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Four-year-olds have the same overconfidence as bankers, study says

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Cocky children as young as four have the same levels of overconfidence as city bankers and business leaders, according to a new study. UK researchers demonstrated that high levels of confidence in one's own abilities – a trait common among high achievers – is apparent from an extremely early age. This suggests that cocky city types developed their'cognitive bias' from infancy rather than later life, they say. Researchers conducted a card game with young girls and boys with the objective of collecting as many stickers as possible, and compared their different strategies. More than 70 per cent of four-year-olds and half of five and six-year-olds were overconfident in their expectations - comparable to big shot bankers and traders.


'Fear' is the most widespread emotion on social media due to coronavirus

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Fear is spreading on social media as people share their thoughts on the deadly coronavirus and the impact of the efforts to combat it. Italian-based artificial intelligence company Expert System has been searching through tens of thousands of social media posts to track feelings towards COVID-19. They used a range of natural language systems to capture the emotional view of different English language social media posts related to the pandemic. The team plan to publish a daily update showing the changing attitudes and emotions surrounding the spread of the virus and efforts to slow it down. For the fourth day in a row fear has been the most dominant emotion expressed in posts, with all negative views increasing across the English-language world.


Men who are 'couch potatoes' are more likely to want to be muscular and hit the gym, study shows

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Experts found that men from wealthy western countries like the UK are more motivated to workout than their Nicaraguan and Ugandan counterparts. However, in all three countries, men that watch more television -- and are therefore exposed more to images of idealised bodies -- wanted to be muscular more. Men who are'couch potatoes' -- those spending a lot of time watching TV -- are more likely to want to be muscular and hit the gym, a study has found Psychologist Tracey Thornborrow of the University of Lincoln and colleagues examined British men's obsession with getting a muscular physique -- along with related phenomena like relying on protein shakes, unhealthy dieting and steroid use. Comparing British men with those from Nicaragua and Uganda, the team assessed each man's body mass index, along with their feelings about peer pressure and their ideal appearance. Participants also ranked the perceived level of muscularity of their current body and their ideal body on the so-called'Male Adiposity and Muscularity Scale.' Designed by the Person Perception Lab at the University of Lincoln, the new scale makes use of two-dimensional images created from 3D software, providing a more realistic range of body types and sizes based on measurements of real people.


Google cancels its yearly tradition of posting an April Fools' Day joke

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Google is skipping its tradition of designing an April Fools' Day joke on its front page during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came from Lorraine Twohill, Google's chief marketing officer, who informed company management of the decision in an email. According to Twohill, the decision was made'out of respect' for everyone currently working to fight against the spread of COVID-19. Google will forgo its annual tradition of posting an April Fools' Day joke for the first time since the tradition began in 2000, a decision the company says was made'out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic' 'Under normal circumstances, April Fool's is a Google tradition and a time to celebrate what makes us an unconventional company,' Twohill wrote, according to a Business Insider report. 'This year, we're going to take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.


AI-powered app analyzes the user's voice to determine if they are infected with the coronavirus

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Americans are increasingly being spotted wearing face masks in public amid the coronavirus pandemic, as are people are around the globe. Soon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may advise all Americans to cover their faces when they leave the house, the Washington Post reported. The agency is weighing that recommendation after initially telling Americans that they didn't need to wear masks and that anything other than a high-grade N95 medical mask would do little to prevent infection any way. Research on how well various types of masks and face coverings varies but, recently, and in light of the pandemic of COVID-19, experts are increasingly leaning toward the notion that something is better than nothing. A University of Oxford study published on March 30 concluded that surgical masks are just as effective at preventing respiratory infections as N95 masks for doctors, nurses and other health care workers.


Mind-reading technology uses AI to give voice to people unable to speak

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New technology that can read minds and turn thoughts into complete sentences with the help of AI is giving hope to people who can't speak. Researchers from the University of California say their technology is able to translate brain activity into English word by word with the help of machine learning. The technology could revolutionise the way people who can't speak or move are able to communicate, as it is more natural than existing tools, the team say. It has an accuracy rate of 97 per cent - more than twice as high as other brain-signal decoding devices and works by mapping activity of neurons to words. Translating neurons to words enables it to type word sequences on a computer interface in real time - which can then be read out by a synthetic voice.


Tesla video hints new autopilot feature will enable cars to automatically stop at traffic lights

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Tesla owners may soon be able to check stopping at traffic lights off their list of manual tasks. In a video posted to Twitter by a podcaster who focuses on the Elon Musk-owned electric/self-driving auto company, one of the manufacturer's cars can be seen driving through several green lights until it reaches a red one and then slowing to a stop. 'Autopilot stopping for red lights!' reads the Tweet, followed by, 'let's goooooooo.' The feature marks an incremental step toward full autonomy for the company's autopilot software which is currently able to automate several different functions. Tesla has yet to fully announce the feature despite the video posted on Friday.


Amazon's Alexa updated to help respond to users who are concerned they may have novel coronavirus

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Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, can now help users who are worried about having been infected with novel coronavirus. According to the company, users can now query any device equipped with Alexa with phrases like'Alexa, what do I do if I think I have coronavirus?' and the assistant will begin to quiz them about their symptoms. The assistant will then provide users with information pulled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to provide sound advice on what to do. Amazon's line of Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo (pictured) can now provide users guidance on what to do if they think they may have novel coronavirus As a part of the update, users can now also ask Alexa to'sing along' while they wash their hands to help them time the task for 20 seconds - the recommended amount of time for proper sanitation. That feature is currently available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, the UK, and the US and mirrors a similar feature rolled out by Google on its home assistants.


Apple's next Macbook could be unlocked with your FACE, patent reveals

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Apple could make it easier to unlock your Mac. A new patent describes adding facial recognition to the device that uses sensors capable of emitting light at the user and detecting how the patter of light reflects back in order to identify the user. Images in the document show a'notch' at the top of the screen, which is similar to that on an iPhone that houses the facial recognition technology. The biometric system could make its way to both the Macbook and a standalone Mac monitor. Apple first added its iconic notch to iPhones in 2017 when it launched the iPhone X, but was met with criticism from sources saying the firm was'bad at design.'


'Pandemic drone' could detect people with infectious symptoms to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Experts are set to unleash a'pandemic drone' to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The drone is fitted with sensors and computer vision, allowing it to monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions. The system could also identify people sneezing and coughing in crowds, offices, airports, cruise ships, aged care homes and other places where groups of people may work or congregate. Its creators hope to deploy the drone in six months and in various hotspots where'the most amount of detection is currently required.' Experts are set to unleash a'pandemic drone' to help limit the spread of coronavirus.