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Canada, France, UK launch research workshops exploring societal implications of Artificial Intelligence

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CIFAR, in partnership with the the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has launched a series of international AI & Society research workshops to examine the economic, ethical, policy and legal implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society.

As AI technologies become more integrated into daily life through digital assistants and self-driving vehicles, their responsible and ethical development is a pressing concern. The new workshops, set to take place from June 2019 to June 2020 across CanadaFrance and the UK, will build on international collaborations and bring together perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, law, engineering and computer science as well as policy, business and civil society. The interdisciplinary groups will explore how AI will impact different populations and sectors.

Administered and managed by CIFAR with support from CNRS and UKRI, the workshops explore the global implications of AI on a range of topics – from future conflicts in the Arctic and societal trust in AI systems to how AI may impact the practice of medicine. Each workshop will also produce a non-technical publication with insights for policy-makers in the public and private sectors as well as the public. The eight workshops were carefully selected after a three-month adjudication process. Each workshop will receive up to CAD$50,000 for a total combined commitment of CAD$400,000 from all three organizations for this joint call.

“The strength of these workshops is their interdisciplinary, international and cross-sectoral perspectives” says Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and CEO of CIFAR. “AI is being adopted around the world. It’s critical that we develop new ways to understand what the implications are across populations, sectors and disciplines. CIFAR is thrilled to partner with France and the UK to advance understanding on AI in society.”

This new initiative is the second stream of workshops realized through CIFAR’s AI & Society program, which was launched in 2017. The AI & Society program is a key pillar of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, a $125 millioninvestment from the Government of Canada with the goal of supporting Canada’s leadership in machine learning research and training.

For Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of the CNRS, “it is essential to strive to analyse and better understand the potential ethical, social, legal or economic repercussions of artificial intelligence. The CNRS is happy to join forces with the CIFAR and UKRI to contribute to the reflection around these issues.”

“The potential of artificial intelligence is reaching all areas of society and business, so it is crucial that we give due consideration to the social and ethical implications of their greater use,” says UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport. “The workshops announced today, in partnership with CIFAR and CNRS, will make an important contribution to exploring the impact of artificial intelligence, and generate insights that will inform policy, business and the public.”

The full list of workshops and proposal teams is available here.

 

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Kountable CEO Talks with UNOPS Head of Global Innovation and Technology about Its Vital Role in Improving Supply Chain Access at BootstrapLabs AI Conference

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BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference featured entrepreneurs and innovators who shared the newest developments in the field of AI from research and business development to investing and business transformation.

One of several distinguished speakers was Chris Hale, CEO and Co-founder of Kountable, a managed marketplace for global trade, which focuses on collaboration in the supply chain, bringing together SMEs, multinational suppliers and end customers onto a single platform.

In a conversation with Jonas Svensson, Head of Global Innovation and Technology, Hale demonstrated the role Kountable can play in accelerating progress of the world’s biggest organizations towards equipping people for success in underserved markets.

Kountable focuses on aggregating the demand side in trade by partnering with high quality entrepreneur owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), bringing access to world class goods to underserved markets and accelerating progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

“The Global South is home to some of the fastest growing economies on the planet, despite being challenged by a general lack of traditional infrastructure, scarcity of information, trade frictions, political and currency risks or even corruption,” said Hale.

“Nevertheless, the benefits to bringing the next billion people into the global trade economy outweigh the risks and massive investments are being made in infrastructure, healthcare, IT, and transportation by governments, and other global organizations like the UN, Red Cross, World Bank, The Gates Foundation, or Buffet Foundation.”

Kountable is making this possible by building a data acquisition, normalization, and scoring platform that measures the behaviors of the best trades and their traders in these emerging markets. With unique data describing the last mile of the supply chain and unique data on the traders in these developing markets, Kountable is building behavioral analysis for historical and live-updating trader behaviors, NLP to analyze the type of goods being requested/provided, matching algorithms to identify best-fit for traders and trade opportunities, time-series analysis on historic FX rates and fluctuation patterns, image recognition to automatically recognize and categorize key documentation, as well as SNA to assess reliability and competency of traders and buyers without traditional “scoring” mechanisms.

“We’re leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to help us find, resource, train, grow and promote these traders who are generally small and medium enterprises (SMEs),” said Danielle Russell, Head of Product at Kountable. “These traders are the engines of growth in these rapidly growing economies and connect the largest buyers in these economies to the top suppliers and brands in the world and are literally the point of access to global commerce for their respective countries.”

 

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BMC Named A Strong Performer in Intelligent Application and Service Monitoring by Independent Research Firm

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BMC, a global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, today announced that Forrester Research Inc. recognized the company as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Intelligent Application And Service Monitoring, Q2 2019. BMC received the highest score possible in the product innovation road map criterion.

According to the Forrester Wave, “BMC Software has continually advanced its product portfolio over time through organic innovation and acquisitions. Recent releases have introduced AI/ML-driven monitoring for data center and multicloud environments and rebuilt the solution from the ground up in a modern, portable, and scalable architecture leveraging containers. This allows the product to deploy into a number of environments (e.g., hybrid cloud or on-premises) to meet the needs of a large cross-section of customers.”

“We believe that the TrueSight platform’s position as a strong performer in this Forrester Wave reflects the capability of the solution to deliver robust, enterprise-class service and application-aware monitoring,” said David Cramer, President, Digital Service Operations, BMC. “In addition, earning the highest score possible in the product innovation road map criterion validates, in our opinion, our ongoing strategy to both deliver more advanced analytics and intelligent automation capabilities into the TrueSight platform, as well as continuously modernize our solutions to make them faster to deploy, easier to manage, and provide more rapid time to value for our customers.”

The BMC solution evaluated in this report, TrueSight Operations Management, offers a holistic monitoring and event management solution that ingests data, events, logs, and metrics from many sources. It applies machine learning and advanced analytics combined with application and service aware context to help IT Ops teams predictively find and fix problems faster to reduce risk, increase efficiency, and drive down costs across IT Ops processes.

“BMC Software’s TrueSight suite will assuredly benefit enterprises that are starting their journey into modernizing their applications yet also have a large number of legacy and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems to support,” stated the Forrester Wave.

In this report, Forrester also recommended that customers should look for IASM solutions that offer ‘intelligent root cause analysis and remediation’. The TrueSight platform helps customers significantly reduce time to identify root cause and remediate issues faster with advanced correlation of millions of operational data points and log analytics deployed across complex infrastructure and application environments.

Digital transformation is forcing IT organizations to reconsider how to ensure infrastructure and application performance. Growth in complexity of IT environments and data volume that IT Ops teams need to manage makes maintaining the health and performance of infrastructure and applications very difficult. Intelligent monitoring tools are needed as part of a holistic IT Operations Management (ITOM) strategy to minimize costs without compromising the health and performance of increasingly complex, diverse infrastructure and applications.

“The artificial intelligence is really going to help us move from the reactive service model to proactive, and ultimately to predictive, where we’ll be able to see signs that there’s an impending failure and maybe remediate it before it happens, really saving our customer a lot of downtime. Without the TrueSight solution, we have no way of getting there,” said Chris Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Park Place Technologies.

Forrester Research employed a rigorous process to create the Forrester Wave. Its evaluation of this report included a review of the 13 most significant vendors in the IASM market across 29 criteria.

To read the Forrester Wave™: Intelligent Application And Service Monitoring, Q2 2019 report, visit here. The report is available to Forrester subscribers or for purchase.

 

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Kavout Releases K Score for United Kingdom and Germany Stock Markets

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Kavout announced today the launch of K Score for the United Kingdom and Germany stock markets. Used by buyside firms, K Score is a Quantamental stock rating score of 1 to 9 that generates predictive analytics using AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. K Score serve as buy/sell signals, or as an effective input to investment firms’ privately developed models.

K Score are now available for publicly traded companies included on UK’s FTSE 350 and FTSE 100, and Germany’s HDAX and MCSI small-cap ETF. This is an expansion on the K Score current availability for stocks traded on the US exchanges, and A-share stocks on the China market.

“K Score has been well received by forward-looking quantitative and fundamental investors,” said Kavout’s Chief Commercial Officer, Isabell Sheang. “Our mission is to enable more investors globally to take advantage of AI solutions, and to find an edge. The decision to make K Score available for the UK and European markets aligns well with our expansion roadmap.”

K Score are ratings built by the Kavout Intelligence (KAI) engine. By taking in fundamental data, pricing signals, technical indicators, and alternative data, our machine learning models and algorithms rate and rank stocks between 1 to 9. A higher K Score assigned to a stock indicates a higher probability of outperformance over the next 1-3 months, whereas a lower K Score indicates a lower probability of outperformance.

Those interested in finding out more about K Score for markets in US, ChinaGermany and United Kingdom, please contact marketing@kavout.co.

 

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