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Transform Asia

The people, vision, and technologies reshaping the world’s fastest growing region.

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.

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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.

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How AI can help after disaster

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. More than 2,000 remain missing. 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.

Artificial intelligence steps up to the plate: Transforming the business of sports photography

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Digital transformation for nonprofits: The business of doing good with data

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China’s Xiaoice mixes AI with emotions and wins over millions of fans

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AI in the operating theater: Technology transforms cosmetic surgery in Korea

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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.

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Why Anil Kumble wants AI to bat for cricket fans

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.

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MakeWhatsNext: Women in Asia Shape our Future

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.

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Microsoft AI Network for Cardiology with Apollo Hospitals to bring new insights in predicting population-based heart diseases

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High-tech help for a sushi and sashimi favorite in Japan

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AI and cargo shipping: Full speed ahead for global maritime trade

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Asia and the Intelligent Edge: Riding a new wave of innovation

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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.

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Technology, ethics and the law: Grappling with our AI-powered future

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Digital transformation in emerging Asian economies: Escaping the middle-income trap

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Technology and the sea: Autonomous ships and digital captains

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Mixed reality and medicine: Surgery with no surprises

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