An Ardor for Approval – New study looks at the drawbacks of a need to be liked

MONTREAL, Quebec, Nov. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Wanting to be loved, and to belong, is a basic human need. It comes with the promise of physical and emotional security, companionship, and an extra pair of hands on moving day. However, there’s a delicate balance that needs to be struck between the desire to be loved or liked, and the need to be liked. A study conducted by the researchers at indicates that people who are insistent upon being liked by everyone they meet tend to have lower self-esteem, are less happy, and are less resilient than people who don’t seek collective approval.

Analyzing data from 12, 259 who took their Emotional Intelligence Test, researchers at Queendom focused on two unique subgroups: People who really want to be liked by everyone (“High need for approval”) and people who don’t (“Low need for approval”). The two groups were then compared on 30 emotional intelligence factors, revealing a number of noteworthy differences:

(Note: Scores range on a scale from 0 to 100. The higher the score, the stronger the trait/skill. Average scores for each group are shown.)


> Score for the High need for approval group: 55
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 75

> Score for the High need for approval group: 57
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 75

> Score for the High need for approval group: 52
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 69

> Score for the High need for approval group: 45
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 62


Positive Mindset
> Score for the High need for approval group: 57
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 71

> Score for the High need for approval group: 53
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 69

> Score for the High need for approval group: 63
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 78

> Score for the High need for approval group: 50
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 63


> Score for the High need for approval group: 59
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 71

> Score for the High need for approval group: 48
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 63

> Score for the High need for approval group: 55
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 72

Obsessive Rumination
> Score for the High need for approval group: 63
> Score for the Low need for approval group: 36

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be liked,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests, the parent company of Queendom. “Most people want to have friends, to be in a loving relationship, to connect with their coworkers, or to get ‘likes’ on social media posts. However, if this desire becomes obsessive to the point where you get very upset if someone doesn’t want to be friends with you, or you go to great lengths to be liked – changing your appearance, fading personal boundaries, eschewing your values or posting dangerous stunts on social media in order to get one’s 15 minutes of fame – then it’s a problem. Evidently, it’s hard to accept when someone doesn’t like you. But that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you – it’s just a case of two people, two personalities, not melding very well together. Wanting everyone to like you is simply not feasible…and shouldn’t even matter. Just focus on the love you have, even if it’s just from one other person, or a pet. Better yet, aim to love yourself more rather than seeking it from everyone else.”

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Accelerating New Infrastructure Construction and Empowering Smart Cities for High-quality Development

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 22nd China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), which lasted for 5 days, came to a successful conclusion on November 15. As China’s first science and technology expo, this year’s CHTF attracted over 3,300 exhibitors from all over the world, gathered a host of new technologies and new products, and received global attention, becoming a “wind vane” for the development in technology and industry.

As one of the most popular exhibition halls of the CHTF, the CHTF China Smart City Expo co-organized by the State Information Center and IDG Asia also ended on the same day. With the theme of “Smart Future Linkages”, this year’s China Smart City Expo is held around the events such as “exhibition, forum, selection, and matching”, presenting a professional, forward-looking and leading smart city event.

In the smart city exhibition hall, excellent smart city exhibitors from all over the world showcased cutting-edge technology, top-level design and great solutions in the field of smart cities. At the Asia-Pacific Smart City Development Forum 2020, top experts shared the leading-edge trends, conducted discussion and exchanges based on the cutting-edge field of smart city construction, shared the latest research results, and offered suggestions for the development of smart cities. At the Asia-Pacific Smart City Project Matchmaking Meeting, representatives of cities were matched with the manufacturers, and new progress was made in the interaction of technology and the market. Award-winning cities and manufacturers attracted global attention at the Asia-Pacific Smart City Gala Night 2020.

High popularity thanks to leading manufacturers

The smart city exhibition hall sets up seven zones for smart city ecosystem, cloud computing & big data, mobile applications, smart hardware, artificial intelligence, smart vehicles, Internet of Things, display of smart city achievements, and communication & information technology. Major smart city enterprises such as Huawei, ZTE, Ping An, Alibaba Cloud, Inspur, iSoftStone, Hualu, Pactera, Zhengyuan Geomatics, and Tesla held an unparalleled smart city feast for the visitors during the five-day event. It also brings vitality to various sectors of the digital economy such as 5G, artificial intelligence, big data, and smart city.

Managers, operators, service providers and designers in the fields of digital economy and smart city from all over the world harnessed the CHTF China Smart City Expo, an international exchange and exhibition platform, to gain experience and broaden their horizons. According to statistics, this year’s CHTF China Smart City Expo with an exhibition area of 10,000+ square meters showcases more than 300 smart city solutions, and attracted 400,000+ visitors.

Heavy-hitter guests exchanged views on smart city

The Asia-Pacific Smart City Development Forum 2020 has one main forum and two parallel forums. With the themes of “Smart Future Linkages, era of new infrastructure, and digital ecosystem”, the Forum brought together over one hundred experts in the field of smart city and industry leaders. The participants come from various fields such as government, industry, academia, research institutes, and users. They shared their latest thoughts on smart city with the participants through the knowledge brainstorming, came up with new concepts and ideas about the construction of “smart city”, and pointed out the main trend of innovative development of new smart cities in China and even the world.

The Asia-Pacific Smart City Award List 2020 was released at the conference and the Asia-Pacific Smart City Gala Night 2020 was held. As one of the most influential award presentation ceremonies for the Asia-Pacific smart city industry in the Asia-Pacific region, it selects the most representative cases of outstanding smart city construction projects in the Asia-Pacific region, and the most beefiest and influential smart city service providers by means of the neutral stance, a professional perspective, a rigorous selection system and accurate industry analysis each year. It provides excellent case design and construction experience for cities, and selects the suitable service providers for assistance and advice. The annual Asia-Pacific Smart City Selection Event, noted for its stellar professional standards and authority, becomes a milestone in the construction of “smart cities” in the Asia-Pacific region every year.

First held in 2014, CHTF China Smart City Expo has become one of the world’s largest and most influential professional events in the fields of smart city technology, industry and thoughts. With the contemporary and global perspective, the annual event brings together top manufacturers, products, solutions, experts, scholars, and industry elites, who draw up the blueprint and path for the construction and development of smart cities through the international, cutting-edge, and forward-looking ideas and perspectives.


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Now Shipping Worldwide: Envision Glasses, the Most Advanced AI-powered Assistive Glasses Ever Made for the Blind and Visually Impaired

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Envision, the award-winning AI-assistive technology company that empowers blind and visually impaired people with greater independence and access to the visual information around them, today announced the official launch of Envision Glasses, the most advanced, AI-powered, assistive glasses available on the market. Available for purchase online via the Envision website or authorized resellers Florida Reading and Vision Technology (US), Sight and Sound Technology (UK), and Babbage (Netherlands), the Envision Glasses are available with a choice of two different frame types and retail for $3500, £2695 and €2999 (excluding tax), respectively. View a short video of how Envision works here.

The launch of Envision Glasses is the next step in Envision’s evolution and builds off of the success of the company’s popular, AI-assistive iOS and Android smartphone app, which was named Best Accessibility App at the 2019 Google Play Awards and a Hall of Fame Award Winner by AppleVis, which showcases the best accessible iOS apps.

“Envision was born from our desire to empower blind and visually impaired people with greater independence and access to the visual world, including things many of us take for granted, like reading text from a book, newspaper, magazine, computer, tablet or smartphone screen, perusing a product label, opening and reading a handwritten card or letter from a loved one, or running a business meeting without the need for assistance,” said Karthik Mahadevan, CEO and co-founder of Envision. “Envision Glasses integrate our proprietary AI-assistive software with high quality, lightweight, enterprise-grade Google Glass to offer the most robust and cost-effective vision aid technology solution on the market today.”

How Envision Glasses Work.
Envision’s software uses artificial intelligence to extract information from images and then speaks the images out loud so the user has a greater understanding of the environment around him or her. Blind and low-vision users can ‘see’ to read documents at home or work, view labels while shopping, easily recognize their friends, find personal belongings at home, use public transport, video call anyone in real time, and more.

Envision Glasses combine an abundance of ‘Read, Find, Identify and Call’ functionality and exclusive features with the fastest, most accurate OCR (Optical Character Recognition) available to truly help users ‘see’ the world around them through the spoken word. Envision’s AI-assistive software is capable of recognizing text and scripts in more than 60 languages, providing the largest language bank available on the market. Envision’s Batch Scan functionality also allows users to scan more than one document at a time, and all text can easily be exported to the Envision app’s library.

Additional Features and Tech Specifications:
● Real-time, Instant Text: Read short pieces of text, public transportation information, i.e., bus, train, tram or subway schedules, street signs, food labels, etc. Works with a live video feed, so users can scan around and their Envision Glasses will continue to speak out whatever text is in front of them
● Document Text and Handwritten Text: Read dense pieces of text like letters, books or magazines. Snap a picture of any of these types of text with Envision Glasses, and they will present the content in an easy, accessible and explorable way. There is also an option to export the raw text into the Envision app, where it can then be copied, exported in various formats, e.g., PDF, Word, .txt or .epub file or directly shared via an external application, e.g., email, notes, WhatsApp, etc. Included within the Document Text itself, Envision intelligently identifies and recognizes handwritten text, enabling the user to easily read greeting cards, post-it notes, etc.
● Video Call: Allows the user to make a video call from within the Envision Glasses to a friend or a family member who has the Envision Ally app, enabling them to see a direct video feed from the Glasses and assist the user in the event they need help. Users can also opt to share additional information such as their current location on a map
● Describe Scene: Take a picture and the AI will describe what’s in the image to help the user gain a general sense of what is around them. Images can also be saved, making it a great way to take photographs
● Detect Colors: A simple but useful feature. Once activated, the Envision Glasses will speak out the dominant colors in front of them — very useful when you need to pick out the right outfit or separate the laundry wash loads, i.e., whites from the darks
● Find Person: Activate this feature to scan around your environment and Envision will emit a mild beep every time it sees a person in frame. Users can also teach Envision the faces of their friends and family, so when their faces come in the frame, their names will be spoken to the user
● Find Objects: Select from a list of objects and scan your environment. The Envision glasses will beep whenever the object being searched for is in the frame. Great for finding the remote control on the couch or house keys you’ve accidentally misplaced
● Explore: This feature enables Envision to consistently speak out the objects and people it detects around the user, which is handy to familiarize yourself at a new place or just a fun activity when out for a walk to know what’s around
● Integration with Other Apps: Only Envision offers the ability to integrate with other apps that have complementary functionality, i.e., navigation, currency detection, etc.
● iOS and Android Compatibility: iOS 12.0 or higher with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch; Android 5.0 or higher
● Software Updates: Glasses are continuously updated with new features and functionalities
● Two lightweight, comfortable frame sizes available:
○    Standard, Titanium Frame: lightweight minimal frame with no lenses
○    Smith Optics Frame: A designer spectacle frame with zero-power lenses that can be replaced with custom prescription lenses
● Weight: Less than 2 ounces / 50 grams
● Camera: 8-MP camera with a wide field-of-view that captures every detail
● Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-Enabled: Always-on connectivity
● Battery: Provides 5 – 6 hours charge with regular usage. USB-C supported for rapid charging
● Power-Saving Features: ‘On-head’ detection sensor and ‘Eye-on’ screen sensor.
● Audio: Directional Mono Speaker, USB audio and Bluetooth Audio
● Display: 640×360 Optical Display Module
● Rugged: Water and Dust Resistant
Click here to view the full list of Envision Glasses Tech Specs

“The overwhelming volume of positive reviews and feedback we’ve received from beta testers and customers who pre-ordered during our early bird program is equal parts validating and heartwarming,” added Envision co-founder, Karthik Kannan. “Customer comments like ‘this kind of freedom is invaluable, especially when you’re outside and have a cane or a guide dog in a hand already’ or “this is a game-changer for me and my independence” are what motivates and drives the entire Envision team. We’re delighted to bring Envision Glasses to market and empower blind and visually impaired people worldwide with greater independence and a hands-free, easy way to ‘see’ the world around them through the spoken word.”

Visit to learn more or email to learn more about Envision’s global reseller program. Interested media can access the Envision Press Kit here.

About Envision
Envision is an award-winning AI-assistive technology company that uses AI-powered software to extract different types of information from images and speaks them out loud, enabling blind and low-vision users to read documents at work, recognize their friends, find personal belongings at home, use public transportation, and more — all fully independently. Envision’s AI-assistive software can read all kinds of text in more than 60 languages, recognize faces, describe scenes, detect colors, find objects, and so much more. Envision’s software is available for use in two different ways: on assistive smart glasses as embedded, hands-free technology, and as an iOS and Android smartphone app.

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OneConnect Financial Technology cements presence in Malaysia with new entity; Launch graced by MDEC

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd. (NYSE: OCFT), the leading technology-as-a-service platform provider and an associate of Ping An Insurance Group, reaffirms its commitment as the trusted tech partner for financial institutions in Malaysia with the launch of its new entity, OneConnect Smart Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. In line with its Southeast Asia expansion strategy, Malaysia is a key growth engine where OneConnect plans to build a local team that stands ready to serve financial institutions across Malaysia and support its regional projects. The launch was graced by Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

Malaysia’s fintech space is thriving

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has launched several initiatives in a move to embrace financial inclusion and the shift in banking habits towards digital channels. These include the announcement last year that it will issue new digital banking licenses and the publication of an Electronic Know-Your-Customer (eKYC) guideline on 30 June 2020. The move has given a boost to the nation’s banking and fintech players that are ready to accelerate digital transformation and adopt fintech innovations.

“Fintech had garnered lots of attention for its astonishing potential in impacting lives and changing economies. Since it appeared, fintech helped enable ordinary people to access financial products securely and efficiently. At the same time, it also accelerated the economic growths of many countries. In order to enhance the development of the fintech ecosystem for this country, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) will continue to engage start-ups, investors and innovators from around the world to yield positive outcomes via its continuous efforts in expanding and innovating the fintech industry. As OneConnect has established a regional presence in Malaysia, it reinforces the fact that Malaysia is an attractive investment destination. In fact, many fintech and data ecosystem players come to Malaysia specifically for its vibrant testbed environment and the multi-cultural background of its talent pool and their digital savviness and language proficiency in technical subjects,” shared Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDEC.

According to the e-Conomy SEA 2020 Report[1], consumers and SMEs have adopted digital financial services like never before. In Malaysia, over the various Movement Control Order periods, many turned to the Internet for solutions to their challenges. A significant number tried new digital services – 36 per cent of all digital service consumers were new – with 92 per cent of these new consumers intending to continue their behaviour post-pandemic. Year-to-date, Malaysia has also seen a 33 per cent monthly active user growth for select mobile banking apps.

The scene is an important preamble to the ongoing digital transformation taking place in the financial landscape and it signifies a positive sign for OneConnect who has market-ready solutions for insurtech and full-stack digital banking technologies including end-to-end frictionless account opening and onboarding, smart lending, and an eKYC solution that recognises MyKad.

Committed to the growth of Malaysia’s financial sector

OneConnect is committed to being the trusted tech enabler in digital transformation for financial institutions.

Backed by Ping An’s 32 years of experience in the financial industry and an extensive track record as the tech enabler, OneConnect is able to bring to Malaysia the breadth and depth of proven solutions, and journey with its clients through their digital transformation roadmap.

Echoing the same, Tan Bin Ru, CEO (Southeast Asia) of OneConnect Financial Technology, said, “Malaysia is of strategic importance to OneConnect. The country is home to five local banks that are 20 of Southeast Asia’s largest banks, enjoying strong regional presence. Bank Negara Malaysia’s decision to open its door to digital banking bodes well for our Southeast Asia expansion strategy. One of our unique value propositions that our clients value much is the breadth and depth of our solutions which becomes a breeze when they can have a single strategic tech partner to integrate a full suite of digital solutions and work alongside their team through phases of their transformation plan. We see a lot of potential in Malaysia and with our new office being set up, we will be able to contribute our deep market knowledge and ready solutions to the local banks and financial institutions in Malaysia.”

She added, “Having served all the major banks and more than half of the insurance companies in China, we have amassed extensive track records in enabling digital transformations for, and accumulated a wealth of bespoke experience in the banking, insurance and ecosystem realms. Since the setting up of our regional headquarters in Singapore in 2018, more than 50 clients across Southeast Asia and other parts of Asia, as well as the UAE and Europe have entrusted us to be their tech expert.” 

Serving the needs of leading financial institutions in Malaysia

OneConnect currently serves a global insurance player and three of the top five local banks in Malaysia It has collaborated with RHB Bank and another top five local bank where it collaborated on the development of two firsts-of-its-kind services that were launched in Malaysia recently. It is also collaborating with CIMB Philippines to enhance digital banking technologies in The Philippines.

OneConnect has partnered with RHB Bank to develop an omnichannel platform that fully digitalises the SME loan experience. The omnichannel platform – comprising the RHB Financing (SME) mobile app for customers, a sales app for the bank’s relationship managers and a seamless SME loan management website – utilises OneConnect’s artificial intelligence (AI) and eKYC technologies. Launched in August as Malaysia’s first AI-powered SME financing mobile app, the app automates and simplifies onboarding process where SMEs only need to submit two scanned documents – MyKad and a bank statement – via their mobile phones to apply for loans. The omnichannel platform lets RHB serve SMEs more efficiently by reducing the back-office processes and operating costs. The bank aims to provide RM500 million in financing facilities to support small businesses in the next year.

OneConnect also partnered with another top five local bank to develop a mobile banking app powered by its eKYC solution, making this the first eKYC solution approved by BNM to launch in Malaysia in October. The app is the first in Malaysia launched by a bank to deliver a truly digital onboarding experience without having to visit any physical branch. Customers can open an account and bank safely anytime and anywhere amidst the ongoing pandemic.

Yao Jing, Head of Strategy and Business Development (Singapore and Malaysia), OneConnect Financial Technology, said, “Our deep market knowledge and ready solutions for Malaysia aptly position us to meet the local needs. We are grateful for the trust and confidence that some of the largest financial institutions in Malaysia have given us and we will continue to deepen the relationships with our valued clients. We see ourselves as a strong tech player in this space, and are dedicated to supporting and enabling the digital banking ecosystem here. We will continue to forge collaborations and work closely with financial institutions and other stakeholders, including Bank Negara Malaysia, and nurture the local tech talents as we walk this journey of a transformational landscape together.”

OneConnect plans to hire local talents to grow a product and engineering team who will provide support for clients in Malaysia and have the opportunities to work on its regional projects.

About OneConnect Financial Technology

OneConnect (NYSE: OCFT) is a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions. The Company’s platform provides cloud-native technology solutions that integrate extensive financial services industry expertise with market-leading technology. The Company’s solutions provide technology applications and technology-enabled business services to financial institutions. Together they enable the Company’s customers’ digital transformations, which help them increase revenue, manage risks, improve efficiency, enhance service quality and reduce costs.

Our technology-as-a-service platform strategically covers multiple verticals in the financial services industry, including banking, insurance and asset management, across the full scope of their businesses – from sales and marketing and risk management to customer services, as well as technology infrastructure such as data management, program development, and cloud services.

Annex: Chinese Glossary



Tan Bin Ru, CEO (Southeast Asia), OneConnect Financial Technology 

陈敏如, 东南亚首席执行官, 金融壹账通

Yao Jing, Head of Strategy and Business Development (Singapore and Malaysia), OneConnect Financial Technology

姚惊, 战略兼业务拓展总经理 (新加坡与马来西亚地区), 金融壹账通

Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

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Future Talks Powered by MVM: Neil deGrasse Tyson Leads a Supergroup of Experts on AI on 30 November

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On 30 November, during the ‘Future Talks powered by MVM’ interactive online live talk show, viewers will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pick the mind of the most prestigious scientists on the Earth, led by Neil deGrasse Tyson, globally known astrophysicist, author, science communicator, director of Hayden Planetarium in New York and television host of National Geographic. The event is organized by the biggest energy holding of Hungary, MVM Group.

One of today’s most pressing technological and even existential topics is the exciting possibilities and the potential risks that the constant advancements of artificial intelligence hold. It occupies not just the mind of countless scientists, researchers, developers, experts, philosophers and professional thinkers, but the most famous authors and artists known in pop culture. Artificial intelligence is already here and here to stay, forming the present and immediate future. What if people had the chance to ask anything from the leading experts of this astonishing field? What would they ask?

AI and science enthusiasts can take a look at Dr. Tyson’s exclusive video message here:

Joining him will be Stuart J. Russell, professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley and professor at the University of San Francisco, George Tilesch, co-author of the book BetweenBrains, one of the most popular artificial intelligence experts in the world, György Buzsáki, brain researcher, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and László Kishonti, CEO of AImotive, that develops autonomous vehicle solutions based on artificial intelligence.

The online talk show is free of charge and accessible for all on the organizer MVM Group’s (the largest Hungarian energy company’s) Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as the ‘Future Talks powered by MVM’ website on 30 November, at 12:00 p.m. New York and 9:00 a.m. Los Angeles.

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Chengdu making strong push to foster next-gen AI technology

CHENGDU, China, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chengdu, capital city of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, is working to develop a national pilot zone for advancing next-generation artificial intelligence.

The Chengdu municipal government revealed an action plan promoting the development of an AI-centered pilot zone in November.

According to the plan, Chengdu will invest more than 100 billion yuan ($15.2 billion) in over 170 major projects over two years to support the regional AI industry. It will focus on developing a core area, an innovation hub and several industrial parks.

The core zone is the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, a national-level innovation center in the city. It is projected to have more than 10 billion yuan in AI-related industrial output value by 2022.

The Tianfu New Area, home to the Chengdu Science City, will be a hub of AI innovation. It is estimated that the scale of its AI industry will surpass 5 billion yuan in 2022.

AI technologies will also be applied in 10 industrial parks including Tianfu Smart Production Industrial Park and Qingbaijiang European Industrial Park to support regional industrial upgrades.

In September, Chinese communication technology giant Huawei agreed to build an AI-based big data center in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. The project will result in an integrated big data processing center to serve economic development of Chengdu and its neighboring Chongqing city. There will also be three platforms to support Chengdu’s urban management, AI innovation and digital economy. Huawei’s total investment will be around 10.9 billion yuan.

According to local officials, the urban management platform will support smart development in fields such as traffic, security, healthcare, contingency management, education and environmental protection. The innovation-supporting platform will help local research institutes carry out advanced technology development.

Representatives from Huawei said the big data center will help the company build an industrial chain with products and solutions “developed in Chengdu, manufactured in Chengdu, and applied in Chengdu and beyond”. The big data center will support Huawei’s research and development while meeting computing and data storage demand of key industries across the city.

The center will bring Huawei’s advanced technologies in 5G, cloud, AI and computing to serve Chengdu’s new infrastructure projects and smart city construction, the telecoms giant said.

In June, Chinese internet search giant Baidu joined hands with the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone to promote its self-driving taxi service, the Apollo Go Robotaxi, in Chengdu. The movement will support the autonomous driving sector’s development in the city.

Chengdu Supercomputing Center, the first of its kind in Southwest China, started trial operations in September. Government officials said the supercomputing center will strongly support AI industry growth in the region.

A representative from the center said designers had considered using the center to support local AI development even before its construction started. The center can meet various AI computing demands and will help to lower developers’ investment and operational costs.

In the future, the center will attract more computing professionals while establishing partnerships with leading universities and institutes.

To build a national pilot zone for next-generation AI, Chengdu will promote cooperation among universities, research institutions and enterprises for industrialization of research results. The zone is expected to become an important technological engine to drive local growth, making Chengdu and the broader region that encompasses Chengdu and Chongqing an influential innovation hub in China.

The move is expected to create a better development environment for businesses, allowing them to enjoy better infrastructure, data and talent resources, according to local officials.

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Transpara® breast AI by ScreenPoint Medical reaches major milestone in the lead up to Radiological Society of North America 2020

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Transpara, the leading Artificial Intelligence support system for breast cancer screening that uses deep learning algorithms to automatically detect potential breast cancer in 2D and 3D mammograms, has achieved another first in its class!

Transpara led the way being the first to use a unique scoring breast AI system for breast cancer risk. It is the first and remains the only DEEP LEARNING system to be FDA cleared for use on both 2D and 3D mammograms and now is first of its kind to help radiologists read more than 1 million mammograms.

“This is a major milestone in our mission to help radiologists improve survival rates for breast cancer, a disease that is growing relentlessly around the world,” said Nico Karssemeijer, CEO for ScreenPoint Medical. “Despite the challenges presented by COVID in 2020, Transpara installations continue to prove successful in more and more countries.”

“AI is obviously an important weapon being adopted to fight breast cancer even during these trying times. It is also becoming increasingly obvious that not all breast AI is the same. Our focus is to provide robust clinical evidence around the globe, and we can only do this with the help and support of our clinical partners. With this said, Transpara is being featured in an incredible 6 Scientific presentations with data from 5 different countries at this year’s virtual RSNA.”

“These studies for BOTH 2D AND 3D mammography look at how Transpara can improve accuracy, reduce interval cancers and help to reduce radiologist’s workload. I’m not going to give the game away; you’ll have to wait to listen to the presentations, but the results are powerful,” said Professor Karssemeijer.

ScreenPoint Medical is also introducing new developments, including additional technology to ease integration of Transpara further in any mammography reading environment.

Here is the list of presentations at RSNA featuring Transpara:

A.J.T. Wanders, W. Mees, N. Janssen, A. Rodriguez-Ruiz, I. Sechopoulos, J.K. van Rooden, Ritse M. Mann. The potential of AI for improving early detection in breast cancer screening to reduce interval cancer rates

C. Balta, N. Janssen, A. Rodriguez-Ruiz, C. Mieskes, N. Karssemeijer, S. H. Heywang-Köbrunner. Using AI to triage which screening mammograms benefit from a double reading strategy

S. J. Vinnicombe, O. Parr, R. Sidebottom, D. Godden, E. Cornford, I. D. Lyburn. What impact could AI based computer aided detection have on the number and biological relevance of interval cancers in a population based screening programme?

C. Balta, N. Janssen, A. Rodriguez-Ruiz, C. Mieskes, N. Karssemeijer, S. H. Heywang-Köbrunner. Can AI help to increase the PPV of screen-recalled biopsies on calcifications?

M. Pinto, A. Rodriguez-Ruiz, K. Pedersen, S. Hofvind, R. Mann, S. Kappler, J. Wicklein, I. Sechopoulos. Impact of AI decision support on breast cancer screening interpretation with single-view wide-angle DBT

S. Romero Martín, J. Luis Raya Povedano, E. Elías Cabot, A. Gubern-Merida, A. Rodríguez-Ruiz, M. Álvarez Benito. Using autonomous AI to reduce the workload of breast cancer screening with breast tomosynthesis: a retrospective validation

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ScreenPoint Medical BV.

ScreenPoint Medical is the leading developer of AI driven image analysis technology which enables the automated reading of mammograms and digital breast tomosynthesis examinations.

Transpara® is an AI solution for breast cancer screening, that uses deep learning algorithms to automatically detect lesions suspicious for breast cancer in 2D and 3D mammograms. The software categorises mammograms on a 10-point scale indicating the risk that cancer is present. This Exam Score can be used to help radiologists prioritise patients for further investigation. Decision support marks for calcifications and soft tissue lesions are provided to support radiologists with image interpretation. Studies have shown that Transpara matches the performance of radiologists ,2,3, thus acting as a second opinion which increases diagnostic confidence and accuracy ,3. It is FDA cleared for 2D and 3D mammography.

ScreenPoint Medical was founded in 2014 by Professor Nico Karssemeijer and Professor Sir Michael Brady, two internationally respected experts in breast imaging, machine learning and computer aided detection. (diagnosis?)

The company’s Head Office is in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

1″Stand-alone artificial intelligence for breast cancer detection in mammography: Comparison with 101 radiologists”, Rodriguez-Ruiz et al, JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, djy222,, 2019
2″Detection of Breast Cancer with Mammography: Effect of an Artificial Intelligence Support System” Rodríguez-Ruiz et al, Radiology 290:2, 305-314, 2019.
3FDA approval number K193229

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Overjet Tapped by AEGIS for Dental Artificial Intelligence Article Series

BOSTON, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Overjet Inc, the leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) for the dental community, was selected by AEGIS to share a curated series on how AI is transforming dentistry. The series will appear in Compendium in 2021 and bring together insights from leading experts in dental support organizations, distributors, academia, insurance, practices, and public health.

Machine learning advances and growing dental digitization have ushered in new AI-based tools to support patient care, practice management, insurance claims review, and clinical research. The upcoming series will take a deep dive into the current state of dental AI technology and look at its likely impact on the future of dentistry.

“In my over 30 years in the dental profession, I have not seen a new technology with as much promise to transform dentistry as artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Robert Faiella, past-president of the American Dental Association and Chief Dental Officer of Overjet. Dr. Faiella and his Overjet colleagues are engaging experts from across the industry to bring together this dental artificial intelligence series.

Compendium helps readers stay informed on the latest technology and practices impacting dentistry,” said Daniel W. Perkins, Founder and Chairman of AEGIS Publications. “As the industry leader, Overjet’s expertise will help inform our dental artificial intelligence discussion in 2021.”

Overjet has an exciting lineup of dental experts. If you would like to be a contributor to the world’s first dental AI series, please reach out at Readers can check Compendium soon for an overview of the multi-part series.

About Overjet Inc: Overjet ( is the industry leader in dental artificial intelligence, helping both payers and providers improve patient care. The company was founded by experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Overjet’s AI software powers claims review for some of the country’s largest dental insurers. Overjet’s in-practice AI software bolts on to existing practice management software and is designed to help dentists deliver high-quality care, automate administrative tasks, and identify areas for growth.

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The Global Contact Center Intelligence Market is Forecast to Reach $3.7 billion by 2026

DUBLIN, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global Contact Center Intelligence Market by Component, Technology, Deployment Type, End-user and Region: Industry Analysis and Forecast 2020-2026” report has been added to’s offering.

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The Global Contact Center Intelligence Market size is expected to reach $3.7 billion by 2026, rising at a market growth of 23.4% CAGR during the forecast period.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a part of rising innovations, and its application in contact centers is still new and developing. Notwithstanding, there are some encouraging instances of how it can lessen operational expenses, customize the client experience, increment agent productivity, and give more noteworthy analysis. Chatbots might be the most obvious utilization of Artificial intelligence (AI) in the customer service process. At the point when clients decide to chat online with business, chatbots welcome them, gather some background data, and attempt to solve the client’s issue. AI chatbots are acceptable at tackling basic issues; however, the more complex issues need an operator’s touch. The AI chatbot will pass along data that is gathered to make the change as consistent as could be possible and to fuel agent proficiency.

The demand for AI in the contact centers is probably going to increase because of growth in demand for enhanced customer support service in call centers, exponentially developing volume of information, expanding customer commitment through numerous platforms, for example, website, social media, email, and developing utilization of AI-empowered chatbots to oversee work activities productively and viably. Additionally, AI frameworks prefill the data in the ticketing instrument during recording a ticket based on the previous memory. Hence, the function of AI is incredibly demanding in the contact center field.

Enterprises are vigorously choosing omnichannel solutions and speech innovation as a feature of the efforts to retain their clients. AI-enabled solutions are especially assisting enterprises in lessening the time needed for understanding and resolving queries of the customer. The developing need to search for different approaches to improve retention of customers looks good for the development of the market over the forecast period.

Based on Component, the market is segmented into Solution and Services. Solutions segment is further bifurcated across Intelligent Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System, Chatbot and Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA). Based on Technology, the market is segmented into Computer Vision, Automatic Speech Recognition, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Others. Based on Deployment Type, the market is segmented into On-premise and Hosted. Based on End-user, the market is segmented into Telecom & IT, Government, Healthcare, Consumer Goods & Retail, Travel & Hospitality, BFSI and Others. Based on Regions, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa.

The major strategies followed by the market participants are Partnerships and Product Launches. Based on the Analysis presented in the Cardinal matrix; Google, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation, and Microsoft Corporation are the forerunners in the Contact Center Intelligence Market. Companies such as Five9, Inc., NICE Ltd., Zendesk, Inc., 3CLogic Software, Inc., and SAP SE are some of the key innovators in the market.

The market research report covers the analysis of key stakeholders of the market.

Companies Profiled

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Google, Inc.
  • SAP SE
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • IBM Corporation
  • NICE Ltd.
  • Five9, Inc.
  • Zendesk, Inc.
  • 3CLogic Software, Inc.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Chapter 1. Market Scope & Methodology
  • Chapter 2. Market Overview
  • Chapter 3. Competition Analysis – Global
  • Chapter 4. Global Contact Center Intelligence Market by Component
  • Chapter 5. Global Contact Center Intelligence Market by Technology
  • Chapter 6. Global Contact Center Intelligence Market by Deployment Type
  • Chapter 7. Global Contact Center Intelligence Market by End Use
  • Chapter 8. Global Contact Center Intelligence Market by Region
  • Chapter 9. Company Profiles

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Five nations unite to launch the Digital Cooperation Organization to Realize a Digital Future for All

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Senior government officials from several nations patronized the launch of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) Thursday – a global organization aimed at strengthening cooperation across all innovation driven areas and accelerating growth of the digital economy. The event was attended by H.E. Houlin Zhao ITU Secretary General and H.E. Borge Brende, President, World Economic Forum.

Founded by Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, the DCO is driven by a vision to realize a digital future for all by empowering women, youth and entrepreneurs, growing the digital economy, and leapfrogging with innovation.

“We are joining hands together towards a commitment to drive consensus on digital cooperation to make sure that we seize an opportunity for our youth, our women and our entrepreneurs with the ambition to grow our combined digital economy to one trillion dollars in the next 3-5 years,” said H.E. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology.  “Our future prosperity will depend on the digital economy. But it can only reach its full potential if we are able to make governments work together collectively with businesses, and entrepreneurs so they can survive and thrive, expand their depth into current markets and open doors for everyone into new ones.”

The launch of the DCO follows the conclusion of Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency to maintain the Kingdom’s momentum on accelerating the growth of the digital economy across the region and the globe, as nations everywhere increase their adoption of remote learning, telemedicine and contact-less economic systems to survive and thrive beyond the social and economic impact of COVID-19.

“This is a critical step towards ensuring that our digital economies are innovative and future-proof,” H.E. Ahmad Hanandeh, Jordan’s Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, said. “To create sustainable change, we cannot work in silos; this is a collective and global collaboration. This is where our digital journeys intersect and we can learn from and support one another, which will in turn open doors for our youth and sectors to benefit from these efforts.”

Based on its digitally-focused charter, the DCO welcomes participation and guidance from the private sector, international organizations, non-government organizations and the academic world.

“The Kingdom of Bahrain is pleased to be part of such a dynamic initiative and a founding member of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO). We thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this initiative and are confident that the DCO will enable members to respond and adapt in an agile and swift manner to the ever-changing digital scene. As we have taken steps at a national level to leverage ICT technologies to enhance government efficiency and processes, the Kingdom of Bahrain also believes that fostering regional and international collaboration is a valuable extension to our national efforts,” H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications said.

The founding members of the DCO have joined forces to establish the organization motivated by their shared interests concerning the digital economy that can only be realized through collaboration. 

“We believe that the DCO will offer Kuwait a great opportunity to further develop its national digital agenda as well as to further progress the global digital agenda,” H.E. Salim Al-Ozainah, Chairman and CEO of Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority, said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi added: “Pakistan is privileged to be a founding member of the Digital Cooperation Organization and to work closely with our partners to guide and lead a global digital agenda.”

On this occasion, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama, commented, “We congratulate the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Al Saud, his Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, and our fellow brothers and sisters, the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for launching the Digital Cooperation Organization, and we praise this step in progressing digital transformation, which will support the broader technology sector. The adoption of both emerging and advanced technologies around the world will support global efforts in creating a sustainable and bright future for all of humanity.”

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