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Sep 21, 2020

The 4 Top Artificial Intelligence Trends For 2021

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a mega-trend in 2020. The current pandemic has only accelerated the relevance and adoption of AI and machine learning. Here we look at some of the top AI trends for 2021.

Sep 21, 2020

Artificial Intelligence Has Become A Tool For Classifying And Ranking People

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Recommending content, powering chatbots, trading stocks, detecting medical conditions, and driving cars. These are only a small handful of the most well-known uses of artificial intelligence, yet there is one that, despite being on the margins for much of AI’s recent history, is now threatening to grow significantly in prominence. This is AI’s ability to classify and rank people, to separate them according to whether they’re “good” or “bad” in relation to certain purposes.

At the moment, Western civilization hasn’t reached the point where AI-based systems are used en masse to categorize us according to whether we’re likely to be “good” employees, “good” customers, “good” dates and “good” citizens. Nonetheless, all available indicators suggest that we’re moving in this direction, and that this is regardless of whether Western nations consciously decide to construct the kinds of social credit system currently being developed by China.

This risk was highlighted at the end of September, when it emerged that an AI-powered system was being used to screen job candidates in the U.K. for the first time. Developed by the U.S.-based HireVue, it harnesses machine learning to evaluate the facial expressions, language and tone of voice of job applicants, who are filmed via smartphone or laptop and quizzed with an identical set of interview questions. HireVue’s platform then filters out the “best” applicants by comparing the 25,000 pieces of data taken from each applicant’s video against those collected from the interviews of existing “model” employees.

Sep 20, 2020

This College Student Built His Own Batmobile

Posted by in category: transportation

It’s a working car that can seat two people who just want to pretend like they’re driving around Gotham.

Sep 20, 2020

A multibillion-dollar shopping obsession goes mainstream in China

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, internet

Hu is part of a rising class of creators in China who are racing to get in on live-stream shopping, an emerging form of retail that has grown into an industry worth an estimated $66 billion. Although the trend has been part of Chinese internet culture for years, analysts say the coronavirus pandemic has made it mainstream.


A rising class of creators in China are racing to get in on live-stream shopping, an emerging form of retail that has become an estimated $66 billion industry.

Sep 20, 2020

AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Experts are concerned that the company has not been more forthcoming about two participants who became seriously ill after getting its experimental vaccine.

Sep 20, 2020

Russia Strikes Deals to Sell Its Coronavirus Vaccine Internationally

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Moscow is in various stages of talks and has received requests to supply as many as 1.2 billion doses of its vaccine, which is still in the trial phase.

Sep 20, 2020

Experimental coronavirus vaccine is safe and produces immune response

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Early results from the first COVID-19 vaccine candidate tested in people showed that it triggered an immune response against the virus with no serious side effects.

Sep 20, 2020

The Solar Cycle As Seen From Space

Posted by in category: mathematics

Tick-tock, the Sun’s like a clock — but much more complex to predict. Scientists use a combination of observations, models, and mathematical techniques (including a “solar clock” analysis) to understand how the Sun will behave in the upcoming solar cycle. https://go.nasa.gov/3kzpLoF

Sep 20, 2020

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities supports access to SpaceX Starlink internet in Canada

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

This week on September 16, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) Board of Directors held a meeting to discuss their support for bringing SpaceX’s Starlink broadband internet service to Canada. “The Board adopted a resolution during a recent meeting in Hearst, held both electronically and in-person, supporting Starlink, a satellite internet service that’s being developed by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX),” FONOM representatives wrote in a press release. “The Resolution also calls on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to permit and expand the company a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) license.”

“We know today our citizens require greater connectivity than 50/10 megabits per second,” the President of FONOM Danny Whalen said in a statement. “FONOM believes that the Starlink program is our best option.”

SpaceX says its service is capable of providing low-latency broadband internet below 30 milliseconds, and download speeds greater than 100 megabits per second.

Sep 20, 2020

Cheap, innovative venom treatments could save tens of thousands of snakebite victims

Posted by in categories: health, innovation

Momentum is building to finally tackle a neglected health problem that strikes poor, rural communities.