Dating in 2020 is a roller coaster, from endless swiping to video chat dates, the worry that your quarantine-boo might be fake is all too real. "I've been on Tinder on-and-off for the past three years, but have been back on since March when the pandemic started. I have been seeing more bots than usual," said Carlos Zavala, 25, of his dating experience. Online dating in the U.S. has become the most popular way couples connect, a Stanford study published in 2019 found. That finding is being put to the test with the outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S. since mid-March.
Colleges across the country are scrambling to pandemic-proof their campuses. And everything from contact-tracing apps to facial recognition is on the table. The University of Alabama, for instance, is rolling out a suite of apps aimed at monitoring the coronavirus on campus. The school plans to release an app by the end of July that would notify students if they crossed paths with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, using Bluetooth technology. Other schools, such as the University of Arizona, say they are testing similar apps.
Amazon Web Services held an online panel discussion Thursday that looked at how the company's cloud infrastructure is supporting the COVID-19 response, from outbreak prediction to vaccine development. The rapid progression from viral outbreak in China to full-blown global pandemic has magnified the role of clinical researchers, biotech companies and drug manufacturers in the global response to the virus. For the key players in this space, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a high stakes data challenge and cloud technology case study. AWS customers BlueDot, Lifebit, AbCellera, Moderna, UC San Diego Health System, and Babylon are using a range of cloud technologies to increase the pace of innovation, accelerate development timelines and help improve outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. From cancelled conferences to disrupted supply chains, not a corner of the global economy is immune to the spread of COVID-19.
The intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and analytics has been in focus almost since the pandemic began. Organizations like Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), the New York Times and many governments, including states and municipalities in the US, have been publishing data around a number of indicators, including case counts, hospitalizations, deaths and rates of positive testing. The data sets are downloadable in open formats, and available for self-service analysis. But with so many datasets, new circumstances like in-progress re-openings and new spikes in infection, what's the best way really to make sense of the data? And what other data, not specific to Coronoavirus/COVID-19, might be useful and germane?
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"Many of us spend most of our waking lives in offices and typically they're horrible," says Maciej Markowski, chief executive of spaceOS, a start-up based in Warsaw. Before coronavirus offices were "a mix of noise, distraction and an endless search for a free meeting room," he says. Mr Markowski's company makes an app and other technology that connects tenants with their workplaces. He thinks that if building owners want to keep their tenants happy, then they need to be looking at different kinds of data. "The craziest thing is: corporate real estate is really data focused, you have tremendous information on occupancy, electricity and water usage," says Mr Markowski.
The vast social experiment that is underway in the time of COVID-19 is going to yield fascinating data about human behavior for years to come. Some scientists are already examining the first samples of such data to formulate hypotheses about how interventions such as lockdown may be affecting people. A study conducted jointly between the Icahn School of Medicine at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital and researchers in Spain found that people took more steps during lockdown when using social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp, according to write-up of the work posted Sunday on the pre-print server medRxiv. The study design itself is an interesting window into the trends in research. It comes out of prior work done with smartphones and wearable technology to track people's behavior over time, and so it represents the new angle that mobile technology is having on research.
Twitter users had some fun on Friday upon seeing that tweets that contained the words "frequency" and "oxygen" were automatically slapped with a coronavirus fact-check label. The tech giant has been cracking down in recent months on tweets it perceives as spreading misinformation, most notably the fact-check it had placed on President Trump's tweets on mail-in voting. However, Twitter raised eyebrows when it labeled any tweet that had the two words "frequency" and "oxygen" with label that read "Get the facts about COVID-19," which takes users to a page from May 11 addressing a conspiracy theory that 5G technology was responsible for the spread of the virus. Many took the opportunity to get creative with tweets that prompted the automatic labeling. NEWSWEEK MOCKED FOR CLAIMING CONSERVATIVES ARE'WEAPONIZING' CANCEL CULTURE TO'TAME ANTI-TRUMP CELEBRITIES' "This is a fun new meme," journalist Tim Pool began.
Google Maps is working on a new feature that will show you how to reach the nearest public transport connection, according to new leaked screenshots. The new Maps filter will let users choose what mode of transportation they will be using at the very beginning of their daily commute, the screenshots show. Once rolled out, the feature will allow commuters to work out their preferred route to various transport connections, such as the train station, when they return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic. The screenshots also reveal an option to get more accurate Uber fares using data from Google Maps and a slightly new design for the Maps interface. 'Google Maps is working on route options with "Connections to Public Transit", such as car and transit, bicycle and transit, auto rickshaw, ride service [and] motorcycle and transit,' said Jane Wong, a Hong Kong-based hacker, tech blogger and software engineer, who leaked the screenshots.
Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off. "I think the funniest thing about this app -- the best thing about this app besides it being an astrology dating app…" said TikTok user @ladygleep, a 23-year-old named Glorianna, "is that while I was filling out my profile, it asked me if'I don't want to see or be seen by straight people.'" Glorianna, a filmmaker and photographer based in Connecticut, pointed out the feature on the astrology dating app NUiT. The app utilizes a similar like/pass model as other dating apps, but also gives users the opportunity to view the other person's birth chart and calculate astrological compatibility. Once users download NUiT they complete their profile, which is partially like that on other apps as it involves uploading photos.