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Facebook Is Getting Redesigned


Facebook’s redesigned site is supposed to make it easier for users to send private messages and not post many public messages. Messenger is also getting end-to-end encryption to stop eavesdroppers in their tracks, but the feature isn’t coming any time soon.

An all-new Facebook interface

The updates make Facebook much easier to navigate, particularly for groups and messages, which are much more prominent. It’s part of a new focus on private conversations: encouraging friends, families, and individuals with shared interests to chat in private groups or messages rather than posting everything publicly.

The company is rolling out a new AI to moderate the site. The AI uses what’s called “self-supervised learning” to quickly find hate speech, scams, abuse, violence, fake accounts, bullying, and other bad behavior. This kind of content can be anything from mildly unpleasant to outright dangerous, and it’s great that Facebook is looking for solutions to get rid of it.

Facebook app updates are live now


The Facebook app and Messenger app have both been updated with a similar design. Both have a streamlined new interface with a simple row of tabs along the bottom of the screen to quickly navigate. Like the Facebook website, the Facebook app has a bigger focus on private groups, making it easier to find and browse groups, as well as chat and share in groups

Make friends and find dates

The site is adding a Meet New Friends feature that suggests people you might get along with based on shared interests, groups, or location. If you want to meet people through Facebook, you’ll have to turn the feature on and you’ll only see people who have also turned it on.

If you’re looking for more than friends, there’s also Facebook Dating. It’s very similar to Meet New Friends: you’ll have to enable it manually, and you’ll only see other users who have enabled it. To use it, you’ll have to create a dating profile, but don’t worry, because it won’t be part of your public profile.

A feature called Secret Crush rounds out Facebook’s suite of friend-finding features. This lets you select up to nine friends that you have a secret crush on, and if they also select you, your crush will be revealed.

If you aren’t interested in finding friends (or dates), these new features won’t be enabled by default, so they’re easy to ignore. Whether you’re interested in Facebook Dating or not, updates to the Facebook apps and websites make them much easier to use. If you use Facebook, there’s something you’ll like in this overhaul — so update your apps and check it out!

Nevada officials Are Using Artificial Intelligence To Prevent Traffic Crashes

The Traffic Management Center, operated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern N ...

Over the past year,the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Highway Patrol officials in Henderson are turning to artificial intelligence in hopes of alleviating traffic crashes at a pair of targeted intersections.

A provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and services, Waycare uses in-vehicle information, existing cameras, sensors and other traffic-related data to develop predictive analytics designed to reduce traffic fatalities and crash-related congestion. 

The pilot program resulted in a 17 percent reduction in crashes along a stretch of Interstate 15, according to the RTC. A portion of I-15 northbound between Charleston Boulevard and Russell Road was included in the program’s results.

Wearable Trends


The use of smartwatch is increasingly becoming popular and the Apple series 4  comes with an inbuilt electrocardiogram to warn you in case you are developing a heart complication. Additionally, the watch automatically detects panic for instance in case of a fall which will trigger it to send help notifications to your physician and close family members.

Other popular models worth your consideration include; Fitbit, Huawei, Garmin, and Samsung. With these smartwatches, you can keep track of your day’s activities such as the distance covered and stay in track of your health goals more so when you want to reduce calorie intake and burn fats.

Smart rings
Popular among businessmen and individuals who spend most of their time in meetings and want to get notifications without attracting much attention by glancing at their smartwatch and other mobile devices. This wearable comes handy while shopping since you can use it to swipe for payment or gain access to your car and other smart home appliances.

The trending rings of 2019 that you can get include; the Lycos Life, Blinq, NFC Opn, Mc Lear, and Oura smart rings. You can keep track of your biometric activity data like the number of steps made and distance covered during the day, and the calories burnt. there’s also a panic button for emergencies.

Fitness Trackers
With increasing cases of health issues that are mainly attributed to the sedentary lifestyle, the use of fitness trackers is now becoming even more popular.

Such fitness wearables trackers of 2019 that you should get include; Suunto Spartan, and Polar OH1.

Medical wearables
There is an increasing demand in the use of medical wearables owing to its affordability and convenience as opposed to routine checkups that not only comes at a cost but also expensive. The latest advancement has seen these devices now capable of collecting highly accurate health data and connect remotely to the personal physician who will then be able to monitor your health progress and also check if you are correctly using your medications.

Typical examples of trending medical wearables of 2019 include; the Google smart lenses, health patch MD, Cloud DX vitality and iTBra. These come with patches and sensors that are capable of detecting body changes and analyzes the data and cautions individuals of developing diseases.



The Clooney Foundation for Justice

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Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) has unveiled a TrialWatch app in an effort to shine a light on injustice in courts around the globe – which too often are simply barbaric. CFJ’s TrialWatch program, which formally launched this year, aims to monitor trials around the world that pose a high risk of human rights violations: trials that oppress vulnerable groups, silence speech, or target political opponents. Through the program, a small group of trial lawyers and activists are trained to report on legal proceedings, boiling a trial down to a series of facts that can be easily recorded and ultimately compared.

The new app aims to augment the ability of TrialWatch’s monitors, making it easier to document happenings in a courtroom. It offers a platform to record audio and take pictures of people and documents, which are then uploaded to the cloud. Having a backup of these documents should serve to protect trial monitors.

Chester The AI Radiology Assistant Can diagnose Your X Ray

When you upload your own chest X-ray onto this free website, it could diagnose 14 diseases with 80% accuracy–in other words, about as well as a real radiologist.

There’s no co-pay. No prescription. And the consultation is completely private.

The Chester AI radiology assistant was developed in work led by Joseph Paul Cohen, a postdoctoral fellow at Mila (the Quebec AI institute) and the University of Montreal. He used an NIH dataset of chest X-rays and diseases to train software to spot diseases in these scans. Though he is not a clinical doctor, Cohen is focused on the intersection of health and deep learning. Previously, Cohen created an app called BlindTool, which used machine learning to train a phone’s camera to serve as the eyes for someone with vision impairment.

The user interface contains red and green sliders that depict the likelihood that you have each disease. At a glance, you can tell if you have a 7% or 70% chance of having pneumonia. Furthermore, with Chester AI, Cohen has created what he believes to be the first AI that can diagnose diseases in someone’s browser, through an AI run locally on your machine rather than in the cloud.

“This tool is for a second diagnosis. So far our interaction with doctors has been that it is useful if they are in a hurry (like in an ER) and want to have someone run this image to confirm what they think or to help them not miss anything,” says Cohen. “For radiologists in training, this will help them to form a consistent understanding no matter who their teacher is.”


Fighting Opiod Addiction With Artificial Intelligence


Courtesy of WVU Today WVU’s Fanny Ye has been awarded a grant that will support her research to develop AI techniques to combat the opioid epidemic.

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice in support of her work to develop novel artificial intelligence techniques to combat the opioid epidemic and trafficking. The award comes with about $1 million in funding over a three-year period.


“As of today, we still lack deep insight into the online ecosystem of opioid trafficking,” said Ye. “In addition to offline data, utilizing AI technologies to obtain knowledge and recognize patterns from online data across the darknet and surface net could provide valuable investigative leads, which might greatly facilitate law enforcement’s ability to prevent, respond to and disrupt opioid trafficking networks.”


As part of the grant, Ye, in collaboration with Xin Li, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, will design and develop new AI technologies to automate the analysis of large-scale surface net and darknet data to provide timely investigative leads to law enforcement agencies in the United States to combat opioid trafficking.


Dr. Ye and Dr. Li will use sophisticated pattern recognition research that can have a significant impact on disrupting the supply chain underlying opioid trafficking.”

Ye has extensive research and development experience in Internet security solutions. Before joining WVU, she was the principal scientist in Comodo Security Solutions, Inc., a provider of computer software and SSL digital certificates, and deputy director at Kingsoft Internet Security Corporation, the second biggest Internet security company in China. Ye proposed and developed cloud-based solutions for mining big data in the area of Internet security, especially for malware detection and adversarial machine learning. Her developed algorithms and systems have been incorporated into popular commercial products, including Comodo Internet Security and Kingsoft Antivirus that protect millions of users worldwide.


She also recently received the prestigious AICS 2019 Challenge Problem Winner, the ACM SIGKDD 2017 Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards (Applied Data Science Track), the IEEE EISIC 2017 Best Paper Award and the 2017 New Researcher of the Year Award from the Statler College. Ye has brought in nearly $2.5 million in research funding to WVU in the past two years.



Vatican & Microsoft Team Up To Promote Ethics In Artificial Intelligence.


The Vatican is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.

Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on human life.

The Vatican said Smith and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life told Francis about the international prize for an individual who has successfully defended a dissertation on ethical issues involving artificial intelligence.

The winner will receive 6,000 euros ($6,900) and an invitation to Microsoft’s Seattle headquarters. The theme of the Pontifical Academy’ of Life’s s 2020 plenary assembly is AI.

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