1. Budget 2018: Finance Minister Announces Increased Efforts Towards Disruptive Technologies

Thursday, 1st Feb 2018 Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley announced enhanced efforts to augment research in disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Robotics. Jaitely announced in his budget speech in Parliament, "Niti Aayog will establish a national programme to direct research efforts in new-age technologies. The Department of Science will also launch a Mission for Cyberspace."

2. Philips India Unveils AI Powered Imaging Solutions

Health technology giant Philips India announced the launch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered imaging solutions in CT, MRI, and Digital X-ray. These solutions will empower radiologists to diagnose precisely in very less time. President of Philips Healthcare, India Rohit Sathe said, “The imaging solutions—Access CT 32 Slice, Ingenia Prodiva 1.5T MRI and Dura Diagnost F30 Digital X-ray—has been designed with added benefit of lower ownership cost and better patient experience.”

3. China Designing Submarines That Could 'Think for Itself'

According to a senior scientist, China is working on to build artificial intelligence–powered nuclear submarines which could “Have Its Own Thoughts” says reports. The researcher involved with the program hinted, the AI-augmented submarine would reduce the workload of the commanding officers, eliminate human errors and give China’s navy a competitive edge in the underwater battles, reported the South China Morning Post.

4. CITY BRAIN: Artificial intelligence will be given the controls of urban management in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia has declared its plans for introducing “City Brain”, this system will cut down congestion, detect accidents, catch-out people illegally parking, and even catch speeding drivers. “City Brain” has been developed by Alibaba Cloud and Kuala Lumpur will become the first in the world outside China to roll out the system. Artificial intelligence will be able to use video and image recognition and data-mining to keep tabs on what is going on through the city.

5. China And The US Are Invigorating For An AI Showdown—In The Cloud

China’s cloud suppliers, Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, are on the point of do battle with US giants Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to ship AI on-line, this will form the way forward for synthetic intelligence. As Chinese corporations seek to increase their reach, they may progressively aim their cloud services at US companies and developers, and vice versa.