Month: April 2021


MEET Intelligens WHY? Swedish distillery Mackmyra and Finnish technology company Fourkind have recently combined their efforts to create the first whisky, Intelligens, using an AI. The AI system can analyze 70 million potential combinations and create a framework for innovative recipes. The AI takes into account all kinds of factors, including customer ratings, expert evaluations, wooden cask information, and more. While it is not likely that AI will completely replace the human touch, Intelligens is a certain sign that AI will be able to augment the process and support innovations in the whisky...

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Bilibili’s Flying QR Code

MEET Bilibili’s Drone QR Code WHY? If you’ve ever needed to get somebody’s snapchat or payment information, you are probably familiar with scanning a QR code with your phone. Even with this experience, it is still awe-inspiring to see Bilibili’s drones fly in formation to create a scannable QR code in the sky. While the code was a simple link for a game download, this feat is just a taste of what advertisers are capable of creating for the consumer experience with the help of AI...

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Project Debater

MEET Project Debater WHY? Debating has always seemed to be a human-exclusive activity to participate in. Who else could challenge another person to a talking contest? A computer scientist from IBM, Noam Slonim, earned the opportunity to lead the development of Project Debater to follow up IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy. Project Debater was created with the sole purpose of winning debates. This task combines tactile elements of winning a video game and real life nuances that are necessary to successfully persuade another human. After some high-profile debates against world-class debaters, this AI has held a mirror up to human...

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Tracy Accardi

MEET Tracy Accardi WHY? As AI begins to take root in more and more industries, medical surgeries are still lagging behind in adoption. Only about 3% of surgeries in the world are being performed with the assistance of robots. Fortunately, Tracy Accardi, VP for R&D for surgical robots at Medtronic, is aiming to radically innovate the space by pushing robotic surgery into the mainstream. This will not only reduce the mental load for current surgeons, but also drastically improve surgical efficacy and remove any fearful stigmas of robotic surgery, or rather just “surgery” as Tracy wants it to be...

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