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January 2019


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Germany to spend €3bn on boosting AI capabilities

The spending pledge is part of a national AI strategy approved by Angela Merkel’s cabinet, following a two-day seminar on digital challenges attended by the chancellor and her ministers. Berlin expects federal funding to be matched by the private sector, taking investment to at least €6bn.
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Google pledges $25 million in new artificial intelligence challenge

Google announced a new challenge for nonprofits, universities and other organizations working on AI projects that will benefit society. The contest is called the AI Global Impact Challenge, and the company has pledged $25 million in grants.
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Artificial Intelligence to help save lives at five new technology centres

The UK’s Artificial Intelligence revolution gets new backing, as the Business Secretary announces five new centres of excellence for digital pathology and imaging, including radiology, using AI medical advances.
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Government of Canada invests in artificial intelligence and creates close to 1,000 middle-class jobs

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, announced investments of nearly $6.3 million to support six AI businesses in their efforts to scale up and expand into new markets.

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Montreal to host annual world artificial intelligence summit through 2021

Montreal has been selected to host a major artificial intelligence summit for at least three years.The London-based firm behind World Summit AI says the event between 2019 to 2021 follows the second edition currently taking place in Amsterdam.
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Morocco hosts international forum on artificial intelligence in Africa

To discuss the challenges and problems of Artificial Intelligence on the continent, UNESCO, in partnership with Mohammed VI University, in Buenguérir, Morocco, organized “the International Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa”.
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China Opens Artificial Intelligence-Powered Park in Beijing

In a bid to transform its capital into a global hub for tech innovation and artificial intelligence (AI), China opened a smart park powered by AI technologies in Beijing. China's newly opened AI park in Beijing features technologies such as driverless buses, augmented reality Tai Chi, and smart walkways.
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After Artificial Intelligence, Railways turns to Emotional Intelligence to improve customer experience

After adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to prevent signal-failure, Indian Railways has now opted for Emotional Intelligence (EI) to help senior officials improve service delivery systems in a faster and more decisive way.
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Military work is a lightning rod in Silicon Valley, but Microsoft will sell the Pentagon all the AI it needs

Microsoft said it plans to sell artificial intelligence and any other advanced technologies needed to the military and intelligence agencies to strengthen defense.
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A Painting Made by Artificial Intelligence Has Been Sold at Auction for $432,500

An artwork made by an artificial intelligence program sold at a Christie’s auction for $432,500, nearly 45 times its high estimate.. Portrait of Edmond Belamy, a painting created by a Paris-based art collective called Obvious, was generated by using an algorithm and a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries.

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Africa

Artificial Intelligence (AI) was first coined in 1956 by the scientist John McCarthy at Dartmouth College. Nearly 60 years later, it is now enjoying a major resurgence thanks to the exponential increases in computing power, the development of more sophisticated algorithms and the vast availability of data.
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