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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN BULGARIA IN MAY

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE IT SECTOR IN BULGARIA IN MAY

08.06.2023 |

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“Dronamics’ Black Swan makes first successful flight

Bulgarian cargo drone airline Dronamics has achieved a major milestone with the successful maiden flight of its cargo drone known as the “Black Swan”. During the test flight at Balchik Airport, the drone remained in the air for about 10 minutes and was remotely controlled by two pilots on the ground. It covered a distance of 21.5 kilometers, maintaining an average speed of 140 km/h, and reached an altitude of over 600 meters. The successful flight allowed Dronamics’ founders, brothers Svilen and Konstantin Rangelov, to obtain the company’s license to commercially fly unmanned cargo drones in Europe, with plans to begin operations later this year.

Endurosat has received $10 million in Series A funding

Endurosat, a leading aerospace science and technology research and development company, has successfully raised $10 million in Series A funding. The investment round was led by CEECAT Capital, an investment firm specializing in Central and Eastern European markets. The influx of funds will allow Endurosat to expand its market share in the satellite industry and strengthen its team. Over the next three years, Endurosat aims to support multiple space missions for its customers in orbit, with the company already having five fully committed missions. With its headquarters in Luxembourg, an engineering and manufacturing base in Sofia and offices in Berlin, Toulouse, Naples and Delaware, Endurosat currently has a team of over 130 professionals.

Valantic acquires AIOPSGROUP, which increases e-commerce solutions

Valantic, an IT company based in Germany, has acquired AIOPSGROUP, a promising Bulgarian start-up specialized in e-commerce solutions. Founded in 2019, AIOPSGROUP has quickly grown into a multi-million dollar business serving well-known brands such as Puma and Rossignol. Although the financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, the deal will strengthen Valantic’s presence in the European e-commerce landscape. AIOPSGROUP’s expertise in consulting and providing B2B and B2C e-commerce solutions will play a crucial role in this strategic expansion.

AlfaStar Capital will invest EUR 25 million in early stage companies

A new private equity fund, AlfaStar Capital, will invest a minimum of EUR 25 million in early stage companies in Bulgaria. The fund, led by founders and partners Desislava Gospodinova, Lyubomir Staykov, Krasen Hinkov, Kristian Mihaylov and Yonko Chuklev, is currently in the process of raising capital. The active investment period, which begins at the end of this year, is expected to last approximately five years. Negotiations are currently underway with potential investors from Europe, Asia and the US, and the fund has already made its first investment in 2022. Investors, regardless of their previous experience, can participate with a minimum investment of 100 thousand euros.

European Parliament adopts AI Act

The European Parliament has adopted the Artificial Intelligence Act, a law that establishes rules and guidelines for the development and use of AI models in Europe. The aim is to ensure transparency and ethical practices in AI applications. The Act prohibits the use of AI systems that exploit manipulative techniques, human vulnerability or classify people based on personal characteristics. It also prohibits practices such as remote biometric identification, predictive policing systems, and the extraction of biometric data from social media or camera footage. The law categorizes artificial intelligence systems into “high risk” and “low risk” based on their potential impact on safety, human health, and the environment.

Events:

The creator of the C++ programming language, Bjarne Stroustrup, arrives in Bulgaria

Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, will visit Sofia on 9 June to participate in the conference “C++: paths and perspectives”. He will join more than 100 global experts at the WG21 International Joint Technical Committee meeting to develop standards for C++. The focus will be on creating the C++26 version of the programming language.

Fourth edition of the Programming Olympiad held in Pravets

In the fourth edition of the Programming Olympiad at the National Vocational School of Computer Technologies and Systems in Pravets, 35 students competed, with more than half achieving scores above 60% and seven students exceeding 90%. The top performers will have the opportunity for internships, mentoring programs and potential job offers at Schwarz IT Bulgaria, a co-organizer of the event.

Training:

Progress opens applications for its paid internship programme

Progress is offering a paid internship program for software engineers starting in July and lasting 6 months. Students majoring in Computer Science or Software Engineering, as well as software engineers in training, can apply. To apply, a CV and cover letter are required, as well as solving a practical problem and an interview. The internship involves working on real-world assignments with a mentor, and successful interns may be offered permanent positions at Progress.

The application process for Kodar’s academy for IT professionals in Plovdiv has begun

The Kodar Academy for IT Professionals in Plovdiv is accepting applications for its 6-month paid internship, which includes working on real projects for international clients. The program starts on July 3, and upon completion, participants may be offered a permanent job at Kodar.

Telerik Academy has announced new intakes for three of its Upskill programmes

Telerik Academy has opened applications for its Upskill programs, which include training for UX/UI designers, React developers and DevOps engineers. Learners work in small groups, receive ongoing feedback from experts, and can take advantage of discounts on tuition fees for specific programs. Hands-on programs last 3 months.

A new Center for Digital Technologies was opened at TU-Sofia

A new Digital Technology Centre with 14 computer labs has been opened at the Technical University of Sofia, thanks to a grant from leading IT companies. The center will facilitate student learning and research projects, and houses companies such as Musala Soft and Sirma Lab.

GrowIT Academy for training IT professionals in Pleven

The establishment of GrowIT Academy in Pleven aims to train IT professionals and support the development of the IT sector in Northwest Bulgaria. Founder Teodor Todorov plans to create around 300 jobs in the region over the next 5 years by offering free training to potential candidates with future development plans. A future plan is to expand the academy to Vidin and Montana.

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THE PROMPTS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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THE PROMPTS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

02.06.2023 |

The consolidation of artificial intelligence in everyday life is not only a technological leap, but also ushers in a new era of convenience, efficiency and automation that changes the way you interact with the world around us.

But in order to go deep and use artificial intelligence in the most effective way possible, the commands (prompts) we set are especially important to have the best result. They are the language through which humans give their instructions to machines.

Examples of basic commands might be, “Explain how photosynthesis works” or “Write a summary of Hamlet,” but these prompts only scratch the surface. The generative language model can do much more, and the knowledge of writing good commands helps with that. AI can produce complex answers based on the millions of texts that the user has entered. Another way to use it is to create applications or to automate a large part of the work day. This is achieved with effective commands.

Ben Stokes, the creator of PromptBase, a marketplace for AI commands, says:

“A good command writer can create commands that produce consistent, high-quality output (e.g. images, text, or code) at low cost.”

 

 

But what makes a command good? Look at the image above. Think about how you could describe it. “Smiling man in suit giving a thumbs up”? “Man with white teeth, thumbs up, comic, speech bubble”? A good start, but describe the image in more detail. Consider keywords such as “Caucasian” or “handsome.” You can define the style as “vintage” and “pop art”. All of these words are already contained in the command for that particular image.

To significantly improve the image generated by the DALL-E 2 model, researchers are working on refining the instructions and developing “supercommands.” These complex instructions, consisting of hundreds of words, prompt the artificial intelligence to explore its database and expand its capabilities beyond the imagination of the creators. One approach involves role-playing with ChatGPT, where users prompt the AI ​​to pretend to be someone else. By using specific words and sentence structures, the AI’s behavior can be influenced. More complex and detailed instructions lead to better results. In return, ChatGPT may ask for more details.

Like a journalist using different words to ask the same question, words and sentence structures can influence AI behavior. How you phrase the instructions is important, not just the content. More complex and specific instructions lead to better results.

Last but not least, ChatGPT can become a command writer. But why learn to write good commands if the AI ​​can do it on its own? Because while common prophecies suggest that AI will take control over humans, most AI applications will long rely heavily on the “human factor” to provide instructions, refine results and guide technology in new directions.

The more we use artificial intelligence, the more we understand what works, what doesn’t, and why. This also makes it less threatening—ChatGPT is still a limited machine, but educational institutions should jump at the chance to get involved in learning to write AI commands while the field is still in its infancy.

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FORECAST: TOP 10 MOST IN-DEMAND DIGITAL SKILLS

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FORECAST: TOP 10 MOST IN-DEMAND DIGITAL SKILLS

25.05.2023 |

By 2025, people and machines will work the same number of hours. Automation will displace or modify around 85 million jobs, primarily those dominated by manual and routine repetitive tasks, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

The need for a massive increase in digital skills has also been confirmed by a global survey conducted by HR company Adecco Group. In the survey, 69% of respondents expressed a desire for additional opportunities for upskilling in this area.

The global talent shortage further emphasizes the increasing importance of enhancing digital skills. The lack of qualified personnel with specific skills affects many industries, from manufacturing to supply chains and accounting.

Based on significant labor market changes and technological advancements, Adecco Group predicts that knowledge in the following ten areas will be most sought after by 2025:

  • Data analysis and cloud services (from architects and developers to data scientists)
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
  • Big Data Science (data analytics on large datasets)
  • Digital marketing and strategy development in this field
  • Process automation
  • Business development
  • Digital transformation
  • Information security (including cybersecurity)
  • Software and application development (UX/UI, blockchain programming)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

However, the most sought-after skills are a combination of hard and soft skills. Therefore, in addition to technological skills, the list also includes skills such as:

  • Problem-solving
  • Emotional intelligence – the ability to understand oneself and others
  • Entrepreneurship and risk-taking
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Networking
  • Maintaining mental well-being – coping with stress, depression, and anxiety

“More than ever, people need to realize that their own development primarily depends on themselves. Upskilling and reskilling are the responsibility of both companies and employees,” emphasized Dr. Irina Yoncheva, HR Director at Adecco Bulgaria.

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