Scientists have successfully used the technique of facial recognition software to diagnose a rare, genetic disease that mainly affects children of Asia, Africa and those of Latin American descent. This breakthrough method paved a way for physicians to diagnose the disease just by clicking a photo.
22q11.2 deletion syndrome can be diagnosed using this technology. This syndrome is also known as Di George syndrome or Velocardiofacial syndrome. This affects from 1 in 3000 to 1 in 6000 children.
Healthcare providers often cannot diagnose this disease as this disease results in multiple defects in the body like cleft palate, heart defects, a characteristic facial appearance and learning problems. This technology simplified their diagnosis.
Paul Kruszka of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) said: “Human malfunction syndromes appear different in different parts of the world. Even experienced physicians will face difficulties while diagnosing genetic syndromes in non-European population.”
How they made it successful
face recognition softwareClinical information of 106 participants and photographs of 101 participants with the disease from 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and latin America were studied by the clinicians. The appearance of someone with the disease varied widely across the groups.
Based on 126 individual facial features, 96.6 percent of the diagnosis were made correct. Now, researchers are trying hard to develop this technology, something similar to that used in airports. So that healthcare providers can take a picture of the patient from the cell phone and get its diagnosis done. This technology is also accurate in diagnosing Down’s Syndrome too.
The ultimate goal of developing this technology is helping healthcare providers better recognize and diagnose Di George syndrome, predict the early symptoms and provide better medical care.
Artificial Intelligence And How Its Being Used In Education
From sensors which are enabled with artificial intelligence (AI) to enabling automatic car parking facilities and to turning ordinary homes into smart homes, AI has penetrated into literally every major field possible. It comes as no surprise AI is used in the education field as well. Here is how AI is making the education sector a better and smarter place:
1. Automating grading
While grading in school is a simple process, grading for college level students can be quite an arduous task. Although AI doesn’t do everything a human being can when it comes to grading, AI is still reducing the amount of effort which goes into this process. EdX, a startup created as a joint collaboration between MIT and Harvard, is making this feat possible. As of today, 11 universities are working toward developing the AI based technology, which replicates humanised grading. Once the software is perfected, the reduction in the amount of time spent grading papers will help teachers focus on more important things.
2. Tailor made learning
One of the major benefits of AI being involved in education is right from kindergarten to graduate school, AI helps in increasing the amount of attention students receive. Just like OTT platforms streamlining content to suit the users’ needs, the education field is using AI to curate content based on what suits the students. By doing so, AI is helping the education system work toward helping students at all levels of intellect grow.
3. Smart content
One of the things which is working really well in the education field is the addition of smart content. With robots being able to create content which is just as grammatically correct as when humans write it, smart content is the most sought after field right now. AI is being used to create simplified content, flash cards and learning systems which help students understand the material better. Not a new concept, companies like Cram101 are using AI to condense the material into a digestible study guide and comes with study cards, questionnaires and flash cards. Already a hot favourite, this platform has improved the way students learn.
4. Virtual lectures
With AI playing such a huge role in the education field, virtual lectures are becoming more and more common everyday. In fact, virtual lectures could very soon replace actual classroom lectures. Universities like the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies is already developing an AI enabled 3D gaming and animation software to create social interactions through the virtual world. AI is being used so much, augmented reality is expected to soon become a part of the classroom as well!
5. Chat Campus
More often than not, finding all the answers to your questions when in university can be quite a tricky thing. To make this a simple task, the development of the Chat Campus at the University of Deakin in Victoria is in progress. Powered by IBM’s supercomputer system, Watson, this AI enabled chat bot can answer every question college going students have. From questions about class timings, to questions about assignments, this chatbot can provide every bit of information! With a development like this, AI is quite literally simplifying the life of a student on campus.
AI is being used to improve the lives of students in leaps and bounds. If you think we missed out on any other benefits which AI has in education, comment and let us know!
OnePlus 7 Pro – Everything You Need To Know
OnePlus is going to launch not one, but three new phones under its flagship this year. While the OnePlus 7 is expected to be one of the new phones launched, it is not going to be the endgame. The phone Company is also going to launch the OnePlus 7 Pro, a phone loaded with features. Before OnePlus makes an official announcement about the launch date on the 23rd of April, here is taking a look at what to expect from the OnePlus 7 Pro:
1. A dual curved screen
The OnePlus 7 Pro is rumoured to come with a dual curved screen, a feature which no other OnePlus phone has so far. While the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro have a similar design, this new OnePlus 7 Pro is likely to offer a better screen to body ratio. Furthermore, the OnePlus 7 Pro will also get rid of the notch in the front and is going to come with a pop up selfie camera module.
2. The battery life
The OnePlus 7 Pro is going to come with a battery life of 4,000 mAh and 30W Warp Charging Support. However, while the charging speed is going to be faster than before, the OnePlus 7 Pro will not come with wireless charging support. Other smartphone companies are providing this feature and the fact OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t come with this feature may be a slightly negative factor.
3. Display (Include the display specifications)
The OnePlus 7 Pro is going to come with a display which was not seen in other OnePlus phones. With a 6.7 inch display, the new OnePlus comes with Quad HD+ resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Furthermore, the new phone will come with an embedded fingerprint sensor. With 90Hz, the new screen is going to make the new phone super smooth and very crisp. The high refresh rate will be a blessing for those who love playing games on their phones. From switching between screens to swiping through applications, every feature is smoother and faster on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
4. 5G Network
The OnePlus 7 Pro is going to be the first in the OnePlus series to be compatible with the 5G network. Apart from this, the OnePlus 7 Pro is also going to be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 8GB RAM. While the Company hasn’t made a lot of noise about OnePlus 7 Pro and the 5G network, this feature makes waiting for the phone all the more harder.
5. Price and availability
Because of all the features and the amount of money invested into the OnePlus 7 Pro screen, rumours are, the new OnePlus phone is going to be extremely expensive. While the OnePlus 7 Pro may be priced at a higher rate than its previous phones, it is still not as highly priced as the latest Samsung or Huawei phones.
With the launch date being announced this evening, the wait for this new phone gets harder. If you think we missed out any other specifications or features, comment and let us know!
Lofty Dreams: How The Flying Taxi May Finally Realize Our Desire for the Flying Car
If you thought that the future of transportation was just electric cars and autonomous vehicles, well, there’s a push to take things a little higher.
Certainly, gasoline-free, self-driving cars are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. We are deep into the testing phase of cars that reach level four automation (level five means they are fully autonomous).
However, other transportation technologies are aiming to leave the road behind and take occupants above the fray of cars and traffic, delivering them to their destinations through the air versus across the ground.
While the promise of the flying car introduced in Back to the Future Part II may have missed the mark by a few years, the next decade will see a revolution unlike any since humans first took flight.
What is a Flying Taxi?
Traditionally, the term flying taxi is often confused with established transportation services known as Air Taxis. The latter evokes smallish airplanes or helicopters that shuttle occupants short distances, city to city, usually from one airport to another.
The modern iteration on a flying taxi, however, takes the terminology of a short-haul flight to a whole new level.
What makes the flying taxi concept both unique and potentially viable in a modern setting is the ability for the aircraft to take off and land anywhere – no airport is necessary.
Thanks to vertical ascent and descent capabilities the aircraft currently being tested are more akin to helicopters, but the design isn’t merely limited to well-known methods of flight. In fact, some prototypes now resemble oversized drones and gondola cabs with an array of small rotors attached to the roof.
Many of the designs carry only a handful of riders – from as few as two up to between five and seven, not including the pilot for the non-autonomous concepts. Indeed crewless flight is still one to two decades away, but much like the driverless automobile the drive for flying taxis to one day be pilotless is an aggressive one.
The small size though is the key to the technology proving a significant addition to an already crowded transportation network. So too is the plan for many of these crafts to be electric, eliminating the noise and nuisance of a gas powered engine.
In rising above gridlocked avenues and streets, flying taxis would utilize every aspect of the urban setting. From the ground level (in some areas) to the airspace in between or just above a cities mid and high rise buildings to the rooftops of those same structures, the tech would undoubtedly make the most of its operational field. Most proposals call for those rooftops to transition into launch and landing pads for the taxi network.
An actual airborne taxi service to get occupants from point A to point B within a densely packed city won’t just stop at the city limits though. There are also plans that would expand that reach, flying short haul, low occupant flights between closely networked cities.
Places within an hour’s drive of each other such as Dallas to Fort Worth or Baltimore to Washington DC are obvious candidates. However, taxi flights also offer the opportunity to bridge locales like Boston and New York or Los Angeles and San Francisco.
More Than Just Flying Cars
While on paper the whole enterprise seems ridiculously cool and simple enough, the reality is something different.
Uber, the peer to peer ridesharing behemoth, is one of the most visible players in the race to get the flying taxi up and running with its Elevate and UberAir programs.
In partnership with space agency NASA, Uber is working towards their taxis taking flight in 2020 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Dubai. It’s an aggressive goal considering that Uber remains in the design phase and have yet to produce an actual working, to scale prototype.
But they are undeterred.
Jeff Holden, head of product at Uber, has said, “there’s been a great deal of progress that’s been hard to see from the outside because a lot of this is just hard work at the drafting table.”
He goes on the to note, “we feel really good. It’s been a really interesting process getting our vehicle manufacturing partners aligned on performance specifications so that they’re building vehicles that align with what we need to make Elevate successful. So lots of good progress there.”
Expanding upon the ideas of their uncrewed traffic management protocols or UTM, NASA helps to nail down the infrastructure side of the endeavor.
The UTM system is currently helping to corral the unruly nature of the growing drone industry. In theory, NASA’s UTM would lead to the creation of an entirely new system of air traffic control to guide the taxi flights.
Although the push for localized flying transports has yet to generate the same publicity as that of their earthbound automobile counterparts, Uber is far from the only player in the field. More than 15 different companies are working towards similar goals, and in many cases, a lot of investment dollars are flowing into these efforts to get them off the ground.
For example, Kitty Hawk is a startup owned and fully funded by Larry Page, co-founder of Google. Kitty Hawk is currently testing a recreational hovercraft in New Zealand meant to dovetail into their flying taxi program over the next three years.
Others companies wanting to get in on the action include aviation heavyweights Boeing and Airbus.
Boeing bought Aurora Flight Service Corporation late last year to give both their commercial and military programs in electric and autonomous flight a shot in the arm. Greg Hyslop, the Chief Technology Office for Boeing noted the deal reflects that the “the aerospace industry is going to be changing” and Boeing is aiming to be ready “for whatever that future may be.”
For their part, Airbus made a similar deal, with an investment in startup Blade, which already boasts a charter flight business that is, ironically enough, often cast as the Uber of charters. This in addition to Airbus’ in-house Vahana program.
Elsewhere, showing off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, was an 18 rotor vehicle called the Volocopter, that until recently was flying around in the futuristic desert playground of Dubai, running test flights.
Straight out of a sci-fi movie, the Volocopter is a German designed pilotless drone that one must really see to believe and appreciate.
Dubai also has a partnership with Chinese firm EHang, whose own ambitions for flying taxis stems from the automation and delivery via drone aircraft of organ transplant materials.
Even part and component manufacturers are playing a pivotal role in making the sci-fi of flying vehicles real.
British engine maker Rolls-Royce has a propulsion system in development for use in flying taxis. They hope to have it available sometime within the next decade.
And yes, some auto manufacturers are getting into the game with Porsche in the early stages of exploring the possibility.
Just How Viable Is A Flying Vehicle?
As with any new technology, growing pains exist. Flying cars are no different. There will almost certainly be a level of turbulence before the population fully embraces the latest tech and its scalable for the masses.
Consider the now ubiquitous iPhone is less than 12 years old and was once a curiosity. The prevalence and the advancements of the device made in just over a decade are definitely remarkable. The hope is that a flying taxi can follow a similar fast-track path to success.
Of course, airborne taxis are a completely different realm. As much as humanity is yearning to see a car fly – and practically – it’s another thing when you ask those same people to take a ride. It will require a convincing sales pitch for commuters to trust a machine that has onboard parachutes as part of its standard equipment.
However, with cities more crowded and street-level gridlock a constant complaint of urban dwellers, it’s not difficult to envision city skies filled with swarms of on-demand taxis.
The CEO of Volocopter, Florian Reuter summarizes the ease of use autonomous flight offers. “Implementation would see you using your smartphone, having an app, and ordering a volocopter to the next voloport near you. The volocopter would come and autonomously pick you up and take you to your destination,” he said.
Discounting that level of simplicity and convenience is hard.
As cool as it all sounds, flying taxis – even with actual testing happening as we speak – remain a construct of the future. We noted that many of the target dates for these aerial taxi programs run between 2020 and 2030. For some, those timelines are highly ambitious.
Even those whose entire reputation derives from their lofty ambitions.
Elon Musk mused to Bloomberg during a recent interview his thoughts on flying cars, and it was less than favorable. “Obviously, I like flying things. But it’s difficult to imagine the flying car becoming a scalable solution,” he said.
Uber’s Holden, however, disagrees. “We’ve studied this carefully and we believe it is scalable,” he noted, also casting Musk’s comments as “off the cuff” and “random.”
Regardless of if it can actually happen anytime within the next few years, many are banking on it simply being a matter of time before we are living with the daily sight of flying taxi services buzzing over our heads.
While the initial product may prove a bit different from the original vision, few will argue should one of the longest held fantasies of future progress finally come true.
Written by – Anna Kučírková
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