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AI Seen Helping to Add Jobs as Small Manufacturers Pursue Automation 

More people will be needed to digest the vast amounts of data generated from the floor as manufacturers pursue AI and automation, dispelling the notion of job loss.  
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
The emergence of an advanced plastic manufacturing plant in Brookneal, Va. tells a story about the impact of AI on small manufacturing firms.   
Local entrepreneur Hugh E. Williams started American Plastic Fabricators to shape small plastic parts needed by a range of customers. Eventually the company became competitive in the manufacture of polyethylene and high-density plastics fabrication. The plant was visited recently by Kevin Scott, …

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Advances in Language-Based AI Tasks Seen as Dawn of New Era 

Language-based AI applications that some experts see as marking a new era include features such as topic modeling and sentiment analysis. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By AI Trends Staff  
Researchers at Accenture have found that 10% of early adopters of digital technologies have grown at twice the rate of the bottom 25%, and they are using cloud systems—not legacy systems—to enable adoption.  
H. James Wilson, Managing Director, Accenture
“We expect the trend to accelerate among industry leaders over the coming five years,” stated the authors, H. James Wilson and Paul R. Daugherty, in an account in Harvard Business Review. And more …

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Survey Finds Many Companies Do Little or No Management of Cloud Spending  

A heat map showing peaks and valleys of cloud computer use can be used to set schedules for better management of costs. (Credit: Getty Images)   
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
Cloud computing “sticker shock” is on the rise as the monthly bills come in, the customers may not be sure what they are paying for, and the bills are trending upwards. 
J.R. Storment, executive director, the FinOps Foundation
That was a finding of a recent survey by the FinOps Foundation, a non-profit trade association focused on cloud financial management best practices, of more than 800 FinOps practitioners spending $45 …

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How to Meet the Enterprise-Grade Challenge of Scaling AI 

Scaling AI for the enterprise involves challenges around customization, data, talent and trust, suggest experts with experience. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By AI Trends Staff  
Organizations that have made a commitment to developing AI projects and have experienced some success next face the challenges around successfully scaling the project for the enterprise.   
To experience all the benefits, the organization needs to align the AI to the business strategy, ensure cross-functional collaboration, invest in the right talent and training, and apply strong data practices, suggests a recent account in Tech Wire.   
These are no small tasks. A recent global survey on AI …

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AI Holistic Adoption for Manufacturing and Operations: Ethics  

Questions of Ethics, such as gender bias, ethnic bias, and human condition impact, also have Privacy components where individuals may not want their human characteristics shared. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By Dawn Fitzgerald, the AI Executive Leadership Insider
Dawn Fitzgerald, VP of Engineering and Technical Operations, Homesite
Part Four of a Four Part Series: “AI Holistic Adoption for Manufacturing and Operations” is a four-part series which focuses on the executive leadership perspective including key execution topics required for the enterprise digital transformation journey and AI Holistic Adoption. Planned topics include: Value, Program, Data and Ethics. Here we address Ethics.  
The Executive …

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US Maintains Lead in AI, but China is Closing Fast, New Study Finds 

Artificial Intelligence, Race, Technology, USA, CHINA
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
Some 30 nationals have created national AI strategies. To date, the US is ahead in AI, but China is challenging its lead, according to a report entitled, “Who is Winning the AI Race: China, EU, or the United States,” recently issued by the Center for Data Innovation. 
The report’s authors, Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin, updated a report issued in 2019. In the introduction, the authors state that in the AI rankings, “It is likely that the EU will remain behind both the United States and China, and …

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AI is Helping Forecast the Wind, Manage Wind Farms 

Remote wind turbines, such as those located in the ocean, can be managed with the help of AI-powered condition management systems. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
Among all its many activities, Google is forecasting the wind. 
Google and its DeepMind AI subsidiary have combined weather data with power data from 700 megawatts of wind energy that Google sources in the Central US. Using machine learning, they have been able to better predict the wind, which pays off in the energy market. 
“The way a lot of power markets work is you have to schedule your assets …

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Time is Right for the AI Infrastructure Alliance to Better Define Rules 

The IT Infrastructure Alliance was founded to bring more structure and discipline to AI development by defining the rules more clearly.  
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
The AI Infrastructure Alliance is taking shape, adding more partners who sign up to the effort to define a “canonical stack for AI and Machine Learning Operations (MLOps).” In programming, “canonical means according to the rules,” from a definition in webopedia.   
The mission of the organization also includes, according to its website: develop best practices and architectures for doing AI/ML at scale in enterprise organizations; foster openness for algorithms, tooling, libraries, …

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With New Healthcare Tech Relying on Data Sharing, Trust is Required 

Doctor showing senior patient how to synchronize health app in smartphone and smartwatch
By AI Trends Staff  
On the verge of a new era of healthcare in which AI can combine with data sharing to deliver many new services, healthcare organizations need to earn the trust of patients that their data will be used properly. 
That was a message delivered by speakers on healthcare and AI topics at the Consumer Electronics Show held virtually last week.  
Christina Silcox, Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Issues related to data bias and explainability surfaced quickly.  A major issue with …

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AI and ‘Disruptive’ Jobs are Fastest-Growing, Say Reports from LinkedIn, Burning Glass  

AI titles were found to be the fastest-growing in 2020 according to LinkedIn, and AI jobs were found to be among the most disruptive in a report from Burning Glass. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By AI Trends Staff  
LinkedIn’s just-issued third annual Emerging Jobs Report looking back at 2020 ranked the top-growing job as “AI specialist,” with 74% growth. This job calls for skills in machine learning and deep learning, and knowledge of TensorFlow, Python, and natural language processing technology.  
The AI specialist job pays an average of $136,000/year; the jobs are concentrated in the San Francisco Bay area, New York City, Boston, …

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