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USC experts explore new technologies to combat COVID-19

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In response to the coronavirus health crisis, USC researchers have made a hard pivot, adapting labs and lessons learned from treating other diseases to help check the virus and save lives. At their disposal are numerous technologies that give a human advantage, despite the fast-break spread of COVID-19 once it exited central China and spread across the globe. The disease has afflicted thousands of Californians and poses a serious risk to public health and the world economy. Tools such as supercomputers, software apps, virtual reality, big data and algorithms are now in play. They are using the tools to find ways to search and destroy coronavirus DNA, turn smartphones into personal protection devices and use people-friendly simulators to help cope with the crush of medical cases.


AI-based early warning system to monitor deepfakes, manipulated images

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Researchers are utilising artificial intelligence (AI) to develop an early warning system that can identify manipulated images, deepfake videos and disinformation online in 2020 US election. The project is an effort to combat the rise of coordinated social media campaigns to incite violence, sew discord and threaten the integrity of democratic elections. According to the study, published in the journal Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the scalable, automated system uses content-based image retrieval and applies computer vision-based techniques to root out political memes from multiple social networks. "Memes are easy to create and even easier to share. When it comes to political memes, these can be used to help get out the vote, but they can also be used to spread inaccurate information and cause harm," said study researcher Tim Weninger, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame in the US.


The Complete Data Science LinkedIn Profile Guide - KDnuggets

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To date, there are more than 830,000 data science LinkedIn profiles registered worldwide. Despite this number of Data Scientists available/in roles online currently, it's no secret there is still a major talent shortage. In fact, according to a report by O'Reilly Media, nearly half of all European companies are struggling to fill data science positions. Studies performed by Indeed's Hiring Lab show an overall increase of 256% in data science job openings since 2013, with an increase of 31% year over year from as recent as December 2018. Data science is a vast, complex industry with many subsets. Variations in roles oftentimes require such specific skillsets that positions are left unfilled for an average of up to 45 days. So what does this mean for you as someone in data science, engineering, or machine learning? There are start-ups, unicorns, and conglomerates that will want to work with you. For recruitment specialists, they want to be able to identify candidates who can offer organisations a unique set of skills.


How To Automatically Translate Videos Into Any Language (Subtitles Audio) with VidScribe Software

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VidScribe is a powerful desktop application that can automatically create local language versions of your videos. This means, this software will automatically localize your videos in other languages: Just give it your original video, press a button and VidScribe will use AI technology to detect the audio on the video and transcribe it. Next, it can automatically create the SRT files, subtitle your videos with local language text or even redub the entire video, replacing the soundtrack with a local language version. You have a fresh video in the language of your choice in just a matter of minutes. VidScribe supports 100s of languages!


How we built machines that can think for themselves

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It was renowned British computer scientist Alan Turing – the man who helped crack the Nazi Enigma code – who first came up with a test to see if a machine could show the kind of intelligent behavior seen in humans. In the decades since the Turing test was proposed, computers have become so intelligent that we often don't realise when we're talking to them. That helpful customer services rep who assisted you through your problems over a messaging service? Probably a chatbot, programmed to react to key words contained in your requests. We have gone from computers that can bamboozle a chess grandmaster to intelligent systems that will drive our cars.


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.'


32 incredible coding toys that every kid will want

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Help prevent quarantine brain drain with these 32 amazing coding toys (Photo: Reviewed.com Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent closing of schools, more and more parents are looking for novel ways to keep their kids' education on track. Fortunately, there are a number of online learning resources are available for kids of all ages. One extremely useful skill that kids can learn remotely is computer programming. Coding is becoming essential knowledge because the world runs on computers, and computers themselves run on code. I had the chance to try out 32 toys, games, and kits that are aimed at teaching children how to code, listed here in order of age--if you're looking for kits for older kids, skip to the middle or end of the list. Full reviews for each coding kit can be found in our full Reviewed roundup. The Hasbro Code-a-Pillar is a great way to get kids thinking about programming basics.


Researchers use AI and create early warning system to identify disinformation online - Help Net Security

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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are using artificial intelligence to develop an early warning system that will identify manipulated images, deepfake videos and disinformation online. The project is an effort to combat the rise of coordinated social media campaigns to incite violence, sew discord and threaten the integrity of democratic elections. The scalable, automated system uses content-based image retrieval and applies computer vision-based techniques to root out political memes from multiple social networks. "Memes are easy to create and even easier to share," said Tim Weninger, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame. "When it comes to political memes, these can be used to help get out the vote, but they can also be used to spread inaccurate information and cause harm."


A tax on AI could help to reduce inequality

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As thousands of workers commence working from home due to Coronavirus, the Internet is awash with memes about the tempting distractions of YouTube. The artificial intelligence used by YouTube to continually serve relevant distractions is a modern shoulder devil for the home worker. Baby Shark has nearly 4.8 billion views on YouTube. In 2011 Google revealed that streaming 1-minute of video on YouTube consumes 0.0002 KwH of energy. That means that so far, people watching the 136-second-long Baby Shark video have collectively consumed about 2,112,000 KwH of energy.


Outbreak boosting digital investment

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With the ongoing spread of Covid-19, video conferencing, risk management, cloud services and digital transformation have drawn corporate interest for investment, says Accenture, a business consultancy. "We see no evidence that our customers, particularly in banking and retail, are putting less emphasis on technology or digital transformation projects," said Nontawat Poomchusri, managing director of Accenture in Thailand. During this crisis, businesses attach more importance to digital technology, which will be increasingly adopted, he said. Collaboration tools and video conference meetings should be more common for work as they reduce travel and facilitate working from home, said Mr Nontawat. Business continuity planning and risk management should become priorities, he said.