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Startups and judges sharing – Innovation Space – ITU Telecom World 2019 PHOTO CREDIT: ITU The UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World completed its World Awards 2019 measured on the dimensions of the idea, business model, and innovative use of ICT (Information, Communication Tech), social impact, scalability, presentation pitching skills, and team. As a judge, I was able to obtain insights into this amazing experience. Winners are announced in several categories, and then an…

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Global non-profit OceanMind uses AI to detect illegal and unregulated fishing, which helps authorities protect ocean life and promote sustainability. PHOTO: COURTESY MICROSOFT The AI for Good movement founded by the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit (#AI4G) is having reverberations into powerful responsibility. AI4G has more than 150 projects in its AI repository. I’m providing my perspective on these programs where I’m donating time to many of them, including Microsoft, and thus have deep insights.…

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In June, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) hosted a three-part IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (IEEE TEMS) conference (IEEE TEMSCON), “Leading Innovation in Times of Constant Change.” For the first time, the conference broke new ground by combining academic research on day one, industry forum on day two, and a combined sharing of academy and industry on day three. The program is unique and will be replicated. I came from an interesting perspective of being invited to give two…

5 months 1 week ago
Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, provided a compelling vision with his opening keynote at the historical UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit (AI4G), hosted May 28-31, 2019 at UN ITU HQ, Geneva. Key themes in Jean-Philippe’s speech included these areas: AI provides incredible new opportunities to transform entire industries from retail, healthcare and energy to agriculture. You can see AI being used today enabling new generations of business…

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Worldwide, the annual value of securities transactions is nearing US $2 Quadrillion, (DTCC). Financial services, already in the top 5 in digital transformation and technology adoption, is moving rapidly to embrace the 5th Machine Age Unlimited X-Revolution. What is the 5th Machine Age Unlimited X-Revolution? The “5th Machine Age” term refers to the rapid integration of artificial intelligence (AI) across all industries and particularly through an area of AI called machine learning (ML). This is…

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Spotlight news garnering wide interest from this year include from JP Morgan, their announcement of a successful test of a digital coin representing a fiat (example USD) currency – JPM Coin --  blockchain-based technology enabling the instantaneous transfer of payments between institutional accounts. This matters since it's estimated that JP Morgan influences $6 Trillion US in daily transactions. Another example includes Master Card with an estimated 81 patents in blockchain and ranked among the top in…

7 months ago
Healthcare, growing to $10 Trillion US globally, lags behind nearly 80% of other industries in innovative technology adoption, and in fact, is at the bottom five across industries. However, this is about to change in the next three years. From the WEF Future of Jobs Report, by 2022, adoption forecasts include 87% big data, 87% biotech, 80% machine learning (a form of AI), 73% wearable technologies, 67% each for blockchain / IoT / AR-VR, 53% 3D printing, 47% stationary robots and 40% non-human robots. This…

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We are our distinct and unique cultures, histories and languages. In today’s ever-increasingly globalized world, we must act as guardians of the unique cultural heritage that forms the basis of our identities. New technologies are facilitating this arduous task. The architect of the future, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can lead the way in preserving our distinct cultural heritage for the next generations. Just over a year old, AI start-up IVOW has a mission to “bring the ancient art of storytelling into…