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Digital technologies adding life and strength to traditions, cultures, and languages.

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Science, Indigenous knowledge and AI weave environmental magic

The Healthy Country project underway in Kakadu brings together the Kakadu Board of Management, Bininj co-researchers and Indigenous rangers, CSIRO, Microsoft, Parks Australia, Northern Australia National Environment Science Program (NESP), University of Western Australia (UWA) and Charles Darwin University (CDU). Together, they have a trial underway that is transforming the way the environment is being managed.

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Smart te reo Māori application aims to support Māori language learning

With the inclusion of te reo Māori in the Microsoft Translator application, people around the world can now instantly translate text from more than 60 languages into te reo Māori and vice versa!

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Pedal-powered artworks get a digital twist

What happens when art breaks free from a museum and hits the streets? An Indonesian-based Japanese artist Jun Kitazawa leveraged GPA satellite technology, Azure cloud technology, and Bing Maps to recreate the becak experience in Towada City, showcasing his artwork both inside and outside the museum.

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What’s in a face? Artificial intelligence deciphers the emotional mysteries of ancient Buddhist statues

Is Japan’s Ashura Buddha happy or sad – or even both? Nara University researchers turned to Azure Cognitive Services’ Face API to unravel its mysteries and analyze the 1,200-year old statue’s subtle facial expressions. The project also resulted in a website that lets people connect with ancient art by matching their photos to statues with similar expressions.

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First Nations and computer science education: Striving to bridge the Digital Divide

As new technologies change our world, indigenous peoples are acquiring and using digital skills – in their own ways, for their own needs, and on their own terms. Among the attendees of this year’s Bett Asia education conference were delegates from Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan who shared their views on how their unique communities and cultures will fare as the 4th Industrial Revolution unfolds.

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HoloLens technology: A new way to tell ancient indigenous stories to a new generation

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India: Breaking barriers in local language computing with artificial intelligence

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Preserving landmarks ruined in war, threatened by time across Asia and the world

French architect Yves Ubelmann and his team at Iconem use Microsoft AI to preserve ancient architectural sites for future generations, by stitching together thousands of photographs, architectural plans, and historical documents. These digital preservations are helping teachers, students and researchers understand civilizations through historic landmarks that are often difficult to access.

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Protecting the world’s languages for an inclusive future

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Bringing Aboriginal learning to life through augmented reality in one Australian state

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Students and the public can study once-inaccessible literature with AI and cloud computing

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Māori Televsion: New Minecraft indigenous language coding for New Zealand students

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Mixed Reality Museum in Kyoto: A unique insight into centuries-old Japanese artwork

Kyoto National Museum, partners with hakuhodo-VRAR to create the “MR Museum in Kyoto” to apply a mixed reality experience to Kennin-ji’s (the oldest Zen temple in Japan) beautiful and sacred artwork The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin (Wind God and Thunder God Screens) by Tawaraya Sotatsu, painted over 400 years ago.

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When dreams become (augmented) reality: preserving Australia’s Indigenous cultures

Mikaela Jade, an Indigenous entrepreneur, and Tianji Dickens, the lead of Microsoft Philanthropies in Australia, combined resources to use Microsoft HoloLens as a culture-preserving technology

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Microsoft Translator announces Tamil text translation to break communication barriers

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AI and fish farming: High-tech help for a sushi and sashimi favorite in Japan

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Coding for culture: Connecting digital skills with Australian Indigenous heritage

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