Artificial intelligence and blockchain in medicine, success of Moscow companies and news about…

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Artificial intelligence and blockchain in medicine, success of Moscow companies and news about other IT developments

ICT.Moscow’s weekly news digest

This spring, unfortunately, people speak about health-related topics more often. Having collected about 50 case of AI implementation in medicine in our open practices database, we asked experts to give comments.

The implementation of technologies in this sector helps to create new medicines, analyze the patient’s medical history, conduct remote monitoring, automate the doctor’s work, identify diseases through medical imaging, etc. But currently AI doesn’t play a significant role in medical sector. Sergey Sorokin from Botkin.AI says “there are only expectations of AI’s growing influence, but they are often unrealistic”.

According to Sorokin, in the future there will be products that will help in early detection of diseases and forecasting disease risks. Ksenia Ulyanova, the founder of a popular Telegram channel about technologies in medicine, is even more optimistic about the technology’s development. She believes cancer can be cured with the help of AI. And Inna Moroz, Business Development Executive at Care Mentor AI, claims that in the future the possibilities will be limited only by the needs and the AI code of ethics, which will be formulated sooner or later.

So far developers and doctors are waiting for the technology implementation standards to be formed and are discussing the questions of data separation and the high cost of AI-based research projects.

Another technology that has a great potential for application in healthcare and pharmaceutics is blockchain. According to Mindsmith experts, the technology can be implemented in several aspects: for saving data in electronic patient records, pharmaceutical supply chain management, remote monitoring of patients, etc. But now the application of blockchain in this sphere is limited by the low maturity of the technology and the lack of awareness about it.

In March, a database about blockchain will be launched on ICT.Moscow. It will not only help to get more information about the technology, but also to study the real implementation cases. At the moment of launch, the database will include over 70 cases from different sectors (without cryptocurrency), a catalog of blockchain-based products from Moscow developers, market analytics and presentations on related topics. You can leave your e-mail here not to miss the launch of the project.

Successes and achievements

Over 10 Moscow projects (out of 20 Russian projects) became the participants of Global Pilots program, which helps companies to enter the international market. They are Roistat end-to-end analytics service, VCV HR service, Verme cloud analytics platform, IREG online service for copyright registration and others. Microsoft, EY, Startupbootcamp and Altergate fund evaluated unique selling proposition, operational performance, scalability readiness and the potential of the team.

Neurodata Lab, developer in emotion AI (the company had an office in Moscow), won the international competition for the best algorithm for heart rate detection from video. The competition was held within the framework of the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition — CVPR 2020. Now the company is also working on webcam-based eye-tracking.

The project of another Moscow company — DeepPavlov (open neural network library for text analysis and conversational AI) was recognized the best by ods.ai global community (unites researchers, engineers and developers around Data Science and related areas).

Artificial intelligence in Moscow

This week the Government of the Russian Federation determined 8 spheres for testing technologies within regulatory sandboxes (the law “On Experimental Legal Regimes in the Field of Digital Innovation in the Russian Federation”). They are medicine, transport, distance education, commerce, financial market, architecture and construction, industry and provision of public services.

The draft law on experimental legal regime for the implementation of AI in Moscow was not reviewed by the State Duma on March 12. The consideration of the draft law will be rescheduled to the next plenary session which will take place on March 17.

Other news

MTS together with Ericsson tested the technology of dynamic frequency allocation among 4G LTE and 5G NR. This technology is recognized as the main one in terms of 5G networks evolution, until the question with frequencies for the development of fifth generation networks is solved. It should be reminded that in the beginning of March the paragraph allowing the use of 2G, 3G and LTE frequency bands for 5G networks was excluded from the draft solution of the State Commission for Radio Frequencies.

Alfa Bank started to examine all conversations of the contact center operators with clients using a speech analytics system. The AI-based solution determines which actions and phrases of the operator prompted negative reaction of the client and which helped him. In summer the system will be completed with voice biometrics. The solution’s performance is used for the refinement of bank voice assistant, which was first mentioned in November last year.