Artificial intelligence is evolving fast. Can the FDA keep up?

One concern is that the agency can’t compete with private-sector salaries to attract people with the necessary AI knowledge to evaluate the benefits and dangers these algorithms pose.

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Khazanah appoints three new board members | The Edge Markets

Khazanah Nasional Bhd announced today To’ Puan Azian Mohd Aziz, Professor Xiao’ou Tang and Lau Seng Yee’s appointments to the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund’s board of directors, effective Wednesday (June 26). In a statement, Khazanah said Azian is the head of advisory division at the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia, while Tang, who is the founder of artificial intelligence company SenseTime, is also a professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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History of Technology Timeline |

© Kran Kanthawong/ 3.3 million years ago: The first tools The history of technology begins even before the beginning of our own species. Sharp flakes of stone used as knives and larger unshaped stones used as hammers and anvils have been uncovered at Lake Turkana in Kenya. The tools were made 3.3 million years ago and thus were likely used by an ancestor such as Australopithecus . 1 million years ago: Fire When humanity first used fire is still not definitively known, but, like the first tools, it was probably invented by an ancestor of Homo sapiens . Evidence of burnt material can be found in caves used by Homo erectus beginning about 1 million (and maybe even 1.5 million) years ago. 20,000 to 15,000 years ago: Neolithic Revolution During the Neolithic Period several key technologies arose together. Humans moved from getting their food by foraging to getting it through agriculture . People came together in larger groups. Clay was used for pottery and bricks. Clothing began to be made of woven fabrics. The wheel was also likely invented at this time. 6000 BCE: Irrigation The first irrigation systems arose roughly simultaneously in the civilizations of the Tigris-Euphrates river valley in Mesopotamia and the Nile River valley in Egypt . Since irrigation requires an extensive amount of work, it shows a high level of social organization. 4000 BCE: Sailing The first sailing ships were used on the Nile River. Since the Nile does not allow as much space for free sailing as the ocean, these ships also had oars for navigation. 1200 BCE: Iron About this time, the production of iron became widespread as that metal supplanted bronze . Iron was much more abundant than copper and tin , the two metals that make up bronze, and thus put metal tools into more hands than ever before. 850 CE: Gunpowder Alchemists in China invented gunpowder as a result of their search for life-extending elixirs. It was used to propel rockets attached to arrows. The knowledge of gunpowder spread to Europe in the 13th century. 950: Windmill Nearly 5,000 years after the first sailing ships, the wind was first used to operate a mill. The first windmills were in Persia. They were horizontal windmills in which the blades were set on a vertical shaft. Later, European windmills were of the vertical type. It has been speculated that the windmill may have been invented independently in Persia and in Europe. 1044: Compass The first definitive mention of a magnetic compass dates from a Chinese book finished in 1044. It describes how soldiers found their way by using a fish-shaped piece of magnetized iron floating in a bowl of water when the sky was too cloudy to see the stars. 1250–1300: Mechanical clock Hourglass and water clocks had been around for centuries, but the first mechanical clocks began to appear in Europe toward the end of the 13th century and were used in cathedrals to mark the time when services would be held. 1455: Printing Johannes Gutenberg completed the printing of the Bible , which was the first book printed in the West using movable type. Gutenberg’s printing press led to an information explosion in Europe. 1765: Steam engine James Watt improved the Newcomen steam engine by adding a condenser that turned the steam back into liquid water. This condenser was separate from the cylinder that moved the piston, which meant that the engine was much more efficient. The steam engine became one of the most important inventions of the Industrial Revolution . 1804: Railways English engineer Richard Trevithick improved James Watt’s steam engine and used it for transport. He built the first railway locomotive at an ironworks in Wales. 1807: Steamboat Robert Fulton put the steam engine on water. His steamboat that was eventually called the Clermont took 32 hours to go up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany. Sailing ships took four days. 1826/27: Photography In the early 1820s, Nicéphore Niépce became interested in using a light-sensitive solution to make copies of lithographs onto glass, zinc, and finally a pewter plate. He then had the great idea to use his solution to make a copy of an image in a camera obscura (a room or box with a small hole in one end through which an image of the outside is projected). In 1826 or 1827, he made an eight-hour-long exposure of the courtyard of his house, the first known photograph . 1831: Reaper For thousands of years, harvesting crops was very labour-intensive. That changed with Cyrus McCormick ’s invention of the mechanical reaper . The earliest reaper had some mechanical problems, but later versions spread throughout the world. 1844: Telegraph Samuel Morse was a successful painter who became interested in the possibility of an electric telegraph in the 1830s. He patented a prototype in 1837. In 1844 he sent the first message over the first long-distance telegraph line, which stretched between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The message: “What hath God wrought.” 1876: Telephone Once it was possible to send information through a wire in the form of dots and dashes, the next step was actual voice communication. Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call, on March 10, 1876, when he asked his assistant Tom Watson to come to him: “Mr Watson—come here—I want to see you.” 1876: Internal-combustion engine German engineer Nikolaus Otto built an engine that, unlike the steam engine, used the burning of fuel inside the engine to move a piston. This type of engine would later be used to power automobiles. 1879: Electric light After thousands of trials, American inventor Thomas Edison got a carbon-filament light bulb to burn for 13½ hours. Edison and others in his laboratory were also working on an electrical power distribution system to light homes and businesses, and in 1882 the Edison Electric Illuminating Company opened the first power plant. 1885: Automobile The internal-combustion engine improved, becoming smaller and more efficient. Karl Benz used a one-cylinder engine to power the first modern automobile , a three-wheeled car that he drove around a track. However, the automobile did not make a commercial splash until 1888, when his wife, Bertha, exasperated with Karl’s slow methodical pace, took an automobile without his knowledge on a 64-mile trip to see her mother. 1901: Radio Guglielmo Marconi had been experimenting with radio since 1894 and was sending transmissions over longer and longer distances. In 1901 his reported transmission of the Morse code letter S across the Atlantic from Cornwall to Newfoundland excited the world. 1903: Airplane On December 17 Orville Wright made the first airplane flight, of 120 feet, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. He and his brother Wilbur made four flights that day. On the last, Wilbur flew 852 feet. 1926: Rocketry As a young boy in the late 1890s, Robert Goddard was inspired by H.G. Wells ’s The War of the Worlds and the possibilities of space travel. As a middle-aged man in the mid-1920s, he achieved the first test flight of a liquid-fueled rocket , from his aunt’s farm in Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket flew 12.5 meters (41 feet) in the air. 1927: Television After the development of radio, the transmission of an image was the next logical step. Early television used a mechanical disk to scan an image. As a teenager in Utah, Philo T. Farnsworth became convinced that a mechanical system would not be able to scan and assemble images multiple times a second. Only an electronic system would do that. In 1922 the 16-year-old Farnsworth worked out a plan for such a system, but it wasn’t until 1927 that he made the first electronic television transmission, a horizontal line. 1937: Computer Iowa State mathematician and physicist John Atanasoff designed the first electronic digital computer . It would use binary numbers (base 2, in which all numbers are expressed with the digits 0 and 1), and its data would be stored in capacitors . In 1939 he and his student Clifford Berry began building the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) . 1942: Nuclear power As part of the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb , it was necessary to understand nuclear reactions in detail. On December 2 underneath the football stands at the University of Chicago, a team of physicists led by Enrico Fermi used uranium to produce the first self-sustaining chain reaction . 1947: Transistor On December 23 Bell Labs engineers John Bardeen , Walter Brattain , and William Shockley gave the first public demonstration of the transistor , an electrical component that could control, amplify, and generate current. The transistor was much smaller and used less power than vacuum tubes and ushered in an era of cheap small electronic devices. 1957: Spaceflight The Soviet Union surprised the world on October 4, when it launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 , a small 83.6-kg (184.3-pound) metal sphere. The space race began between the Soviet Union and the United States, opening up a new front in the Cold War . 1974: Personal computer The first computers that emerged after World War II were gigantic, but, with advances in technology, especially in putting many transistors on a semiconductor chip , computers became both smaller and more powerful. Finally, they became small enough for home use. The first such personal computer was the Altair, which was soon supplanted in 1977 by the Apple II, the TRS-80, and the Commodore PET. 1974: Internet Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn produced the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), which describes how data can be broken down into smaller pieces called packets and how these packets can be transmitted to the right destination. TCP/IP became the basis for how data is transmitted over the Internet . 2012: CRISPR American biochemist Jennifer Doudna and French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier developed CRISPR-Cas9, a method for editing genes —that is, making changes to DNA sequences. Gene editing has the potential to treat many diseases but also opens up the ethical gray area of creating designer humans. 2017: Artificial intelligence The team behind the AlphaGo artificial intelligence program announced that it had become the world’s best go player. Go is a game with very simple rules but many possible positions. The previous year AlphaGo had defeated the great player Lee Sedol in a match 4–1. AlphaGo then played itself and, through continual improvement, was able to defeat the version that had defeated Lee, 100–0. Through machine learning, AlphaGo had become better at the game than any human.

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Vetology launches pet X-ray-reading AI software

Vetology Innovations LLC has launched artificial intelligence radiology software as an automated diagnostic resource for patient radiographs.

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Opt out of sending data from your smartphone to save money

While data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) might sound like buzzwords that don’t affect you easily, the way those technologies use data from your phone can cost you money. Opting out of sending data from your phone can improve your finances.

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domino’s partners with self-driving startup ‘nuro’ to pilot driverless pizza delivery

self-driving delivery startup nuro is teaming up with domino’s to trial driverless pizza deliver in houston, texas. the pizza chain announced on monday (jun 17) and that a pilot service would begin later this year with domino’s using nuro’s driverless fleet of custom-built robot cars to deliver pizza to select houston residents.

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domino’s says that select customers who place an online order with a participating store will have the chance to opt for a robot delivery. customers will then be able to track the delivery car’s location using the domino’s app and, when it arrives, will usa a unique pin code to unlock the car and retrieve their pizza.

domino’s has developed other technologies in a bid to change the pizza delivery experience. a couple of years ago it announced integration with work-based chat platform slack, making it easier for coworkers to talk about and order domino’s for their lunch. more recently it announced the use of a robotic scanner that employs artificial intelligence to the check the quality of its pizzas before they are sent from the restaurant.

self-driving delivery company nuro was started in 2016 by two ex-google engineers, who have since been working with other major companies to develop its services. last year it announced a partnership with kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the US, to pilot autonomous deliveries in arizona. the long-term business plan involves offering small business the chance to rent its fleet of autonomous robots so that they can provide additional delivery options to consumers.

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Bruce Campbell Says More Evil Dead Will Happen Without Ash

Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.  

The Cruella de Vil origin movie adds another familiar face. M. Night Shyamalan teases a genre bent to his next movie. The Mortal Kombat movie is heading down under. Plus, more production quibbles for Bond 25, Supergirl’s Lex Luthor heads to the White House, and more clips from The Dead Don’t Die. Spoilers now!

In a recent interview with the Inqusitir, Bruce Campbell revealed more entries in the Evil Dead franchise are in development, but without his involvement as Ash.

I’m still doing video games… I’m doing voices for Ash. I’m just not going to grovel in the blood anymore…

…They’re going to see different versions, they’re going to be seeing more Evil Dead, too. We’re not done with the Evil Dead saga, more stories to tell.

Salt shaker at the ready, but British tabloid The Sun alleges that production has temporarily halted on Bond 25 after Daniel Craig “slipped and fell quite awkwardly” while filming one of his final scenes in Jamaica. But Variety updates that by saying he’ll likely be back within a week.

Meanwhile, production has officially begun on Free Guy, the upcoming Ryan Reynolds comedy in which a non-playable character in a video game gains sentience. [Coming Soon]

Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Project

M. Night Shyamalan revealed he’s working on a new film with a “fun, sci-fi bent” on Twitter.

Meanwhile, reporter Claire Campbell revealed production on the new Mortal Kombat movie begins this month in South Australia.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus!

Netflix has also confirmed the Invader Zim movie is titled Enter the Florpus! and will see release this summer.

Iron Man casts a long shadow over Peter Parker in the latest poster. [Coming Soon]

Coming Soon also has a new set of banners for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Click through to see the rest.

Genie makes Aladdin a prince in the latest TV spot.

The Dead Don’t Die

Adam Driver and Bill Murray have a difficult time against the zombified Carol Kane in a new red band trailer for The Dead Don’t Die.

Focus Features has also released two short clips.

Van Helsing

Deadline reports Battlestar Galactica and Lucifer’s Tricia Helfer will play Count Dracula this season on Syfy’s Van Helsing. Long may the new Lord of the Night reign.

Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II face off in a new photo from Entertainment Weekly. The new trailer dropped early this morning.

Finally, John Slattery warns against the dangers of artificial intelligence in the first trailer for neXT.

Banner art by Jim Cooke.

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MTX to provide U.S. School Districts FREE access to a Health Monitoring and Control App to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus

The app provides a centralized monitoring and control system that enables actionable insights to mobilize the necessary resources quickly while adhering to all the required government data privacy and security laws, including HIPAA compliance.

Schools will immediately be able to benefit from the application’s features and can be up in running in less than 24 hours. Benefits include:

“Children and student safety is important for all of us at MTX and we are proud to play a significant part in this fight. Our MTX Innovation Team is rapidly deploying health monitoring and control applications across the country. We strongly believe that our public schools will immensely benefit from having free and rapid access to this application to contain this pandemic,” said Das Nobel, CEO of MTX Group. “Our families have a special place in our hearts at MTX. Earlier this year, we announced a full 1 year paid maternity leave for our employees. This is just another step forward in how MTX combines our innovative mind-set with our family-focused culture.”

About MTX

MTX Group, Inc is a global cloud technology partner that enables organizations to become a fit enterprise through digital transformation and strategy. MTX is powered by the Maverick Artificial Intelligence platform and has deep expertise in the public sector providing proprietary designs and innovative concept accelerators.

For media inquiries and to learn more about how MTX is providing innovative transformative solutions to help limit the spread of contagious diseases, please reach out to [email protected].


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Olo signs leave for entire 82nd floor at One WTC

Olo, digital driver behind ordering and delivery for more than 250 restaurant brands, is taking a bite out of One World Trade Center.

The tech firm just signed a lease for 36,099 square feet on the tower’s entire 82nd floor, where the asking rent was $82 per square foot.

The tech firm will move from 26 Broadway. Its new space is fully built-out, furnished and wired — part of the 400,000-square-foot built-out program at 1WTC that managing partner the Durst Organization devised to lure young, fast-growing, tech-oriented companies.

In October, software firm BounceX took more than 79,000 square feet on the 74th and 75th floors.

Meanwhile, artificial intelligence firm ASAPP expanded in the tower for the second time.

It extended its lease for 10 years and added 10,691 square feet on the 80th floor. The ask was $80 per square foot.

The Olo and ASAPP deals bring 1WTC to 83 percent leased.

Olo was repped by Newmark Knight Frank’s Brian Lee and Travis Wilson.

The landlord was repped by Durst’s Eric Engelhardt and Karen Kuznick and NKF’s David Falk, Jason Greenstein, Peter Shimkin and Hal Stein.

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Wearable Device Promotes Socialization in Kids With Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorders | JAMA | JAMA Network

A wearable device driven by artificial intelligence significantly improved socialization in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in combination with standard behavioral therapy, found a trial in JAMA Pediatrics.

A total of 71 participants, aged 6 to 12 years, were randomly assigned to receive behavioral therapy (15 to 20 hours per week) and the Superpower Glass (SG) intervention or behavioral therapy alone (control) for 6 weeks. A machine-learning tool in the form of eye glasses, the SG tracks faces and provides visual and auditory clues in real time to help interpret emotions and engage appropriately. Children used the device for 20 minutes 3 times per week with family members and once per week with a behavioral therapist.

Children in the SG group showed significant improvements in social behaviors, as measured by a 4.58-point average increase on the Vineland Adaptive Behaviors Scale socialization subscale relative to the control group. The study demonstrates “the potential of digital home therapy to augment the current standard of care,” wrote the authors.

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