Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 64

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Artificial Olympic 'Judges'

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AI is set to take a seat at the judging table of our next summer Olympics thanks to a partnership between the International Gymnastics Federation and Fujitsu. A new software program developed by the Japanese tech company will support human judges in their scoring of Olympians at the 2020 Tokyo games.

The program works by using 3D sensors to capture data on the performance of each competitor and matching key metrics to internationally recognised gymnastic standards - providing impartial scores free from human bias or oversight.

Find out more about how it works here: https://goo.gl/y3kLPX & https://goo.gl/DDXH63

How could advances in AI change how we benchmark skill and performance in other industries? 


Keeping Construction Chaos In Check

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Meanwhile, in the construction industry, new entry Doxel is deploying AI and 3D scanning technology to help construction managers keep large-scale projects in check. 

The start-up, which launched last month, works by scanning work-in-progress environments and using custom algorithms to identify the progress of each of the complex activities underway in large-scale construction programs.

Read more about Doxel here: https://goo.gl/9xcYzs & https://goo.gl/9mTYrc

How could artificial intelligence augment traditional project management process and bring new levels of transparency to other sectors beyond construction?


The Next Wave of 'Fake' Influencers 

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While in the world of social media and influencer marketing, a new breed of artificial personas is gaining traction amongst the mainstream... signalling a new blurring of reality in media, performance and celebrity culture.

Take Lil Miquela - the CGI influencer who shot to fame on Instagram - amassing over 600,000 followers without a trace of the creator behind the character.

These now infamous personas are challenging the norms personal and political self-expression and bring new levels of anonymity to the online sphere... raising serious questions as to the ethics and inherent risks of an online world where fabricated 'characters' sit alongside their human counterparts with little to distinguish one from the other.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/c193HA

How will new technologies reshape the way we experience cultural norms and measure authenticity in the influencers of our future?