The people, vision, organizations, sectors, and technologies reshaping our fast- growing region.
Natural disasters and AI: A better chance to save lives
On March 11, 2011, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded shook the northeastern coast of Japan, causing a tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people. The Tohoku region outside of Tokyo was hit especially hard, forcing the local community to completely rethink how it responds to future disasters. With the help of a grant from Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, researchers like Bai Yanbing of Tohoku University are attempting to harness the power of artificial intelligence solutions to improve mapping technology so that relief workers might stand a better chance of saving more lives when the next earthquake hits.
AI and preventative healthcare: Diagnosis in a blink of an eye
Airdoc has created an AI-driven system that takes and analyses photographic images of the retina at the back of each eyeball. Painless, low-cost, and automated, it has a higher accuracy rate on finding indications of diseases on retinal images than slower conventional diagnoses by doctors.
Fishy business: Putting AI to work in crocodile-infested waters
Identifying and counting fish species in the murky waters of Australia’s Darwin Harbor has been tough, laborious, and dangerous. So, researchers have devised an artificial intelligence solution that has incredible potential for marine science around the world.
Next generation software engineers soaring high with AI
What better way to educate tomorrow’s engineers on the possibilities of technology, than through AI and drones? Microsoft Hong Kong and drone company DJI recently organized Hong Kong’s inaugural Microsoft AI x DJI Drones Joint University Competition. Over 60 students were challenged to fly a pre-trained drone to recognize different fruits like apples, pears and pomelos.
AI for Earth: Helping save the planet with data science
Wee Hyong Tok is a data scientist. He has a passion for numbers, a faith in technology – and a mission that might make a superhero think twice. For more than a year now, he has been leading an elite global research team for AI for Earth – a five-year, US$50 million Microsoft initiative that supports, and partners with, environmental groups and researchers. They are tackling some of the world’s most intractable problems by marshaling the immense power of AI, machine learning, and the cloud.
Microsoft is working with Anil Kumble and Spektacom, to incubate and launch Power Bat, the sensor-based technology that provides players, coaches, commentators, fans and viewers with a unique way to engage with the sport and improve their game.
Anita, Bidushi, Felicia, Melisha, and Mikaela come from five different countries in Asia and share a common passion: improving life on Earth using science, tech and engineering. Let’s celebrate all things woman made.
Empathy Vision Model: AI that can see and talk with us about our world
Microsoft unveiled a smartphone app in Japan, featuring a combination of powerful new AI technologies allowing for enhanced sight, hearing, and speech capabilities for Rinna the chatbot to recognize and talk about objects it sees in ways that are similar to how a person would.
Indoor vertical farming in Asia and beyond: Digging deep in data
When it comes to farming, Microsoft Researcher Ken Tran digs deep – not in dirt, but in data. He doesn’t drive a tractor and he doesn’t pull a plow. But he is helping to sow the seeds of a new type of agriculture – one that is nurtured by machine learning and artificial intelligence. And, it promises to revolutionize how communities across Asia and the world feed themselves.