Finland eyes AI for economic growth

Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs has established its own dedicated steering group focused on artificial intelligence (AI) to advice the government on all things automation-related. With a goal to make Finland’s AI program a world-leader in the field, the effort plans to make AI and robotics the key to success for Finnish companies.

The evidence of a radical move towards AI and automation is all around us, and is picking up speed. AI is bound to bring about dramatic changes in the work market and the economical system as a whole may change significantly as a result in the coming decades.

The changes predicted will not only affect the companies that adopt the new technology but even more so those which do not. It is critical that governments and institutions prepare for this wave of change in advance, to be able to stay ahead and preserve the competitiveness of their country.

IIIM congratulates the Finnish on this initiative and urges other countries to explore well the opportunities which AI offers.

A.I. Capable of Caring for our Elderly

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) could become indispensable in caring for the growing population of elderly citizens in the near future.

IIIM and CMLab’s CoCoMaps project is about endowing robots with the ability to collaborate with humans and communicate using natural dialogue and could render them capable of performing jobs formerly only in the domain of humans. The project group is currently in active discussion with several companies interested in primarily voice-based infrastructures for elderly care. When ready, the platform will support applications where dialogue can replace complex user interface menus.

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Schedule a meeting with Grandma in Hannover

From the 2016 Hannover Messe exhibition hall. Photo from the Hannover Messe web site.

IIIM and CMLabs’ CoCoMap project will be featured on the Hannover Messe, the 24th to the 26th of April 2017.

This will be the first demo of the project – an endeavour which proposes to improve natural human-robot communication and collaboration by allowing robots and humans to work together on tasks requiring real-time dialogue skills.

The Hannover Messe demo will allow one person to stand in front of the computer and verbally organize a time slot for a meeting with a few other people. The computer will check the time slot against other participants’ schedules and get back with a response. While waiting for the response the computer might even throw in a chat about the weather. Continue reading Schedule a meeting with Grandma in Hannover

Great interest in the Mysteries of the Mind

Kári Stefánsson, Kristinn R. Thórisson, Ellý Katrín Guðmundsdóttir and Magnús Karl Magnússon. Photo from DeCODE’s web page.

Thought – does it define man? – an open meeting held at DeCODE Genetics last Wednesday the 29th of March was a great success with over 560 attendees.

IIIM director Kristinn R. Thórisson was one of three lectures and held an errand on Understanding and Intelligence in Humans and Robots. The entire errand can be watched here.

Due to the extremely good attendance the lectures had to be broadcast in two additional halls at DeCODE genetics headquarters.

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