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Five examples of how artificial intelligence is taking over in Japan, helping us poor humans with everything from travel to betting and dating:

  • In 2016, Takeshi Watanabe, then a graduate student at the University of Tokyo, came up with an idea to mix his new hobby with his major: machine learning and analysis. The result was AI Ringo, a horse racing prediction system that aims to maximize winnings for bettors, reports Hiroshi Ikezawa.
  • The government has allocated ¥2 billion in the next fiscal year to back local authorities that run programs to help their residents find love. As AFP-Jiji reports, some have already started using AI tech to help lonely hearts meet a more perfect match based on a wider and smarter range of potential suitors.
Japan government to invest in artificial intelligence matchmaking to boost plummeting birth rates | UNTV NEWS AND RESCUE
Japan government to invest in artificial intelligence matchmaking to boost plummeting birth rates | UNTV NEWS AND RESCUE
  • AI is one of a variety of technologies being introduced in the field of security in Japan amid a serious shortage of personnel, Kyodo reports. For example, a virtual “AI guard” has been tested at a Tokyo hospital, while one big security firm is looking into adopting an AI system to identify potential shoplifters.
  • Yahoo Japan said last month it will delete hateful and defamatory comments from its online posting sites with the help of AI, beefing up efforts to tackle cyberbullying after the suspected suicide of Hana Kimura, a cast member of the “Terrace House” who faced a torrent of online abuse before her death.
  • Electronic panels equipped with AI are operating at key train stations in the Tokyo area to provide tourist and transfer information for a trial period. As a measure against the coronavirus, users do not have to touch the panels directly to operate them and some can automatically measure a passenger’s temperature.

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