The price of LiDAR is falling. Will driverless cars be on the road sooner?

By Lucy Spencer, ITU News Once just the imagination of science fiction writers, fully autonomous vehicles are rapidly being tested around the world – but they face big hurdles before they become commercially viable for the general public. One of these hurdles is the price of LiDAR  (Light Imaging Detection and Ranging) systems. As opposed to the radar and camera […]

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How the Young ICT Leaders’ Forum can foster digital transformation

By Mohamed Ba, Head of the Innovation Division for ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau In the past few years, the Young ICT Leaders’ Forum (YILF), an annual event co-organized by ITU and the city of Busan, Republic of Korea, has attracted a diverse talented pool of young people. The 6th edition of the Young ICT Leader’s forum will take place in Busan in the Republic of Korea from 3 to […]

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ITU Journal on radiowave propagation extends submission deadline

By ITU News 24 June 2019 is the new deadline for submissions to the special issue of the ITU Journal on radiowave propagation. Radiowave propagation enables mobile-wireless, fixed and satellite communication, radio and television broadcasting, satellite navigation, connected cars, global positioning systems, the monitoring of our environment, emergency communications, and even deep-space research. Radio has become essential to business and […]

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AI for Good: How robotic avatars could play a key role

By Colin Peartree, Team Coordinator of the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Imagine you had a robotic copy of yourself – identical in height, weight, mobility and dexterity. Now, raise your arms, turn your head, bend your knees. If you can do it, then your robotic avatar can, too. In the future, you will be able to take control of your avatar, […]

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How we can humanize AI to empower employees

By Elaine Murphy, General Manager of LiveTiles for Europe, the Middle East and Africa The world of work is riding a business transformation wave that is continuously buffeted by the latest technology developments, most recently in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). Despite this relentless change, it is never just about the power of technology, but about the ability of […]

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Call for Action on the use of frontier technologies in combating climate change and achieving a circular economy

The 13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change, which was held on 13 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland has acknowledged the transformative potential of frontier technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoTs), Big Data analytics, 5G, digital twins, distributed ledger technologies, additive manufacturing, robotics, edge computing, and augmented and virtual realities, among others, can help to lower […]

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Advances in AI-enabled language translation hold special promise for the developing world

By Vicki L. Hanson, PhD, CEO, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) The Association for Computing Machinery presents the ACM A.M. Turing Award annually. Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” the A.M. Turing Award is accompanied by a USD1 million prize funded by Google. This past year, Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun received the award for their […]

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IBM Project Debater visits the United Nations

By Noam Slonim, Distinguished Engineer, Project Debater, IBM Research – Haifa Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) capture the narrative of a global population on a controversial topic? At the AI for Good Global Summit we aim to find out. A few months ago, IBM unveiled Project Debater to the world. It’s the first ever AI technology to meaningfully engage in a […]

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How can government and academia spur domestic tech innovation? Lessons from Singapore.

By Ted Chen, Co-founder of EverComm Singapore, and Science-Policy Interface Focal Point for the United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth (UN MGCY); and Jasmine Ong, MSc in International Affairs candidate at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Building a sustainable digital economy requires strong support for local companies. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) […]

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to focus on inclusive standards

The following is an interview with Chaesub Lee, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. Q1: On May 17 of each year, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrates World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The theme for this day, for 2019, is “Bridging the Standardization Gap”. Why the choice of this theme this year? With international standards, we share innovation worldwide. […]

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