Boosting Industries and Sustainability through AI and Collaboration
To power digital transformations and deep tech innovation, the Norwegian Cognitive Center can be just what the doctor ordered, as society emerges from the Covid 19 global pandemic.
This article was first published 4 June 2020.
In these special times we are happy to announce that the Norwegian Cognitive Center for applied AI is operative and has the capacity to assist with your AI-projects and ideas.
Using cognitive technologies and AI to build sustainable solutions in all industries will be key to more effective, adaptable and robust businesses going forward, especially as many sectors are left paralyzed and heavily affected by the corona crisis.
The Green Transformation
New technologies and solutions will be an extremely valuable asset to boost sustainable foundations in business and society and to support the much-needed global green transformation.
AI can play a key role in various areas of business development, such as analysis, prediction models, decision support, fraud detection, image recognition, supply chain optimization, language support, streamlining and optimization of consumption, circular economy, models for reducing waste and pollution, improving business models and modernize infrastructure.
This applies to many industries like ocean technologies, seafood, health care, finance, media, real estate, tourism, maritime, retail and e-commerce, process automation, manufacturing, logistics, and so on, as well as the public sector.
The Need for Speed
Still AI adoption is overall low in society, and the technology is still new, but that is about to change. The potential that lies in applying AI into business and society is profound.
The Norwegian Cognitive Center aims to speed up this transformation by offering tools, competence and methodology and at the same time highlight and safeguard the development of technology ethics and responsibility.
The Center provide services complementary to both academic research, consultancies and established commercial products on any platform.
Collaboration as a Business Model
The Norwegian Cognitive Center is a strong industry cross over initiative to build Norway as a powerful European hub for applied AI, and to attract world leading expertise.
A wide range of robust industries, entrepreneurship, solid and relevant academic research environments and a forward-leaning public sector lay the foundation for the joint initiatives. Fueled by collaboration and cooperation the Center offers a shared competence across sectors and industries, unique in a European Context.
The consortium comprises several industry clusters, representing hundreds of companies, many of them global leaders in their fields. The Center was initiated through the close collaboration between IBM and NCE Media, with IBM also being a partner in the Media City Bergen Media Lab.
It is the complete and full ecosystem with solid industry clusters, a strong academic environment, and a forward leaning public sector that makes the Norwegian West Coast region particularly attractive and suitable for such a center.
IBM is chosen as the technology partner, and the other key players are GCE Ocean Technology, NCE Media, NCE Seafood Innovation, NCE Finance Innovation, Proptech Innovation, Norce, NORA, the City of Bergen and Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Also part of this initiative is VIS Innovation, Helse Vest, NHH Norwegian School of Economics and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).
Important for the Ocean Industries
– There is no limit to the potential applications for AI or deep learning in the ocean industries which has the potential to reshape the whole energy industry. Within marine minerals one is looking at using AI in combination with robotics in the field of deep-sea mining and to use robots to manoeuvre around the seabed and mine for metals and minerals, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Ocean Technology.
Moreover, the global energy industry is facing fundamental shifts in how it will produce within a green or low-carbon future and this will require complex and often autonomous systems, which in turn will require AI.
– I join Anne Jacobsen in NCE Media when she states that it is an accomplishment being able to build such a great consortium across industries and interests in Norway. Multidisciplinary collaboration is essential to succeed with builing a smarter future, and we are looking forward to collaborating, Hagesæther concludes.
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