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The AI revolution: for patients, promise and challenges ahead


They represent blood, and they're color-coded based on speed: turquoise and green for the fastest flow, yellow and red for the slowest. This real-time video, which can be rotated and viewed from any angle, allows doctors to spot problems like a leaky heart valve or a failing surgical repair with unprecedented speed. And artificial intelligence (AI) imaging technology made it possible. "It's quite simple, it's like a video game," said Dr. Albert Hsiao, an associate professor of radiology at the University of California, San Diego, who developed the technology while a medical resident at Stanford University. There's a lot going on behind the scenes to support this simplicity.

What you should know about investing in AI during economic downturn


Over the past few months, the COVID-19 virus has had a huge impact on the globe. As of April 28, according to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 2.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and nearly 198,000 confirmed deaths reported in more than 213 nations across the globe. The COVID-19 Pandemic is forcing governments and businesses into actions that are critical in the effort to minimize the rate at which the virus spreads. On March 19th, all residents in California, 40 million people, were asked to "shelter in place" and leave their homes only for basic necessities. Any bay area citizen who has lived through often nightmarish commutes can now travel corridors with ease that a month ago would have been congested with bumper to bumper traffic.

Coronavirus tests the value of artificial intelligence in medicine


Dr Albert Hsiao and his colleagues at the UC San Diego health system in the United States had been working for 18 months on an artificial intelligence (AI) program designed to help doctors identify pneumonia on a chest X-ray. When the coronavirus hit the United States, they decided to see what it could do. The researchers quickly deployed their program, which dots X-ray images with spots of colour where there may be lung damage or other signs of pneumonia. It has now been applied to more than 6,000 chest X-rays, and it's providing some value in diagnosis, said Dr Hsiao, the director of UCSD's augmented imaging and artificial intelligence data analytics laboratory. His team is one of several around the country that has pushed AI programs into the Covid-19 crisis to perform tasks like deciding which patients face the greatest risk of complications and which can be safely channeled into lower-intensity care.

'Robotics for Infectious Diseases' and other resources


In times of crisis, we all want to know where the robots are! And young roboticists just starting their careers, or simply thinking about robotics as a career, ask us'How can robotics help?' and'What can I do to help?'. Cluster organizations like Silicon Valley Robotics can serve as connection points between industry and academia, between undergrads and experts, between startups and investors, which is why we rapidly organized a weekly discussion with experts about "COVID-19, robots and us" (video playlist). During our online series, we heard from roboticists directly helping with all sorts of COVID-19 response, like Gui Cavalcanti of Open Source Medical Supplies and Alder Riley of Helpful Engineering. Both groups are great examples of the incredible power of people working together.

COVID-19 prison problem as cases soar at California's San Quentin

Al Jazeera

The California state jail system has seen a staggering increase in coronavirus cases over the past week - with cases at the overcrowded San Quentin facility jumping from 100 to 539 - and total inmate deaths across the state prison system totalling 20. Attorneys, advocates and former inmates say this increase suggests that lowering prison populations might be the only effective way to stop the pandemic's resurgence inside the US penitentiaries. The state has seen 1,001 new COVID-19 cases in its prison system in the past 14 days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) said on Friday afternoon. This increase comes as the United States experiences record-setting spikes in coronavirus cases. San Quentin is California's only state prison with a death row, accounted for the majority, with 512 new cases as of Friday.

How the industry can take advantage of artificial intelligence


Brokerages who use artificial intelligence could find opportunities to upsell based on changes in a client's lifestyle, according to a software vendor executive. The more data you feed a machine learning model and the more you train it, the better it gets, said Kevin Deveau, managing director of FICO Canada, part of San Jose, Calif.-based Fair Isaac Corp., in a recent interview. Artificial intelligence (AI) is when technology mimics human cognition such as learning from experience, identifying patterns and deriving insights, said Mark Breading, a partner with Boston-based Strategy Meets Action. Machine learning is a type of AI in which computers act without being explicitly programmed, SAS Institute Inc. notes. Bigger brokerages with enough money to invest in AI and machine learning could use those technologies to build a "360-degree view" of a customer, said Deveau, in the context of how the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing companies to change the way they operate.

E-Referendum on AI-Powered Economy


California Transhumanist Party has announced the e-referendum mediated by Artificial Super Intelligence (mASI) regarding the post-COVID-19 economy revival. The American people are voting online about the current socioeconomic issues: The necessity to introduce UBI (Universal Basic Income), capital tax and free medical care. Newton Lee, Chairman of California Transhumanist Party, has described the e-referendum as a first step towards establishing equality that the world desperately needs: "Eradicating diseases and establishing socioeconomic equality are the answers to COVID-19 pandemic and racial tension." The U.S. Transhumanist party leaders realize that we are living in a period of great social and economic transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic and racial riots have a devastating effect on global economy.

LAPD coronavirus cases spike, adding to debate over role of protests in spread

Los Angeles Times

Coronavirus infections among Los Angeles police officers spiked in recent weeks, reflecting a broader increase in cases regionally and raising fresh questions about the role of protests in the spread. Police officials have said that officers were exposed on skirmish lines as they worked to disperse screaming crowds. Protesters say officers recklessly arrested people en masse without wearing masks, exposing not just themselves but others. In the last week, positive cases within the LAPD workforce jumped from 170 to 206, Chief Michel Moore told the civilian Police Commission on Tuesday. "This was a 21% increase and is about twice the rate of our historic rate of change over the history of the pandemic," he said.

L.A. County reports 2,055 new coronavirus cases, 48 deaths

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County public health officials reported 2,055 new cases of COVID-19 and 48 related deaths Saturday, marking the third-highest daily case count since the pandemic began. Officials attributed the high number in part to delays in lab reporting. Long Beach, which has its own public health department, reported an additional 48 cases and two deaths, bringing the county's total to more than 81,000 cases and more than 3,100 deaths. "While the most critical numbers for us to watch are daily hospitalizations and deaths, and these numbers remain stable, we are mindful that positive cases across the county have increased, and this reflects both high rates of testing and increased community transmission over the past few weeks," Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, said in a statement. "Many businesses and spaces reopened in the last month, and residents have found themselves in crowded situations at boardwalks, bars and protests."

Increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations tell 'sobering story,' Newsom says

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that hospitalizations from COVID-19 grew 16% over the last two weeks as the state reported more than 46,000 new cases of the virus, marking significant increases as more Californians begin to return to a sense of normalcy. The Democratic governor started easing his stay-at-home order roughly six weeks ago and has now allowed 54 of 58 counties in the state to open businesses again. Newsom also noted a modest uptick in the rate of positive cases -- from 4.5% to 4.8% -- in the last week. The number of patients in intensive care has also increased by 11% over two weeks, he said. "Those that suggest we're out of the woods, those that suggest this somehow is going to disappear, these numbers tell a very, very different and sobering story," Newsom said.