China Breakthroughs: AI "assistant doctors" rush to the rescue - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

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China faces an acute shortage of doctors. Even in China's first-tier cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Tianjin - many Chinese must wait in long lines at hospitals and clinics to receive examinations, diagnosis and treatment. The World Health Organization issued a report in 2016 disclosing that in China, there's a ratio: 1.5 doctors for every 1,000 people, while in the United States, it's 2.4 per 1,000 and in the United Kingdom, 2.8 per 1,000. Apparently, new solutions are required to help Chinese doctors reduce workloads. Hence, Chinese developers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) may have found the answer.


Amazon weight loss product reviews 'positively misleading' customers, say researchers

The Independent - Tech

Customers should approach online reviews of health products with caution, say University of Aberdeen researchers. An analysis of clinical trial data and user-generated online reviews has shown that customers are prone to exaggerating the effects of weight loss and cholesterol treatments, especially when they have positive results. The researchers examined more than 1,600 Amazon.com The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


China pig farm jams drones dropping swine fever-laced products onto its sites, but also GPS

The Japan Times

BEIJING – One of China's biggest animal feed producers said it had used a radio transmitter to combat crooks using drones to drop pork products contaminated with African swine fever on its pig farms, as part of a racket to profit from the health scare. In July, China's agriculture ministry said criminal gangs were faking outbreaks of swine fever on farms and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices. And Thursday, a state-backed news website, The Paper, reported that a pig farming unit of Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. Ltd. had run foul of the regional aviation authority, as its transmitter had disrupted the GPS signal in the area. Answering questions from investors on an interactive platform run by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Dabeinong confirmed Friday that its pig farming unit in Heilongjiang province had unwittingly violated civil aviation rules. "Our unit in Heilongjiang province … to prevent external people from using drones to drop pork with African swine fever virus, violated regulations by using a drone control equipment set," the company said.


Big Data and Machine Learning Take on HIV

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A vaccine still isn't in sight, though a lot of progress has been made in controlling the disease by harnessing broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) that can mute many of its variations. To build a better bnAb, or create the right combination of them, researchers must find ways to counter those mutations. For that, a team from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), alongside collaborators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have turned to big data. Using data from 20,000 sequences drawn from nearly 2,000 HIV-positive patients, they were looking to map out the virus's "spike," or the protein protrusions on the surface of its molecules that bnAbs are designed to target. The researchers sought "An accurate representation of viral fitness as a function of its protein sequences (a fitness landscape), with explicit accounting of the effects of coupling between mutations."


Discovering Association with Copula Entropy

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Association (or dependence) is such a statistical tool defined for measuring the relationships between random variables of real systems [1]. Correlation, as the linear version of association, is the most commonly used one in real applications, while statistical dependence covers much broad types of associations including nonlinear cases than correlation does. Another closely related concept, Causality is defined for causal relationships in physical, social and biological systems. Even it is well known that association does not imply causation, association is still a necessary condition for causality in general. Association and causality are of significant importance in healthcare and medicine [1, 2]. In medical research, association is widely used as first evidence for scientific discoveries. Causality is much fundamental in all branches of medicine - clinicians diagnose based on symptom-disease relationships, pharmacologists find drugs according to drugs' effect on disease, epidemiology study how environmental factors affect Ma Jian is with Hitachi (China) Research & Development Corporation, Beijing 100084, China.