February 21, 2024

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Thailand govt to use AI to help lower HIV infection rate

According to a recent report, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data have enormous potential to contribute to ‘Thailand 4.0’. The core aspect of which emphasises developing new S-curve industries, which includes investing in digital, robotics, and the regional medical hub.

Coupled with better analytics capabilities more real-world information is available for policy- and decision-makers than ever before.

Today, the digital economy – with extensive use of AI and Big Data – is growing at a pace that far exceeds the global economy.

The world has witnessed some phenomena in this area.

First, current AI systems have the capacity to process enormous amounts of data, compute at incredible speeds and manage and analyse extremely complex data.

These systems have been able to generate and capture data that are in larger volumes and wider variety than ever before – terabytes (1 TB is equal to 1,000,000 MB) of data are being generated every 60 seconds globally.

Second, the costs of IT infrastructure have been on the decline. Thirty years ago, it would have cost more than US$560 to store 1 GB of data; now it costs less than 1 US cent.

Third, data processing has been much faster and with better analytics capability than ever before.

Using AI in the public arena

It is common knowledge that AI is being extensively used by the private sector for commercial and profit-making purposes like forecasting demand, predicting churns, suggesting advertisements on social media platforms, recommending products to potential buyers.

However, untapped potential lies in the ability of AI and big data to enhance human development and to address many development and social challenges.

Some of which include analysing vast quantities of healthcare data, leading to scientific breakthroughs; helping to create AI-powered climate modelling can help predict climate-related disasters, and even driving more balanced hiring practices and spotlight gender inequality.

While AI and big data have been known to help drive exponential innovation, their use is currently very limited. As terabytes of data are being generated every minute, only 1% of this data is being used or analysed. Public sector use of big data analytics and AI is the lowest.

Thus, one of the world’s most reputed international financial institutions has been supporting the use of AI and big data to achieve its goals of decreasing poverty and increasing shared prosperity.

It recently launched the AI for Development initiative and an Artificial Intelligence Lab. Boosting capacity is key in achieving these goals.

In this regard, the institution organized a five-day skill-building program focusing on big data, AI, and decision science in health and nutrition in Bangkok, featuring the participation of the Bank’s various country teams as well as government and academic partners from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and more.

Besides elaborating on the landscape for utilization of AI and decision science in health and nutrition, this training workshop also aimed to build the skills sets of decision makers by training them on various tools that utilize these technologies and aid in decision-making processes.

Participants got to practice on real-world scenarios, many of which were from their own regions or countries and learned how to utilize tools such as Optima HIV, Health Service Prioritization tool, as well as broader big data techniques, in addressing challenges facing decision making in public health today.

The workshop was successful in creating awareness of the need for analytics to improve decision and delivery choices in health and development, and building capacity on analytical optimization tools that can answer pertinent policy and implementation questions for sectors.

The team in Thailand, comprising of both government officials and staff from the bank, specifically aim to apply their newfound knowledge in improving the efficiency of resource allocations to support the national roadmap for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat in Thailand by 2030 – specifically this is to further reduce annual new HIV infections from 6,500 to less than 1,000, cut AIDS-related deaths from almost 13,000 to under 4,000 and reduced HIV-related discrimination in health-care settings by 90%.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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