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AI breakthroughs in 2021



Kevin Zemmer, CTO aspaara Algorithmic Solutions AG about the AI breakthroughs in 2021.


In the past year, research in AI has made huge progress from the point of view of theory as well as applications.


For instance, researchers at the universities of Oxford and Sydney, together with a team at Deep Mind, have used modern AI techniques to prove complex results of abstract mathematics, making advances that were unthinkable only a few years ago.


On the more practical side this year, many publications have been related to COVID, an estimated 4% of all of them, and many of those also included AI methods. For example, to design new molecules to act against COVID.


In optimization, classical problems that are known to be difficult can now be tackled efficiently with the help of AI, usually thanks to machine learning techniques.


For example, there has been a recent paper that tackles the job shop scheduling problem with a deep neural network.


AI also made breakthroughs in HR at Western Sydney University. They used AI to design courses and shape style paths for students, helping them get the dream jobs they want.


AI is more and more commonly used to both organize and make work easier. A recent study by American researchers has shown that AI can significantly lower the levels of stress at work, which is why at aspaara we put the well-being of talents at the centre of our products.


The last study I would like to highlight is from Stanford University and demonstrates that as the number of AI-related jobs increases, economic growth also, increases, which in turn has a positive effect on the population's well-being.


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