ETAIROS weak signals Christmas Calendar 2021

Countdown the days to Christmas with ETAIROS Christmas Calendar!

Starting on December 1, 2021 you will find selected ETAIROS weak signal as a daily tweet. These signals are AI-related news that bring hope, light and focus on positive future.

Stay tuned @etairosai!

The collection of the daily signals will be listed below by Christmas Eve 2021.


The future is bright: the world is uniting towards ensuring human-centric, ethical and responsible AI.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022!

European Commission EUR-Lex – 52021PC0206 – EN – EUR-Lex

UNESCO UNESCO member states adopt the first ever global agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

World Economic Forum Global AI Action Alliance | World Economic Forum


AI needs neuroscience to create useful tools. DALL-E is an AI that converts text into images, and Gopher is a powerful language model able to carry on surprisingly natural conversations.

AI can predict dementia with 92% accuracy by spotting hidden patterns in the data and learning who is most at risk. The machine-learning approach was also able to identify patients who may have been misdiagnosed.

Top 10 Benefits of AI

AI is a wide-ranging tool that enables people to rethink how we integrate information, analyze data, and use the resulting insights to improve decision making—and already it is transforming every walk of life.
In the report, Darrell West and John Allen discuss AI’s application across a variety of sectors, address issues in its development, and offer recommendations for getting the most out of AI while still protecting important human values.

AI can speed up the development of new battery materials and sustainable solutions. Can AI also enable better collaboration between research and industry?

AI solutions to ensure a smooth traffic flow in Finland. AI is used to predict environmental effects of city traffic.

Finland is leading the way in raising awareness of what AI can do for society. The power of education and knowledge.

Six AI scenarios that could build a positive future:
-Shared economic prosperity
-Realigned companies
-Flexible labour markets
-Human-centric AI
-Fulfilling jobs
-Civic empowerment and human flourishing

Five ways AI is doing good in the world right now. Hopefully it’s not just “this time of year (when Christmas is near)”, as Etta James has been singing in 1959.

Is it time to stop worrying and love AI? Will drones and droids take our jobs? Perhaps, but that isn’t the full picture.

AI is helping the natural sciences.
Collaborations across disciplines are growing, and artificial intelligence is helping to make joint working more effective. 

What if, instead of replacing human labour, AI helps us to enhance the human condition and prioritize planet and people over profit?
Instead of taking our jobs, what if AI just lets us give our lives more purpose

Nature enthusiasts, how about ‘Shazam for birds’? AI is used to identify bird calls.
How a Cornell scientist created ‘Shazam for birds’

AI is used to analyze the language used in therapy sessions. A novel approach to mental-health care might be very much needed in the post-pandemic future.
The therapists using AI to make therapy better.

Challenges and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence for Good

Artificial brains may need sleep too

Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones. 

New discoveries with AI and synthetic biology at VTT: A fast route to biomaterial development.

AI literacy will enable countries, governments, industries, and citizens to leverage AI technology safely and effectively.

Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) 2021 report elaborates on the most promising opportunities for AI. Multiple areas of AI research and innovation in the wings to make positive impact in the near future.

To unlock opportunities for positive impact, AI experts are encouraged to proactively seek out delivering positive social impact. What does positive social impact mean to you?

NeurIPS conference organizers asked participants to assess the wider societal impact of the AI applications they present. The demand for demonstrating AI for good is growing.

AI could assess tipping points in various complex systems. The deep learning algorithm could act as an early warning system to anticipate sudden shifts or signs of collapse related to climate change. When we know what lies beyond the tipping point, we take action and prepare.