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Artificial Intelligence, a Major Factor Behind Pfizer's US$900M Profit


Pfizer has been on the headlines quite often recently. The Covid-19 vaccine is what made the company atop other field competitors. Remarkably, Pfizer has also yielded the benefit of US$900 million in the first quarter of 2021, thanks to its vaccine production and distribution programs. But behind the vaccine making and circulation, disruptive technologies played a big role in finding the correct drug and helped the company in its trials. Pfizer has effectively used artificial intelligence to conduct vaccine trials and streamline the distribution.

Samsung QN90A 55-inch 4K UHD TV review: Mini-LED meets quantum dots


Samsung's Neo QLED QN90A takes the company's already outstanding QLED color and brightness and, thanks to far more granular mini-LED backlighting, enhances it with far better blacks. The overall result is truly impressive, although Samsung still has some work to do on its zone dimming techniques. The 54.6-inch (55-inch class) version of the QN90A I tested currently retails for around $1,700 and features a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), 120Hz, 10-bit display. Said display implements quantum dots for accurate, saturated color, and mini-LEDs for refined backlighting. Mini-LEDs, as you might guess, are far smaller than traditional backlight LEDs.

Covid killed UBI; Long live guaranteed income

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It was December 2020, and she was being invited into a pilot program providing guaranteed income--a direct cash transfer with no strings attached. For Softky, it was a lifeline. "For the first time in a long time, I felt like I could … take a deep breath, start saving, and see myself in the future," she says. The idea of "just giving people money" has been in and out of the news since becoming a favored cause for many high-profile Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, including Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Facebook cofounders Mark Zuckerberg and (separately) Chris Hughes, and Singularity University's Peter Diamandis. They proposed a universal basic income as a solution to the job losses and social conflict that would be wrought by automation and artificial intelligence--the very technologies their own companies create.

With Apple's Claris, digital transformation goes to school


Just as digital transformation accelerated in the enterprise, the implementation and deployment of tech in the education sector has also accelerated, prompting Apple's Claris subsidiary to introduce its own powerful student information system (SIS), which it calls Claris Connect for Apple School Manager. "Schools across the U.S. constantly face challenges around getting the most meaningful information out of the volumes of data gathered and processed each day--- which we are solving with Claris Connect for Apple School Manager," Brad Freitag, CEO at Claris, said in a statement. The product has been designed to help education establishments integrate SIS data with Apple School Manager, through which it can flow across additional tuition, support and learning systems. Claris Connect includes support for SIS systems from Aeries, Follet Aspen, and Skyward. The idea behind this integration is that administrators, teachers, students, and parents can more easily access Apple's education-focused services, apps, and technology.

Council Post: Artificial Intelligence And The Future Of Humans


Artificial intelligence is already impacting virtually every industry and every human being. This incredible technology has brought many good and questionable things into our lives, and it will create an even bigger impact in the next two decades. According to Ray Kurzweil, one of the most-known futurists, computers will have the same level of intelligence as humans by 2029. Kurzweil stated to Futurism, "2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence. I have set the date 2045 for the'Singularity' which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence a billion fold by merging with the intelligence we have created."

The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Accelerated During the Pandemic. It's Here to Stay.


Artificial intelligence (AI) has disrupted numerous industries and prompted the addition of the suffix "-tech" to many of them: insurtech, fintech, agritech. Healthcare, in particular, has flourished because of AI, even before the pandemic, as machine intelligence makes scanning large populations for diseases feasible and drives a proactive approach to healthcare -- keeping people healthy instead of waiting for them to get sick. As the name suggests, "population health" focuses on cohorts over individuals, but there is more to it than that. For researchers in healthcare, population health relies on keeping track of the incidence of diseases in a variety of groups of people. For example, they might compare Covid-19 outbreaks among individuals of different demographics who reside in a range of ZIP codes.

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How To Discover Antiviral Drugs With Deep Learning?


Drug discovery is a time-consuming and expensive process; deep learning can make this process faster and cheaper. Drug discovery can be divided into three parts. Machine learning problems are broadly divided into three subgroups: supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning. Drug characteristics prediction can be stated as a supervised learning problem. Drug discovery is an unsupervised learning process. Data collection: First of all, we need information on successful antiviral drugs.

Pandemic Has Spurred CIOs to Crystallize the IT Strategy - AI Trends


CIOs have tested many emerging strategies during the pandemic, including the Internet of Things sensors, low-orbit satellites, and augmented reality. Now the challenge is to get the technologies to work together to reach for big business goals. This was the message from Adriana Karaboutis, group chief information and digital officer at National Grid, speaking at the 2021 MIT CIO Symposium in a session on Accelerated Digital Transformation, held virtually recently. The effects of the crisis made organizations "double down on that focus and crystallization for what we need to do," she stated in an account in CIO Dive To pursue IoT, standardization is a must, suggested Harmeen Mehta, chief digital and innovation officer at BT, the British multinational telecommunications firm. "If the world can consolidate a bit on standardization, it will help pick up speed," stated Mehta.

Industry should start working on AI, M2M, data science seriously for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Dhotre


The minister of state for communications and education also said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown people the importance of digital infrastructure. Survival during this difficult phase was possible due to the connectivity made available to citizens under the Digital India program envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added. "The modern technologies like AI, M2M (machine to machine) and data science are further going to change the world. The government is keen on utilising these technologies. Education is another priority area, specially for young citizens and women. "I call on the industry and all of you to work seriously on all these latest technologies for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat," Dhotre said at a virtual international conference organised by CMAI. Speaking at the conference, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Anil Sahastrabudhe said a balance needs to be achieved between the virtual world and the physical mode of learning. "Teachers who have never used technology are now using technology more.