• Facebook Wants To Use AI To Help Forecast Spread Of The Coronavirus

    Unless continuous testing of people is being done, it’s hard to predict where a COVID-19 cluster can popup. This is because of the virus’ incubation time which is said to be around 14 days, meaning that anyone could be walking around for two weeks while being infected without necessarily knowing about it.

    However, Facebook thinks that they might be able to help by using AI to help forecast the spread of the virus. According to the company, “COVID-19 has advanced rapidly and unpredictably, stifling reopening plans in some states and introducing new hotspots in others.”

    “This potential for resurgence underscores the need for better understanding of the disease’s progression geographically. Building on our commitment to help keep people safe and informed about the virus, we are publishing new AI-powered forecasts that predict the spread of COVID-19 across the entire United States at the county level.”

    By using AI to forecast

  • How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

    The field of entomology is built on the humble pin: Biologists venture into grasslands and forests, scoop up insects, euthanize them, and pin them onto the trays that make up natural history collections in museums and universities, thus immortalizing the specimens for future scientists to examine. But the diabolical ironclad beetle—its actual name, though it’s more formally known as Phloeodes diabolicus—will suffer no such indignity. Native to the southwestern US, it’s known as a “pin-bender,” an insect so tough that when biologists try to drive a pin through its black, bumpy shell, the puny metal gives way. It’s so tough that entomologists have to drill a hole through it first, then drive the stake through. Which is an extra indignity, come to think of it.

    The diabolical ironclad beetle is so tough, in fact, that if you run one over with a car, it just walks away. It can

  • Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

    A new feature being internally tested at Google could remove the need to say “Hey Google” before voicing commands to Nest Hub smart displays, Android Central reports. Instead, the feature codenamed “Blue Steel” could allow the device to simply sense your presence, and proactively listen for commands without first needing to hear the wake word.

    The functionality has been shown off in a video posted to YouTube by Jan Boromeusz, who Android Central notes previously leaked features like the Nest Hub’s new dark mode prior to its official announcement. In the video, Boromeusz can be seen asking for a variety of information, all without once uttering the words “Hey Google.” His Nest Hub Max smart display is reportedly running leaked internal firmware meant for testing within Google, and it’s unclear if the company has any plans to release the functionality publicly.


  • Watch as a distraught Malaysian “aunty” sings a song urging coronavirus to go away

    Two things have become a lot more frequent since the COVID-19 pandemic went all ape shit in 2020: Get rich quick schemes and hilarious homemade online content.

    For this post, I’m referring to the latter.

    If you’ve never heard or seen Aunty Siow, you should because this internet personality is setting the internet on fire through her latest hit, Coronavirus.

    Aunty Siow returns with ‘Coronavirus’. IMAGE: So, I’m Jenn.

    Siow is actually the internet persona of Jenn Chia, a singer-songwriter and content creator based in Malaysia who regularly uploads parody videos on social media.

    In just 2 minutes and 14 seconds, not only does Chia do an extremely accurate impersonation of Chinese ‘aunties’ you’ll typically come across at the morning market, her entire video and song are so relatable.

    The video, set to resemble a karaoke video, starts off with Siow exclaiming, “Coronavirus, lu janganlah” which loosely translates to

  • Technology Instruments In Human Rights

    Biotechnology is a big space and could be outlined usually as the application of organisms, biomaterials, and methods or processes in manufacturing and production. We have seen a lot of media coverage on synthetic intelligence in the previous few years, usually focusing on how the technology may cost folks their jobs. But I feel a way more exciting possibility is a future during which individuals are augmented with clever interfaces—thereby elevating and combining human determination-making with machine intelligence. At the lab, we like to speak about intelligence augmentation slightly than synthetic intelligence, and we view the way forward for interplay with our gadgets as one that is extra natural and intimate.

    Uniquely human strengths are wanted to leverage technological computational powers. At the moment’s leaders want to understand methods to rent the best expertise and develop onboarding protocols that seamlessly absorb that expertise into an innovative and inclusive culture. Successful …