United States

Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage

Venture Beat | Apr 15, 2019 at 3:05 PM
  • Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media.
  • Disparities between the reference image and real-time snaps of the road were used to produce a “disparity map,” which was fed into a mathematical function that made the damaged areas easier to spot.
  • Telepresence drone piloting company Cape and others in the industry have begun to partner with first responders like the Chula Vista Police Department and San Diego Fire Department for field tests.

United States

China’s ‘vast, secret system’ of AI reportedly tracks and controls Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority

Fox News | Apr 15, 2019 at 3:04 PM
  • Chinese authorities are harnessing a vast and secretive system of advanced facial recognition technology in order to control and surveil the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority.
  • A group of new startups is catering to the authoritarian country’s appetite for surveillance and control.
  • Amazon workers and some lawmakers have called for the company to stop marketing and selling its AI software to police departments in the U.S. over fears about racial bias and potential misuse.

United States

Is “deep medicine” the cure for our healthcare crisis?

Fast Company | Apr 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM
  • To many doctors, Eric Topol is a machine.
  • Topol makes a clear case for the role of AI in fields such as radiology and dermatology, where doctors in those specialties typically rely on pattern recognition and a methodical approach.
  • As well, in specialities such as cardiology or general internal medicine, AI may help physicians by functioning as a decision aid to both better personalize medicine and help doctors avoid cognitive errors in diagnostic decision-making.


Drone attack that wreaked havoc on the United Kingdom’s second-busiest airport could have been an inside job, Gatwick officials say

Business Insider Australia | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:56 PM
  • The drone attack at Britain’s second-busiest airport wreaked havoc on more than 1,000 flights over 33 hours in December was likely an inside job, police say.
  • London Gatwick’s chief operating officer, Chris Woodroofe,told the BBC on Sunday that “It was clear that the drone operators had a link into what was going on at the airport”.
  • Gatwick has invested 5 million GBP into anti-drone equipment in the five months since the attack.

United Kingdom

How to avoid software outsourcing problems

information age | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM
  • Building a piece of custom software that meets all of its objectives–it addresses customer demands, satisfies all of the important stakeholders, and works beautifully–is an incredibly difficult task.
  • Working with an experienced and well-regarded software outsourcing company has helped many companies expand beyond their initial startup stage, rapidly adjust to market pressures, and bring custom software to the market while maintaining their agility as a growing organization.
  • The introduction of outsourcing partners calls this arrangement into question.


Experts call for rapid development of nuclear technology at ATOMEXPO forum

Xinhua News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:38 PM
  • Global experts called for the further development of nuclear technology and cooperation so as to cope with climate change and realize sustainable development at the 11th ATOMEXPO International Forum here on Monday.
  • Themed “Nuclear for better life,” the two-day forum has attracted over 3,600 guests from 74 countries, including about 1,500 guests from outside Russia.

New Zealand

Google Cloud reveals new incentives in partner push

Reseller | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:20 PM
  • Google Cloud has revealed a new host of partner incentives and funding in an effort to become 100 per cent-channel.
  • Partners will now be able to access more cash from Google Cloud’s Partner Services Fund.
  • The local tweaks follow an aggressive push by Google Cloud into the market in 2017, launching cloud regions in Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.

United States

The Game Boy paved the way for the Nintendo Switch

The Verge | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:15 PM
  • My first portable console wasn’t a Game Boy.
  • Each Game & Watch unit featured a single game, along with simple features like a built-in clock.
  • Nintendo’s handheld went on to sell an estimated 118 million units, dwarfing the 10 million sold by Sega.


Mining data, Israeli healthcare provider flags colon-cancer risk patients

Times of Israel | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:13 PM
  • Maccabi, Israel’s second largest health care provider, has some 2.5 million patients and thus a huge amount of electronic data on patients.
  • Maccabi has worked together with Israeli startup Ibex Medical, which recently raised $11 million, to jointly develop an algorithm that is able to analyze medical images of biopsies to predict whether a patient has cancer or not.
  • Investment in healthcare technologies has soared.