SINGAPORE - The United States, followed by China, is the clear world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) development, according to a new index. The Cambrian AI Index , which measures countries' AI readiness, compared the strategies and development environments of 13 countries with national AI strategies. Singapore, with a score of 0.18, comes in 12th, a spot above United Arab Emirates in the list that includes Japan, South Korea, India and Israel. The researchers assessed the countries on the indicators that incorporate the countries' preconditions, research and development, and the degree of commercialisation of AI. They assigned the US with a benchmark value of 1, against which the other countries are measured. China scored 0.62, while Japan came in third with a score of 0.3. "The US still leads across most factors for AI research and development deployment, but China is poised to close that gap in the coming years, if it can avoid a global backlash," said Dr Olaf Groth, managing … [Read more...] about US and China head new artificial intelligence index
We must prepare youth for artificial intelligence By 2029 computers will surpass human intelligence, says futurist Ray Kurzweil, Google director of engineering. That’s only ten short years away. It’s hard to dismiss Kurzweil’s technological predictions. Of 147 forecasts 126 came true by 2009, for an 86-percent batting average. In his first of eight books, “The Age of Intelligent Machines,” 1990, Kurzweil analyzed that the spread of cell phones and faxes would crush the Soviet Union. Late the following year it did. Meeting in 2005 Mikhail Gorbachev told him that electronic communication had zapped apparat control of the flow of information. Kurzweil also noted from advances in chess software that machines would beat the best human players by 2000. In 1997 world champion Garry Kasparov resigned to IBM’s Deep Blue computer. And at a time when only 2.6 million people in the world were using (very erratic) Internet in … [Read more...] about We must prepare youth for artificial intelligence
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There is wide scope for discourse in Singapore, but fake news is a distinct and specific problem that must be curbed before it affects society, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He made this point in an interview, when asked for his response to concerns that proposed laws to tackle fake news would curb free speech. There is no society in which free speech is absolute or uncontrolled, he said, noting that it exists within appropriate boundaries. For example, speech that is defamatory or threatening in nature lies outside of these boundaries, said PM Lee in an interview conducted in Mandarin with variety show host Kym Ng and news presenter Evelyn Lam that was broadcast on Mediacorp's Channel 8 last night. "We must set an appropriate boundary that would allow us to protect free speech and allow people to exchange information, thoughts and opinions in a meaningful way," he added. Other countries, like the United States and those in Europe, are also grappling with the problem of fake … [Read more...] about Fake news must be curbed before it affects society: PM Lee
For innovation to succeed, it should meet people’s needs and wants. Brands can build better relationships with their consumers and audiences if they are able to do that. It can also help preserve the long-term benefits of a digital economy that works for all. This is one of the central messages that emerges from the Digital Society Index 2019, a project of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) developed in collaboration with Oxford Economics, which combines a primary survey of more than 43,000 people across 24 countries with economic and statistical analysis. Trust in big tech is falling. This survey first started in 2018, and even the collapse in trust in the use of digital technologies has been observed. The number-one cause of distrust is the misuse of personal data. Stronger regulation of technologies like artificial intelligence is being proposed. And social media has been blamed for both political polarization and misinformation. Thirty years from the birth of the World Wide Web and … [Read more...] about The Digital Economy gives you the power to be a better version of yourself