Let’s take a look at today’s roundup, which includes various stories such as the implementation of AI-powered cameras to combat poaching in Madhya Pradesh, the recognition of Indian American philanthropists on the TIME100 AI list for their social impact, the superiority of AI over humans in designing efficient city layouts, and an Indian entrepreneur’s AI start-up revolutionizing service booking.
1. AI-powered cameras to fight poaching in Madhya Pradesh
2. Indian-American philanthropists shine on the TIME100 AI list for their social impact
Several Indian Americans have earned a spot on TIME magazine’s first TIME100 AI list, which celebrates AI leaders working for social good. Sunil Wadhwani and Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, renowned entrepreneurs and philanthropists, have been recognized for their transformative AI work through Wadhwani AI, a non-profit institute they founded in 2018. They have committed $60 million to this project with the aim of deploying artificial intelligence solutions that, according to a TOI report, will benefit underserved communities in developing countries.
3. Artificial intelligence surpasses humans in planning efficient urban layouts, it turns out
Researchers from China’s Tsinghua University have shown that artificial intelligence can outperform humans in designing efficient urban layouts. Their AI system, which was trained for just two days, created city plans that outperformed human designs by 50 percent in metrics such as service availability, green space and traffic volume, according to a ScienceAlert report. This innovation has the potential to accelerate the realization of the 15-minute city concept, improving urban planning and sustainability.
4. An Indian entrepreneur’s AI startup is changing service booking
Anuj Gupta’s start-up, GreenVan, is gaining global investor attention for its innovative conversation-based AI software. It allows users to book services such as plumbers and electricians through WhatsApp, aiming to revolutionize online job booking. Gupta’s personal struggle to find reliable traders after moving to the UK inspired the platform. In a fragmented market, GreenVan is tapping into a potentially lucrative $120 billion industry, PTI reported.
5. Celebrities are turning to AI to protect their digital likeness
According to the Decrypt report, celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Tom Hanks and Paris Hilton use Metaphysic AI’s Metaphysic Pro tool to protect their digital likenesses from deep counterfeiting abuse. This technology allows public figures to scan and store their features in a database, allowing them to manage their image and audio data. Although Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency is involved, representatives for these celebrities have declined to comment on the use of the technology.