Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is key to our fu­ture

The Jerusalem Post - - BUSINESS & FINANCE - • By ARIEL SHAPIRA If you run a young startup, have de­vel­oped an in­ter­est­ing app or have a ques­tion, please feel free to con­tact info@so­cial-wis­ Trans­lated by Han­nah Hochner.

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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