Ericsson has set up a Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator (GAIA) in Bangalore to focus on research and development in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Ericsson claims that the research center will create 150 new jobs for data  scientists, engineers, ML/AI architects, and software developers. The center will be a central unit for Ericsson’s projects across 4 business areas and 5 market areas. Globally, Ericsson will employ over 300 data scientists, data engineers, ML/AI architects, and software developers across its Global AI accelerators.

Source: Company statement

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British Telecommunications plc (BT) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) are launching a collaborative research center in Bangalore ‘BT India Research Centre (BTIRC)’ to focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cybersecurity. BT’s existing Cyber Security Operations Centre (Cyber SOC) in Gurgaon works on detecting and mitigating cyber threats in real-time.

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Walmart Labs has acquired a machine learning startup Int.AI, which operates in data analytics and machine learning. Int.AI also ran its own AI-powered virtual assistant ‘Gin’. The startup’s team, consisting of 3 people, will be absorbed into Walmart’s customer technology team. Walmart also acqui-hired micro-app startup Appsfly in September and merged its team with Walmart’s customer experience engineering group. Walmart said it is looking at acquiring 3-4 startups in India.

Source: The Economic Times

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Google has launched an AI program in Thailand to screen a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness. Notably, Google has been running a similar program in India. The Thailand diabetes program was announced in partnership with Thai state-run Rajavithi Hospital. A joint study found that the AI program achieved a 95% accuracy rate at disease detection, higher than the 74% accuracy rate from opticians.

Source: Reuters

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Google has partnered with the London School of Economics and Political Science to create the ‘Journalism AI project’, to focus on research and training of journalists to deal with the intersection of journalism and AI. Google said it will publish a global survey on how the media is currently using AI by next year. Google will also create a best practices handbook and free online training modules on how to use AI in newsrooms.

Source: BGR