The Data News Hot List – Center for Data Innovation

The Data News Hot List – Center for Data Innovation

This week’s list of top data news stories runs from November 5, 2022 to November 11, 2022, and includes articles on the opening of a fully autonomous hamburger restaurant and the use of a supercomputer to measure volcanic plumes.

1. Screening for lung diseases

Researchers at the University of the West of Scotland have created an artificial intelligence system that can detect signs of pneumonia, tuberculosis and COVID-19 in X-ray images of the lungs within minutes. In tests, the system was 98 percent accurate.

2. Launch of quantum computers

IBM has released a quantum computer, known as the Osprey, with 433 qubits. The new computer has more than three times as many qubits as Eagle, the quantum computer with 127 qubits that the company released last year.

3. Automation of public transport

The Israel Ministry of Transportation, the Israel Innovation Authority and Ayalon Highways, a
The Israeli road construction company has teamed up to test autonomous buses for public transport. Over the next two years, the selected bus companies will first test the autonomous buses in experimental areas before incorporating them into public transport routes.

4. Measurement of volcanic plumes

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and satellite data to determine the height of the volcanic column from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai eruption, a massive eruption in the South Pacific Ocean in January 2022. The team found that it reached an altitude of 35 miles, making it the tallest volcanic column ever recorded and the first to reach the mesosphere.

5. Write code

GitHub, a US-based software development platform, has added an experimental voice-based interaction system to its AI-powered Copilot coding assistant. Developers can now create or edit code by issuing verbal instructions to Copilot.

6. Delivery of goods with drones

Wing, a US-based drone delivery company, and DoorDash have partnered to deliver products via autonomous drones in Logan, Australia. Customers can use the DoorDash app to order items from select grocery and convenience stores and have them delivered via drone in 15 minutes.

7. Hair loss treatment

Researchers at the Qingdao University of Science and Technology in China have created a microneedle patch that can treat baldness in patients with androgenetic alopecia, a common form of hair loss. The team used an artificial intelligence system to predict which chemical compounds might stop a cause of androgenetic alopecia, and added one of the compounds to the patch. In tests, mice treated with the patch returned to thicker hair than mice treated with testosterone or minoxidil, two common treatments for baldness.

8. Air quality monitoring

Louisiana Environmental Action Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental research and advocacy, has launched a new project to collect data on air pollution along the Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, a region commonly known as “Mississippi River Alley.” cancer”. Participants will use sensor-equipped cars to collect real-time data on air quality and pollution levels across the region at different times of the day. The researchers will then use the data to create maps showing exposure levels.

9. Editing product listings

PhotoRoom, a US-based photo editing software company, has created a text-to-image system that can generate new backgrounds on product images and modify them to conform to e-commerce platform standards . Online merchants and retailers can use the tool to create product listings faster.

10. Cook hamburgers

RoboBurger, a US-based stand-alone hamburger restaurant, opened at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, the restaurant’s first opening at an institution of higher education. The fully autonomous restaurant uses an artificial intelligence system and robotic technology to grill empanadas, toast buns, dispense condiments, assemble burgers and clean its griddle.

Image credit: Flickr user Stephen Holdaway

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