AISG, Google Cloud rev up AI ecosystem in Singapore

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AI Singapore (AISG), a national AI programme launched by Singapore’s National Research Foundation, has partnered with Google Cloud to advance the adoption of AI and Machine Learning (ML) across industries in the country. 

This collaboration will have AISG’s AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP), 100 Experiments (100E) and Makerspace programmes leverage Google Cloud AI and Machine Learning to solve real-world business problems with AI.

“Our partnership with Google Cloud will see both teams working on interesting industry projects, talent development and AI/ML best practices,” said Laurence Liew, director of AI Innovation for AISG. 

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“This collaboration will allow our teams to tap on Google Cloud’s engineering team and resources to improve our talent programmes, gain access to best-in-class AI tools, and AI/ML best practices,” said Liew. 

Companies will have the opportunity to approach AISG to have engineers work to develop minimal viable products using Google Cloud’s technology under the 100E and Makerspace programmes. 

To date, AISG has helped to deploy more than 30 AI projects for the industry and built AI tools and solutions such as the world’s most popular open source RPA tool — TagUI — which has more than 70,000 downloads and 4,000 stars on Github.

Oceans.ai and Genesis Gym in Singapore are two examples of organisations which are working together with AISG to implement AI-based solutions with Google Cloud tools. 

Oceans.ai looked to 100E for a solution to develop an AI-based asset inspection solution for industrial applications to conduct first-level defect detections in certain environments and contexts, such as on offshore oil and gas platforms. 

Google Cloud tools including Firebase, Cloud Run, and Cloud Storage enabled oceans.ai to accelerate the development of this AI engine, and they are expecting the AI engine to be implemented by end-2021.

Facing rising demand for customised online fitness services, Genesis Gym turned to AISG and GCP to scale up their AI capabilities and computing resources to cater to online gym-goers. 

Genesis Gym is working to use Google Cloud’s AI tools for computer vision and pose estimation, to assist users in their movement errors and provide coaching tips catered to their specific needs.

Paul Wilson, managing director for public sector at Google Cloud Asia Pacific, said they hope to play a role in sustaining the nation’s national competitiveness, and transforming Singapore into a global hub for AI solutions.

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