APTN National NewsManitoba chiefs are accusing Aboriginal Affairs of bullying God’s Lake First Nation into signing a funding agreement under duress.Chief Gilbert Andrews was given the new contribution agreement Feb. 27.He was to sign and send it back to the federal government by March 5.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has the story.
BERLIN – Police evacuated part of a terminal at Germany’s busiest airport Tuesday after a security official mistakenly allowed a French family that hadn’t completed required security checks into a secure area.Federal police stopped flights from boarding and kept passengers out of area A of Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 for about two hours because of concerns that at least one person had entered without being properly screened.Police tweeted that the midday evacuation was prompted by a security assistant mistakenly allowing the French family of four into the secure area even though they were supposed to be subjected to a secondary screening.The family was located, questioned and allowed to continue on its journey, the police added.The terminal resumed operating as normal about two hours after the partial evacuation was imposed.Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, said around 7,000 passengers were affected by flight delays and cancellations and that it had booked 2,000 hotel rooms as a precaution in case people couldn’t be put on later aircraft.It said also that some flights had to leave Frankfurt empty so that they would be at their destination airports at the right time to keep on schedule.It gave no estimate of the cost to the airline. read more
18 February 2011The United States today vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning all Israeli settlements established in occupied Palestinian territory since 1967 as illegal, saying that while it agreed that the settlements are illegitimate the resolution harmed chances for peace talks. The other 14 members of the Council voted for the resolution, which demanded that “Israel, as the occupying power, immediately and completely ceases all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and that it fully respect its legal obligations in this regard.” But as one of the five permanent members, the negative US vote is the equivalent of a veto. The resolution, co-sponsored by over 120 of the UN’s 192 Member States, also called on both parties to comply with their obligations under the Road Map plan, sponsored by the diplomatic Quartet of the United Nations, European Union, Russia and US, which seeks to establish a two-State solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders.It urged all parties to continue with their negotiations on final status issues in the Middle East peace process and called for the “intensification of international and regional diplomatic efforts to support and invigorate the peace process towards achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.”After the vote Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a note issued by his spokesperson, called for focusing on efforts to overcome the current impasse, in which the Palestinians are refusing to resume direct talks until Israel stops all settlement activity, and create a conducive environment for progress towards resolving all final status issues. In explaining her veto, US Ambassador Susan E. Rice said the vote should not be misunderstood as support for settlement activity.“On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” she declared. “Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace…“Every potential action must be measured against one overriding standard: will it move the parties closer to negotiations and an agreement? Unfortunately, this draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations and, if and when they did resume, to return to the Security Council whenever they reach an impasse.”Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour regretted that the Council had failed to “uphold its responsibilities” to respond to the crisis. “Our overarching goal remains to bring an end to the Israeli colonization and occupation of our land and its destruction of the two-State solution,” he said. “We fear, however, that the message sent today may be one that only encourages further Israeli intransigence and impunity.”Israeli Ambassador Meron Reuben called for a resumption of direct talks between the two sides without pre-conditions, noting that settlements are only one of several issues to be settled in final status negotiations. “Therefore, the resolution before you should never have been submitted,” he said. “Instead, the international community and the Security Council should have called upon the Palestinian leadership, in a clear and resolute voice, to immediately return to the negotiating table.” read more
Elections for the Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central provinces ended this evening sans any major violence.The Department of elections said that by 2 this afternoon over 50 percent of voter turnout had been recorded from all three provinces. This included 51 percent in Batticaloa, 55 percent in Ampara, 55 in Trincomalee, 45 in Ratnapura, 50 in Kegalle, 50 in Anuradhapura and 45 percent in Pollonaruwa. Additional Elections Commissioner R M L Ratnayake told the Colombo Gazette that overall the election was conducted in a peaceful manner. He said that counting will begin at 6 pm and the first result is expected by midnight tonight.The unit at the Elections Department monitoring election violations said it had received 117 complaints by 4pm. Of the major incidents reported to the police was a clash between UPFA and SLMC supporters in Pullmudai where two people were injured.Related story: http://colombogazette.com/voting-underway-in-local-council-polls/Related story: http://colombogazette.com/only-two-voters-in-manthivu/ read more
Responding to questions from the press, spokesman Fred Eckhard said Council members were discussing possible action on Iraq. The decisions on that country would have an impact on the Middle East as a whole, he added.Asked about Mr. Annan’s participation, the spokesman stressed that the Secretary-General did not want to interfere in the deliberations, and was not involved in the drafting of any resolution, although he did work closely with the Council and had been urging it to maintain unity.”He is staying in touch with the parties, but he is not getting involved with the drafting,” Mr. Eckhard said, adding, “to my knowledge, there isn’t a draft.”To a question on who would attend the talks in Vienna next week between the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the Iraqi Government on practical arrangements for inspections, the spokesman said that the Commission’s Executive Chairman, Hans Blix, would head the UN side and would be accompanied by senior directors. Experts from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would also be present. The composition of the Iraqi side has not yet been announced. read more
Experts from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected a farm and visited an ice-making factory near As Suwayrah, approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Baghdad. Multi-frequency electromagnetic detectors were used to survey several areas of the farm, a spokesman for the Commission said in Baghdad.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC chemical team inspected Falluja I, a storage area for farm products and largely deserted, and Falluja II, a site that comprises the headquarters of the Al-Tariq Company and a factory area. The major activity at this location is the production of phenol and chlorine, although the chlorine plant is currently inoperative, according to spokesman Hiro Ueki.In other news, UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix met today in Paris with President Jacques Chirac of France. He then travelled to the United Kingdom, where he is meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair.Mr. Blix will then leave from London for Cyprus before heading to Baghdad this weekend with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for talks with Iraqi officials. read more
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 12:42 pm MDT Analyzing Google search trends could predict recessions faster: study TORONTO – A new report suggests that analyzing Google search trends could predict a recession more quickly than traditional GDP data, which are available only after a two-month lag.The report by the C.D. Howe Institute says this kind of real-time data mining could allow policymakers to respond more quickly to weakening economic conditions.Report author Greg Tkacz says when many people plug the same economic terms into Google, it can provide a clue about changing conditions, such as an impending recession.Following this logic, Tkacz analyzed the usage of the search terms “recession” and “jobs” prior to the 2008-2009 economic downturn.He found that analyzing search trends could have predicted the recession three months prior to its onset.However, Tkacz cautions that since Google search trends are only available as far back as 2004 — a short timespan as far as business cycles go — the study should be viewed as illustrative rather than conclusive. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Minemax is a major sponsor of Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning SMP 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, Western Australia, November 24-26. The company will also be contributing through a paper, short course and the exhibition. Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning SMP 2014 is a three-day international symposium that highlights the latest advances, technologies, practices and concerns in the field. Since the outstanding success of the last two symposia in 2004 and 2009, the world has changed in very important ways. In 2014, under the theme of globally optimising mineral supply chains the conference will examine whether our approaches are adequate to manage these emerging challenges – stressing the uncertainty in supply (orebodies being mined) and demand (markets), while seeking risk management and enhanced performance.The event will address core issues and relevant challenges faced by the industry today. These start from examining possible changes in objectives for modelling and planning, extend to the recognition of a need for new mineral supply chain optimisation frameworks, and continue with the suitability of existing technologies and research and development needed.The symposium will also feature:•Case studies of strategic mine planning in major operations and mining complexes•A forum on Strategic mine planning in a changing world.Leon Blackwell from Minemax’s Perth office will present a paper entitled Capital Expenditure Modelling for Strategic Mine Scheduling. This paper addresses powerful modelling techniques for Capex including capacity degradation, precedences between Capex options and mutually exclusive Capex options. Matt LaBonte from the Denver office will be one of the presenters of a short course entitled Strategic risk management and optimization in mine design and production scheduling: From single mines to mining complexes and value chains given uncertainty. read more
On July 1, 2017, a new company was incorporated under the umbrella of the AUMUND Group, and 49-year-old Erwin Last became its Managing Director. AUMUND Group Field Service GmbH has its registered office in Rheinberg, Germany, directly adjacent to the AUMUND headquarters. The company’s business is to carry out industrial installation services on behalf of the Group brands, AUMUND Fördertechnik GmbH, SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH and SAMSON Materials Handling Ltd, but also for customers outside the AUMUND Group.In particular it will carry out and supervise installation and commissioning of machines as well as servicing, maintenance and repair work. “We have amalgamated the installation and commissioning activities of the three companies into a new service entity,” says Managing Director Erwin Last. “The benefits lie in particular in utilising and further expanding our strong international network of supervisors and commissioning personnel, and in improving our presence alongside the people who use our machines on site.” Through this merger the AUMUND Group will optimise the range of site installation, equipment start-up and inspection services.Last evaluates this corporate consolidation as a further step towards ensuring sustainable employment prospects for Rheinberg. “We will set a consistent standard for site services and commissioning over the whole of the AUMUND Group. This will bring a marked increase in efficiency and added value for the customer.” The core team of the new AUMUND Group Field Service GmbH consists of 28 employees. read more
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists have developed genetic tools that help solve two of the problems hampering genome-editing superweapon CRISPR.These discoveries provide new hope for treating, or even curing, certain genetic diseases.The first is led by Harvard biochemist David Liu, who last year invented a method of switching single letters in the 3-billion-letter human genome to repair disease-causing mutations.While CRISPR/Cas9 simply cuts out existing genes, Liu and his team established a base editor that can rearrange the sequences of our genetic code—like a master forger fooling even the most adept experts.Their adenine base editor, or ABE for short, can neatly turn the DNA letter A (adenine) into G (guanine) “with surprising efficiency” and “virtually no” collateral damage, according to a Harvard press announcement.Harvard and Broad Institute researchers developed a DNA base editor that could one day be used to treat many common genetic diseases (via Susannah Hamilton/Harvard University)“What we’ve developed is a base editor, a molecular machine, that in a programmable, irreversible, efficient, and extremely clean way can correct … mutations in the genome of living cells,” Liu said in a statement.The entire family of base-editing systems developed in Liu’s lab can now correct all so-called “transition” mutations—C to T, T to C, A to G, G to A—which account for nearly two-thirds of genetic conditions, including sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, and color blindness.“Creating a machine that makes the genetic change you need to treat a disease is an important step forward, but it’s only one part of what’s needed to treat a patient,” the Harvard professor said. “We still have to deliver that machine, we have to test its safety, we have to assess its beneficial effects in animals and patients and weigh them against any side effects.“We need to do many more things. But having the machine is a good start.”In a separate study, published in the journal Science, Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute describes a new version of CRISPR that can efficiently edit RNA, the single-stranded cousin of DNA.The system—RNA Editing for Programmable A to I Replacement (REPAIR)—can reverse disease-causing mutations at the RNA level, and provide other therapeutic and basic science applications.“The ability to correct disease-curing mutations is one of the primary goals of genome editing,” according to Zhang, a professor in the departments of brain and cognitive science and biological engineering at MIT.“So far, we’ve gotten very good at inactivating genes, but actually recovering lost protein function is much more challenging,” he said. “This new ability to edit RNA opens up more potential opportunities to recover that function and treat many diseases, in almost any kind of cell.”A new REPAIR system edits RNA, rather than DNA (via Susanna Hamilton/Broad Communications)Like ABE, REPAIR can target individual RNA letters and reverse the impact of pathogenic G-to-A mutation, which may cause focal epilepsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease.“REPAIR can fix mutations without tampering with the genome, and because RNA naturally degrades, it’s a potentially reversible fix,” co-author David Cox, a graduate student in Zhang’s lab, explained.Looking to the future, researchers plan to improve REPAIR’s efficiency, and eventually share the system widely; the technology will be available for academic research via the Zhang lab’s website. CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanScientists Add Human Genes to Monkeys’ Brains in New Study Stay on target read more
A newspaper stand displaying front pages bearing headlines about diplomatic tensions between Turkey and The Netherlands in Ankara. Photo: AFPTurkey on Monday said it was suspending top-level ties with The Netherlands and blocking the return of its ambassador in a spiralling crisis over the holding of rallies abroad ahead of a crucial referendum.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “supporting terrorists,” as acrimony flared between Turkey and EU states-a standoff that risks affecting Ankara’s entire relationship with Europe.Both Germany and The Netherlands have blocked Turkish ministers from staging rallies to court the vote of expatriate Turks in the April 16 referendum on giving Erdogan greater powers.Ankara was especially angered by the acts of The Netherlands days ahead of general elections in the country. The authorities prevented the foreign minister’s plane from landing and expelled the family minister over the weekend.“Until the Netherlands compensates for what it has done, high-level relations and planned meetings at a ministerial and higher level have been suspended,” said Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus after a cabinet meeting in Ankara.Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return until The Netherlands meets Turkey’s conditions over holding rallies, he added. Diplomatic flights would also be suspended.Ambassador Kees Cornelis van Rij is currently outside of the country, and business is being handled by Dutch charge d’affaires.‘Merkel backs terrorists’Twice over the weekend, Erdogan accused The Netherlands, a NATO ally, of acting like the Nazis.His comments sparked outrage in a country bombed and occupied by German forces in World War II.The United States urged both countries to resolve their row.“They’re both strong partners and NATO allies. We’d just ask that they not escalate the situation any further and work together to resolve it,” said a senior State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.With the exchanges worsening Turkey’s already fraught relations with the European Union, Brussels sternly warned Ankara to avoid intensifying the crisis.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn called on Turkey to “refrain from excessive statements and actions that risk further exacerbating the situation.”But hours later in an interview with A-Haber television, Erdogan bluntly stated: “Mrs Merkel, you are supporting terrorists.”He accused Berlin of not responding to 4,500 dossiers sent by Ankara on terror suspects, including those linked to Kurdish militants and the failed coup in Turkey last year.“Mrs Merkel, why are you hiding terrorists in your country?… Why are you not doing anything?”Merkel’s spokesman described the accusations as “absurd”, saying the chancellor had no intention of taking part in a “competition of provocations”.Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik also said Ankara “should re-evaluate” a key part of a 2016 deal to stem the flow of migrants to the EU.He said Turkey should look at its policy on preventing migrant flows across land borders, although it would keep halting the illegal and dangerous sea crossings as a matter of human responsibility, state media said.‘Completely wrong’Dutch authorities at the weekend prevented the plane of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from landing and blocked Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya from holding a rally in Rotterdam.Bringing out the millions-strong expatriate vote could be key in a referendum that could be a turning point in Turkey’s modern history.Erdogan said the ministers would make the “necessary applications” to the European Court of Human Rights over their treatment.Meanwhile Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is under pressure to take a hard line against Erdogan as he faces the far-right populist Geert Wilders in general elections on Wednesday.The Netherlands also issued a new travel warning to Dutch citizens, urging them to stay “alert across the whole of Turkey”. And Germany warned its citizens to take note of “increased political tensions and protests that could be directed against Germany”.Turkey had already responded furiously to fellow NATO ally Germany’s refusal to give permission for ministers to hold rallies there, with Erdogan comparing such action to “Nazi practices”.After Erdogan used the same language to scold the Netherlands, Merkel said on Monday that the comparison was “completely wrong” and “banalises suffering”.‘Lifeline for Erdogan’The issue risks spiralling into a crisis with the EU as a whole, which Turkey has sought to join for more than half a century.Erdogan, who has indicated he may personally travel to EU states to address rallies said Sunday that the West was showing its “true face” in the standoff.The immediate effect of the row, however, may aid Erdogan, Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Programme at The Washington Institute, told AFP.“By blocking (the rallies), they may have given Erdogan a lifeline to eke out a victory in the referendum,” he said. read more
Google is working on an Extension Icon for Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on March 25, 2019 in Google Chrome – 5 commentsRecent versions of Google Chrome Canary include a new experimental feature that adds an extension icon to the main Chrome toolbar.Most extensions for Google Chrome add an icon to the main toolbar. The icon supports default options, e.g. hiding the extension icon or uninstalling the extension, but often also functionality provided by the extension.I prefer how Vivaldi, another Chromium-based browser, gives you more control over extension icons.Chrome has a single toolbar only for navigational icons, the site address, menu, profile icon, and extension icons.The new Extension icon that Google is working on may be a solution for extension icons taking up too much place on Google Chrome’s toolbar.The functionality provided at this time is rather limited, on the other hand. It seems that Google is still working on the integration of the feature in Chrome.Extensions Toolbar MenuThe feature is hidden behind an experimental flag right now. You need to run a recent version of Chrome Canary to enable it.Note: Experimental features may come and go without announcement by Google. It is possible that a feature will land in Chrome Stable directly, that it remains hidden by a flag, or that it is removed at one point.Here is how that is done:Load chrome://flags/#extensions-toolbar-menu in the Chrome address bar to open the Experiments page in Chrome.Toggle the status of the Extensions Toolbar Menu experiment to Enabled. (Set it to Default or Disabled to return to the status quo).Restart Google Chrome.You should see a new extension icon on the Chrome toolbar. A click on the icon displays all active extensions provided that you are not on an internal page, those beginning with chrome://, or another restricted page.The functionality is limited to that right now. It would not make a whole lot of sense to add an icon to Chrome that would just display a list of installed extensions in the main interface.More likely is that some functionality is not implemented yet. Google could integrate extension management functionality to the icon, e.g. to use functionality it exposes in its menu and options to hide or uninstall the extension.Hiding extension icons has no effect on the listing in the extension menu. Chrome users could use the feature to hide some of the icons and access the functionality they provide from the extension menu instead.The Extension Icon is just one of the new features that Google landed in Chrome recently. One of the best new features added to Chrome recently is Chrome’s extension activity monitor.Now You: What is your take on the feature? What would you like to see?SummaryArticle NameGoogle is working on an Extension Icon for ChromeDescriptionRecent versions of Google Chrome Canary include a new experimental feature that adds an extension icon to the main Chrome toolbar.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement read more
News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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To better explain disparities, researchers examined cancer survival by racial/ethnic group for 877,662 patients diagnosed with breast, prostate, colorectal or lung cancer between 2000–2013 using California Cancer Registry data.In the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers found stage at diagnosis, neighborhood socioeconomic status and marital status to have the biggest impact on racial/ethnic cancer survival disparities.Black patients had the lowest survival rate for all cancer types and Asian American/Pacific Islander ethnic groups had the highest survival, compared to Whites.Black patients with breast, prostate and colorectal cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with late stage tumors than Whites, with stage explaining 16-28 percent of overall racial/ethnic survival disparities.Living in a low socioeconomic neighborhood, far more common among Black and Hispanic patients than among Whites or Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, explained 5-18 percent of the overall survival disparities among racial/ethnic groups, with the largest contribution for lung cancer.The most significant racial/ethnic survival disparities were among women with breast cancer. Cancer deaths among Black women was twice that of White women. Hormone receptor status was a significant contributor to overall breast cancer racial/ethnic survival disparities, explaining 9 percent of survival differences. These findings reinforce that tumor subtype is a significant contributor to survival disparities, especially for the poor survival among Black compared to White women.Researchers also found the contribution of stage at diagnosis to survival disparities in colorectal cancer was considerably larger in women (28 percent) than in men (16 percent). Among men with colorectal cancer, the influence of marital status on racial/ethnic survival disparities was as large as the influence of stage.Women also experienced improved lung cancer survival rates over men. This may be explained by tumor biology, an important contributing factor to racial/ethnic survival disparities in lung cancer, especially in women, and may reflect the varying distribution of tumor subtypes across racial/ethnic groups.Married patients, particularly men, also experienced improved survival over unmarried patients. Marital status explained 14-18 percent of survival disparities among men, and 6-14 percent among women.In this study, health insurance was not found to be a significant contributor of racial/ethnic survival disparities after clinical factors, neighborhood socioeconomic status and marital status were accounted for.According to Elizabeth Ellis, the leader researcher of the study, “While stage at diagnosis and the molecular type of tumor had the largest impact on racial/ethnic survival disparities, social factors were also important. The strong influence of neighborhood socioeconomic status and marital status suggests that social determinants, support mechanisms and access to healthcare need to be addressed to ensure that all groups have the opportunity to experience optimal survival.”The collection of cancer incidence data used in this study was supported by the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program under contract HHSN261201000140C awarded to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.For more information: www.jco.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Oncology Diagnostics | October 27, 2017 Researchers Identify Major Factors Impacting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cancer Survival Large study finds stage at diagnosis, neighborhood socioeconomic status and marital status have the greatest impact on racial/ethnic cancer survival disparities News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest technologies currently. From work colleagues to your boss, chances are that most (yourself included) wish to create the next big AI project. Artificial Intelligence is a vast field and with thousands of languages to choose from, it can get a bit difficult to pick the language that will bring the most value to your project. For anyone wanting to dive in the AI space, the initial stage of choosing the right language can really decelerate the development process. Moreover, making a right choice about the language for the Artificial Intelligence development depends on your skills and needs. Following are the top 5 programming languages for Artificial Intelligence development: 1.Python Python, hands down, is the number one programming language when it comes to Artificial Intelligence development. Not only is it one of the most popular languages in the field of data science, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence in general, it is also popular among game developers, web developers, cybersecurity professionals and others. It offers a ton of libraries and frameworks in Machine Learning and Deep Learning that are extremely powerful and essential for AI development such as TensorFlow, Theano, Keras, Scikit Learn, etc. Python is the go-to language for AI development for most people, novices and experts alike. Pros It’s quite easy to learn due to its simple syntax. This helps in implementing the AI algorithms in a quick and easy manner. Development is faster in Python as compared to Java, C++ or Ruby. It is a multi-paradigm programming language and supports object-oriented, functional and procedure-oriented programming languages. Python has a ton of libraries and tools to offer. Python libraries such as Scikit-learn, Numpy, CNTK, etc are quite trending. It is a portable language and can be used on multiple operating systems namely Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Unix. Cons Integration of the AI systems with non-Python infrastructure. For e.g. for an infrastructure built around Java, it would be advisable to build deep learning models using Java rather than Python. If you are a data scientist, a machine learning developer or just a domain expert like a bioinformatician who hasn’t yet learned a programming language, Python is your best bet. It is easy to learn, translate equations and logic well in few lines of code and has a rich development ecosystem. 2. C++ C++ comes second on the list when it comes to top 5 programming languages for Artificial Intelligence development. There are cases where C++ supersedes Python even though it is not the most common language when talking about AI development. For instance, when working with an embedded environment where you don’t want a lot of overhead due to Java Virtual Machine or Python Interpreter; C++ is a perfect choice. C++ also consists of some popular libraries and frameworks in AI, machine learning and deep learning namely, Mlpack, shark, OpenNN, Caffe, Dlib, etc. Pros Execution in C++ is very fast which is why it can be the go-to language when it comes to AI projects that are time-sensitive. It offers substantial use of algorithms. It uses statistical AI techniques quite effectively. Data hiding and inheritance make it possible to reuse the existing code during the development process. It is also suitable for machine learning and Neural Networks. Cons It follows a bottom-up approach and this makes it very complex for large-scale projects. If you are a game developer, you’ve already dabbled with C++ in some form or the other. Given the popularity of C++ among developers, it goes without saying, that if you choose C++, it can definitely kickstart your AI development process to build smarter, more interactive games. 3. Java Java is a close contender to C++. From Machine Learning to Natural language processing, Java comes with a plethora of libraries for all aspects of Artificial Intelligence development. Java has all the infrastructure that you need to create your next big AI project. Some popular Java libraries and frameworks are Deeplearning4j, Weka, Java-ML, etc. Pros Java follows the once Written Read/Run Anywhere (WORA) principle. It is a time-efficient language as it can be run on any platform without the need for re-compilation every time because of Virtual Machine Technology. Java works well for search algorithms, neural networks, and NLP. It is a multi-paradigm language i.e. it supports object-oriented, procedure-oriented and functional programming languages. It is easy to debug. Cons As mentioned, Java has a complex and verbose code structure which can be a bit time-consuming as it increases the development time. If you are into development of software, web, mobile or anywhere in between, you’ve worked with Java at some point, probably you still are. Most commercial apps have Java baked in them. The familiarity and robustness that Java has to offer is a good reason to pick Java when working with AI development. This is especially relevant if you want to enter well-established domains like banking that are historically built on top of Java-based systems. 4. Scala Just like Java, Scala belongs to the JVM family. Scala is a fairly new language in the AI space but it’s finding quite a bit of recognition recently in many corporations and startups. It has a lot to offer in terms of convenience which is why developers enjoy working with it. Also, ScalaNLP, DeepLearning4j, etc are all tools and libraries that make the AI development process a bit easier with Scala. Let’s have a look at the features that make it a good choice for AI development. Pros It’s good for projects that need scalability. It combines the strengths of Functional and Imperative programming models to act as a powerful tool which helps build highly concurrent applications while reaping the benefits of an OO approach at the same time. It provides good concurrency support which helps with projects involving real-time parallelized analytics. Scala has a good open source community when it comes to statistical learning, information theory and Artificial Intelligence in general. Cons Scala falls short when it comes to machine learning libraries. Scala consists of concepts such as implicits as well as type classes. These might not be familiar to programmers coming from the object-oriented world. The learning curve in Scala is steep. Even though Scala lacks in machine learning libraries, its scalability, and concurrency support makes it a good option for AI development. With more companies such as IBM and lightbend collaborating together to use Scala for building more AI applications, it’s no secret that Scala’s use for AI development is on constant demand in the present as well as for the future. 5. R R is a language that’s catching up in the race recently for AI development. Primarily used for academic research, R is written by statisticians and it provides basic data management which makes tasks really easy. It’s not as pricey as statistical software namely Matlab or SAS, which makes it a great substitute for this software and a golden child of data science. Pros R comes with plenty packages that help boost its performance. There are packages available for pre-modeling, modeling and post modeling stages in data analysis. R is very efficient in tasks such as continuous regression, model validation, and data visualization. R being a statistical language offers very robust statistical model packages for data analysis such as caret, ggplot, dplyr, lattice, etc which can help boost the AI development process. Major tasks can be done with little code developed in an interactive environment which makes it easy for the developers to try out new ideas and verify them with varied graphics functions that come with R. Cons R’s major drawback is its inconsistency due to third-party algorithms. Development speed is quite slow when it comes to R as you have to learn new ways for data modeling. You also have to make predictions every time when using a new algorithm. R is one of those skills that’s mainly demanded by recruiters in data science and machine learning. Overall, R is a very clever language. It is freely available, runs on server as well as common hardware. R can help amp up your AI development process to a great extent. Other languages worth mentioning There are three other languages that deserve a mention in this article: Go, Lisp and Prolog. Let’s have a look at what makes these a good choice for AI development. Go Go has been receiving a lot of attention recently. There might not be as many projects available in AI development using Go as for now but the language is on its path to continuous growth these days. For instance, AlphaGo, is a first computer program in Go that was able to defeat the world champion human Go player, proves how powerful the language is in terms of features that it can offer. Pros You don’t have to call out to libraries, you can make use of Go’s existing machine learning libraries. It doesn’t consist of classes. It only consists of packages which make the code cleaner and clear. It doesn’t support inheritance which makes it easy to modify the code in Go. Cons There aren’t many solid libraries for core AI development tasks. With Go, it is possible to pull off core ML and some reinforcement learning tasks as well, despite the lack of libraries. But given other versatile features of Go, the future looks bright for this language with it finding more applications in AI development. Lisp Lisp is one of the oldest languages for AI development and as such gets an honorary mention. It is a very popular language in AI academic research and is equally effective in the AI development process as well. However, it is not such a usual choice among the developers of recent times. Also, most modern libraries in machine learning, deep learning, and AI are written in popular languages such as C++, Python, etc. But I wouldn’t write off Lisp yet. It still has an immense capacity to build some really innovative AI projects, if take the time to learn it. Pros Its flexible and extendable nature enables fast prototyping, thereby, providing developers with the needed freedom to quickly test out ideas and theories. Since it was custom built for AI, its symbolic information processing capability is above par. It is suitable for machine learning and inductive learning based projects. Recompilation of functions alongside the running program is possible which saves time. Cons Since it is an old language, not a lot of developers are well-versed with it. Also, new software and hardware have to be configured to be able to accommodate using Lisp. Given the vintage nature of Lisp for the AI world, it is quite interesting to see how things work in Lisp for AI development. The most famous example of a lisp-based AI project is DART (Dynamic Analysis and Replanning Tool), used by the U.S. military. Prolog Finally, we have Prolog, which is another old language primarily associated with AI development and symbolic computation. Pros It is a declarative language where everything is dictated by rules and facts. It supports mechanisms such as tree-based data structuring, automatic backtracking, nondeterminism and pattern matching which is helpful for AI development. This makes it quite a powerful language for AI development. Its varied features are quite helpful in creating AI projects for different fields such as medical, voice control, networking and other such Artificial development projects. It is flexible in nature and is used extensively for theorem proving, natural language processing, non-numerical programming, and AI in general. Cons High level of difficulty when it comes to learning Prolog as compared to other languages. Apart from the above-mentioned features, implementation of symbolic computation in other languages can take up to tens of pages of indigestible code. But the same algorithms implemented in Prolog results in a clear and concise program that easily fits on one page. So those are the top programming languages for Artificial Intelligence development. Choosing the right language eventually depends on the nature of your project. If you want to pick an easy to learn language go for Python but if you are working on a project where speed and performance are most critical then pick C++. If you are a creature of habit, Java is a good choice. If you are a thrill seeker who wants to learn a new and different language, choose Scala, R or Go, and if you are feeling particularly adventurous, explore the quaint old worlds of Lisp or Prolog. Read Next Why is Python so good for AI and Machine Learning? 5 Python Experts Explain Top 6 Java Machine Learning/Deep Learning frameworks you can’t miss 15 Useful Python Libraries to make your Data Science tasks Easier read more
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