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Now AI Can Identify Microscopic Marine Organisms

"This work demonstrates the successful first step toward building a robotic platform that will be able to identify, pick and sort forams automatically," Lobaton noted

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Researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme that can automatically identify microscopic marine organisms, according to a new study.

The study showed that specifically, the AI programme has proven capable of identifying six species of foraminifera or forams — organisms that have been prevalent in Earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years.

“At this point, the AI correctly identifies the forams about 80 per cent of the time, which is better than most trained humans,” said Edgar Lobaton, Associate Professor at the North Carolina State University.

“We also plan to expand the AI’s purview, so that it can identify at least 35 species of forams, rather than the current six,” said Lobaton.

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Artificial intelligence through machine learning can detect complex patterns in cell arrangement that would be difficult for humans to recognize. VOA

The current system works by placing a foram under a microscope capable of taking photographs. An LED ring shines light onto the foram from 16 directions — one at a time — while taking an image of the foram with each change in light.

These 16 images are combined to provide as much geometric information as possible about the foram’s shape.

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The AI then uses this information to identify the foram’s species, said the study, published in the journal Marine Micropaleontology.

“This work demonstrates the successful first step toward building a robotic platform that will be able to identify, pick and sort forams automatically,” Lobaton noted. (IANS)

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Microsoft Brings AI-enabled Digital Labs in Indian Colleges

Training programmes designed for faculty would include workshops on Cloud computing, data sciences, AI and IoT

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Software giant Microsoft on Thursday launched Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled digital labs in collaboration with 10 higher educational institutions in India.

The programme, ‘Intelligent Cloud Hub’, covers institutes including BITS Pilani, SRM Institute of Science and Technology and Trident Academy of Technology among others.

“With the right technology infrastructure, curriculum and training, we can empower today’s students to build the India of tomorrow,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.

As part of the three-year programme, Microsoft would support the selected institutions with best-in-class infrastructure, curriculum and content, access to Cloud, AI services as well as developer support.

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In addition, the company would also facilitate setting up of core AI infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) hub along with providing access to a wide range of Azure AI services like Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning (ML) and Bot Services.

Training programmes designed for faculty would include workshops on Cloud computing, data sciences, AI and IoT.

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According to a recent Microsoft and International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia-Pacific study, the lack of skills, resources and continuous learning programmes have emerged as top challenges faced by Indian organisations in adopting AI to accelerate their businesses. (IANS)