Tech for good: How AI is solving some of the world's biggest problems

| March 2, 2020

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When people discuss artificial intelligence, they're often interested in how it's helping businesses streamline complex business processes and make customer service interactions more interactive. Or people think AI is a force of evil that will replace humans one day. But AI is actually doing lots of good. It's solving some of the world's biggest problems, whether it's achieving medical marvels, fighting rhino poachers, or helping police catch child abusers.

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6 Strategies to Implement Technology for Employee Engagement

Article | August 10, 2021

Gone are those days when employees worked for a salary or to make their ends meet. In the current times, the thought process of employees has changed completely. They need to be a part of the organization, not just a person who does what he is told to do. According to a Gallop Study Poll, only 30% of employees feel connected and engaged to the job. The rest of them said that they were either partially connected or completely disconnected. Employee engagement is crucial for the success and productivity of an organization. When an employee feels connected and involved in the organization, they are more productive and organized. Now the questions that arise are, How to make the employees feel connected to the organization? What can be done so that they work closely for the mission and vision of the company? And the answer to these questions is to implement technology for employee engagement. Employee engagement technology incorporates tools such as social media, AI, team-bonding software, and comfortable devices for an enhanced employee experience. Employee engagement in social media allows the organization to connect with them on a personal level. Thus we have crafted a list of 5 strategies to implement technology for employee engagement and best interaction. Strategies to Implement Technology for Employee Engagement Comfort with Technology Employers should try to make employees as comfortable as they can with the technology that is being used. Be it the devices or the software, provide ample training to the employees. They should feel comfortable while working on the device. And the software training should be personalized. When employees feel connected with the technology and the devices that they are assigned, they will automatically be productive. The software that they are utilizing for their work should ease their workload rather than adding to it. Personalization of training has proved to be a great success with the employees. The understanding of technology is different in each individual, so training them according to their understanding level will reap more benefits. Work Towards a Common Purpose Employees need to work towards the purpose of the organization. And to make them work, they need to feel that they have a purpose towards the organization. Incorporating technology to share every employee's views, personal work, and social experiences will let the organization know the employee better. This means providing a common platform to the employees to come up to work together towards the company’s mission, vision, and values. There is employee engagement software intended to meet this purpose. Employees can come together and post activities, personal experiences, and ideas on this platform. In addition, a common topic for the day, week, or month can be selected. This helps the employees to know that there is time dedicated for them to work towards the common goal of the company’s growth apart from doing their regular duties. Try and Make Everything Interactive Everything from meetings to one-to-one interactions can be interactive. The employee should feel enthusiastic and ready to involve, whenever there is a conference or a presentation. This can be done by incorporating interactive tools such as messages, gifs, reactions, etc. For example, in a presentation, the employees involved should post their reactions immediately on the points they like or dislike. This helps in keeping them involved in the entire process. Also, live streaming the meetings for remote employees is a great idea. There are digital whiteboards, Google jam board, Writey desks, etc., that can make meetings fun. Also, the small gestures of interactions such as a hello or an emoji to welcome the employees can create an incredible employee engagement impact. Provide Regular Rewards, Recognitions, and Training Thanks to technology, the evaluation of employees’ performances is an easy task. There are several performance tools available to rate the performances of the employees. They can rate themselves and create tasks to meet their deadlines. When an employee shows dedication and performs up to the mark, they earn badges in the tool, and the team comes to know accordingly. Awarding the employees with regular awards and recognizing their efforts is a great way to show that they matter. Also, the performance tools allow the organization to know if the employees need the training to brush their current skills or upskill themselves. The technology used for employee engagement in performance management, evaluation, and analytics is a proven success. Make Way for a Seamless Communication Seamless and transparent communication is the best way to make an employee feel engaged. Therefore, communicative tools such as Skype, Zoom, Trello, Dropbox should be seamlessly integrated into the system for the best collaboration of the team. An employee should be able to connect and instantaneously communicate with the team, whether it is working from the office or hybrid working. Also, the team members should be allowed to reach out to the people in the office irrespective of their hierarchy. When an employee can have a transparent conversation, they indeed feel connected to the company. They feel valued and strive to have a conversation wherein they can put forth their ideas for the success of the companies. Thus, it is crucial to incorporate technology to ensure an effortless conversation. Employee Engagement Survey Employee feedback is as important as customer feedback for a company. Implementing regular surveys is a fruitful way to know how individuals are performing on a personal level. In addition, these surveys help a lot in defining the future strategies of the company. A Linkedln survey stated that 94% of employees were ready to stay in the same organization if the company respected their feedback and invested in their career and growth aspects. Thus, tech tools are used to conduct regular surveys and feedback to keep the employee connected with the organization's events. As a result, this can lead to productive, loyal and happy employees. Revolutionizing Employee Engagement Through Technology Incorporating technology for employee engagement has been the central focus of organizations in the pandemic. It has revolutionized the workplace as employees feel more connected and valued irrespective of the location they are working from. There are endless benefits of incorporating technology for employee engagement. Some of them are listed below. Accelerate employee engagement by 70%. Increase employee productivity by 40% Effective employee communications High-yielding performances by employees. Flexibility and consistency in the work process Final Words The gestures like rewards, recognitions, employee engagement surveys, and seamless communication processes can go a long way in employee retention. For example, when an employee feels that he is working with a purpose for the organization, they indeed give their 100 percent. Incorporating technology for employee engagement leads to a successful organization. We should value employee experience just like we value customer experience. When an employee works with a common goal towards the organization, both the employee and the organization gain unprecedented success. And this can happen only when the employee feels valued and connected to the organization they are working for. There is a surge in the importance of employee engagement during the pandemic. And thanks to technology, personal approaches, team building, effortless communication, and seamless teamwork are possible. Frequently Asked Questions What are employee engagement tools? Employee engagement tools are tech tools used to enhance employee experience and convey their value to the organization. An organization can implement these tools to improve communication, increase team collaboration, and conduct regular surveys. How do you engage employees digitally? To engage employees digitally, they should be comfortable with the device and software that they are using. Once the necessary training is provided, digital platforms should be utilized to Provide real-time feedback and appreciation Interact with the teams Provide training programs Conduct surveys and much more. What are employee involvement techniques? There are various techniques to make an employee feel valued and connected to the organization. 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From Feeding Families to Empowering Students: How Data Is Fueling Amazing Outcomes During COVID-19

Article | August 6, 2020

We’re living history. We’ve heard it uttered in everything from news reports to conversations with loved ones. And it’s true — the tragedy and uncertainty of COVID-19 is shaping history and policy as we know it. But there’s something else newsworthy, too. Amid the pandemic, we’ve seen beacons of hope, humanity and progress. People have banded together to solve monumental problems at record pace. Everyone from organizations to universities has released innovative digital solutions that connect and engage. We’ve seen goodness in the world and resiliency of the human spirit.

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TOP ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FUNDING AND INVESTMENTS IN MARCH 2020

Article | April 2, 2020

What Artificial Intelligence has in its baggage is known to everyone and thus realizing its potential its funding projections are expected to rise to $46 billion spending by 2020. Billions of dollars are being invested by the venture capital industry to catalyze the rapid technological breakthroughs to enable a future where AI seems plausible. Attaining utmost Superintelligence is still a matter of mystery, but today various industries have employed some of the most innovative forms of artificial intelligence to power our daily tasks. Serving with great benefits AI has endless applications. To encourage those innovations, numerous investors are coming at the forefront to ignite the wave of the advanced fourth industrial revolution. Therefore, we have brought you some of the most recent and significant AI funding and investments of 2020.

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Build The Truth Block By Block

Article | April 12, 2021

There is nothing new about fake news. It has been in existence for centuries, albeit without the scaffolding of support from social media. From housewives’ tales to gossip magazines, the Trojan horse to the misinformation around the D-Day landing site, fake news has been a rite of passage. The Russian military made this into a fine art with “maskirovka,” the doctrine gaining superiority through deception, denial and disinformation. However, it was the 2016 U.S. presidential election that branded it with a legit identity and with such alacrity that today, I find myself questioning everything I read or hear about, no matter the veracity of the source. Fake news is a contagion that has the potency to be as disruptive as the coronavirus and must be fought with equal urgency. If you cannot solve the problem, manage it. The power behind fake news is big data — the quantum of data generated and its velocity of distribution. Big data feeds companies with interesting consumer insights on evolving trends and behaviors, which are then beautifully packaged into text, video or audio content by harnessing machine learning and deep learning algorithms. The slips happen here. If I were to personify fake news, Cersei Lannister, the manipulative, power-hungry queen in Game of Thrones, would be the perfect candidate. Cersei embellishes the truth with dramatic twists and turns to create compelling lies. We experienced a similar situation when news broke that President Trump’s grandfather owned the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel in Bennett, British Columbia, during the 1890s and 1900s, which fueled an interesting twist on the source of the family's wealth. While AI will help us identify fake news, we need a preventive measure that nips it in the bud It is almost difficult to differentiate fake news from real news. While AI will help us identify fake news, we need a preventive measure that nips it in the bud — a vaccination rather than medication. If tech helps in creating an issue, should tech help solve it too? Based on my years of experience in implementing these solutions for large enterprises and developing next-gen blockchain offerings with startups, I believe blockchain may just be the remedy we are looking for. Most technologists, however, do not consider blockchain to be a relevant or credible technology, with the primary criticisms being its lack of widespread adoption and its esotericism. But I believe the contrary. The vision of grandma-proof blockchain is becoming real — to create an inclusive global, scalable blockchain solution that can cater to every human need. Blockchain should be our weapon to effectively reduce and ultimately eradicate fake news. In blockchain, no single individual or group holds the authority, but everyone needs to approve; therefore, it enables the highest degree of integrity, privacy and security Blockchain is nothing but a distributed ledger that helps build trust in decentralized networks and that runs on the computing power of its participants. No single individual or group holds the authority, but everyone needs to approve; therefore, it enables the highest degree of integrity, privacy and security. This is accomplished by consensus algorithms. Each blockchain has adopted some form of it, and some even claim to have consensus that can prevent obfuscation of the truth even when faced with over 90% malicious intent. Blockchain technology enables a "shared single version of truth" across multiple entities based on two fundamental characteristics: immutability and traceability. Immutability Immutability is when a blockchain ledger has the capability to remain unaltered, effectively ensuring that any data on the blockchain cannot be altered — only built upon. Each block created has a unique identity and timestamp attached to it that builds a fortress around the data. Innovative upcoming blockchains use crypto-biometric identity to further buttress the fort. For example, Mediachain, a decentralized independent music library, uses blockchain to protect the originator’s authenticity by providing information about the creator, producer and lyrics to listeners. Steemit is a decentralized social media site that rewards content creators who also interact with other users. Each content piece or interaction is recorded on the immutable record by blockchain. And if news companies were to adopt blockchain — and organizations like the New York Times are already working on this — this is what we might expect: Journalists could create a block (an entry in a distributed ledger) and upload news via text, image or video. Editors would then create another new block with an edited version of the news, leaving the original block unchanged. Publishers (news agencies) would then publish the news based on their block and any changes that they might make. Each one of the participants is authenticated on the blockchain with a simple touch of their finger while protecting the fidelity of the news. Remember, entries cannot be changed, only built upon, and therefore, each change is recorded and allocated to a specific entity. For someone to “fake” the news, they would have to alter the data at each level. Infiltrating the high-security protocols would require considerable time and resource allocations. Traceability As mentioned, each block that is created has a distinct identity attached, preferably a crypto-biometric for added security and individual control. So, if fake news is generated and circulated through social media using blockchain as the base, it becomes easier to pinpoint the culprit while establishing the real source of the news. This would ascribe true content ownership to credible creators. Fake news creators are using advanced tech stacks to create deepfakes for digital deception. Generative adversarial networks (GANs) can help them to create deepfakes of images and videos that can even counteract or deceive advanced AI/ML algorithms. Of course, GANs are also being used to detect fake news now. If technology has helped fake news become compelling and believable, let’s use intelligent and available technology like blockchain to at least control it, if not eradicate it. Then again, if blockchain had existed in the medieval ages, we would have been denied the entertaining antics of Cersei Lannister and the wonderful blockbuster series that kept most of us enthralled!

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