Australia’s ‘ABC Online’ highlights what few of us knew about Florence Nightingale; that she was a statistician more than a nurse.

“Upon arriving at the British military hospital in Turkey in 1856, Nightingale was horrified at the hospital’s conditions and a lack of clear hospital records.

Even the number of deaths was not recorded accurately. She soon discovered three different death registers existed, each giving a completely different account of the deaths among the soldiers. Using her statistical skills, Nightingale set to work to introduce new guidelines on how to record sickness and mortality across military hospitals.

With her improved…

Introduction

Commercializing Artificial Intelligence platforms, products and tools is much more challenging than traditional software. This is because

1. It represents a revolution in computing

2. Its new to IT staff, conceptually and in practice

3. It requires adoption of a substantially different way of thinking about computing

4. It requires a different way of thinking about business.

Human Intelligence

In the U.S., every year, about 2.6 million people have some type of brain injury, caused by trauma, stroke, tumor, or other illnesses. The greatest factor in functional recovery after brain injury comes from the brain’s ability to learn, called…

Semantics in Medical Research

The seminal Cancergrid project was a collaboration between five UK universities: Cambridge (specializing in oncology), Oxford (software engineering), University College London (semantic modelling), Birmingham (clinical trials management), and Belfast (telemedicine). It was funded in the first instance for three years from 2005 by the UK Medical Research Council. Oxford University and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute continued the work when the original project ended in 2008. Microsoft Research had involvement in 2011 to 2012.

The project was initiated in order to “address the twin problems of interoperability between incompatible software systems and generativity in…

Eliminating non-compliance with regulations, and prospering.

In the past five years we have seen stunning growth in a software market segment known as Robotic Process Automation. “RPA” is a relatively new way of achieving business process automation utilising software robots (bots). Basically, the robotic software observes and replaces human knowledge worker interaction with computer programs, lowering the cost of performing the process and freeing up the knowledge worker to do more useful things.

RPA has experienced a boom in recent years. According to Gartner, it grew 63.1% in 2018 to $846 million and was expected to reach $1.3 …

Chapter 1 — What AI is, and what it isn’t.

Since 2012, our Company has had a busy team of software engineers who are expert in research and development of Artificial Intelligence, “AI”, working to launch our AI workbench platform. Our researchers are led by a retired IBM Gold Consultant. Our developers are led by a former Development Manager of Macquarie Bank risk management sydtems.

Since 2013 a requirement of our researchers is that they have a PhD in a field related to AI. Our developers are highly competent senior developers. We only pick the best.

We are often asked…

Chapter 2 — What is AI?

In Chapter 1 of this series (click here), we explained that Artificial Intelligence, “AI”, is not a technique, or a one fits all solution. It is a combination of computing techniques that are applied depending on what outcome is sought. It is a broad umbrella with many strands; some are progressing well and some are not very advanced at all.

About five years ago, a breakthrough was made with a technique called Deep Learning, a branch of Machine Learning that is based on the use of data structures called Neural Networks. Within months the…

From good and bad ideas to leadership in AI

Is it possible for a small Australian software R&D company to lead the world in designing and patenting the missing pieces essential to true Artificial Intelligence? It is and is has.

In 1989 a recent Oxford University graduate working at the CERN Laboratory in Switzerland invented what is now known as the World Wide Web, the ‘Web’. In the following year he, Tim Berners-Lee, wrote the first Web-based ‘client and server’ software making 1990 the beginning of a technology and communications revolution.

In the years that followed, Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues sought to refine various specifications of the Web…

Chapter 1 — What AI is, and what it isn’t.

Since 2012, our Company has had a busy team of software engineers who are expert in both research and development of Artificial Intelligence, “AI”, working to launch our AI workbench platform. Our researchers are led by a retired IBM Gold Consultant.

Since 2013 a requirement of our researchers is that they have a PhD in a field related to AI. Our developers are highly competent senior developers. We only pick the best.

We are often asked “what exactly is AI?”.

Most experts have settled on a description of AI as…

In 2015 two of our Shareholders sued our small start-up company, Semantic Software Asia Pacific Limited, “SSAP”. The Shareholders were the superannuation funds of a husband and wife, Simon and Terri Vinson, now divorced. In 2012 Simon Vinson invested $1.25 million in SSAP through his superannuation fund and persuaded Terri Vinson to invest $312,500 through her superannuation fund in 2012 and 2013. In March and May 2014, Simon invested a further $290,000.

After making the initial investments, in early 2013 Terri Vinson requested that Simon Vinson be given a senior role in the Company. Simon was an accountant and property…

Mark Bradley

A science graduate of Uni of NSW, I joined IBM Australia in 1981 as a trainee Systems Engineer (software programmer), then management, then AI start-up founder!

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