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Covid: A wake-up call for many organisations to relook and revive their IT strategies


Companies that do not invest in digital technologies and reinvent will have to retire some of their businesses, an industry expert said. "Businesses that rely too heavily on manual work and resisted in investing in technology over the years, especially digital commerce, will be badly hit. If they haven't awakened yet to the call and continue as is, their survival is going to be a big challenge," Arup Roy, Research Vice-President at Gartner, said at the virtual Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo India. Organisations that were digitally sound in a pre-pandemic world could contain the impact on their business, he said and added that the pandemic situation was a wake-up call for many organisations to relook and revive their IT strategies and increase their spending on IT in 2021. "We have seen much of disruptions this year but the good news is that the businesses have responded quite well. The credit goes to the technology and CIOs offices. CIOs are leading their organisations through increasing turmoil," he said.

Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) Industry


BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW: NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Read the full report: The global market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) is projected to reach US$312.4 billion by the year 2027, trailing a post COVID-19 CAGR of 32.7% over the analysis period 2020 through 2027. Globally, over 567 AI start-up companies received investments in the first five months of the year 2020. Use of AI in myriad fields has skyrocketed during the pandemic, with the unpreceded crisis driving desperate search for new tools to manage and survive the pandemic. AI is being used for early detection, diagnosis of the infection; development of drugs, vaccines; and for reducing workload of healthcare workers. Artific

Lockdown loneliness: Social isolation makes you 'crave' company like a hungry person longs for food

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People crave company when socially isolated -- such as amid lockdown -- in almost exactly the same way that a hungry individual longs for food, a study has concluded. US experts found that after ten hours of seclusion, people not only want company but also exhibit increased brain responses to pictures of social interactions. Social interactions are rewarding, the team said -- and related images (like smiling faces or people chatting) also engages the brain's dopamine-based reward system. The findings build on past work that found mice exhibited increased responses in the midbrain dopamine system when being social after a period of isolation. While this had suggested that the midbrain may play a role in feelings of social isolation, it had been unclear exactly whether the same would apply in humans.

Demand Forecasting For Retail: A Deep Dive


I know for sure that human behavior could be predicted with data science and machine learning. Taking a look at human behavior from a sales data analysis perspective, we can get more valuable insights than from social surveys. In this article, I want to show how machine learning approaches can help with customer demand forecasting. Since I have experience in building forecasting models for retail field products, I'll use a retail business as an example. Moreover, considering uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, I'll also describe how to enhance forecasting accuracy.

Facebook using artificial intelligence to forecast COVID-19 spread in every U.S. county


State officials hope California's new 10 p.m. stay-at-home order will slow the spread of COVID-19, otherwise, another 10,000 San Diegans are projected to contract the virus in the next 10 days. That's according to a new county-by-county forecast from Facebook, which rolled out the prediction software last month. Facebook projects L.A. County will see the second-largest increase in cases in the country by November 30. San Diego County is projected to add the 15th most cases, reaching a total of 78,594 infections by Nov. 30. The two-week forecast was released before Governor Gavin Newsom announced enhanced restrictions.

Watch: Facial recognition at Dubai Metro stations to identify wanted criminals


He said the technology will be rolled out in the coming months across all Metro stations in the emirate. Dubai Police's smart glasses called Rokid T1, and the smart helmets that were used during the COVID-19 pandemic to scan commuters' temperatures, will have more advanced technology in the future like facial recognition to identify wanted people. "Usually, it takes at least five hours to identify a suspect, but with facial recognition technology, it takes less than a minute."

Govzilla Announces New Customer Platform and Company Name Change to Redica Systems


Govzilla, the regulatory and compliance platform that provides data and insights to quality and safety professionals in regulated industries globally, has announced that it is rolling out an entirely redesigned customer platform. The new Enforcement Analytics platform provides customers with more data, more powerful analytics and insights, and a significantly improved user experience. It builds on the company's legacy as the largest regulatory enforcement and inspection database in the world, vastly improving its artificial intelligence models and marking a significant shift in how companies approach compliance decision-making. The launch of the new platform coincides with the rollout of a new corporate brand and identity. The company will begin operating under the name Redica Systems, effective immediately.

Artificial Intelligence is now Capable of Designing Medical Websites


Artificial intelligence (AI) coding can be used to improve medical websites in various ways, from custom personalised content presentations to the integration of unique medical AI features. These include medical appointment scheduling software, healthcare cost estimators, design medical website, prescribe medication, and answer questions. By developing more targeted and custom AI solutions, some artificial intelligence healthcare platforms aim to usher in the more widespread adoption of medical AI technologies, benefitting organisations, practices, clinicians, and patients alike. AI medical websites can use AI tools to present targeted information specific to the consumer. AI medical websites use IP addresses to locate the user and present information specific to physicians and practices local to their area.

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing


In the intro to the HBO sci-fi series Westworld, a 3D printer churns out humanoid robots, delicately assembling the incredible complexities of the human form so that those robots can go on to--spoiler alert--do naughty things. It takes a lot of biomechanical coordination, after all, to murder a whole lot of flesh-and-blood people. Speaking of: Researchers just made a scientific leap toward making 3D-printed flesh and blood a reality. Writing recently in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, a team described how they repurposed a low-cost 3D printer into one capable of turning an MRI scan of a human heart into a deformable full-size analog you can actually hold in your hand. Squeeze it, and it'll give like the real thing.

Yardroid, a smart landscaping robot that can automate gardening work


Gardening has some wonderful therapeutic and mental health benefits for many people, but there are still some garden-related jobs that are very troublesome. As a result, the Yardroid robot was designed to solve this problem. There are already quite a few serial models of robotic lawn mowers and separate robots for removing weeds from the lawn, but each of them performs only one specialized task; therefore, several devices are needed to automate the main work on garden maintenance. Whereas, Yardroid is a robot gardener with artificial intelligence, capable of trimming grass, watering lawns, and warning of the appearance of strangers. It rolls along on track and resembles a mini-tank. The front section carries the turret with a 1-liter water gun, camera, and LED gun light mounted in a fully stabilized gimbal.