Why Apex Legends has kept me playing for 500 hours

The Guardian

I have now played Apex Legends for over 500 hours. The online multiplayer shooter, developed by Californian studio Respawn Entertainment and released in February 2019, has been my obsession all year, seeing off a variety of pretenders from Doom Eternal to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Set in a science-fiction universe tied to Respawn's successful Titanfall series, it is another title in the battle royale genre alongside the Goliath that is Fortnite, as well as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Call of Duty: Warzone. You land in a hi-tech future landscape with two team-mates and then you scramble about, finding weapons, while 19 other teams try to kill you and everyone else. The last team left alive is the winner.

Much-maligned robots may become heroes in war on coronavirus

The Japan Times

San Francisco – Long maligned as job-stealers and aspiring overlords, robots are being increasingly relied on as fast, efficient, contagion-proof champions in the war against the deadly coronavirus. One team of robots temporarily cared for patients in a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 outbreak began. Meals were served, temperatures taken and communications handled by machines, one of them named "Cloud Ginger" by its maker CloudMinds, which has operations in Beijing and California. "It provided useful information, conversational engagement, entertainment with dancing, and even led patients through stretching exercises," CloudMinds president Karl Zhao said of the humanoid robot. "The smart field hospital was completely run by robots."

MIT researchers translate coronavirus protein structure into music with haunting 109 minute score

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Researchers from MIT have transformed the COVID-19 virus into a musical composition that's unexpectedly calming and meditative. The project was initiated by professor and musician Markus Buehler, who worked with a team from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab to create a machine learning tool that would translate amino acids from the virus into musical notation. The team focused on COVID-19's famous virus spike on its outer surface, which contains a braid of three different protein chains. Each protein chain is composed of specific amino acid sequences, all of which wrap around one another in a complex structure that the machine learning tool transposed into notes for several different instruments that play out over an hour and 49 minutes. Buehler initially came up with the idea, while thinking of ways to help the public conceptualize the virus without complex chemistry.

Clearview AI was built with the help of far-right extremists, reveals a report

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A report reveals the controversial face recognition software Clearview AI was developed with help from far-right extremists. The Huffington Post claims founder Hoan Ton-That has close ties with several extremists, attended dinners organized by alt-right groups and had employees famous for hate speech. It includes Charles Johnson, owner of a crowdfunding platform for white supremacists and Jack Posobiec, who led the Pizzagate campaign, along with Peter Thiel and his associate Jeff Giesa who is said to donate to alt-right causes, the Huffington Post claims. The report claims to have videos, messages and emails linking the Clearview founder to these individuals as well as evidence suggesting the technology was designed specifically to'identify every illegal alien in the country.' Ton-That has commented on these allegations in an email to DailyMail.com,

False negative coronavirus tests could be due to how healthcare workers are collecting samples

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The US has tested more than 1.2 million Americans for coronavirus, but some have received negative results despite being infected. The coronavirus is a disease that forms in the lungs, but it sometimes sits in a cavity between the nose and throat where a swab is unable to reach. Although the RT-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) detection is the'gold standard' for testing, it can produce a false negative if the sample is not taken properly. Experts also believe that because hospitals and drive-thru testing sites are being flooded by people, healthcare workers are also rushing to tend to as many individuals as possible and are not grabbing the samples properly. The coronavirus is a disease that forms in the lungs, but it sometimes sits in a cavity between the nose and throat where a swab is unable to reach.

5 Amazing Google Colab Hacks You Should Try Today! - Analytics Vidhya


Google Colab is an amazing gift to the data science community from the fine folks at Google. Colab gives us the ability to build complex and heavy machine learning and deep learning models without having to expend our machine's limited resources. I can certainly appreciate this given how much I used to struggle on my machine! The'out of memory' error is now quite infamous in the data science community – Google Colab provides us with the workaround and adds several cherries on top! I love the free GPU and TPU support – it's simply unparalleled and unrivaled in any other coding IDE.

H2O.ai COVID-19 - Open Source Leader in AI and ML


AI is an important resource to help glean insight in data, forecast patterns and make critical decisions that save lives. H2o.ai brings the power of AI to your organization by providing data scientists a glimpse at what's coming, allowing preparation to start now. Then contrast that with what's happening in real time to learn what is and isn't working. Get answers on every level from individual clinics and hospitals to the entire system, putting you in the know and giving you more of the most important resources: enough time to make a difference.

AI can detect depression in a child's speech


Around one in five children suffer from anxiety and depression, collectively known as "internalizing disorders." But because children under the age of eight can't reliably articulate their emotional suffering, adults need to be able to infer their mental state, and recognise potential mental health problems. Waiting lists for appointments with psychologists, insurance issues, and failure to recognise the symptoms by parents all contribute to children missing out on vital treatment. "We need quick, objective tests to catch kids when they are suffering," says Ellen McGinnis, a clinical psychologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center's Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families and lead author of the study. "The majority of kids under eight are undiagnosed."

How AI can take over our free will HCL Blogs


We humans are governed by our free will to choose and make decisions. But, in the world of technology and data brokers, those who can predict and drive one to make decisions, are influencing free will. They are operating behind screens, constantly collecting private information to build a persona and facilitate targeted marketing. Following the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, the market is under increased vigilance from regulators. With data harvesting becoming popular, the companies are now choosing to use Artificial intelligence and Machine learning that run in the background to collect data and understand one's behaviour.