LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Fei-Fei Li speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference at ... [ ] NeueHouse Hollywood on February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over and the economy reopens, many students will resume work on their careers. But for many young people, their priorities are going to shift. After seeing the pain and suffering caused by a single invisible enemy, some will naturally prioritize biomedical research over other easier and more lucrative trades, like law and finance. And some will choose to pursue possibly the most impactful area, which lies on the borderline of computer science and biomedicine - Artificial Intelligence (AI) for drug discovery.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives arrested a Santa Monica woman on suspicion of peddling tests for the novel coronavirus that were not approved by federal regulators. Detectives who specialize in commercial and intellectual property crimes took Ying Lien Wang into custody Tuesday afternoon and seized 61 test kits that lacked approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the LAPD said Wednesday. None of the kits have been tested by the federal agency and "could pose a risk to anyone using them," the LAPD said. Public health officials warn that unauthorized tests can produce false negatives and cause people to eschew treatment or not isolate themselves to prevent the virus from spreading. Wang, 39, advertised the kits on Craigslist and sold them on three occasions to undercover investigators with the LAPD and Homeland Security Investigations, according to the LAPD.
Last week, Embodied Inc. launched Moxie, a social robot designed to help children with cognitive development. Moxie uses machine learning and the SocialX platform to perceive and interact. Maja Matarić, interim vice president and vice dean for research at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, co-founded Embodied in 2016. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company said it "has assembled a world-class team of experts in child development, engineering, technology, game design, and entertainment to create Moxie." Embodied has worked with advisors from Disney, MIT, Pixar, and The Jim Henson Co., among others.
Ansel, age 11, plays Fortnite featuring Travis Scott's in-game event, "Astronomical," on April 23, 2020 in South Pasadena, Calif. Ansel, age 11, plays Fortnite featuring Travis Scott's in-game event, "Astronomical," on April 23, 2020 in South Pasadena, Calif. On Thursday, Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott performed to millions of fans worldwide -- not during a living room set or from an empty venue, but via the massively popular video game Fortnite. Fortnite's developer Epic Games says the virtual concert drew in 12.3 million players, setting "an all-time record" for an in-game event. Over the course of the performance, Scott appeared as a towering version of himself which transformed into different globe-headed avatars transported through a series of impossible landscapes.
SpaceX is manufacturing its own hand sanitizer and face shields to help combat an ongoing coronavirus pandemic according to a new report. An internal memo reviewed by CNBC suggests the company is making supplies and donating them to hospitals and businesses. CNBC reports that the memo, which was circulated to employees, states that SpaceX delivered 75 face shields over the weekend to Cedars Sinai, a health facility near the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Unlike respirator masks, shields cover the whole face from the top down in a suspended layer of plastic. The company also reportedly donated 100 'tyvek' protective suits to medical workers there and is currently working on making hand sanitizer that'complies with CDC guidelines and is effective at killing the COVID-19 coronavirus,' according to CNBC.
Miso Robotics, a startup developing robots that can perform basic cooking tasks in commercial kitchens, today announced that it has deployed new tools to its platform in CaliBurger restaurants as part of an advanced approach with CaliGroup intended to improve safety and health standards. The hope is to minimize the threat of infection for patrons and delivery workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has sickened hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. In the coming weeks, in partnership with payment provider PopID, Miso will install a thermal-based screening device in a CaliBurger location in Pasadena, California, that attaches to doors to measure the body temperatures of people attempting to enter the restaurant, along with Miso's Flippy robot in the kitchen, to address health concerns. Before entering, the staff, delivery drivers, and guests will have to scan their faces, and if the device sensor detects the person has a fever, they won't be allowed to enter the building. Miso says that store owners will be able to opt into text messages alerting them that someone whose temperature reading is in line with health and safety standards is at the door, at which point employees will be able to open the door manually.
This intersectional group is disproportionately affected by instances of bias in both the design and application of AI, and they are also leading the fight to make new technologies more equitable for everyone. Intersectionality – the proposition that race, class, gender and other individual characteristics intersect in a way that impacts how a person is viewed, understood and treated – opens possibilities for deeper thinking about how injustices occur in everyday life. Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at Columbia and the University of California, Los Angeles, coined the term in 1989 in'A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics'. Crenshaw's work was rooted in Critical Race Theory – the belief that the structure of law and society are intrinsically racist – and she saw the failure to recognise the intersection of race and sex as part of that structure. In that essay, Crenshaw argues that black women, through being both black and female, suffer specific forms of discrimination that black men or white women may not.
Bringing a new medical treatment to market is a slow, laborious process -- and for a good reason: patient safety is the top priority. But when recruiting patients to test promising treatments in clinical trials, the faster the better. "Many people in medicine have ideas of how to improve healthcare," said Wout Brusselaers, CEO of Pasadena, Calif.-based startup Deep 6 AI. "What's stopping them is being able to demonstrate that their new process or new drug works, and is safe and effective on real patients. For that, they need the clinical trial process."
A major California university has dropped plans to use facial recognition for the surveillance of the campus. The idea was to have the University of California Los Angeles use facial recognition as a way to gain access to buildings, to prove authenticity and deny entry to people with restricted access to the campus, matching their faces against a database. Advocacy group Fight for the Future says UCLA was the first major university exploring using facial recognition to monitor students. The group had tested facial recognition software and found that "dozens" of student-athletes and professors were incorrectly matched with photos from a mugshot database, "and the overwhelming majority of those misidentified were people of color." Why your face is the key: Do you really control how your face is being used?
A startup from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) is developing an AI-based tool that analyzes spine images to inform patients whether or not they need surgery. Based on research conducted by UCLA neurosurgeon Dr. Luke Macyszyn, the startup Theseus AI aims to address the costly medical problem of unnecessary spine surgeries. Studies show that between 20 and 40 percent of spine surgeries fail to relieve pain, and there are more than 250,000 performed each year. "This is somewhat personal for me in that my own father had spine surgery twice," says Sam Elhag, CEO of Theseus AI. "To this date, it's uncertain as to whether or not it all made sense." Elhag launched Theseus to make the interpretation of spine MRIs less subjective.