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Intel, Microsoft to Support AI Workshop

AI Singapore — a national initiative to enhance Singapore’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities — unveiled a new program in late August called AI for Everyone, which will provide free AI training to 10,000 participants. The program also aims to assuage fears that AI will replace jobs. AI for Everyone features a series of three-hour workshops over the next three years. Materials for these workshops will be provided by the program’s content partners, Intel and Microsoft.

Singapore Named ‘Innovative Champion’ by CTA

In the 2018 International Innovation Scorecard, produced by CTA, Singapore is ranked the sixth most innovative country in the world. According to the scorecard, Singapore is a “playground for innovative tech,” outranking every other country in its percentage of highly-skilled employees and tax friendliness. The report also praised the country for its high levels of ethnic diversity and having little unruly regulation on self-driving vehicles and drones.

Facebook to Build $1 Billion Data Center

Facebook selected Singapore as the location for a new $1 billion data center, slated to open in 2022. The new facility will run on 100 percent renewable energy and use a liquid cooling system to reduce the amount of water used by 20 percent. The new 11-floor, 170,000 square foot site is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the western Singapore region.

Singapore Government Launches $30 Million Clean Tech Grant

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor in September announced a new $30 million grant for businesses to offset the cost of efficient cleaning technologies. Waste management companies looking to enlist technologies such as automated street cleaners and smart waste bins can receive up to $250,000 per company. The grant will be available until January 2020.

Mark Chisholm