Zoom Partners with Anthropic to Expand Federated Approach to AI

Zoom announces investment in Anthropic to support research roadmaps and build steerable AI systems; Anthropic’s AI model will help strengthen Zoom’s federated approach across its platform, including Zoom Contact Center integrations

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 16, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Zoom announced a strategic partnership with and investment in Anthropic, an AI safety and research company working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. The collaboration with Anthropic will further bolster Zoom’s federated approach to AI by allowing Anthropic’s AI assistant, Claude, to be integrated with Zoom’s platform (which includes Team Chat, Meetings, Phone, Whiteboard, Zoom IQ), starting with Zoom Contact Center.

“Anthropic’s Constitutional AI model is primed to provide safe and responsible integrations for our next-generation innovations, beginning with the Zoom Contact Center portfolio. With Claude guiding agents toward trustworthy resolutions and powering self-service for end-users, companies will be able to take customer relationships to another level,” said Smita Hashim, chief product officer for Zoom. “Partnering with Anthropic also furthers our commitment to providing customers with our federated approach to AI, optimized to deliver outstanding customer experience outcomes. Additionally, with our investment, we are advancing leading-edge companies like Anthropic and helping to drive innovation in the Zoom ecosystem and beyond.”

“Partnering with a leading collaboration platform like Zoom allows us to put robust, steerable AI into the hands of more people and unlock its potential to help streamline everyday processes,” said Dario Amodei, CEO and co-founder of Anthropic. “We look forward to working together to showcase Anthropic’s capabilities and our joint commitment to enhancing productivity through intelligent solutions.”

Zoom’s federated approach to AI leverages its own proprietary AI models, along with those from leading AI companies — such as Anthropic — and select customers’ models. With this flexibility to incorporate multiple types of models, Zoom can provide the most value for its customers’ diverse needs. Zoom will be able to customize these models to perform better for a customer, based on their specific business needs.

As the next step in evolving the Zoom Contact Center portfolio, (Zoom Virtual Agent, Zoom Contact Center, Zoom Workforce Management), Zoom plans to incorporate Anthropic AI throughout its suite, improving end-user outcomes and enabling superior agent experiences. The Zoom Contact Center suite of solutions elevates the quality of customer experiences through better self-service and the ability to accurately understand customer intent. It intelligently guides customers to the best resolution, surfaces actionable insights that managers can use to coach their agents, and improves productivity by providing a unified communications and contact center experience. In the near future, Zoom will also use AI to provide the right resources to agents, so customers receive exceptional service experiences regardless of their reason for calling.

Announced today, Zoom Ventures has made an investment in Anthropic, strengthening the relationship between both companies. Anthropic’s research and development aims to create steerable, trustworthy, and responsible large-scale AI systems. Zoom did not disclose the amount of the investment.

About Zoom
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like team chat, phone, meetings, omnichannel cloud contact center, smart recordings, whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Get more info at zoom.com.

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Impulse Dynamics Announces 9,000th Patient Milestone Achieved With CCM® Therapy for Heart Failure

Momentum Continues as Depth of Clinical Experience Expands Worldwide

MARLTON, N.J., May 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Impulse Dynamics plc, a global medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with heart failure (HF), announced today a worldwide milestone achievement with the 9,000th patient receiving the Optimizer® system for the treatment of moderate HF. The Optimizer system is the only device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States to deliver CCM therapy. Dr. Steven Gubin, a cardiologist and the President of Stern Cardiovascular, is part of the care team that completed the procedure at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, offering CCM therapy to a patient living with the debilitating effects of HF. This milestone highlights the momentum building globally for CCM therapy, using the Optimizer platform to improve quality of life in HF patients.

“I am excited to have a new therapy option for heart failure patients,” said Dr. Gubin, who has been practicing for 30 years. “One of my heart failure patients, Aubretta Bean, who is a cancer survivor, continued to have symptoms despite her compliance with guideline-directed medical therapy for heart failure. She let me know that she felt better almost immediately after receiving the implant and continues to improve daily. It has been extremely rewarding to see such improvement in her quality of life. Her lab work four weeks later showed her BNP (a common test to diagnose heart failure) decreased by 81%, which is consistent with improvement in her heart failure symptoms.”

“Before my CCM implant, I could not walk from one room to the other without gasping for air. It was like being underwater and trying to breathe through a straw,” said Aubretta Bean. “Heart failure changed my life so quickly. You might think housework is a chore, but when you can’t make your bed or do the dishes, you realize how quickly you would love to do that again. Now after my Optimizer implant, I can do all these things! I look forward to planning my days again and not just trying to get through them. I have eight grandkids and two great-grandkids that I can travel to see!”

Drs. Eric Johnson, David Lan, and Chris Ingelmo are all electrophysiologists at Stern Cardiovascular that have treated ten patients at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis with CCM therapy since March 2023. Dr. Chris Ingelmo completed the milestone procedure for the 9,000th patient treated with CCM therapy. The results have been encouraging, with significant improvement in patient symptoms.

“We are inspired by such stories highlighting the potential for clinicians to use CCM therapy to make a positive impact on HF patients’ lives,” said Simos Kedikoglou, MD, CEO of Impulse Dynamics. “The growing cadence of implants and the emergence of such inspiring stories reinforces our commitment to delivering meaningful advances in CCM technology and clinical data.”

CCM therapy is now available in 44 countries, and the technology has continued to advance based on the needs of patients and physicians. The latest generation of Impulse Dynamic’s proprietary Optimizer platform is the Optimizer Smart Mini, which offers a rechargeable battery with 20-year battery life and a smaller size designed to make the implant procedure faster and easier for patients and physicians.

About the Optimizer® and CCM® Therapy

The Optimizer Smart system delivers CCM therapy — the company’s proprietary technology — to the heart. CCM therapy has been designed by Impulse Dynamics to significantly improve the heart’s contraction, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pushed out through the body. CCM therapy is indicated to improve the 6-minute hall walk, quality of life, and functional status of NYHA Class III heart failure patients who remain symptomatic despite guideline-directed medical therapy, are not indicated for CRT, and have a left ventricular ejection fraction ranging from 25 to 45 percent.

CCM is the brand name for cardiac contractility modulation — the non-excitatory electrical pulses delivered by the implantable Optimizer device to improve heart contraction. CCM therapy sends unique electrical pulses to the heart cells during the absolute refractory period. In doing so, CCM helps the heart contract more forcibly. Impulse Dynamics has completed numerous clinical studies, including several randomized controlled trials, and CCM therapy has been published in more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles.

About Impulse Dynamics

Impulse Dynamics is dedicated to advancing the treatment of heart failure for patients and the healthcare providers who care for them. The company pioneered its proprietary CCM therapy, which uses the Optimizer platform to improve quality of life in heart failure patients. CCM therapy is delivered through the Optimizer system, which includes an IPG implanted in a minimally invasive procedure and approved for commercial use in the United States and 44 countries worldwide. CCM therapy has proven safe and effective for heart failure patients with debilitating symptoms who otherwise have few effective options available to them. To learn more, visit www.ImpulseDynamics.com or follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Impulse Dynamics

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Ghanaian influencer charged in US over romance scam

Influential Ghanaian musician and socialite Mona Faiz Montrage, popularly known as Hajia4Real, has been extradited to the US and charged with a $2m ($1.6m) romance scam.

The criminal enterprise she allegedly belonged to targeted lonely American men and women – and in one instance faked married to one victim to further her scheme.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in a statement indicated she had been charged with several counts, including conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.

She could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail for each count if found guilty.

She was also charged with conspiracy to receive and the receipt of stolen money, which carry maximum sentences of five and 10 years respectively.

The 30-year-old was arrested on 10 November last year in the UK then extradited to the US on Friday.

She pleaded not guilty to all charges when she appeared before a judge on Monday.

US authorities have expressed concern about romance scams targeting older people and expressed the need to hold perpetrators to account.

Montrage is alleged to have been part of a criminal enterprise in West Africa that defrauded companies and individuals, including romance scams in the US between 2013 and 2019.

Source: BBC

Seven killed, 17 trapped as mining pit collapses in Ghana

Seven people have died and 17 others remain trapped after a mining pit collapsed in Ghana’s Birim North district of the Eastern Region.

Only two of the trapped miners were rescued alive on Monday at the Korle Teye Takorso site, according to the local media.

Local miners, who are leading the rescue mission, reportedly prevented journalists from taking photographs of the incident and chased them away.

Authorities are yet to comment on the incident.

Heavy rains recorded in most parts of the country are suspected to have caused the pit to collapse.

Illegal mining in Ghana, commonly known as galamsey, has continued despite intensified crackdown by the government.

Source: BBC

We look forward to a healthy contest in 2024! – Jinapor congratulates NDC aspirant

Member of Parliament for Damongo and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Jinapor has congratulated his opponent in the 2024 parliamentary race.

Adam Mutawakilu won the NDC’s primaries for the Damongo Constituency after the May 13, 2023 part primaries.

The former MP won the vote polling 483 votes out of 798 valid votes cast.

Baba Sadique Zankawah, his only contender got of 315 votes with four ballots rejected.

“I congratulate Hon.Adam Mutawakilu, former Member of Parliament for Damongo, for emerging victorious as the Parliamentary Candidate for the National Democratic Congress. To my brother and friend, Lawyer Baba Zankawah, I wish him the best of luck next time,” he posted a tweet with a photo of the aspirant and himself in an embrace.

“We look forward to a healthy contest in 2024!” he added in a follow-up tweet.

Jinapor is te sitting MP for the constituency and GhanaWeb sources show that he will seek re-election come 2024.

The NDC elected parliamentary aspirants across over constituencies in addition to the presidential flagbearer for the 2024 elections.

Former president John Dramani Mahama beat a sole contender, Kojo Bonsu, by 98.9% of valid votes cast.

I congratulate Hon.Adam Mutawakilu, former Member of Parliament for Damongo, for emerging victorious as the Parliamentary Candidate for the National Democratic Congress.

Source: Ghana Web

We have 8 ‘strong spiritual men’ who work for Kotoko – Former NCC Chairman reveals

Former Asante Kotoko NCC chairman, Kwaku Amponsah, known as ‘Chairman K-5’ has disclosed that the club’s success of winning the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League was based on ‘ways and means”.

According to the outspoken Amponsah, despite spending about GH?15,000 to GH?20,000 on ways and means, they had to depend on eight strong spiritual men before they won the league.

“We spent about GH?15,000-GH?20,000 on ways and means last season at Kotoko before winning the league, and we have 8 strong spiritual men who work for Kotoko”, he told Ezra FM/TV.

The Porcupine Warriors clinched the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League, which marked their first in eight years since they last grabbed the ultimate in the 2013/14 season.

With four games left to spare in the 2022/23 campaign, Kotoko currently occupy the 6th spot on the league with 44 points, having also exited the MTN FA Cup after a painful 1-0 defeat to Aduana Stars in the round of 32 clash.

Source: Ghana Web

‘I don’t miss my past, but reflect with a smile and laughter’ – Mike Kesse opens up

Ghanaian musician, Mike Kesse, has opened up about his journey in the music industry, stating that he doesn’t miss his past.

Known for his hit songs and catchy lyrics, Kesse, in a recent interview with Abrantepa on E-Forum, said that while he doesn’t long for his earlier days, there are moments when he fondly remembers his past and reflects on his growth as an artiste.

Kesse shared, “I don’t miss my past, but then anytime I remember my past, I smile and say, ‘Eii, this guy’.

“There were these crazy lyrics I wrote, and anytime I hear them, I say, ‘This guy, you were very stubborn. You were spoilt to write such lyrics.’ Sometimes, when I remember my past, I just smile and I laugh.”

The singer-songwriter also acknowledged that there were times when he wasn’t proud of some of the lyrics he wrote in the past.

“I was not proud of some of the lyrics I wrote back in the day,” he told Abrantepa, while smiling on the E-Forum show.

Mike Kesse rose to fame after winning the fourth season of TV3’s Mentor. He participated in Season 2 of Project Fame West Africa and finished first runner-up to Chidinma.

Kesse released his debut studio album The Prodigy in 2012 and did a number of collaborations with some accomplished musicians, including Okyeame Kwame and Sarkodie.

Source: Ghana Web

Today in History: Mahama never lied as president – Victor Smith

The former President, John Dramani Mahama, gave his acceptance speech yesterday, May 15, 2023, after a landslide win in the just-ended presidential and parliamentary primaries on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 general election.

On this day, May 16, 2020, H.E. Victor Smith, the former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, delivered a strong message to politicians, calling on them to end the propagation of falsehoods in the pursuit of political power.

In the speech, the former High Commissioner, specifically criticized the New Patriotic Party (NPP), accusing them of deceiving the public with unfulfilled promises in their bid to secure victory in the previous elections.

Read the full details of the story first published by happyghana.com but republished on GhanaWeb on Saturday, May 16, 2020, below:

Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, H.E Victor Smith advised politicians to desist from spreading lies to secure political power.

According to him, the current Government under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lied their way into power by making promises they could not fulfil.

In an exclusive interview with Kwame Afrifa Mensah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show, he said: “Politicians must be truthful to the citizenry. You should tell them what you can genuinely do and tell us how you fund the projects”.

He commented that President Akufo-Addo had no idea how to effectively implement the party’s flagship programmes such as the Free SHS policy and the One District, One Factory, among others before coming into power.

He contrasted the erstwhile Mahama government to the current Government by stating that ex-president John Dramani Mahama never lied to Ghanaians about what he will do for the country. However, the New Patriotic Party “lied to Ghana and insulted Mahama”.

He disclosed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is working tirelessly to finalize its manifesto even with COVID-19’s presence.

In December 2016, the NDC was defeated at the polls by the NPP represented by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The NDC also lost its majority position in Parliament.

Source: Ghana Web