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Singapore unveils startup fund to fuel maritime digital transformation

ZDNet

Singapore is offering funds to help startups pilot projects for the maritime industry, which can also access sandboxes to test new technologies. A new zone also has been dedicated to testbed drone technologies for maritime applications, as the country navigates its ambition of becoming a global maritime startup hub. Technology had played an integral role in keeping the sector resilient during the COVID-19 outbreak and would continue to do so in a post-pandemic era, said Chee Hong Tat, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport. To help the industry navigate this, it needed an environment that supported risk-taking and experimentation as well as collaborations with internal and external partners, Chee said. Speaking Tuesday at the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference, the minister said market players needed a conducive environment to test out new ideas and "a safe place [for experiments] to fail".


Alexa can help you find a COVID-19 vaccination site

Engadget

Now that every adult in the US is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Amazon wants to make it as simple as possible to get your shots. Alexa now helps you find vaccination sites just by saying "where can I get a COVID vaccine?" to your smart speaker or other supporting device. You can specify a city if you want more than nearby results, and you can call a given site if you have questions about appointments. Alexa is also useful for learning about vaccine availability and eligibility in over 85 countries, and you can find COVID-19 testing locations much like you would vaccinations. There's a good chance you'll use a mapping app first, but there's no doubt this is convenient -- you can ask about those potentially life-saving vaccine doses while you're busy making breakfast.


MyNorthwest.com - Seattle news, sports, weather, traffic, talk

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Seattle's financial future is brighter than originally predicted, having taken a positive turn over the last five months according to a new budget forecast. Rantz: Sword, meth, trash remain as School Board refuses to sweep tents 44 minutes ago Sound Transit's dilemma: What to delay, cut, or scale with $11.5 billion hole 23 minutes ago Wyman: New voting law would'force us to make changes' in Washington 40 minutes ago Ross: Artificial intelligence is coming, like it or not 12 minutes ago Over 19,000 complaints against SPD from 2020 COVID updates: King County launches in-home vaccination program 25 minutes ago Sound Transit's dilemma: What to delay, cut, or scale with $11.5 billion hole 23 minutes ago Wyman: New voting law would'force us to make changes' in Washington 40 minutes ago What Aldon Smith's charge could mean for his Seahawks future Auburn considers tightening rules for homeless camping Six Seattle mayoral candidates lead the fundraising race What Aldon Smith's charge could mean for his Seahawks future What Aldon Smith's charge could mean for his Seahawks future Dave Ross Ross: Artificial intelligence is coming for cars, like it or not Artificial intelligence is coming, like it or not. Cornell philosophy professor Shaun Nichols even predicts you'll be able to select your driving algorithm. Chokepoints Sound Transit's dilemma: What to delay, cut, or scale with $11.5 billion hole With an $11.5 billion budget hole, the Sound Transit board has to make tough choices of cutting projects, delaying projects, and ways to make up the gap. Jason Rantz Rantz: Sword, meth, and trash remain as School Board refuses to sweep encampment A growing encampment that threatens student and staff safety at Seattle's Broadview-Thompson K-8 remains in place.


New AI Tool Tracks Evolution of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories on Social Media - ELE Times

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A new machine-learning program accurately identifies COVID-19-related conspiracy theories on social media and models how they evolved over time--a tool that could someday help public health officials combat misinformation online. A lot of machine-learning studies related to misinformation on social media focus on identifying different kinds of conspiracy theories. Instead, we wanted to create a more cohesive understanding of how misinformation changes as it spreads. Because people tend to believe the first message they encounter, public health officials could someday monitor which conspiracy theories are gaining traction on social media and craft factual public information campaigns to preempt widespread acceptance of falsehoods. The study, anonymized Twitter data to characterize four COVID-19 conspiracy theory themes and provide context for each through the first five months of the pandemic.


NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History

WIRED

As an archivist, I'm excited about what disruptive innovations like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and artificial intelligence may mean for archives. These developments pose existential threats to our field, and by extension, to the survival of human history and culture. I give old films away for free. It started in 1999 when I was seduced by the promise, excitement, and just-felt-rightness of the gift economy. Not 30 seconds after we first met, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle asked me, "Want to put your film archives online for free?"


Sony is giving away 'Horizon Zero Dawn' for free on PS4 and PS5

Mashable

Everyone loves a freebie, right? Especially when it comes to video games, and particularly in this time when we're still spending a bunch of time at home. Well, you can now download Guerrilla Games' epic 2017 open-world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn for nothing, the latest released in Sony's batch of free games for its Play at Home initiative. First announced in April 2020, Play at Home is the company's strategy to encourage people to stay indoors and play games amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- Sony has previously given away such classics as stunning indie Journey and adventure series Uncharted for free. If you're keen to join young hunter Aloy and track down mechanical T-rexes across the land in this critically lauded but definitely not perfect open-world adventure, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is available to download free from now up until 11 p.m ET / 8 p.m. PT on May 14 (4 a.m.


AI reveals how Bill Gates Covid conspiracy and other theories evolved online

The Independent - Tech

Scientists have developed a new machine learning tool that can identify Covid-19-related conspiracy theories on social media and predict how they evolved over time, an advance which may lead to better ways for public health officials to fight misinformation online. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, analysed anonymised Twitter data to characterise four Covid-19 conspiracy theory themes – such as one that erroneously claims the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation engineered or has malicious intent related to the pandemic. Using the AI tool's analysis of more than 1.8 million tweets that contained Covid-19 keywords, the scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US categorised the posts as misinformation or not, and provided context for each of these conspiracy theories through the first five months of the pandemic. "From this body of data, we identified subsets that matched the four conspiracy theories using pattern filtering, and hand labeled several hundred tweets in each conspiracy theory category to construct training sets," explained Dax Gerts, a computer scientist and co-author of the study from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The four major themes examined in the study were that 5G cell towers spread the virus; that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation engineered or have "malicious intent" related to Covid-19; that the novel coronavirus was bioengineered or was developed in a laboratory; and that vaccines for Covid-19, which were still in development during the study period, would be dangerous.


Brilliant Smart Dimmer Switch review: A simple addition to a luxe smart home system

PCWorld

Four years after its introduction, the Brilliant platform remains an ambitious but niche product: You can replace light switches with video-enabled touchscreens, complete with a full Amazon Alexa hub, motion detection, and more. The $299 to $449 price per control panel--based on the number of integrated switches--has not budged since launch, making it one of the most expensive ways to outfit your home with smart tech. Interested in Brilliant but don't have five figures handy to kit out your entire home in touchscreens? Good news: Brilliant alleviates some of its platform's sticker shock with a dimmer switch that forgoes the touchscreen, replacing it with a simple touch slider that works just like the sliders on its multi-switch units. It sells for $70, which makes it a whole lot cheaper than a full control panel, but it's still quite a bit more expensive than smart dimmers based on other wireless technologies (Lutron Caséta, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, et al).


Kitchens in the cloud: AI is restoring consumer trust in the food delivery business - Microsoft Stories India

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Before COVID-19 struck India, Rajesh Agrawal and his wife, Meenakshi, would often get food from restaurants delivered to their home. A weekly treat of chicken tikka masala or lamb biryani would be a break from the vegetarian dishes they cook at home. It's been nearly a year since the Agrawals stopped ordering in food from their favorite restaurants. "There's no way to tell how clean and hygienic the restaurant kitchens are really," Mr. Agrawal says. "Sure, the government has released processes for restaurants during the pandemic. But we can't be certain that they're following those, can we?"


Artificial Intelligence In 2021 - The Developments So Far

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Artificial Intelligence is one of the most, if not the only disruptive technology that made a massive impact in the modern world. It is a concept that continues to reach a wider audience with regular developments and researches done by scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who are working to advance the field. Before the pandemic wreaked havoc in 2020, machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence was causing disruptions across industries. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it became evident that self-teaching algorithms and smart machines will play a big role in the ongoing fight against the viral outbreak and serve our society in the future too. Artificial intelligence technology remains a key trend in our work world and personal world.