Trump blasts proposed U.S. restrictions on sale of jet parts to China

Reuters | February 18, 2020

President Donald Trump objected on Tuesday to U.S. proposals that would prevent companies from supplying jet engines and other components to China’s aviation industry and suggested he had instructed his administration not to implement them. In a series of tweets and in comments to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said national security concerns, which had been cited as reasoning for the plans, should not be used as an excuse to make it difficult for foreign countries to buy U.S. products.

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Defined.ai | June 21, 2022

Defined.ai (formerly DefinedCrowd), the leading provider of data, models and tools for Artificial Intelligence, announced its role in Accelerat.ai, which the Portuguese government fully approved it. Portugal is one of the first European Union countries to implement the Covid 2019 Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Digital Transformation Mandate by the European Union, which Accelerat.ai is a part of. Accelerat.ai is a consortium of Portuguese companies backed by the government, with an investment of €48 million (~$51 million) to speed up the digital transformation of Portugal's public and private sectors. The project, born from the EU Digital Compass 2030 initiative, is financed partly through a €16 billion ($17 billion) award granted to Portugal as part of the initiative. It is also the first of many projects from Portugal's Center of Excellence for AI. The mandate of the consortium is to make it easier to develop trustworthy AI apps and use unbiased data in European Portuguese. Accelerat.ai works on the European Portuguese language problem, which has yet to be effectively addressed well in the field of Conversational AI, especially in the public sector and industry-specific domains as the big tech companies usually focus on other markets. If a developer wants to use voice interfaces in the Portuguese market, they have to use APIs in English or Brazilian Portuguese, which is not what the Portuguese people prefer. Today, António Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Sea, Sir John O'Reilly, President of the Jury, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner, and António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, will officially announce the winners of the public audit and contest, including Accelerat.ai as the winner of a process that began exactly one year ago. Defined.ai will play a leading role in Accelerat.ai, a consortium of companies that includes Talkdesk, Devscope, Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa (Inesc id), Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Clarin, NOS, IBM, Microsoft, and KPMG. Interested clients include Caixa Geral de Depositos, Novo Banco, Santander, SPMS/SNS (Healthcare Ministry), AMA (Digital Transformation), Social Security Ministry, EDP (electricity and gas), the Telco NOS, the popular Retail provider Worten, and the Insurance company Fidelidade. Dr. Daniela Braga, Founder and CEO of Defined.ai, was a key player in proposing the creation of a Center of Excellence in AI in Europe and starting the Accelerat.ai consortium and project. (Defined.ai gives AI builders the data they need to train their models.) This ambitious project is aimed at dramatically improving private and public customer service through virtual assistants paired with contact centers as a service in European Portuguese. In its early stages, Accelerat.ai’s goal is to improve customer service in Portugal's private and public sectors and speed up the country's digital transformation. It will develop proprietary technology that can easily scale up to other EU markets since what changes after that is the data. Accelerat.ai will work on a conversational AI framework for modern contact centers that can handle multiple languages. This will improve customer service and cut costs by automating 80 percent of customer support resolutions. It will give customers access to the latest technology in a way that doesn't depend on the cloud provider, infrastructure, or technology. Customers will be able to choose which ASR, NLU, or TTS works best for them. The business model will be based on subscriptions that are flexible and easy to set up. This will make it possible to create 200 highly skilled AI jobs in Portugal. Some of the applications will have a voice and video-enabled avatars that will speak to people when they call the Portuguese Healthcare system to schedule a Covid booster or call Social Security to check on the status of a maternity leave pension. Customer service in the top European languages will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and at a lower cost. Initially designed to help the Portuguese, it will impact all EU citizens in the future because of its multi-language modularity. About Defined.ai Defined.ai is on a mission to enable the creators of the future. At Defined.ai, we believe AI should be created as we raise our children, with the responsibility to make it the best version possible, to be fair, kind, inclusive and to strive for a better world. That’s why we provide high-quality AI training data, tools, and models to the creators of the future. 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Guidehouse and TechSur Form SBA Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture

Guidehouse | June 27, 2022

Guidehouse, a leading global provider of consulting services to public sector and commercial clients, and technology solutions provider TechSur Solutions are pleased to announce a strategic Joint Venture (JV) and Mentor-Protégé Agreement (MPA) under the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) through Guidehouse's acquisition of Dovel Technologies, LLC and its JV with TechSur, 1DTS. 1DTS successfully integrates the expertise of the two firms that specialize in digital transformation, bringing cloud-native applications, solutions, and analytics to government organizations. Guidehouse and TechSur have combined decades of experience providing innovative solutions across the federal government to include U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 1DTS is the culmination of that collective experience. As an 8(a) and EDWOSB, 1DTS can take organizations to the next levels of maturity through focused and impactful digital transformation strategies improving the mission of our customers. TechSur offers proven core competencies in mechanizing and automating the process of IT modernization while Guidehouse brings commensurate expertise in digital transformation and IT consulting. We look forward to significant collaboration through this joint venture to deliver innovative solutions for our Federal clients and team to address today's complex challenges for a more resilient tomorrow." Scott McIntyre,Guidehouse CEO Under the MPA, Guidehouse provides mentorship to TechSur as they seek opportunities in the Federal space for digital transformation, cloud native applications, legacy modernization, enterprise DevSecOps, data analytics, and adaptive artificial intelligence for mutual clients. "This partnership strengthens and highlights the technical savvy and expertise of both organizations," said Amit Yadav, Chief Technology Officer of TechSur Solutions. "Guidehouse is a powerhouse and increases our resources exponentially. We are very excited about this JV and the potential for delivering high-quality, timely, and customer-focused IT services while helping our clients solve their complex technical challenges." Guidehouse brings strength in the design and implementation of modernized enterprise architecture, systems integration, and agile-based software development, operations, and maintenance. TechSur Solutions is passionate about crafting aggressive and intentional technical solutions, all while remembering that at the end of the day, human beings have to want to use the technology. About Guidehouse Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 13,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. About TechSur Solutions TechSur Solutions is a premier IT consulting services small business with a philosophy and a focus on invention. Their rich service portfolio offers Federal Agencies and commercial clients Digital Transformation and Modernization services. TechSur is an 8(a) certified Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) built on the belief that government deserves better engagement and a terrific user experience.

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Octo Works with AWS to Deliver Data Mesh Solutions for Federal Government Organizations

Octo | August 03, 2022

Octo announced today they are working to deliver their data mesh solutions to federal customers with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Through this effort, Octo will support multiple federal customers seeking to transform into data-driven enterprises and enhance mission value realized from their data analytics investments. This effort will be supported by AWS to develop tailored solutions and service offerings and enhance existing solutions such as Octo's Data Mesh offering. "Octo's innovative data mesh solution leverages AWS analytics services like Amazon Redshift, Amazon QuickSight, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon EMR, and AWS Glue in a robust, self-service data platform to enable federal government organizations to adopt a new paradigm for meeting the increasing demands for critical analytics data at scale. Together, we are delivering outcomes that increase data value and mission agility by helping agencies embrace product thinking and manage data as a product." -Cindy Walker, Vice President, Data Center of Excellence, Octo. Octo and AWS will also work to develop solutions covering the entire data life cycle including effective ingestion, discoverability, and analytics. Mehul Sanghani, CEO of Octo said, "We are pleased to further work with AWS whom we've had a relationship with for several years. Working together to determine the future of Octo's Data Mesh solution is a recipe for success, not just for Octo and AWS, but for federal customers who depend on us to bring next-gen solutions to their most complex challenges." Octo is using oLabs™ its cutting-edge facility in Reston, Virginia, to address customers' most pressing issues with innovative emerging technology solutions in real time. To learn more about why federal organization need data mesh now, register for the upcoming BrightTalk webinar scheduled for August 18, 2022. About Octo: Octo is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government's most complex challenges, enabling agencies to jump the technology curve. We don't just modernize. We create lasting change through best practices that help agencies implement and integrate at-scale next-generation technology and innovation. With a mission and service first mentality, we provide Agile, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Cloud, Open Source, and Data Science solutions, collaborating to solve customers' pressing problems. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo delivers proven technology vital to the intelligence community and health care, defense, national security, and civilian agencies that directly impact our nation.

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