28 November 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan experts address artificial intelligence conference

Michael Fisher

Monaghan is taking on the challenge of being ready for the digital revolution. It’s all down to AI: not as you might expect around here the beef or dairy farmer’s replacement for the bull. It stands for Artificial Intelligence. It’s all about software systems that memorise data to perform tasks enabling machines to take over many jobs being done by humans.

It has various uses in manufacturing, construction, banking, the retail industry, healthcare, road safety, legal documents and satellite surveillance. Carrickmacross recently unveiled an example of AI, a sensorbased sorting programme that is built into a reverse vending machine for recycling plastic bottles.

It sounds very futuristic. But according to Martin McVicar, the Manging Director of Combilift in Monaghan, which hosted an important conference on Friday, it could happen much sooner. “Come back here in five years and our lines won’t be producing forklifts operated by a person; they will be automated,” he told the Northern Standard.

Three experts in artificial intelligence, all originally from Co. Monaghan, addressed the conference. Peter Woods is from Clones and is public sector manager with the Irish Centre for High End Computing. David Moloney is a business innovator and technologist and like Peter is a former pupil of St Macartan’s College. Brian Quinn is a business and technology consultant who previously worked for Intel. The trio are seeking to promote and contribute towards the development and wellbeing of their home county and the surrounding region. One of the projects Brian Quinn spoke about was the plan to set up an incubator unit in Monaghan town in conjunction with Monaghan County…

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