Mr. Kant is a former firefighter, paramedic and emergency manager with a proven history of saving lives with innovation, applying operational expertise, and offering hands-on guidance at significant events and disasters worldwide. He serves as the disaster portal coordinator for the International Association of Emergency Mangers and works as an innovation entrepreneur. He has been recognized by the Department of Defense, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, NATO, DHS S&T and others for innovative thinking and applying expert analysis to complex cascading operational interdependencies. During his career, Mr. Kant has supported real-time command/control operations for multiple agencies around the world, including the Florida Night of Tornadoes, the World Trade Center Disaster, hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and many other significant events and disasters over the past two decades.
What seemed like science fiction a few short weeks ago is now very real. Movies such as Outbreak, Contagion and Virus are looking more like documentaries every day. As we battle COVID-19, a major issue that will only increase is disruption to supply chains. This disruption has been as devastating as it has been swift. There is unprecedented demand for some products (hand sanitiser has never been so popular), just as production of other products grinds to a halt due to lack of parts.
Over recent weeks, the global business system has been heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19, obliging companies to activate strategies in line with governments' directives. Decision makers have been tested by the increasing pressures stemming from the international arena, where uncertainties put them in a risky position along the supply chains, emphasizing that operating in such global environment certainly means getting access to a larger number of opportunities, as well as being victim of a domino effect in front of turbulent circumstances deployed far away. These changes could also lead to a rethink of some paradigms and dynamics that have typically characterized companies – even at the top level. In this framework, the technological trends that have transformed business realities over recent years could knock on the boardrooms' doors to strengthen their responsiveness and resilience before, during and after an emergency. Indeed, even if these bodies have been an under-researched "black box" for a long time, the moment to revitalize their role has come.
A series of studies, starting as a steady drip and quickening to a deluge, has reported the same core finding amid the global spread of Covid-19: Artificial intelligence could analyze chest images to accurately detect the disease in legions of untested patients. The results promised a ready solution to the shortage of diagnostic testing in the U.S. and some other countries and triggered splashy press releases and a cascade of hopeful headlines. But in recent days, the initial burst of optimism has given way to an intensifying debate over the plausibility of building AI systems during an unprecedented public health emergency. On one side are AI developers and researchers who argue that training and testing methods can, and should, be modified to fit the contours of the crisis; on the other are skeptics who point to flaws in study designs and the limited number of lung scans available from coronavirus patients to train AI algorithms. They also argue that imaging should be used sparingly during the pandemic because of the risk of spreading the infection through contaminated equipment.
Ken Burns has spent the last 40 years chronicling the most poignant and influential events in American history. The 66-year-old Oscar-nominated filmmaker has crafted definitive and multifaceted histories of the Civil War, baseball, the Roosevelts, cancer, country music and jazz. In an age of short Tweets and shorter attention spans, Burns's films are sprawling, deep-dive studies on topics that simultaneously reveal the best and worst of America. We are living through one of those moments right now as the coronavirus shakes every aspect of American life. With most of the country stuck at home and weathering a torrent of fear and breaking news, Burns is offering an alternative.
Delft Imaging has leveraged its expertise and has joined forces with Thirona, Radboudumc, Bernhoven,(Netherlands), HT médica (Spain) and Fakultas Kedokteran UI (Indonesia) to develop a tool for the triage of COVID-19 suspects by using Artificial Intelligence on chest X-ray images. The software is called CAD4COVID (Computer Aided Detection for COVID-19). It will support the health systems and health workers by helping to triage patients and inform the care pathway. Delft Imaging is specialized in tuberculosis (TB) screening and with its proven CAD4TB solution has screened over 6 million people in 40 countries. The company optimised CAD4TB to triage Covid-19 suspects and are launching this solution free-of-charge.
Countries around the world – including the US, South Korea and Taiwan – are using artificial intelligence (AI) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The technology is being used to speed up the development of testing kits and treatments, to track the spread of the virus, and to provide citizens with real-time information. In South Korea, the government mobilised the private sector to begin developing coronavirus testing kits soon after reports of a new virus began to emerge from China. As part of this drive, Seoul-based molecular biotech company Seegene used AI to speed up the development of testing kits, enabling it to submit its solution to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) three weeks after scientists began working on it. The company's founder and chief executive, Chun Jong-yoon, told CNN that had AI not been used, the process would have taken two to three months.
SoftBank Group Corp. fell as much as 10 percent after a provider of satellite-based internet service that it invested in filed for bankruptcy, ceding some gains from an unprecedented plan to sell assets and buy back shares. OneWeb made the filing late Friday U.S. time after raising about $3.3 billion in debt and equity financing from shareholders including SoftBank, Airbus SE and Qualcomm Inc. since its inception. At least $1 billion of that came from SoftBank, which said it first invested in December 2016 and declined to give a total amount. It is the latest blow to SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, who last week unveiled a plan to raise $41 billion to buy back shares and slash debt. The announcement sent the shares soaring more than 50 percent in just a few days.
Hospital staff around the world will be trained to identify people who have coronavirus using an Australian-developed artificial intelligence diagnosis tool. The technology, created by University of Sydney-affiliated start-up DetectED-X, was originally developed to improve the accuracy of breast cancer detection. But it has been quickly modified to detect COVID-19 using lung CT scans of patients from Italy and China. CEO and medical radiation expert Patrick Brennan said the technology would allow people interpreting lung scans to have each diagnosis reviewed for accuracy in real time. The computer can check the scan and the diagnosis to see if the reviewer has made a mistake.
All of the major social media companies and their parent corporations have issued a joint statement on their COVID-19 response efforts. They have also invited other companies to join them as they work to keep their communities healthy and safe. In the statement, the companies stressed their joint effort to combat fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevate authoritative content on their platforms, and share critical updates in coordination with the governments. The Finnish text analytics company Utopia Analytics is aware of the struggle that social media giants now face with content moderation. This is why Utopia Analytics is offering its Utopia AI Moderator service to one of these giants at cost for as long as the crisis lasts.