Look Back 2019: Huge push in artificial intelligence projects across all sectors

Singapore's national AI project in healthcare will use software system Selena+ to scan and analyse retinal photographs for signs of diabetic eye diseases, and it is expected to do so with greater speed and accuracy.
Singapore's national AI project in healthcare will use software system Selena+ to scan and analyse retinal photographs for signs of diabetic eye diseases, and it is expected to do so with greater speed and accuracy.ST FILE PHOTO
Above: The national AI project in border security will allow all immigration checkpoints to be fully automated with fingerprint, iris and facial scans by 2025, allowing faster and more seamless immigration checks.
Above: The national AI project in border security will allow all immigration checkpoints to be fully automated with fingerprint, iris and facial scans by 2025, allowing faster and more seamless immigration checks. ST FILE PHOTO
Above: The national AI project in border security will allow all immigration checkpoints to be fully automated with fingerprint, iris and facial scans by 2025, allowing faster and more seamless immigration checks.
Above: Huawei's AI lab at Changi Business Park. The Chinese telecommmunications equipment giant is among the international tech companies that have opened AI research centres in Singapore this year. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

Artificial intelligence, or AI, was the buzz term across every sector in Singapore this year, and for good reason - the technology of using machines to simulate human intelligence has immense potential to transform lives for the better.

In the private sector, AI was used to improve workflow processes in businesses as varied as e-commerce and hospitality.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2019, with the headline 'Huge push in artificial intelligence projects across all sectors'. Subscribe