Approximately 90% of data in the world has been generated within just the last two years. But what is the point of all this data if we cannot process it? “This the challenge for data scientists today,” said Prof. Nirmalie Wiratunga at the at the recently held Big Data Forum for Data Enthusiasts organized by Informatics Institute of Technology.
In her presentation at the event, Prof. Nirmalie explained that data scientists have to go through vast amounts of data and then learn how to process it. But it’s not just about figuring out what data is relevant or obsolete, but rather to figure out how to curate it.
In digital health, for example, a person can generate a Million GB of data throughout his/her lifetime. That’s the equivalent of 300 million books. The goal here is to map out a person’s health and see how one person’s data can help prolong the health of millions of other people.
The procedure is not yet perfect. The algorithms can go wrong. But that all depends on the data that is fed to the algorithm. This is especially true with facial recognition, which is becoming available almost everywhere. By focusing on small areas, we can make algorithms more computationally feasible and thus, improve the accuracy of the algorithm.
Speech recognition is another area that AI and Big Data scientists are working on. It’s not just about understanding the words spoken by a human to machine though. The machine would have to string the words together, understand the context of what they’re said in and then offer a meaningful and related reply. Chatbots and AI assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant are prime examples of this.
The goal of AI is to make our lives easier. This was the opening statement of Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe In addition, some also believe that the goal of AI is to create intelligence at the level or surpassing that of humans. AI is not going away. It’s here to stay and it will change a lot of things.
To excel in any field, you need to have a healthy content for it. If not, you cannot excel in it. It is up to those who are in the fields of AI and big data to create content for it and carry it forward. We ourselves attended Sri Lanka’s first AI Summit and learned quite a lot about AI, machine learning and big data
Before the year 2000, this could have been explained as a computer doing something better than a human. After the year 2000, the definition of AI was changed to where AI is an intelligence that is on par or beyond that of humans. Samuel’s checkers’ program is a perfect example of this. Created by Arthur Samuel, this was a Checkers game that had no knowledge of Checkers. But over time, it learned and got better.
From there, people also idolized AI as the one-stop thing that could end all their problems. People are now focusing on using AI to understand what they say and to get machines to respond accordingly. They are also utilizing technologies such as image recognition so that a machine can understand the components and context of an image and make decisions accordingly. An example of this would be smart security cameras where it can detect shoplifters from the way they move.
In the postmodern era that we’re in now, learning has become a dominant underlying technology. It is applied across a number of various fields and genres such as personalized recommendation, sentiment analysis and web search. One of the main showcases of this is from IBM Watson when it played Jeopardy.
Quite simply, it’s machine learning. Rather than encoding knowledge to solve problems, machine learning deals with techniques that enable a computer to learn by itself. With deep learning, for example, a machine can not only learn to predict but also learn what features it needs to predict.
But what if there’s no answer? What if there are clues instead? Well, that’s where reinforcement learning comes into play. It’s akin to learning with rewards. You can also learn from a task that has been already completed. This is called Transfer learning.
Now the focus is on general AI. The goal here is not only to solve a particular problem but to develop a general intelligence or artificial general intelligence. Everything we know about knowledge and intelligence will no longer hold with the advancements of AI and machine learning.
Take self-driving vehicles, for example. You wouldn’t want it to crash, would you? Achieving 100% is a major challenge though. In time to come, even our cities would become smarter. This would enable us to control or eradicate pollution. Imagine the next time you went to the doctor, a machine goes over your historical data and gives you the best cure? Well, that is possible with AI.
Does this also mean that Skynet and the Terminator are possible? Well, yes they are, explained Dr. Dilshan Silva – Head of Analytics at Nations Trust Bank. There are a few issues with AI. These range from protecting ourselves from AI and the biggest question of all: should we stay in control of AI?
Be it chatbots, to rankings on what you like, to even showing ads for items you were just browsing, AI and machine learning are aiming to make lives easier. But at the same, time, they are also affecting our privacy.
There is also a need for laws and ethics in AI to catch up to where we are. We need to think of these very carefully. But what should these new ethics be about? Well, that has to be taught by philosophy. So once again, it’s up to those studying in fields of AI and big data to pioneer and answers these questions.
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Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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