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After coronavirus shutdown, Lyft's self-driving cars will pick up passengers again

Mashable

You can order a self-driving car on Lyft again. The company paused its autonomous taxi program, which only operates in Las Vegas, in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Thursday, the fleet will be picking up passengers again. Before the shutdown, Lyft's cars had completed more than 100,000 autonomous trips. The sensor- and camera-loaded BMWs have a new logo and branding. That's because Lyft's autonomous driving partner Aptiv rebranded over the summer after it combined forces with Hyundai.


Deploying nEmesis: Preventing Foodborne Illness by Data Mining Social Media

AI Magazine

Foodborne illness afflicts 48 million people annually in the U.S. alone. Over 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from the infection. While preventable with proper food safety practices, the traditional restaurant inspection process has limited impact given the predictability and low frequency of inspections, and the dynamic nature of the kitchen environment. Despite this reality, the inspection process has remained largely unchanged for decades. CDC has even identified food safety as one of seven "winnable battles"; however, progress to date has been limited.


Bridges Health Services Merges with Nevada, California Hospice and Home Health Agencies - Hospice News

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Bridges Health Services is merging with Las Vegas-based home health and hospice companies Gentlecare Home Health and Renaissance Hospice and Los Angeles-based home health and hospice companies Supreme Healthcare Inc. and Supreme Hospice Inc. Bridges Health Services was founded by Carolyn Romero, a home health and hospice nurse. The more than 10-year-old company has a national footprint, delivering hospice and home health care primarily seniors covered by Medicare. Along with the merger, the company has also implemented a new artificial intelligence platform designed to help them identify patients who are in most need of their services as early as possible in their disease trajectory. "The traditional approach of our health care delivery system focuses on treatment rather than prevention," Bridges founder Romero said. Artificial intelligence technology is in its infancy, but hospice organizations are already applying the technology to provide patient support, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.


Nevada testing drones to deliver vital organs to transplant patients

FOX News

LAS VEGAS – At 18 months old, Chris Rodriguez was diagnosed with heart failure and required a transplant. "My heart was pumping too much blood and my organs couldn't deal with it," said Rodriguez, now 14. "Most of my life, I've just been in and out of the hospital. More than 100,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, and approximately 17 people die each day waiting to receive an organ transplant, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. COVID-19 has complicated the situation even more, as travel restrictions and fewer commercial flights have made it difficult to transplant organs and highlighted the need for alternative travel methods to deliver vital organs. Nevada Donor Network partnered with MissionGo to test drones to deliver vital organs. "As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been subjected to fewer commercial flights to be able to transport organs for transplantation," Joe Ferreira, Nevada Donor Network CEO said. "We've had to look ...


Drone carries kidneys a record 10 miles across the Nevada desert

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Kidneys were flown a record 10 miles across the Nevada desert by drone earlier this month, setting a record for unmanned aerial organ delivery. It comes after the first-ever successful drone delivery of an organ was completed last year, when a 44-year-old's new kidney over two miles in an unmanned drone from the Living Legacy Foundation organ distribution center to the University of Maryland Medical Center (both in Baltimore) on April 19. The latest drone organ delivery - completed by a MissionGo device - surpasses that historic flight by traveling five-times further. It was the second of two human tissue drone flights completed the same day, September 17. MissionGO and the Nevada Donor Network flew corneas two miles by drone, from one hospital to another, then flew research kidneys 10 miles from a remote airport to a town in the middle of the state's desert.


Walmart drone delivery trial brings COVID-19 tests to the home

Mashable

The Walmart drones just keep coming. Over the past few weeks, Walmart has announced drone delivery trials for health and wellness products, as well as groceries with Flytrex and Zipline. Now, the company has started delivering COVID-19 self-collection kits by drone, too. Starting Tuesday, customers in the North Las Vegas area will be able to order and receive kits dropped off by DroneUp-powered drones. Then, next month as the trial service continues, those drones will also start delivering kits to customers in Cheektowaga, New York (near Buffalo).


Walmart's latest drone trial delivers at-home COVID-19 tests

Engadget

Walmart is starting to deliver at-home COVID-19 tests by drone. A trial got underway in North Las Vegas today and the deliveries will expand to Cheektowaga, New York early next month. It's delivering the kits to qualifying patients who live within a mile of certain Walmart Supercenters in both locales. Patients will self-administer a nasal swab, which they'll send to Quest Diagnostics for testing. Walmart says there's no kit or delivery cost for those who opt to receive a test by drone, and there's a prepaid shipping label to return it.


A realistic picture of how AI fits into today's economy

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So you're interested in AI? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you'll hear how artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses. You just need to look at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to see how much of the technology we create just doesn't cut it and gets tossed into the wastebin of innovation because it doesn't find a working business model. Where does artificial intelligence stand? Recent advances in machine learning have surely created a lot of excitement -- and fear -- around artificial intelligence. A text-generating AI that writes articles in mere seconds.


Robot dogs join US Air Force for major exercise, could be 'key to next-gen warfare'

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New Delhi: In a bid to increase use of artificial intelligence in the military, the US Air force conducted a major exercise with robot dogs trained to scout for threats before their human counterparts enter the field. The four-legged, headless, mechanical creatures were made to exit an aircraft and look for signs of danger at the Nellis Air Force Base in the US state of Nevada last week. They are part of an Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) that the US Air force is building, which will use artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect counter threats to the US military. "Valuing data as an essential war fighting resource, one no less vital than jet fuel or satellites, is the key to next-gen warfare," Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, told CNN. The dogs have been manufactured by Ghost Robotics, a company based in Philadelphia, and are called Vision 60 UGVs, or "autonomous unmanned ground vehicles".


Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

WIRED

Most of the attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show, in January, were on the hunt for self-driving cars and improved smartphone cameras, but I arrived at the Las Vegas expo looking for high-tech innovations in beauty. I walked past the AI chemistry teachers and the robot puppy, and headed straight to the at-home lipstick maker and plaque-detecting toothbrush. Over the course of three days, I discovered that our makeup and skin-care routines will be just as high-tech as our living rooms--and change is coming faster than you'd think. Brushing your teeth is possibly the least sexy part of your daily routine, which is probably why the average person only spends about 45 seconds doing it. But new electric brushes are making this mundane experience more fun, more efficient, and more worthy of 120 seconds. This story originally appeared on Allure.