Health & Medicine

Men Are Better At Maps Until Women Take This Course - Issue 54: The Unspoken


Sheryl Sorby, a professor of engineering education at Ohio State University, was used to getting A's. For as long as she could remember, she found academics a breeze. She excelled in math and science in particular, but "I never thought there was a subject I couldn't do," she says matter-of-factly. So when she started engineering school, she was surprised to struggle in a course most of her counterparts considered easy: Engineering graphics. It's a first-year course that sounds a bit like a glorified drawing class to a non-engineer.

Love, Death, and Other Forgotten Traditions - Issue 54: The Unspoken


The science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein once wrote, "Each generation thinks it invented sex." He was presumably referring to the pride each generation takes in defining its own sexual practices and ethics. But his comment hit the mark in another sense: Every generation has to reinvent sex because the previous generation did a lousy job of teaching it. In the United States, the conversations we have with our children about sex are often awkward, limited, and brimming with euphemism. At school, if kids are lucky enough to live in a state that allows it, they'll get something like 10 total hours of sex education.1

China's iFlytek Focuses on Smart Healthcare


As China re-shapes the economy in its Greater Bay Area even healthcare is not immune. The latest Artificial Intelligence technologies are creating so-called "Smart Healthcare" to help doctors across China. Du Lan, VP of iFlytek told Bloomberg's Tom Mackenzie in an exclusive interview, how China's best voice recognition firm is betting its health on the future of AI.

Soft robotic sleeve hugs the heart to keep it beating

Daily Mail

This soft, robotic pump could revive a failing heart by squeezing half of it gently - saving patients from a life-time on anticoagulant medication. Currently, the only pump machines available are made of tough metal, and blood has to run through the pump, exposing it to the unnatural material. This new device comprises three parts: a c-shaped'frame' that goes around the heart, an'anchor' that sticks into the heart to hold the frame in place, and a soft rubber band that replicates a muscle. It has proved a success on pigs, and Boston Children's Hospital researchers are hopeful it could be used for humans with heart failure in the not-distant future. Crucially, it could be used for pediatric patients with congenital conditions, who often only have an issue on one side of their heart, so an invasive pump insertion is overkill.

5 Industries Machine Learning is Disrupting -


We talk about artificial intelligence (AI), robots, and machine learning as if they're coming soon, or are just some tech pipe dream. That's not a century from now; it's not even a decade. It's just three short years away. That can either terrify you if you've seen too many sci-fi films, or excite you if you consider the upside and benefits it could yield. The reality probably lies somewhere in the middle.

Amazon unveils AI consulting program for cloud customers


Amazon Web Services wants to make it easier for people to get the most out of machine learning in the cloud, and it just unveiled a new consulting program that's aimed at helping folks get off the ground. Called the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, the program will provide customers with access to machine learning experts from Amazon who can help them tackle business problems using purpose-built intelligent models. It's designed to help businesses without extensive machine learning expertise get their problems solved using the latest systems, tailored to tackle particular problems. While machine learning systems built with the latest techniques can address issues computers were previously unsuited for, building them requires extensive expertise. People with the sort of knowledge and talent necessary are in high demand, so it can be hard for companies to build ML teams in-house.

Elon Musk says we only have 10% chance of making AI safe

Daily Mail

Elon Musk has been very vocal about his concerns over artificial intelligence, and now the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has quantified his worries. In a recent talk, Musk claimed that efforts to make AI safe only have'a five to 10 per cent chance of success.' The warning comes shortly after Musk claimed that regulation of artificial intelligence was drastically needed because it's a'fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation.' Elon Musk has been very vocal about his concerns over artificial intelligence, and now the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has quantified his worries. In a recent talk, Musk claimed that efforts to make AI safe only have'a five to 10 per cent chance of success' Elon Musk's latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.

Hype Is Distracting Us From Proven Benefits Of Artificial Intelligence


I'm an enthusiastic realist when it comes to technology. What motivates me is not the machine, but what it can do to help us to solve problems. More sophisticated machines allow us to tackle more complex problems. You may have heard that AI is going to solve all our problems. Or did you hear that it's going to steal our jobs, enslave and then destroy us?

Biodegradable Nanobots May Help Doctors Treat, Diagnose Diseases Better

International Business Times

One of the biggest experiments being conducted in the medical field is the possibility of deploying nanobots to treat diseases. In a major breakthrough, a team of researchers from the University of Manchester and the Chinese University of Hong Kong has created biodegradable nanobots, whose degradation can be controlled by doctors, making it possible to use them in medical applications involving non-invasive surgery. "Creating robotic systems which can be propelled and guided in the body has been and still is a holy-grail in the field of delivery system engineering. Our work takes advantage of some elements offered by nature such as fluorescence, degradability, shape. But we add engineered features such as magnetization and biological activity to come up with a proof-of-concept behind our bio-hybrid, magnetically propelled microrobots," professor Kostas Kostarelos, one of the researchers on the project, said in a press release.

Anusha Sharma's answer to Will advanced AI change medicine? - Quora


Yes, advanced AI will change the way medicine operates right now since a system or model would be able to track medical history, suggest doctors based on a particular issue or your previous preferences and can even predict what your future health risks and diseases would be based on lifestyle, demographic, wearables, etc. AI systems are already better at tracing cancers and robotic arms are making surgical procedures much simpler and faster.