However, these six companies are paving the way for progress inside the country, as well as encouraging other nations to continually explore what AI can do and how to use it with maximum effectiveness.

1. Opening.io

Due to the time it takes to find high-quality candidates for job openings, many human resources specialists turn to AI to streamline their tactics. The team at Dublin’s Opening.io understands that well with its automation and AI-based platform which relies on algorithms to check over a dozen factors about applicants and their CVs. It can sort through thousands of pieces of content about candidates and match them to their ideal jobs.

According to the company’s website, this technology reduces the hiring time for candidates by up to 40 percent. Therefore, it’s ideal for recruiters or personnel managers who perpetually feel pressed for time.

 

2. AYLIEN

Even worldwide brands that own a significant portion of media outlets know that a diversity in the market is often affected by regional trends. As a result, these companies examine large quantities of text for things like sentiment. At its Dublin headquarters, AYLIEN makes that possible.

The company works with natural language processing engines that create custom datasets based on topical categories, business names and more. It also offers a product that achieves real-time text analysis of thousands of online news sources, cleans up the data and provides it in a format which businesses can use and evaluate.

With the help of natural language processing algorithms, the technology pulls more than 25 data points from each news article. Users can also sort results based on preferences for more efficient information retrieval.

3. Nuritas

As anyone who’s ever walked down it knows, Dublin’s Dawson Street features an enticing mixture of shops, restaurants and pubs, making it a frequent destination for tourists and residents alike. Soon, it may also include a laboratory for a company called Nuritas.

Nuritas combines AI with the study of genomes to find and reveal information about bioactive peptides in food that could fight disease and promote better health. Scientists start by deciding which health condition to target, as well as the outcome most desired. Then, they use AI algorithms to predict which foods are most likely to have the components that stimulate healthiness.

Those details go into an ever-growing database about bioactive peptides, all of which get patented. The people behind the platform also say AI facilitates finding out information in a significantly shorter timeframe than what was previously available through less advanced methods.

4. Soapbox Labs

From AI apps that make boring tasks better to those that help save time by reducing the steps people take, there are plenty of options to download. Some, such as those that work with Amazon’s Alexa-enabled gadgets, even interpret voice commands.

Companies are becoming familiar with using adult voices to train AI algorithms, but the concept of focusing on the voices of kids is comparatively newer. However, that’s the emphasis of Soapbox Labs, a company that recently received €1.5 million in funding from the European Union.

This Dublin-based business is particularly interested in using smart voice recognition technologies to help youngsters learn to read. Its technology can spot errors they make while working their way through the pages of a book. It will also assess a reader’s fluency with the help of training from more than 600,000 audio samples from 15,000 kids in over 100 countries.

5. Beautifeye

This company, located in Dublin, taps into AI for image recognition purposes. It offers custom-built solutions for companies that want to quickly and accurately gather insights from photographs. An automated coding feature puts images into categories that make sense, thereby reducing manual processes without sacrificing accuracy.

In one case study, Beautifeye representatives worked with Fáilte Ireland when the tourism body wanted to boost revenues associated with visitors’ activities. An analysis of Instagram photos with the Beautifeye technology helped tourism experts target international visitors and urge them to go to appealing rural areas they might otherwise have overlooked during their visit to Ireland.

6. Artomatix

The primary goal of this Dublin AI company is to improve artists’ workflows by using AI and machine learning to enhance content. It offers a tool that automates many of the repetitive tasks associated with scan-based texturing that artists do every day and gives them more time to focus on the more pleasing parts of the creative process. Another Artomatix product harnesses neural networks to improve resolution and video mastering.

What’s Happening Outside Dublin?

Given the fact that all the companies above are Dublin-based, people from other parts of Ireland who are interested in AI might feel a bit discouraged. However, the University of Limerick recently announced the introduction of a master’s level artificial intelligence course. Its start date will be September 2018.

Also, Antares Vision, a pharmaceutical inspection company with its headquarters in Italy, wants to implement deep learning tools in its existing processes and will incorporate AI into some of its research and development efforts moving forward. Its recently announced branch in Galway will create more than 50 jobs.

This overview demonstrates why AI is shaping up to fuel Ireland’s economy and ensure the country is a prominent part of the international tech landscape. Within Dublin and outside of it, exciting things are on the horizon for people currently working in AI or those aspiring to do so soon.

By Kayla Matthews is a senior writer at MakeUseOf and a contributing writer to Digital Trends, The Next Web and VentureBeat. To read more posts from Kayla, subscribe to her blog, Productivity Bytes


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