Jul 15, 2021

AI Singapore launch AUS$700k competition to detect deepfakes

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A AUS$700,000 international competition organised by AI Singapore aims to identify deepfakes in audiovisual media from genuine content

AI Singapore, a national artificial intelligence (AI) programme under the National Research Foundation, has organised a competition aimed at attracting the AI community to design solutions that will help detect fake media.

The initiative, "Trusted Media Challenge", is a five-month-long competition where participants will design and test out AI models and solutions that will easily detect audiovisual fake media - where both video and audio modalities may be modified. 

The challenge is being conducted in partnership with local news media outlets The Straits Times and Mediacorp's CNA, which have together provided about 800 real video clips, including news reports and interviews. Participants will be given access to data sets that include about 4,000 real clips and 8,000 fake ones in total for them to test and train their AI models on.

They will then need to build AI models that can estimate the probability that a given video is fake. This challenge is open to researchers and industry professionals from all around the world, as well as anyone who is interested or experienced in machine learning, deep learning, and computer vision, especially in media forensics. 

 

Stopping public misinformation

 

“With deepfake technology becoming more sophisticated and available, it has become easier to create fake content that is difficult for the human eye to differentiate. Maliciously doctored content can lead to public misinformation and social fissures if left unchecked. CNA is excited to partner in the Trusted Media CHallenge, collaborating in continued efforts to combat this impending threat, in our missions to provide timely and accurate news to Singapore and the region,” said Willy Tan, the lead of AI strategy and solutions at Mediacorp's News Group.

From today until 15 December 2021, participating teams can submit their solutions – codes and models – via the Challenge Platform provided by AI Singapore. This platform will automatically rank the submissions on the leaderboard.

The winner will receive AUS$100,000 in prize money and a start-up grant of $300,000 to develop the solutions further, using Singapore as a development base. Those who come in second and third will also win prizes and start-up grants.The total prize money amounts to $700,000 (about US$500,000).

The top three winners will be announced in January 2022.

 

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Aug 2, 2021

ManageEngine Survey Finds Global AI Use Increase

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A global survey by ManageEngine found more than ever before, IT personnel are relying on AI-based tools and analytics to inform their business decisions

ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corporation, has announced results from its recent market study, The 2021 Digital Readiness Survey, finding that 86% of organisations worldwide are using artificial intelligence (AI) more than they did two years ago. However, only 35% of the global respondents reported that their confidence in the technology has significantly increased.

The focus of the study was to understand technological changes in a post-COVID world, in areas such as remote work, security, business analytics, and AI. It was found that organisations worldwide mainly increased their use of AI to improve business analytics (63%), increase operational efficiency (62%) and enhance the customer experience (60%). While a majority of global respondents (94%) believe that AI will meet business expectations—and 65% stated AI had delivered measurable business results—some fears remain around the technology’s performance.

“The potential for AI to improve business efficiency and the customer experience was firmly on show through 2020, with AI handling everything from increased customer service volumes to oversight of self-service processes,” said Rajesh Ganesan, vice president at ManageEngine. “While AI is being handed more responsibility and is applied in more business-critical use cases, our research shows this is a double-edged sword and that more work is needed to embrace the technology and lift internal capability to ensure AI achieves its promise.”

 

Is business analytics the key to success?

 

The growing use of AI coincides with a broader trend of using analytics to improve the use of available data and the speed and accuracy of decision-making. In the post-pandemic era, profitability and competition are also driving organisations across the world to invest in business analytics platforms and capabilities.

Business analytics is an umbrella term for several types of analytics—descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive. 

The biggest user of business analytics by far is IT. An average of 63% of IT departments worldwide cited this in the survey. However, in North America, 67% of executives noted their use of business analytics, which was higher than their IT departments’ use (61%). Business areas such as marketing, sales, human resources, operations and R&D are also showing interest in business analytics but are well behind IT and executives on adoption and actual use.

 

Other key global findings of the survey

 

– A mighty 96% of organisations are planning to continue supporting remote workers for the next two years. Concerningly, the report also found that 84% of IT professionals believe that remote workers have increased their enterprise’s security risk. 

– More than half (56%) of respondents stated that improving their security infrastructure is a key driver of adopting new technologies.

– 78% of organisations revealed that remote workers download software without obtaining approval from the IT department; this shadow IT mainly included mobile-specific applications (40%), online meeting tools (38%) and document sharing solutions (31%).

– 84% of respondents use more cloud services now than they did before the pandemic began. However, most respondents believe that improved security (56%), performance (52%) and reliability (51%) would increase their company’s confidence in cloud-based solutions.

 

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