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American AI presents AI based model for combatting human trafficking

American AI participated in an international seminar held by US Department of Defense’s National Defense University (NDU) in Oman. The program was organized by Near East South Asia Centre for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University and included participation from ten countries. The program was focused on Combatting Human Trafficking. American AI introduced a comprehensive model known as PRIME model where AI is used to Prevent, Respond, Investigate, Mitigate, and Excel in combating Human Trafficking.

“We proposed and received excellent feedback on our PRIME model. PRIME is world’s first and the most comprehensive model for Artificial Intelligence used in combatting Human Trafficking”, said Dr. Al Naqvi, CEO of American AI. “American AI has developed similar models for all areas of civilian and defense agencies. These models help develop AI strategic frameworks. Our AI platform functions based upon these models.” He elaborated.

 

American AI participated in an international seminar held by US Department of Defense
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American AI launches new eBook series

In its new eBook series, American AI has launched its first book titled “Building an AI firm for Government Contracting” which is now available as a free downloadable PDF for everyone.

“The American leadership in AI is declining. Competitors and adversaries have caught up and in certain cases have exceeded our capabilities. The quality and strategic orientation of our AI suppliers will greatly determine our ability to compete,” Dr Al Naqvi, CEO of American AI, said.

The e-book shows how to rebuild a legacy IT firm for the AI/ML economy and win more AI business, faster. This book is written for the executives and leaders of government contracting firms. Specifically, those leaders who are interested in building a strong future for their firms. “As a company we are committed to build the backbone of American Artificial Intelligence – with innovation and excellence,” Dr Naqvi added.

Learn how to transform a legacy government contractor into an AI firm. Download our e-book now.

American AI has launched the coverage of artificial intelligence

American AI has launched the coverage of artificial intelligence (AI), data strategies and strategic plans of various departments, federal agencies and commissions.

“We provide actionable information to our customers with an aim to help them align their respective strategies for competitive advantage over peers and competitors,” Dr Al Naqvi, CEO of American AI said at the launch of the coverage. “While our analysis of the government documents serves people to make sense of the otherwise technical and complex reports, it truly helps empower our clients to gain a competitive edge to accomplish more, efficiently and impressively,” explained Dr Al Naqvi.

As a ubiquitous technology, today AI has become the fastest growing tech area in the federal government. “American AI is a SaaS company that helps companies win Artificial Intelligence business with the government, faster,” Naqvi added.

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Major barriers to AI adoption

There is no end to the application of artificial intelligence (AI). From the deep oceans to outer space and our endeavors to colonize other planets, AI is being used today almost everywhere. This isn’t just about the use of AI. This technology is literally transforming our world and shaping the future. Look around, the world we live in today is different and smarter than ever before.

Gaining unicorn status and more

While AI is fast transforming the world, it has also been helping companies to go beyond the status quo and gain unicorn status–in other words to become a billion-dollar enterprise. This transformative technology helps create a competitive and strategic advantage against competitors and adversaries which has made AI a top priority for the government and private organizations. As competitiveness creates greater value for companies, strategic superiority helps nations to create and gain a position of strength against adversaries.

Those who have realized the real-world potential of AI are struggling to scale up their efforts in order to leverage new advances in artificial intelligence. Nonetheless, the development of working AI adoption practices remains a challenge at large and there are many reasons for that. The barriers to AI adoption vary from organization to organization and so are the approaches and strategies to overcome these barriers.

The challenges

There are many barriers to AI adoption and one thing that stands out is the talent deficit. We explored this particular problem in detail in one of our recent blogs. Among other barriers are scarcity of data (both in terms of quantity and quality), fear and resistance to change and other organizational and cultural barriers.

As per this report by McKinsey & Company, the most common barrier to AI adoption is strategy related. This is followed by a lack of appropriate talent, functional silos that constrain end-to-end AI solutions, and a lack of leaders who demonstrate ownership of and commitment to AI.

According to IBM Global AI Adoption Index 2022, released recently, the top five things that are hindering successful AI adoption for businesses are limited AI skills, high price, lack of tools or platforms to develop models, projects are too complex or difficult to integrate and scale, and too much data complexity.

The good news is despite these challenges; AI adoption is growing steadily across the globe. As per the IBM report, global AI adoption rate grew to 35% this year with a four-point increase from the year before.

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GPT-3: From text to coding

In September 2020, the Guardian asked a robot to write an op-ed of around 500 words. The total words fed to it, the input, in terms of introduction and instructions were only 73 words. The output was eight unique and different op-ed pieces, each advancing a different argument.

These op-ed pieces were written by the third generation Generative Pre-trained Transformer or GPT-3–a language model that uses machine learning (ML), a subfield of artificial intelligence, to produce human-like text.

“Editing GPT-3’s op-ed was no different to editing a human op-ed. We cut lines and paragraphs, and rearranged the order of them in some places. Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds,” wrote the Guardian’s editor in his note on the GPT-3 op-ed published in the Guardian.

Developed by OpenAI, a San Francisco based AI research and deployment company, GPT-3 a language model that leverages deep learning is trained using internet data to generate any type of human-like text on demand including stories, blogs, articles and even poetry and so on.

A powerful breed of technology

GPT-3 was trained on a large corpus of text data i.e., over 175 billion ML parameters during its months of training, making it the largest neural network ever produced with powerful text computer code generation capabilities. Yes, GPT-3 can write codes as well with instructions in the English language. But since GPT-3 is not open source it is available only through an API.

OpenAI Codex is a descendant of GPT-3. It was released by OpenAI through its API in private beta in August 2021. According to OpenAI “Proficient in more than a dozen programming languages, Codex can now interpret simple commands in natural language and execute them on the user’s behalf—making it possible to build a natural language interface to existing applications.”

“OpenAI Codex is most capable in Python, but it is also proficient in over a dozen languages including JavaScript, Go, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Swift and TypeScript, and even Shell.” Like GPT-3, Codex has been trained on billions of lines of public code including code in public GitHub repositories making it super easy to translate natural English language into code.

Coding made simple

With GPT-3 you can code and that too fast even if you don’t know how to code. In order to generate code, GPT-3 requires a sample trigger known as “prompt”. All you need is to just show some examples or “prompts” to the system and just supervise. It does the rest and really fast. This is like asking your coder friend to code for you as you desire.

This isn’t the end. This is just the beginning. There is constant improvement in large language models like GPT-3 as new models are being trained on gigantic amounts of data larger than the GPT-3 models were trained. Many non-programmers fantasize about coding and it seems their dreams would surely come true with technologies like GPT-3. Welcome to the new world of dreaming and coding!

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AI and women

While the true potential of artificial intelligence (AI) remains largely unexplored, its impact on our world and the future is becoming more evident every day. Name any sector or industry, AI-led transformation is taking place right in front of our eyes from medical to aviation, to space and to the exploration of deep-sea ecosystems.

AI, undoubtedly, has come with limitless possibilities and opportunities while the same is true with its accompanying challenges—courtesy the ever evolving data sphere. Therefore, the debate over responsible and ethical development, deployment, use, and governance of trustworthy AI technologies is also growing. But there are other challenges too.

The world of work is changing fast. The use of AI has started affecting our opportunities for work. At the same time, it has also created many new opportunities for us to work. The governments and private sector have forced a focus on individuals equipped with AI and Machine Learning (ML) related skills.

New AI related executive roles have sprung up in organizations and government departments and agencies to harness the potential of artificial intelligence and to make a real difference. AI skills shortage has emerged as a bitter reality. But when it comes to women there are dozens of reports and articles highlighting how women have left behind in the new AI world.

Artificial intelligence is among many other facets of the term “computer science education” as defined in the bill “Computer Science for All Act of 2021” –currently proposed in Congress.

As per the bill, women overall face challenges in accessing computer science education. “Only 18 percent of all bachelor’s degrees conferred in computer science went to women in 2015,” reads the bill.

A recent report “The Effects of AI on the Working Lives of Women” released in celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day has rightly pointed out that efforts must be made to narrow gender gaps while harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence.

“The use of AI technologies will affect women’s opportunities for work, and their position, status and treatment in the workplace. Around the globe, women in the labour force earn less than men, spend more time undertaking unpaid child- and elder-care jobs, hold fewer senior positions, participate less in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and tend to hold more precarious jobs overall. In harnessing AI, governments, institutions and companies must narrow gender gaps rather than perpetuate or exacerbate them,” the report reads.

Among other findings, the report suggests reskilling and upskilling women workers and encouraging women in STEM education in the wake of changing the labour market because of AI.

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NCI Wins Prime Spot on $800M U.S. Army TEIS IV Contract

Award reinforces company’s TEIS III success delivering outstanding IT, cybersecurity and advanced technologies to U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command.

RESTON, Va., Jan. 20 – NCI Information Systems, Inc., a leading provider of advanced information technology solutions and professional services to U.S. government agencies, announced today it has won one of the five prime positions on the Multiple Award (MA) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) U.S Army Information Systems Engineering Command’s Total Engineering and Integration Services IV contract. Under the 10-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, with a maximum ordering of $800 million, NCI will continue to provide USAISEC with engineering and integration services, including cybersecurity at locations around the world. The TEIS IV is a follow-on to TEIS III, also supported by NCI, and enables the Army to invest in technology and development to ensure command and control operations on a global scale, as well as the security and efficiency of our nation’s warfighters.

“Our team was honored to be selected again to support the TEIS program and to have the opportunity to continue to serve our Army customers. NCI takes great pride in supporting USAISEC programs, as we’ve done for well over a decade,” said Paul A. Dillahay, president and CEO of NCI. “We look forward to continuing our outstanding work by providing cutting-edge engineering, cybersecurity and integration services to the Army, including leveraging our Empower AI Platform™, to help them achieve mission success around the world.”

NCI will support work on the TEIS IV contract at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and at U.S. Army facilities and deployments worldwide. The TEIS IV contract requires support around the globe at secure locations to provide secure infrastructure, planning, design, development, testing and related services. NCI has a long history of success in supporting the U.S. Army and government in a range of challenging environments and will continue that work under the TEIS IV program.

About NCI

For more than 30 years, NCI Information Systems has been a leading provider of enterprise transformation and AI solutions to U.S. government agencies. With its Empower AI Platform™, NCI is at the forefront of implementing artificial intelligence solutions to solve the government’s most complex mission challenges. Headquartered in Reston, Va., NCI is accelerating public sector AI adoption to create a government workforce that is exponentially more creative and productive. For more information and to Empower your human potential, visit www.nciinc.com.

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NCI Wins Prime $14M FCC Recompete to Continue Modernization of ULS System

Award builds on GovCon leader’s 25+ year history of service to the FCC mission

RESTON, Va., Nov. 18, 2021 NCI Information Systems, Inc., a leading provider of digital transformation solutions and services to U.S. government agencies, announced today it won a two-year recompete for a $14 million prime contract from the Federal Communications Commission. Through the Universal Licensing System modernization support contract, NCI will apply new technology solutions and agile methodologies to continue advancing the FCC’s ULS system. The contract win leverages the government contracting leader’s more than 25-year history of outstanding past performance with the FCC delivering IT support and technology solutions.

“Government agencies are facing enormous challenges such as outdated software and legacy systems. Modernization of IT systems enables agencies like the FCC to enhance flexibility and configurability, lower costs and strengthen system security,” said Paul A. Dillahay, president and CEO of NCI. “We are proud to continue supporting the FCC with transformative digital solutions and look forward to leveraging our proven and innovative technologies to reduce risks and improve the user experience.”

Through this contract, NCI will deliver a new, modernized ULS system with a microservice-based API-driven design that complies with FCC non-functional requirements such as security, accessibility, scalability and data retention, while incorporating requirements driven by the FCC’s business process reengineering effort. FCC’s licensing initiatives are constantly evolving, which requires a reliable, flexible and scalable system that can accommodate system improvements and new services. NCI’s customized IT transformation services will meet the needs of the agency and deliver on its promise to support the FCC mission.

About NCI

For more than 30 years, NCI Information Systems has been a leading provider of digital transformation solutions and services to U.S. government agencies. With its Empower platform™, NCI is at the forefront of implementing artificial intelligence solutions to solve the government’s most complex mission challenges. Headquartered in Reston, Va., NCI is accelerating public sector AI adoption to create a government workforce that is exponentially more creative and productive. For more information, visit www.nciinc.com.

Disclaimer: This disclaimer is required by Contract No. 273FCC21F0223. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not reviewed or approved any statement in this document for accuracy or validity. The FCC and its employees do not endorse goods or services provided by the Contractor or any other contractor.

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CMS Awards NCI $112 Million Contract Extension

CMS Awards NCI $112 Million Contract Extension to Continue Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting Support of Medicare Payments

Government digital transformation leader to provide artificial intelligence-powered solutions to advance monitoring capabilities

RESTON, Va., Sept. 7, 2021  NCI Information Systems, Inc., a leading provider of digital transformation solutions and services to U.S. government agencies, announced today it has been awarded a $112 million prime contract extension from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contract, NCI will expand the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, including the use of robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning (ML), to advance the agency’s monitoring, measuring and reporting of Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) improper payments. The contract extends NCI’s more than 20-year history of supporting the CERT program.

“As federal agencies continue to embrace artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, they will become more efficient and enable their workforce to focus on more mission-critical work,” said Paul A. Dillahay, president and CEO of NCI. “We are honored that CMS continues to entrust its CERT program to our team. We’re proud to leverage our broad array of proven AI technology solutions to drive new levels of financial management efficiency and accuracy for this important program.”

With the five-year contract extension, NCI will expand its AI/ML/RPA capabilities and empowerments already deployed for the Medicare payment integrity program. NCI is responsible for assisting CMS with the selection and review of Medicare FFS claims to determine whether each claim was paid properly under Medicare coverage, coding and billing rules. Total and partial payment errors are then used in the calculation and reporting of the improper payment rate, which is delivered to Congress as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ annual Agency Financial Report.

In addition to its CERT and Payment Error Rate Measurement contracts at CMS, NCI was also recently awarded a contract to support the CMS Office of Hearings and Inquiries in their review of Risk Adjustment Data Validation appeals.