Tech talk: Artificial intelligence is key to our future

Intel's competition with MobileODT challenges developers to come up with an algorithm that accurately identifies a woman’s cervix type based on images.

Intel’s offices in Petah Tikva: Intel Israel accounts for a fifth of the country’s high-tech exports. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Intel’s offices in Petah Tikva: Intel Israel accounts for a fifth of the country’s high-tech exports.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Intel Corporation is searching for a startup that will help save the lives of millions of women living in third world countries by coming up with an algorithm that can detect and diagnose cervical cancer from smartphone images. The competition will take place in cooperation with Israeli start-up MobileODT, which has developed a diagnostic for cervical cancer using a smartphone.
First announced at Intel AI Day last fall, the competition with MobileODT challenges developers to come up with an algorithm that accurately identifies a woman’s cervix type based on images. The identification can help prevent inefficient treatments and allow health care providers to offer proper referrals for cases requiring more advanced treatment.
The prize pool totals $100,000 for the topthree finishers, including $50,000 for the first-place winners. Additionally, a $20,000 special prize will be awarded to the competitor with the Best Intel Tools Usage. See the official registration site for complete rules.
“We aim to challenge developers, data scientists and students to develop AI algorithms to help solve real-world challenges in industries including medical and health care,” said Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the software and services group at Intel, in the press release.
He believes the competition will find a way to improve the quality assurance work-flow in cancer screenings by combining MobileODT’s optical diagnostic devices and software services with Intel-based AI.
“This will aid the ability to make real-time determinations on treatment, and provide a first-line response to women around the world to help detect cervical cancer early,” Fisher added.
Carrying out a global advertising campaign on social networks has become a complex task that requires choosing between millions of combinations of combinations to reach the relevant audience – a task that is no longer possible to do effectively by humans.
Artificial intelligence that is being developed in Israel is replacing the new profession of social media manager. It knows how to scan content for publication, identify the relevant audience for it, and even formulate a successful post that will encourage clicks corresponding to the platform and a specific audience.
Keywee is an Israeli startup that helps the world’s largest media organizations integrate articles they write into Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Keywee partners with the BBC, Forbes, AOL, CNN, and the New York Times, to name a few, and helps them customize their articles with content changes so that they are appropriate for social networks.
According to Yaniv Makover, founder and CEO of Keywee, the use of smart algorithms allows social networking sites to identify users who might be willing to pay for a subscription or to view content.
Identifying these users is done by using natural language processing techniques, deep learning, machine learning, and algorithms based on information gathered from a textual analysis of tens of millions of articles.
Keywee is an official Facebook partner and works with over 400 of the world’s largest newspapers. The company has raised more than $10 million from investors, including the New York Times, Eric Schmidt (former Google CEO), Dror Berman’s Innovation Endeavors Fund, Ohad Finkelstein’s Marker Fund, and Yuval Shahar.
Keywee has offices in Tel Aviv, New York and London, and is currently recruiting new employees.
The Israel 2017 Electronic Sports Championship is underway. The Israeli e-Sports National Championship, held for the sixth year during the largest and most prestigious event in the region, opens its gates for the best players who wants to compete for the 2017 Israeli e-Sports Champions title.
This year, the competition is expected to be greater than ever with over 1,500 players competing in the top ten most popular e-Sports titles in Israel. More than 4,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, which will last from three days, August 15-17,at the Rishon Lezion Culture Hall.
The competition is organized by the Israeli e-Sports Association and will be produced by 4DV, which operates throughout the year to make Israel a global center for gaming and e-Sports. The free registration will begin April 20, and will last for two weeks.
Whoever claims the first place in the competition and becomes the Israeli 2017 National Champions will be eligible to represent Israel at the 2017 e-Sports World Championship, which is taking place for the ninth time, and is considered the largest and only international e-Sports event based on national teams. The event is organized by the International e-Sports Federation, of which Israel is a member. Additional prizes in the Israeli e-Sports Championship include cash, gaming equipment and additional prizes to be announced soon.
The event will be attended by world and local industry leaders. Last year’s guest of honor was Enrique ‘xPeke’ Martinez of Spain, world champion in League of Legends and one of the most popular e-Sports athletes in the world.
“We view the value of promoting Israel as a world leader in Electronic Sports as the supreme value of our company,” said Ido Brosh, Founder and CEO of 4DV. “And we hope that this year’s national championship, which is expected to be the largest ever, will turn the spotlight to this important and profitable sport in Israel. With 27 countries already recognizing e-Sports as an official competitive sport, and an international federation working for the global recognition of this industry, we are convinced that it is inevitable for Israel to join the global revolution in this field.”
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Translated by Hannah Hochner.