How much do you know about AI?

Have you ever discussed about the future, whether it’s yours or the world’s, and arrived on the topic of Artificial Intelligence? Us too.
From alphaGo’s chess exploits, self-driving cars, and even Google’s auto-fill feature, we’ve grown to accept AI is, and will continue to be, around us.
But the bigger question is: what does it really take to win with AI in this era of disruption?

In the first of our AI insight series, we will share with you why Big Data, Innovation, Machine and, most of all, Human are the winning quartet of Artificial Intelligence.

 
AI is everywhere
The usage of AI is broader than we can imagine
AI x Education
How is AI used to empower education?
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Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) and Pearson* have jointly developed an AI-powered English language interactive learning tool to provide students with a personalised learning experience.

Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) and Pearson * have jointly developed an AI-powered English language interactive learning tool to provide students with a personalised learning experience.

Dr. Tim Pan
Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA)

*Pearson Education is a British-owned education publishing lishing and assessment service to schools and corporations, as well for students directly.
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AI-powered English learning tool:
  • Speech evaluation

  • Natural language processing

  • Semantic understanding

  • Pronunciation error detection

The AI learning tool provides a synchronised learning environment from offline to:

Online In-class Learning

 

Mobile Solutions

 

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leading primary schools in China have adopted this tool
AI x Health Care
How is AI used to improve patient care?
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Allow UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Health to utilise predictive analytics to help improve disease prevention efforts

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Assist early diagnosis and empower doctors with predictive solutions

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Provide rich insights to doctors on treatment plans

AI x Investment
The changing investment industry is driven by shifting investor priorities and technological enhancements
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The potential future success of the industry
  • Embrace and apply innovation

  • Build trust with clients

  • Place the client at the center of business

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Al can enhance the investment decision making process via new sources of data and analysis

In AllianzGI, we are taking concrete active steps in making use of AI to deliver both investment and client alpha

 
What is big data, really?
Big data enables us to make better decisions
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Human- and machine-generated data is experiencing a much faster growth than traditional business data
 
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Potential to unlock new, bigger and unstructured data sets for better decision-making
 
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Big data powers AI

Big data used to build profiles of consumers

  • Spending behaviours
  • Tailor marketing campaigns
  • Streamline operations
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AI enables big data

The true power of AI will come from training machines to navigate the numerous issues around human language

  • Lexicon
  • Grammar
  • Context
  • Inference acronyms/ abbreviations
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Big data powers AI

Big data used to build profiles of consumers

  • Spending behaviors
  • Tailor marketing campaigns
  • Streamline operations
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AI enables big data

The true power of AI will come from training machines to navigate the numerous issues around human language

  • Lexicon
  • Grammar
  • Context
  • Inference acronyms/ abbreviations
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The essential purpose of AI is to analyse data and determine what to do with the results.

The essential purpose of AI is to analyze data and determine what to do with the results.

Dr. Michael Heldmann
CIO, Systematic Equity US, AllianzGI

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How does Big Data transform investment?
At AllianzGI, we tap into this new stream of data to help us augment traditional research efforts and to generate new sources of alpha and values for the investors
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Uncover investment trends and opportunities in a quicker way
News analytics enables research analysts with AI tools and new data sets to improve the consumption of news flows
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New sources of alpha through AI
Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be used to analyse and interpret human language to calculate a net sentiment ratio for each company
 
Will AI replace human?
AI greatly reduces human workload

Example like Alibaba’s transaction of 11 November shopping festival in 2018:

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Through using robots to handle its logistics including sorting, packing, readying and delivering the orders. Mere human power would not be possible to handle all the works
* CNBC; 11 November 2018
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Yet...
AI is like a hammer. A hammer is much stronger than our hands. We will not use our bare hands to hammer on a nail; neither will we think our hands will be replaced by the hammer. The same is true for AI.

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AI is like a hammer. A hammer is much stronger than our hands. We will not use our bare hands to hammer on a nail; neither will we think our hands will be replaced by the hammer. The same is true for AI.

Dr. Tim Pan
Microsoft Research Asia

AI will not replace human
Human and Machine generates the optimal values

It is our belief that AI will not replace human, including our portfolio managers

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AI will not replace human
Human and Machine generates the optimal values

It is our belief that AI will not replace human, including our portfolio managers

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Lack of data
The financial markets do not produce enough data to get the most out of AI and machine learning
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Transfer knowledge
Human are better at something called “transfer learning” using their real-life intuition, experience and context to apply knowledge from one circumstance to another
We want the smartest machines working for us as a tool to sustain innovation in asset management
 
AllianzGI innovates from within

We are the first asset manager to organise an AI Hackathon in the Asia Pacific region.

We invited startups from all over the world to showcase their innovations by solving 3 specific use cases.

  • New York
  • Uruguay
  • London
  • Paris
  • India
 
  • Poland
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
3 specific use cases across the asset managemnet value chain within 48 hours
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Investment
Identify high-impact company news for Asia Fixed Income by using AI
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Distribution
Empower client meeting preparations by using AI
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Support function
Identify external loss events by using AI
We will be collaborating with the winning startups to apply the best-in-class AI technology to support our investment and business decision process.
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At AllianzGI we are committed in maximising the full potential of Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence to deliver investment and client alpha for our clients.

At AllianzGI we are committed in maximising the full potential of Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence to deliver investment and client alpha for our clients.

Desmond Ng
Head of Asia Pacific

AllianzGI AI Hackathon 2019 in Hong Kong
 

AI as an investment theme

 
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Steven J. Berexa, Global CIO Equity, talks about how the innovative technology and Artificial Intelligence are transforming the investment industry and research processes as to help us navigate markets and identify the potential alpha for clients.

Do you know…
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