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Robot 'spy' gorilla records wild gorillas singing and farting, because nature is beautiful

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Mountain gorillas have been caught on camera as they "sing" during their supper, a behavior that has never before been documented on video. Filmmakers captured the astonishing footage of the primate crooners with a little help from a very special camera: a robotic "spy" designed to look like a young gorilla. The singing apes make their television debut on April 29 in the returning PBS series, "Nature: Spy in the Wild 2." Like its predecessor, which first aired in 2017, the program documents remarkable up-close glimpses of elusive wildlife behavior, seen through the "eyes" of robots that are uncanny lookalikes of the creatures that they film. But this time, the robot animals display an even greater range of realistic behaviors, enabling them to interact with the wildlife that they're spying on. Though human camera operators typically keep a safe distance from wild gorillas, the lifelike animatronic gorilla spy was able to infiltrate a troop and film their daily routines, which included an impromptu suppertime serenade.


Robot gorilla 'spy' captures the first footage of Silverbacks in Uganda singing for their supper

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A pack of Silverback Mountain gorillas in Uganda were caught for the first time on camera performing a supper serenade. Filmmakers captured the unique ritual by placing a robotic'spy' that resembles a young gorilla deep in the jungle. The team designed the animatronic machine with realistic eye movements, as wild gorillas communicate with each other through eye contact, and a submissive demeanor with the hopes it would be accepted by the pack. Along with the singing, the footage shows the gorillas screamed a'chorus of appreciation' while eating and provided evidence that they are extremely gassy. A pack of Silverback Mountain gorillas in Uganda were caught for the first time on camera performing a supper serenade.


Microsoft's chief environmental officer on why we need a Planetary Computer

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What if we could treat the Earth like a computer, a system with an ever-flowing set of data that can be tracked, analyzed, and potentially even predicted. That's the gist of Microsoft's latest environmental initiative, which it's dubbed a "Planetary Computer." The company foresees a world where we can track just about anything happening in the world -- a forest fire in California, the river tides in Uganda -- and have all of that data readily accessible on a single AI-driven platform. If Microsoft succeeds it could reshape our relationship with the Earth entirely. Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's first chief environmental officer, boiled down the concept succinctly in an interview for the Engadget Podcast: "It's a platform that is intended to accelerate our ability to monitor, model and then ultimately manage Earth's natural systems to ask questions like, 'Where are the world's forests? Where are the world's wetlands? How fast are they changing?' And hopefully, what are the sorts of benefits that we are gaining from those ecosystems? What are the services that those ecosystems provision to people?"


Men who are 'couch potatoes' are more likely to want to be muscular and hit the gym, study shows

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Experts found that men from wealthy western countries like the UK are more motivated to workout than their Nicaraguan and Ugandan counterparts. However, in all three countries, men that watch more television -- and are therefore exposed more to images of idealised bodies -- wanted to be muscular more. Men who are'couch potatoes' -- those spending a lot of time watching TV -- are more likely to want to be muscular and hit the gym, a study has found Psychologist Tracey Thornborrow of the University of Lincoln and colleagues examined British men's obsession with getting a muscular physique -- along with related phenomena like relying on protein shakes, unhealthy dieting and steroid use. Comparing British men with those from Nicaragua and Uganda, the team assessed each man's body mass index, along with their feelings about peer pressure and their ideal appearance. Participants also ranked the perceived level of muscularity of their current body and their ideal body on the so-called'Male Adiposity and Muscularity Scale.' Designed by the Person Perception Lab at the University of Lincoln, the new scale makes use of two-dimensional images created from 3D software, providing a more realistic range of body types and sizes based on measurements of real people.


Registration • Data Science Africa Kampala 2020

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Data Science Africa summer school is aimed at equipping participants with Machine Leaning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence skills. This will be organised in sesions and after each session there will be exercises to assess the learning. To this end, we require that participants are well versed with the basics of the technologies and languages that will be used in the summer school. Particularly, we want to make sure participants have sufficient base skills in Python programming, Data science and Machine learning. You are required to download the notebook from the link below (by clicking it), complete the notebook and then fill out the registration form below that requires you to upload the completed notebook.


AI shows potential in low-resource settings

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The need for diagnostic images is rapidly exceeding the capacity of available specialists worldwide, and more acutely so in developing countries where access to healthcare remains challenging. AI is showing promise in TB diagnosis, but it could do much more, provided incentives went in the right direction, recent initiatives in Uganda have shown. Shortage of radiologists is a worldwide phenomenon, but the lack of specialists is much more pronounced in developing countries. In Uganda, only 20 doctors signed up for radiology residency in 2018 and the radiologist-to-population ratio was approximately 1:1,600,000; and it was even lower in Malawi – 1:8,000,000. With AI, possibilities are emerging to fill in this vertiginous gap and tend to these populations' medical imaging needs.


Ugandan medics deploy AI to stop women dying after childbirth

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NAIROBI, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ugandan doctors are giving new mothers artificial intelligence-enabled devices to remotely monitor their health in a first-of-its-kind study aiming to curb thousands of preventable maternal deaths across Africa, medics and developers said. Doctors at Mbarara Hospital in western Uganda will give devices to more than 1,000 women who have undergone caesarean section births to wear on their upper arms at all times. Algorithms detect at-risk cases and alert doctors. Joseph Ngonzi from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, which is conducting the study, said it would help "improve monitoring in a resource-constrained environment". The World Health Organization says almost 300,000 women worldwide die annually from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth - that's more than 800 women every day.


How to Earn $100 Daily On Google Maps – Geo Appsmith

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In this article you will be guided step-by-step on how you can use Google Maps to actually create online business for yourself. This is a strategy that we love and have been using here at GeoAppsmith over the years. The good news is that this method will also work for you, whether you live in San Francisco, USA or even in Moroto village in Uganda. And you don't need any special skills, experience or capital to start doing this. Anyone can earn online income with this great method, anywhere in the world, provided that one has access to a computer and some internet connection.


Machine Learning for a Low-cost Air Pollution Network

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We consider the example of a deployment of an air pollution monitoring network in Kampala, an East African city. Air pollution contributes to over three million deaths globally each year(Lelieveld and others, 2015). Kampala has one of the highest concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) of any African city Mead (2017) Hence we know little about its distribution or extent. Lower cost devices do exist, but these do not, on their own, provide the accuracy required for decision makers. In our case study, the Kampala network of sensors consists largely of low cost optical particle counters (OPCs) that give estimates of the PM2.5 particulate concentration.


World's first AI health app in Swahili launches to tackle doctor shortages

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An innovative chat-bot that helps patients and doctors diagnose diseases ranging from malaria to diabetes has become the first health app to launch in Swahili. Developed by Ada Health, the app relies on artificial intelligence, large medical databases and personalised responses to assess an individual's symptoms, suggest a cause and recommend the next stage of treatment. The smartphone chat-bot is already used by roughly eight million people in more than 130 countries across the globe – published in languages including English, French and Spanish. But it has now become the first AI health application to launch in Swahili, a language spoken by almost 100 million people across East Africa – predominantly in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. According to Hila Azadzoy, the managing director of Ada's global health initiative, the expansion will help tackle a shortage of doctors and nurses in the region, where countries have fewer than one physician per 1,000 people on average.