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Can we be friends? Dating apps say sex isn't everything in a post-pandemic world

The Japan Times

I've just come out of a long-term lockdown. Instead, they crave the friendships and social groups they have been starved of over the past year. That's the verdict of dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, which are launching or acquiring new services focused entirely on making and maintaining friends. "There's a really interesting trend that has been taking place in the connection space, which is this desire to have platonic relationships," said Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd. "People are seeking friendship in ways they would have only done offline before the pandemic."

Shanghai's 2025 Ambition to Be the New Energy and Self-Driving Vehicles Hub


On February 25, the Shanghai Government announced its Implementation Plan for Accelerating the Development of the New Energy Automobile Industry (2021-2025). It proposes that by 2025, smart cars with conditional self-driving functionalities shall enter large-scale production, significant progress will be made to set up a standard system for testing, demonstrating smart cars. City officials noted that so far, Shanghai has opened 560 kilometers of test roads. A total of 152 vehicles from 22 companies have been issued with road test and demonstration qualifications, which make Shanghai the first amongst other Chinese cities. We know you don't want to miss any news or research breakthroughs. Subscribe to our popular newsletter Synced Global AI Weekly to get weekly AI updates.

Securing Seabed Cybersecurity, Emphasizing Intelligence Augmentation

Communications of the ACM

Of all the perils he faced during World War II, Winston Churchill said German submarine wolfpacks were his greatest concern, because their attacks on merchant ship convoys threatened to choke Britain's economic lifelines. Today, it seems there is another emerging undersea threat, one that has the potential to disrupt the global economy by severing fiber-optic lines of communication that run along the world's various seabeds. There are nearly 400 undersea cables that stretch for almost three-quarters of a million miles, the densest concentrations of them being in the North Atlantic and the North Sea, the Mediterranean, and in Southeast Asia and around Japan. They carry virtually all (97%) international communications, and their exact locations are reasonably well-known. They are also increasingly vulnerable to being tapped or even cut by advanced submarine craft of a range of types, from manned mini-subs to remotely operated undersea drones, and even fully autonomous "U-bots."

Hong Kong researchers create artificial skin that mimics bruising by turning purple when hit

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists in Hong Kong have developed artificial skin that bruises like the real thing. The material, called I-skin, could be used on artificial limbs to alert users they have damaged their prosthetics. It's embedded with a gel that turns from yellow to welt-like purple when subjected to physical stress. Volunteers wearing strips of I-skin on their fingers, hands and knees repeatedly banged the appendage against a wall, proving the'bruise' would appear if enough force was used. Scientists in Hong Kong have developed an artificial skin that will mimic the discoloration of a bruise if hit hard enough.

Global Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Market To Hit $1,579.33 Million by 2028


Data Bridge Market Research published a new report, titled, "Artificial intelligence in medical imaging Market". The report offers an extensive analysis of key growth strategies, drivers, opportunities, key segments, and competitive landscape. This study is a helpful source of information for market players, investors, VPs, stakeholders, and new entrants to gain a thorough understanding of the industry and determine steps to be taken to gain a competitive advantage. Businesses can bring about an absolute knowhow of general market conditions and tendencies with the information and data covered in the large scale Artificial intelligence in medical imaging market survey report. To get knowledge of all the above things, this market report is made transparent, wide-ranging and supreme in quality.

Mandates as We Near Herd Immunity? AI and Machine Learning Have Answers


In spite of the debates and partisan politics that we can't seem to avoid no matter where we turn, everybody in the United States and the world genuinely wants the same thing: to return to our normal lives and avoid individual and global-scale financial crises without contracting or spreading COVID-19. But until a herd immunity is reached, which seems unlikely with the rate of current inoculation, we are faced with a seemingly unsolvable challenge in knowing exactly how to keep the recent variants from spreading while not hurting communities by shutting down schools, businesses, and cities unnecessarily. Who can we listen to? How do we know what is ok, and what types of activities are ok and what should be avoided? Countries such as England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Belgium and Lebanon are extending national lockdowns.

Work in Asia's data age


Technology forecaster Forrester have found nearly half of Asian managers surveyed expect permanent increases in their full-time remote workforce; many will seek to use AI-enhanced workforce engagement tools to try to increase workplace communication to reduce the new distance this creates. As part of the Global AI Agenda 2021 program, in association with Cornerstone OnDemand, MIT Technology Review Insights surveyed more than 1,500 senior decision-makers and technology leaders to understand how AI is being used in organizations in Asia and globally to accelerate revenue growth and digital collaboration, and to augment human resource capabilities. Globally, corporates are deploying AI tools and analytics in increasing numbers, to squeeze more productivity out of manufacturing, help employees understand customer requirements more precisely, and support business outcomes. Like many technology adoption strategies, digitally-enabled insight is traditionally seen as a bottom-line tool--for example, more visibility across a supply chain allows a manufacturer to quickly identify places to trim costs. Like many strategic pivots over the last 18 months, the impact of covid-19 has sped this up.

India Sees Surge in AI-Enabled Automated Customer Service Agents - ELE Times


Automated customer service agents became the top Artificial Intelligence (AI) use case for the Indian organisations in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic kept millions at home and face-to-face interactions diminished across industries. The AI use cases gained momentum in India, driven by the need to ensure speed of new product development, facilitate better customer experience, improve higher employee productivity, and achieve high competitiveness in the market. For 2020, automated customer service agent is the top AI use case and it is also witnessing other use cases like fraud analysis and investigation, IT automation, recommendation system, and diagnosis and treatment gain momentum. Indian organisations are leveraging AI to help them with real-time analysis, providing enhanced experiences and automation. With AI that supports innovations at scale, delivers enhanced customer experience and improves operational efficiency, organisations will continue to find ways to gain more value from their data and improve overall customer experience, the report showed.

Ping An Makes Breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence-Driven Drug Research


Research by Ping An Healthcare Technology Research Institute and Tsinghua University has led to a promising deep learning framework for drug discovery, announced Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter "Ping An" or the "Group", HKEX: 2318; SSE: 601318). The findings were published in "An effective self-supervised framework for learning expressive molecular global representations to drug discovery" in Briefings in Bioinformatics, a peer-reviewed bioinformatics journal. It marks a major technology breakthrough for the Group in the field of AI-driven pharmaceutical research. Drug discovery can take 10 to 15 years from invention to market. It can take a large number of experiments, with significant costs and high failure rates.

Pastry scanning Artificial Intelligence Machine can Detect Cancer - MEDizzy Journal


Scanning a tissue sample for cancer cells is a painstakingly time consuming process. A pathologist has to look over the sample slide in a microscope, checking each cell to see if there is an abnormality. However, a surprising Japanese artificial intelligence (AI) machine called BakeryScan that identifies bakery items has come to the rescue. According to an article reported in The New Yorker, a doctor once walked into a Tokyo bakery in 2019. There, he saw a multitude of pastry items he could choose from and got excited. But it was the checkout process that impressed him the most.