of the face-off were likely puzzled by the images of a computer typing out moves to a game we’d never heard of, it was a far cry from the nightmarish depictions of AI we’d become accustomed to in film and literature.

Forget AlphaGo; China’s Alibaba is using its AI to predict TV talent show winners

Alibaba will use its new AI to predict the winner of a TV singing contest

ChinaTech in Asia — Discussions about artificial intelligence often conjure Terminator-esque images of a world run by super-intelligent machines. But AI can be used for good – like predicting reality TV show winners. The folks at Alibaba today revealed they’ve tasked their in-house AI with determining who will win this season of I’m a Singer, the wildly popular Chinese reality show. By analyzing mountains of data, the AI aims to know the judges’ opinions before they do – and pick the winning contestant.

Technology: China’s AI program to challenge Google’s AlphaGo

ChinaAsia Times — Chinese engineers want to challenge Google’s AlphaGo with their own artificial intelligence system that would be better at playing the ancient game than Google’s computer program, according to a report from E&T. According to the Chinese state-owned Shanghai Security News agency, scientists from the China Computer Go team plan to issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016.

Baidu’s new AI predicts crowd disasters before they happen

ChinaTech in Asia — It was December 31, 2014. In Shanghai, thousands flocked to the historic and picturesque Bund, where there had been reports a light show would take place to ring in the new year. Unfortunately, too many people had the same idea. A dangerously dense crowd formed, and at a viewing platform in Chen Yi Square overlooking the river, confusion and a lack of crowd control led to panic and eventually stampede. Within minutes, 36 people had been killed and another 49 had been injured in the crush.

Meet Tay, Microsoft’s new AI chat bot

APACMIS Asia  — Attention all 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S.: Tay is online now, and she wants to chat with you. That, at least, is according to a new Web page for the artificially intelligent bot, which was created by Microsoft to learn more about how people converse. The bot is now on hand to chat with you on Twitter as well as Kik and GroupMe; it’s also on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The more you chat with it, the smarter it gets, Microsoft says, leading to a personalized experience.

Google launches service to make machine learning easier

APACMIS Asia — Google is making it easier for businesses to take advantage of the machine learning revolution with a new product for building models that predict the future.  At the company’s GCP Next conference in San Francisco, Google announced the private beta of a new Cloud Machine Learning service that lets businesses create a custom machine learning model. To do so, users work with data they have in Google’s other cloud services. Cloud Machine Learning handles data ingestion and training and then uses the resulting machine learning model to make predictions.

Google’s AlphaGo scores 4-1 against South Korean Go player

KoreaMIS Asia — Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program won the last round in a five-game contest against top Go player Lee Se-dol, despite making a bad mistake during play. The 4-1 margin for AlphaGo in the games played in Seoul, South Korea was not as large as the 5-0 win by the program against an European Go player in October, but carries more impact because of Lee’s standing in the Go game.

Hong Kong Scientists Develop Artificial Intelligence Machine That can Read Human Emotions

Hong KongChina Topix — A team of researchers and computer engineering scientists from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have developed a cloud-based artificial intelligent machine, called “Zara the Supergirl”, which is capable of interacting with humans by recognizing their emotions. The artificial intelligence technology, which was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in China in 2015, was developed as part of the scientific efforts to create sophisticated machines that will be able to communicate and converse naturally with humans.

Artificial Intelligence is hot, but not in India: Study

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: At a time when the global technology giants are set to leverage the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for your daily lives — from taking care of businesses to fulfilling your personal needs — India seems to be reluctant to get on to this bus.

5 Asian artificial intelligence startups that caught our eye

APACe27 — Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been an intriguing topic for decades, proving to be inspiration to many a sci-fi films. Last few years have seen the technology become mainstream, catching the fancy of startups and investors alike. Startups today are trying to use AI to help do simple daily tasks to solving complex business problems. Here is a list of five Asian startups in the space that you should know about.

Internet of Things, big data analytics & machine learning to rule infotech theme

APACDeal Street Asia — While 2015 saw technologies such as social, mobility, big data analytics, cloud services, connected devices and machine learning coming together to disrupt the way business was being done, 2016 will see a majority of these ideas becoming a reality with smartphones playing a pivotal role.

China unveils its first ROBOT weather presenter: Microsoft’s Xiaoice has become an instant TV personality

ChinaDaily Mail — Xiaoice is Microsoft’s latest piece of artificial intelligence. She has a ‘cute’ voice, can instantly comment on weather data and big news events, and now, she has a job on morning TV. The Chinese live program, ‘Morning News,’ introduced the AI on Tuesday, making Xiaoice the first robot to take on a job of this kind. Her voice sounds more like a human’s than any other AI’s to date, and Xioice’s success now has people questioning the future of their careers.

Joining Hands with Microsoft Xiaoice, Dragon TV Launches First AI Program Ever

ChinaPRNewswire : SHANGHAI: Some of you might have already had affective interactions with Xiaoice, a software program with artificial intelligence, via such platforms as WeChat, Weibo, and so forth. From Dec.22, you will see her even on TV screens, as it has been jointly announced by Microsoft Applications & Services Group East Asia and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) TV News Center that Xiaoice has joined “Morning News”, a morning live TV programme on Dragon TV, hosting everyday weather forecast as a trainee anchor.

India hospital adopts Watson for Oncology

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Manipal Hospitals’ corporate and teaching facilities will adopt IBM Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform trained by Memorial Sloan-Kettering that analyzes data to identify evidence-based treatment options. This is expected to help oncologists provide cancer patients with individualized healthcare.  IBM said this will be the first deployment of Watson in India and the first engagement of its kind as the country advances efforts to transform healthcare.

Fujitsu starts field trial of congestion-mitigation project in Singapore

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore has started testing a technology aimed at reducing congestion around major events, stadiums, and shopping centers. Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. uses a smartphone application that, based on the expected congestion when people return home from major events, proposes behavior or how to spend time best suited to the user, and then verifies the results.

Is Alibaba going for Google’s crown?

ChinaTech in Asia — Since the huge IPO of Alibaba and their amassing of an enormous expansion war chest, the intensity of the conversation around ecommerce has only intensified, and analysts provided greater granularity of insights into the category.  Alibaba has also reportedly invested over US$1 billion dollars in artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Aliyun. So they have the smarts and the data sets to build some astonishingly predictive algorithms.

Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows it wants to become a software maker

JapanBusiness Insider — Toyota wants to be more than just the world’s largest automaker — and its $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows its ambition to turn itself into one of the world’s largest software developers. On Friday, Toyota announced that it would be investing $1 billion over the next five years to build Toyota Research Institute, a new company based in Silicon Valley, near Stanford University, focused on artifical intelligence and robotics.

Microsoft Research China is rethinking a more human artificial intelligence

China.gifWhile digital assistants such as Cortana, Siri, and Google Now are helping ease many users into a world with artificial intelligence, Microsoft Research developers believe there may, yet, be another way to introduce people to A.I. Corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft Research Asia, Hsiao-Wuen Hon sees the increasing use of a Microsoft technology called XiaoIce (pronounced Shao-ice) as the path forward for mass adoption of A.I. used in people’s lives. XiaoIce is similar to Microsoft’s other digital assistant Cortana, in that it incorporates natural language processing in its voice-initiated interactions.