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Culture @ NTR Lab: bonding

Our company loves company events. We have regular monthly pizza parties to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, guitar playing parties, as well as others kinds of entertainment, such as visiting an extreme park, going to restaurants, etc.

No matter the event, the most important thing is that we do it together. It is typical for us to create a spreadsheet and discuss organizational issues for a forthcoming event.

This summer we also had some outdoors gatherings. Two of the most recent ones were held in Moscow, for our headquarters staff, and the other in Tomsk, for the development staff.

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Blockchain – a selection of optimal solution for real projects

By Sergey Tsuprikov, NTR Lab Blockchain specialist

Blockchain technology continues to develop rapidly both in Russia and the worldwide. According to some recruiting agencies, the demand for blockchain specialists in just the Russian Federation has grown 40 times over the past six months.

There have been conducted about 10 hackathons for blockhain solutions in Russia over the past year. Many large Russian banks, such as Sberbank, Alfa Bank, Otkritie Bank, RosEvroBank, continue pilot projects to implement blockchain in their business processes and some have already switched its to commercial operations.

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Artificial Intelligence Amongst Various Industries

We met BPU Holdings at AI Expo Europe and invited them to share a post on our blog. We think you will enjoy it.

By Oh SangGyoon, CEO BPU Holdings

Today, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been widely accepted in our consumer products and is becoming well-adapted into daily communication styles.  The more educated individuals become on the technology, the better we understand and accept that AI is not a viable threat to our lives or our jobs – as Hollywood movies portray.  It becomes apparent that AI taps into many different industries other than technology. Here are a few applications amongst various industries and audiences that AI is advancing:

1. ZimGo Polling – In the 2016 US Presidential election, pollsters were baffled by the winning results of Trump versus Clinton.  In fact, our ZimGo Polling political forecasting tool predicted Trump’s win, way in advance. Introduced in 2017, ZimGo Polling is a state-of-the-art technology that uses Artificial Emotional Intelligence (AEI) and sentiment analysis, NLP, and machine learning to pioneer results in political forecasting.  In 2017, it was applied in the South Korean Presidential elections and proved that our forecast ranking was the fastest amongst competitors with only a 2% margin of error.

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From AI (thinking) to AEI (feeling)

“Emotional intelligence (EI) is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s).”

— Colman, Andrew (2008). A Dictionary of Psychology (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. (source: Wikipedia)

Major strides have been made creating Artificial Intelligence (AI). Machines embedded with AI can do a lot, but they lack what is inherent in peopleEmotional Intelligence.

Emotional intelligence allows us recognize our own emotions and those of others and use this information to guide our thinking and behavior. Moving from AI to AEI is a work in progress.

Robot to talk

Image source: KQED

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(VIDEO) NTR LAB Rocks IT In Siberia

Want to rock your startup, but lack IT expertise?

Shortage of qualified developers? No time to build the right team? Have an idea, but aren’t technical? Startup needs been there/done that advice? Speed is everything; to develop fast you need new developers to both start and scale.

We are NTR Lab — a custom software development company. We can help with all the questions above. We offer solutions. We develop our clients’ ideas using our existing teams.

NTR Lab team

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NTR Lab Developed The Autonomous Table That Could

When learning something new you can study and discuss or you can study and do. NTR techies like to do.

Back in 2013 some of our developers were spending time after work at a colleague’s home. Idly kicking ideas around, they looked at a table and thought it would be really cool if table could move on its own, place itself in space and avoid obstacles in an unfamiliar indoor space. A clever table that could bring drinks, documents, whatever, all on it’s own.

People are fascinated by autonomous robots tricked out with navigation systems that can reach targets hundreds of meters from their initial position, especially when they are flying inside an unmapped premises and have to find their path with no help.

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NTR LAB and all the latest @ AI Expo Europe

There are lots of links in this post, since the event was full of great meetings and information!

Last week the NTR Lab team attended AI Expo Europe in Amsterdam. We were there to present our Autonomous UAV (drone) for technical inspections.

AI Expo Europe

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Autonomous UAV (drone) for technical inspections

Three great co-hosted events are happening today at Amsterdam’s RAI! Visit Twitter and Facebook for pictures and updates.

The AI Expo Europe – June 2018 – Amsterdam    

Here are links to the event’s Twitter and Facebook page.

 

IoT Tech Expo Europe – June 2018 – Amsterdam      

Here are links to the event’s Twitter and Facebook page.

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Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Smart Contracts — Oh My!

by Peter Adrianov, Blockchain Developer of NTR Lab

In 2009 a new online payment system was created by an anonymous entity with the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. To this day no one knows if Nakamoto is one person or a group, but just about everyone has heard about what they created — bitcoin. Bitcoin became the first widespread cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency allows you to store its value without intermediaries. In this, it is similar to cash. As cash lies on your nightstand, your bitcoins are stored in a large file called a blockchain.

The file is structured so that new blocks can be added only to the end chain; nothing written previously can be changed. The blocks store records of transactions, what address to what address, amount, transaction time.

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