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Johns Hopkins Launches COVID-19 Mortality Calculator, Aims to Inform Vaccine Prioritization

Dec 18, 2020 |

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses are going out in the United States, predominantly to frontline healthcare workers. Unfortunately, the vaccines are currently extremely limited, meaning that state governments are having to make difficult decisions about the order of vaccination priority. Read more…

2020: A Big Data Year in Review

Dec 18, 2020 |

There are two weeks left in 2020, which means it’s time to exhale a bit and see where we’ve gone. It’s been a bumpy ride over the previous 50 weeks, for sure. Read more…

Observable Seeks Democratization of Data Visualization

Dec 16, 2020 |

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then how much is a rich, interactive data visualization worth? If you’re Observable, the San Francisco startup founded by the creator of D3.js and a VP of engineering at Google, then the number starts at 10.5 million. Read more…

Tackling Data Governance in a Multi-Cloud DW World

Dec 10, 2020 |

Microsoft Azure Synapse is the top destination for customers adopting cloud data warehouse over the next 12 to 24 months, followed by Databricks and Amazon Redshift, according to a new data engineering study released today by Immuta. Read more…

AI Model Detects Asymptomatic COVID-19 from a Cough 100% of the Time

Nov 4, 2020 |

As early as December 2019, AI systems were warning policy-makers about the coronavirus. As the pandemic gained a foothold and began to spread across the world, AI found a number of other applications in the fight against COVID-19: Read more…

News In Brief

Algorithm Gets the Blame for COVID-19 Vaccine Snafu

Dec 22, 2020 |

Managers at Stanford Medical Center blamed an algorithm for their decision not to give the COVID-19 vaccination to 1,300 residents and fellows working as frontline physicians in the hospital, much to the displeasure of those residents and fellows. Read more…

Nature Index Provides AI-Generated Academic Article Summaries

Dec 16, 2020 |

When publishing an article in a major journal, researchers jump through a near-endless series of hoops to ensure the rigor of their research and the article’s conformity with the style of the journal. Read more…

MIT Machine Learning Reveals COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Racial Minorities

Dec 7, 2020 |

The last month has been filled with incredible news on COVID-19 vaccines following an astonishing, year-long global effort that has shattered records for vaccine development. Three companies – Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca – have all announced vaccines with shockingly high efficacy rates. Read more…

Nvidia Trains GANs With Fewer Images

Dec 7, 2020 |

Nvidia researchers report a new AI model that significantly reduces the amount of data required to train a machine learning framework called generative adversarial networks.

In a paper released during this week’s Neural Information Processing Systems meeting, the researchers said their GAN framework achieved the same level accuracy with an “order-of-magnitude” reduction in training data. Read more…

Googlers Speak Out on the Scourge of ML Underspecification

Dec 4, 2020 |

A few days ago, 40 authors (all but a handful hailing from Google) published a 59-page paper. The topic at hand: why so many machine learning models, borne out by internal testing, proceed to then fail spectacularly in real-world applications. Read more…

This Just In

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an Industrial Scale Problem, Says Oxford Report

Jan 15, 2021 |

Jan. 15, 2021 — Social media manipulation of public opinion is a growing threat to democracies around the world, according to the 2020 media manipulation survey from the Oxford Internet Institute, which found evidence in every one of the 80+ countries surveyed. Read more…

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Jan 15, 2021 |

Jan. 15, 2021 — After years of development and testing, researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have successfully demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a moving microbial community in an open-ocean eddy. Read more…

Cal Poly Team Working on Cross-disciplinary Data Science and Analytics Effort

Jan 14, 2021 |

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2021 — A group of Cal Poly faculty from all six colleges is working to support collaborative data-driven, cross-disciplinary research and to expand on-campus educational opportunities in the areas of data science, data analytics and data literacy. Read more…

Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer’s Learning Ability

Jan 14, 2021 |

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2021 — Computer-based artificial intelligence can function more like human intelligence when programmed to use a much faster technique for learning new objects, say two neuroscientists who designed such a model that was designed to mirror human visual learning. Read more…

Broad Institute and Verily Partner with Microsoft on the Next Generation of the Terra Platform for Health and Life Science Research

Jan 14, 2021 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 14, 2021 — On Monday, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Verily, an Alphabet company, and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic partnership to accelerate new innovations in biomedicine through the Terra platform. Read more…

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