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Medicine and the metaverse: New tech allows doctors to travel inside of your body

The world of technology is rapidly shifting from flat media viewed in the third person to immersive media experienced in the first person. Recently dubbed “the metaverse,” this major transition in mainstream computing has ignited a new wave of excitement over the core technologies of virtual and augmented reality. But there is a third technology area known as telepresence that is often overlooked but will become an important part of the metaverse. While virtual reality brings users into simulated worlds, telepresence (also called telerobotics) uses remote robots to bring users to distant places, giving them the ability to look around and perform complex tasks.  This concept goes back to science fiction of the 1940s and a seminal short story by Robert A. Heinlein entitled Waldo.  If we comb...[Read More]

Robot dog teaches itself to Walk, Roll Over

Scientists revealed a robot dog that can teach itself to walk in just one hour. In a video released by researchers, the 4-legged robot is at first seen flailing its legs in the air and struggling – but after just 10 minutes it can take steps – and by the one-hour mark it’s walking quite easily, rolling off of its back and even navigating being knocked over with a stick by one of the researchers. Unlike many robots, this one was not shown what to do beforehand in a computer simulation. Keep reading this article at dailymail.co.uk.

Adding More Data Isn’t the Only Way to Improve AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) gets its “intelligence” by analyzing a given dataset and detecting patterns. It has no concept of the world beyond this dataset, which creates a variety of dangers. One changed pixel could confuse the AI system to think a horse is a frog or, even scarier, err on a medical diagnosis or a machine operation. Its exclusive reliance on the data sets also introduces a serious security vulnerability: Malicious agents can spoof the AI algorithm by introducing minor, nearly undetectable changes in the data. Finally, the AI system does not know what it does not know, and it can make incorrect predictions with a high degree of confidence. Keep reading this article at hbr.org.

Can AI Predict If Your House Is Going To Burn To The Ground?

Standing on the outskirts of Oakland, California, Attila Toth takes in the nearby forested hills. The CEO looks out on what locals call “The Town” and, in the distance, San Francisco, or “The City.” Close by, Toth sees tangles of redwood, eucalyptus and oak trees – and the wildfire risk they pose. This “wildland-urban interface” isn’t far from the site of the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, which flared up suddenly in a heavily residential area. Over four days, 3,000 thousand homes were destroyed in one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods, causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damages ($3.2 billion in today’s dollars). Twenty-five people were killed. This area, Toth says, will almost certainly burn again. Keep reading this article at msn.com.

California’s attempt to protect kids online could end adults’ internet anonymity

California lawmakers met in Sacramento today to discuss, among other things, proposed legislation to protect children online. The bill, AB2273, known as The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, would require websites to verify the ages of visitors. Critics of the legislation contend this requirement threatens the privacy of adults and the ability to use the internet anonymously, in California and likely elsewhere, because of the role the Golden State’s tech companies play on the internet. Keep reading this article at theregister.com.

U.S. tech companies yank job offers, leaving college grads scrambling

(Reuters) – One by one, over the last week of May, Twitter Inc rang up some members of its incoming class of new hires who had recently graduated from college and revoked the job offers in 15-minute calls, according to some of the recipients. “It was traumatic,” Iris Guo, an incoming associate product manager living in Toronto, told Reuters. She received the bad news in a 10:45 p.m. video call that her position had been eliminated. Since then, she has raced to find new employment in order to secure her U.S. work visa. More than 21,500 tech workers in the United States have lost their jobs so far this year, according to Layoffs.fyi, a website that monitors job cuts. The number of tech layoffs in May alone skyrocketed 780% over the first four months of the year combined, according to o...[Read More]

Amazon to launch Prime Air drone delivery service in Lockeford, California

Amazon.com Inc. will make its Prime Air drone delivery service available in Lockeford, California, later this year, the company announced today. The news marks an important milestone for Amazon’s drone delivery efforts. After launching Prime Air in Lockeford, in San Joaquin County south of Sacramento, the company plans to bring the service to additional locations. Amazon said that it intends to expand the availability of the service “in months and years to come.” For Lockeford residents, Prime Air will become available as a delivery option on Amazon’s e-commerce marketplace. The company’s drones will be capable of ferrying “thousands of everyday items” to users at a top speed of 50 miles per hour. A Prime Air drone can reach a maximum altitude of 400 feet during flight, then descend to cus...[Read More]

California governor promotes CTO Liana Bailey-Crimmins to CIO

              California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced that Liana Bailey-Crimmins, the state’s chief technology officer, will serve as the new statewide chief information officer and director of the California Department of Technology. Bailey-Crimmins, whose new role requires state Senate confirmation, would take the top spot from deputy CIO Russ Nichols, who’s been serving as CDT’s acting head since the state’s former CIO, Amy Tong, joined Newsom’s Cabinet in February as secretary of government operations. Liana Bailey-Crimmins (LinkedIn) For Bailey-Crimmins, the new role follows a 30-year career in government in which she’s served as CIO and CISO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and CIO of California Correctional Health Car...[Read More]

This bacterial disease can be deadly for your pet. Researchers are using AI to catch it early

Veterinarians and researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a new way to detect leptospirosis, a life-threatening bacterial disease, in dogs using artificial intelligence. Leptospirosis is caused by the Leptospira bacteria, according to American Veterinary Medical Association, and it is typically found in soil and water. Infection in dogs can result in kidney failure, liver disease and bleeding in the lungs, with early detection being a matter of life or death, UC Davis said in a news release. Keep reading this article at newstribune.com.

California is beginning to bury its power lines to prevent wildfire

  Etched in dirt, a narrow furrow is the only clue that the grasslands of Lime Ridge Open Space will soon be restored to their original splendor, cleared of dangerous power lines that could ignite nearby subdivisions. The undergrounding project, costing $3.75 million a mile, represents the beginning of a 10,000-mile-long effort by Pacific Gas and Electric to bury the state’s distribution lines to cope with the growing risk of winds and wildfires linked to global warming. “It is a one-time investment to eliminate essentially all ignition risk related to power lines, with the added benefit of reducing reliability issues,” said Jamie Martin, who oversees PG&E’s undergrounding initiative. “It’s permanent risk reduction.” The utility long resisted calls to bury its power lines as being...[Read More]

New robotic platform offers diagnosis and removal of lung cancer during single surgery

UC Davis Health physicians have performed the first single-anesthesia diagnosis to treatment of lung cancer using a fully robotic approach in the UC Health System. The procedure, known as robotic-assisted bronchoscopy, allows for the diagnosis and removal of a lung cancer mass during one surgery. It reduces anxiety and unnecessary waiting time for patients. Traditionally, when a patient is diagnosed with a suspicious nodule or mass in their lung, they are referred to a pulmonologist, who may perform a lung biopsy to confirm if it is cancerous. Keep reading This Article at medicalxpress.com.

Startup of the Month: EyeRate

Low-wage service workers don’t get enough credit — or cash — according to Mike Pieri, co-founder and chief product officer of EyeRate. To help rectify that, his Elk Grove-based business will generate employee bonuses from a platform that hosts positive customer reviews. Launched in 2019, EyeRate is the brainchild of Pieri and three other co-founders: Ray Weisberg and Michael and Mitchell Arredondo. Each worked previously in service industries, from restaurants to car washes to retail chains. But these low-wage positions didn’t give them a chance to make extra cash and get recognized for working hard, Pieri says. Keep reading This Article at Comstockmag.com