In what is somehow the cutest science story of the new year so far, scientists at the University of Washington have announced a new artificial intelligence system for decoding mouse squeaks. Dubbed DeepSqueak, the software program can analyze rodent vocalizations and then pattern-match the audio to behaviors observed in laboratory settings. As such, the software can be used to partially decode the language of mice and other rodents. Researchers hope that the technology will be helpful in developing a broad range of medical and psychological studies. Published this week in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the study is based around a novel use of sonogram technology, which transforms an audio signal into an image or series of graphs.
Digital health technologies are critical tools in the ongoing fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, 5G and robotics can provide valuable and innovative solutions for patient treatment, frontline protection, risk reduction, communications and improved quality of living under lockdown as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week's AI for Good webinar, 'COVID-19: China's digital health strategies against the global pandemic,' presented different use cases from China's digital health strategy, and provided context for how AI and information and communication technologies (ICT) has supported healthcare and citizen needs for the world's most populous nation. Following the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in January 2020, China implemented a wide-reaching strategy to control and contain the virus. "With various available technologies, we [ICT engineers] can actually play a very positive supporting role in fighting the current virus," said Shan Xu, an engineer in the Smart Health Department at the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).
Robots are likely to replace a lot of jobs in the future, but these roles are generally well-suited to automation. For some jobs -- particularly creative professions -- it'll be much harder to simply swap in a digital employee. But as a forthcoming feature film proves, it won't be impossible. According to Hollywood Reporter, science-fiction movie b will be the first to rely on an artificially intelligent actor. Meet Erica (pictured above), a humanoid robot that will take center stage in Life Productions' $70 million picture, which tells the tale of a scientist tasked with creating perfect human DNA.
All Models are wrong, but some are useful. Mainstream AI discourse stresses the need for unbiased data and algorithms to ensure fair representation, but overlooks the intrinsic limits of any statistical technique. Machine learning is a statistical model of the world and we should question the way it operates, also statistically, in world-making. The statistical models of machine learning have silently become a new ubiquitous Kulturtechnik through which the perception of the world is increasingly mediated and jobs are automated. From face recognition and self-driving cars to automated decision making, AI constructs, fosters and controls statistical models of society.
Microsoft is running a mental healthcare service program for older people using artificial intelligence, voice assistants, and wearable tech in South Korea. The pilot program aims to use the combination of technologies to improve the mental health of people as they age, as a growing body of evidence suggests they can. The program is based on Microsoft's Azure Kinect, essentially a sensor kit connected to artificial intelligence. Kinect combines a high-end camera and microphone with other sensors to detect human movement. That information will be combined with data from smartwatches and other wearable tech and analyzed by the AI.
From food delivery and disinfecting offices to retail services and surgeries, robots are increasingly sharing our workplaces. How are enterprises adapting to the explosive growth in robotics and robotic systems? ZDNet and TechRepublic published a PDF ebook: Robotics in the enterprise to find out. In "Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know," ZDNet contributor Greg Nichols provides an executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market. ZDNet's Daphne Leprince-Ringuet investigates what work will look like as robots start mingling with humans in their workplaces in her feature, "The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work."
If you go to the Makr Shakr bar in Milan, a top-notch rooftop venue overlooking the city's famous cathedral, you won't be greeted by any bartenders -- that is, of the human kind. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, looks at how the explosive growth in robotics is affecting specific industries, like healthcare and logistics, and the enterprise more broadly on issues like hiring and workplace safety. Instead, you'll be able to order your cocktail via an app, playing around with how strong you want the drink to be, or selecting add-ons like bitters or lemon; and your order will be sent straight to the double-armed robot working behind the bar. Emanuele Rossetti, CEO of Makr Shakr, explains that the robot can be up to four times faster than a real-life bartender in preparing customers' drinks. "But that's not very fun to watch," he argues, and so the robotic arms have been slowed down to match the pace of a human. SEE: An IT pro's guide to robotic process automation (free PDF) (TechRepublic) The Makr Shakr can prepare two types of drink: easy ones, like a rum and coke, but also the more complex ones, which require the shaking-and-stirring that are the signature moves of bartenders.
It has long been known that UV light has a sterilising effect because the radiation damages the genetic material of viruses and their ability to replicate. Most viruses - such as SARS-CoV-2 - are covered with a thin membrane that is easily broken apart by UV rays. Paul Hunter, a professor in medicine at University of East Anglia said: 'That UV light inactivates SARS-CoV-2 is not surprising. Indeed UV disinfection is widely used for disinfection of drinking water. 'Given the nature of coronaviruses we would expect them to be especially sensitive to disinfection by either hypochlorite (bleach) or UV light.'
AI is becoming mainstream, embedded into more and more applications of everyday life. From healthcare and finance to transportation and energy, the opportunities appear endless. Every sector is ripe with opportunities for time, money, and other resources savings, and AI provides many solutions. Yet critical questions remain unanswered related to AI security. How are IT organizations managing AI security as it scales to the enterprise, and do you have the audit functionality to answer questions of regulators?
Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) in Belgium is using an AI-powered robot to greet patients, check temperatures, and ensure masks are worn correctly. By removing initial human-to-human contact, the multilingual robot makes life a little easier and safer for hospital staff. The robot works pretty intuitively. As patients enter the hospital, they collect a barcode and feed it into the robot. This then uses temperature measurement cameras and ultrasonic sensors to check that the patient is safe.