• Microsoft Wants To Use AI To Help Improve Object Recognition For The Visually Impaired

    Those who are visually impaired might either have a hard time seeing or are unable to see at all. However, thanks to technology like object recognition, we’ve seen how our smartphone cameras can be used to “see” the room and identify objects by announcing them out loud to the user.

    Microsoft has made some strides on that front, but the company thinks that they could do better. How so? By making object recognition more contextual and more personal to the user using it. For example, object recognition might be able to recognize objects like keys, glasses, a remote control, but are these objects important to the person? What if a person who is visually impaired is trying to find their cane? What if someone moved the user’s keys to a different spot?

    According to Microsoft, “There has been no effort to collect images of objects that may be particularly

  • Coronavirus Guide: Symptoms, Testing, Treatment, and Economics

    For the time being, generic drugs could prove helpful to those battling Covid-19. Blood from recovered patients is also promising, though getting it to those in need is a challenge. Most of all, it’s important to remember that finding treatments take time and there are a lot of dubious theories circulating online. Whatever you do, please don’t try drinking bleach.

    Meanwhile, hospitals are redesigning their facilities and retooling readily available devices to accommodate the huge influx of Covid-19 patients. Elsewhere, engineers and manufacturers are racing to make more ventilators and PPE.

    What to do if you or a relative is ill

    Whether you’re raising a family or living alone, it’s best to isolate at home and keep your space clean. And whether you’re sick or healthy, it’s important to look after your mind and body.

    Epidemiology and Tracking

    How Covid-19 spreads

    We know that the

  • New study shows that cats might have to practice social distancing as well

    Social distancing is the new norm we must embrace.

    Until the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, blows over, everyone is still at risk of being infected, and everyone can be a potential carrier.

    It would seem that cats might also have to practice social distancing.

    Cats can infect one another with the coronavirus.

    A study published by the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, shows that cats can spread the virus to other cats.

    Kawaoka and his team took the coronavirus from a human and infected three cats. Each cat was then housed in a room with another cat that didn’t have the virus. After just five days, his team found that all the cats had traces of the coronavirus, but none of them showed any symptoms.

    Cat in a Bangkok cat cafe getting its temperature checked. IMAGE: Sakchai Lalit

    Virus expert Peter Halfmann who

  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company finishes digging Las Vegas tunnels

    Elon Musk’s Boring Company has completed digging a second tunnel underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, marking the end of the first phase of the $52.5 million project to build a “people-mover” system to shuttle visitors from one side of the venue to the other. The first of the two tunnels was finished in February.

    Workers will now turn their attention to completing the above-ground passenger stations on either end of the tunnels, as well as a third underground station in the middle of the system. The people-mover, which is being formally called the Convention Center Loop, is still scheduled to open to the public in January 2021 in time for the next Consumer Electronics Show — if CES happens, that is.

    Once completed, the people mover will be The Boring Company’s first commercial transportation project in operation, following only a test