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Artificial Intelligence and Food Safety: Hype vs. Reality


To understand the promise and peril of artificial intelligence for food safety, consider the story of Larry Brilliant. Brilliant is a self-described "spiritual seeker," "social change addict," and "rock doc." During his medical internship in 1969, he responded to a San Francisco Chronicle columnist's call for medical help to Native Americans then occupying Alcatraz. Then came Warner Bros.' call to have him join the cast of Medicine Ball Caravan, a sort-of sequel to Woodstock Nation. That caravan ultimately led to a detour to India, where Brilliant spent 2 years studying at the foot of the Himalayas in a monastery under guru Neem Karoli Baba. Toward the end of the stay, Karoli Baba informed Brilliant of his calling: join the World Health Organization (WHO) and eradicate smallpox. He joined the WHO as a medical health officer, as a part of a team making over 1 billion house calls collectively. In 1977, he observed the last human with smallpox, leading WHO to declare the disease eradicated. After a decade battling smallpox, Brilliant went on to establish and lead foundations and start-up companies, and serve as a professor of international health at the University of Michigan. As one corporate brand manager wrote, "There are stories that are so incredible that not even the creative minds that fuel Hollywood could write them with a straight face."[1]

Building the engine that drives digital transformation

MIT Technology Review

This is the consensus view of an MIT Technology Review Insights survey of 210 members of technology executives, conducted in March 2021. These respondents report that they need--and still often lack-- the ability to develop new digital channels and services quickly, and to optimize them in real time. Underpinning these waves of digital transformation are two fundamental drivers: the ability to serve and understand customers better, and the need to increase employees' ability to work more effectively toward those goals. Two-thirds of respondents indicated that more efficient customer experience delivery was the most critical objective. This was followed closely by the use of analytics and insight to improve products and services (60%).

MIT Engineers Create a Programmable Digital Fiber – With Memory, Sensors, and AI


MIT researchers have created the first fabric-fiber to have digital capabilities, ready to collect, store and analyze data using a neural network. In a first, the digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity. MIT researchers have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. Yoel Fink, who is a professor of material sciences and electrical engineering, a Research Laboratory of Electronics principal investigator, and the senior author on the study, says digital fibers expand the possibilities for fabrics to uncover the context of hidden patterns in the human body that could be used for physical performance monitoring, medical inference, and early disease detection. Or, you might someday store your wedding music in the gown you wore on the big day -- more on that later.

GBT Is Researching To Develop An AI Empowered, Wireless Patient Health Monitoring System


SAN DIEGO, June 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GBT Technologies Inc. ( OTC PINK: GTCH) ("GBT" or the "Company") has commenced research with the goal of developing an AI empowered, wireless patient monitoring system. The project's internal code name is "Apollo". The technology will be based on radio waves and empowered by machine learning. Currently health related monitoring devices are typically wearable or invasive types. These devices are self-reporting systems and typically monitoring patient's vitals, keeping logs, track sleeping habits and similar.

Ada Health secures $90m investment to enhance assessment tech


Ada Health has secured $90m (£63m) in funding to enhance its health assessment technology. The investment will enable Ada to work towards becoming the world's leading personalised operating system for health, according to a statement from the digital health company. It will also be used to expand its offering in the United States. The Berlin-based digital health company received Series B investment from Leaps by Bayer, the investment arm of Bayer, as well as six other investors including Samsung. Ada Health provides an AI-based health assessment and care navigation platform to help patients better understand their symptoms and navigate the right care pathways at the right time.

WHO deploys virtual assistant called Florence to help smokers quit - Actu IA


As part of the World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has multiplied initiatives to fight against smoking. The dissemination of digital tools and exploitation of artificial intelligence are two of the aspects on which the WHO wishes to rely to fight against tobacco. The UN agency specialized in public health has partnered with WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Soul Machines and AI Company to offer a virtual assistant to help consumers in their desire to quit smoking. The "Commit to Quit" campaign was launched by WHO to support tobacco users who want to quit but need help to do so. In 29 target countries, the agency has agreed on initiatives such as national awareness campaigns, new digital tools, policy reviews, youth engagement, training of health workers, opening of new smoking cessation clinics, support for nicotine replacement therapy through WHO partners, free telephone support services, and provision of smoking cessation courses.

Intelicare awarded $100K grant from NSSN to improve machine learning for assisted living – Software


InteliCare has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network ("NSSN") to develop its machine learning (ML) capability in conjunction with the University of Sydney (USyd) and Macquarie University (MU). The company is negotiating an agreement with USyd, MU and the NSSN to use these funds to help fund a one-year joint project delivered by the universities' Computer Science Departments. The goal is to build ML algorithms that can predict and prevent chronic disease and mental health deterioration that can lead to a loss of independence and an increased risk of injury. In addition to the NSSN funds, InteliCare will provide a co-contribution of $152,898 in cash and the universities will provide $161,021 of in-kind support. Ongoing development beyond the initial project will require the company to budget from working capital.

Healthy Living: AI Maps Skin Cancer


Doctors are using artificial intelligence to increase their odds of catching cancer early. Courtney Doyle explains more in healthy living.

Council Post: Can AI And Other Technologies Help Us Make Smarter Choices About Food?


After millions of years of roaming the earth, humans discovered the power of agriculture. Coinciding with the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago, people began for the first time to grow crops, domesticate animals and store food. The storage of food enabled the forming of villages, towns and cities. Cities allowed people to take part in other activities -- art, music, sport and invention -- thanks to farming. But while farming has supported inventors, artists and musicians, farmers haven't felt the love back.

3 Tech Trends Reshaping the Healthcare Industry


Healthcare has always been one of the most important sectors of society. Throughout history, people have explored a variety of means to prevent and cure disease and to achieve better health and longevity. As computer-driven technology has become increasingly sophisticated and more widely available, it's not surprising that entrepreneurs are finding ways to bring the latest technologies to bear in solving health issues of all kinds. Those who are successful will reap immense benefits for themselves and society at large for the simple reason that good health is something individuals, communities, and nations are willing to pay a premium for. For investors, entrepreneurs and customers who want to stay informed, here are some of the technologies having the most impact on the healthcare sector.