Exponential Technology Report - 1 April 2020

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AI Can Help Scientists Find a Covid-19 Vaccine


AI has gotten something of a bad rap in recent years, but the Covid-19 pandemic illustrates how AI can do a world of good in the race to find a vaccine. AI is playing two important supporting roles in this quest: suggesting components of a vaccine by understanding viral protein structures, and helping medical researchers scour tens of thousands of relevant research papers at an unprecedented pace. Over the last few weeks, teams at the Allen Institute for AI, Google DeepMind, and elsewhere have created AI tools, shared datasets and research results, and shared them freely with the global scientific community. COVID-19 patients.. Read article


Google AR brings 3D animals into users’ homes


Wanted to visit the zoo, but can’t due to the movement control order (MCO)? You can experience animals in your living room using Google’s Augmented Reality (AR) instead.


Users can find the animals right on top of the Google search panel. For example, searching for a panda, tiger or even hedgehog will produce an explanation about the animal and a prompt to meet a life-sized version up close. Read article


The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For


We humans weren't ready for the novel coronavirus—and neither were the machines. The pandemic has come at an awkward time, technologically speaking. Ever more sophisticated robots and AI areaugmenting human workers, rather than replacing them entirely. While it would be nice if we could protect doctors and nurses by turning more tasks over to robots, medicine is particularly hard to automate. It’s fundamentally human, requiring fine motor skills, compassion, and quick life-and-death decisionmaking we wouldn’t want to leave to machines. Read article



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