22 Apr 2020

Army Wants to Study How Humans Team With AI—And Vice Versa

On Monday, the Army Research Laboratory sent out a presolicitation notice seeking to explore Human-Agent Teaming Research and Engineering Services contract to study the interactions between soldiers and AI, using the information to improve the training regimen for both humans and machines. The Army reportedly plans to award the contract

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21 Apr 2020

Forget Travel Vouchers, Airlines Should Give Customers Cash Back, Senators Say

On Friday, four Senate Democrats revealed that major domestic airlines currently have roughly $10 billion from canceled flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, the Senators stated that the companies should release customers’ money through full cash refunds rather than travel vouchers. This would affect all consumers

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20 Apr 2020

Google Can Now Help You Locate The Nearest COVID-19 Testing Facility

Google has recently launched a new tool that allows Americans to identify the closest COVID-19 testing facility to them with ease. For most users, a google search of “coronavirus testing centers” will now lead to a Google Map that displays all facilities that are currently testing for the virus. This

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17 Apr 2020

OSTP, NIST Team Up to Fine-Tune Search Engines for COVID-19 Research

On Wednesday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Institute of Standards and Technology stated that it had joined forces with four entities, two institutes, and two universities, to further developments in search engines that streamline COVID-19 research. The effort, which has been named “TREC-COVID,” is

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17 Apr 2020

Morrison says using COVID-19 tracing app a matter of ‘national service’

Australia has previously announced plans to implement a tracing app that aims to combat the COVID-19 outbreak that countries across the world are facing. The app, which has been criticized by experts as invasive and unethical, is launching in the next few weeks. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated

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16 Apr 2020

The Latest Chinese Supply Chain Restrictions And Its Impact To The Telco Industry

China and the US have been fighting over trade deals since the beginning of 2018. The US has placed restrictions on the Chinese company Huawei, limiting its ability to purchase necessary components from US manufacturers for many of its products. The US has also been concerned about the national security

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16 Apr 2020

Lawrence Livermore Looks to Industry to Commercialize New Ventilator Prototype

A group of experts at Lawrence Livermore National Lab formed in March, aiming to produce solutions for the lack of ventilators as the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic. The scientists and engineers’ initial work was revealed this week and is titled the Novel Emergency Response Ventilator (NERVe) Prototype. The

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15 Apr 2020

COVID-19: Google And Apple Reveal More Intriguing Details Of Contact-Tracing

Apple and Google have revealed more information on how their new collaborative Bluetooth-run contact tracing initiative will work in the fight against COVID-19. The API that the companies are developing aims to overcome contact-tracing technology’s biggest issues, the lack of interoperability. The companies stressed that they are building this functionality

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15 Apr 2020

NIH, FDA and VA 3D-Printing Collaboration Turns to Ventilator Parts

A collaboration between the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Veterans Affairs Department has already produced 12 different personal protective equipment (PPE) designs that have been approved for clinical use. The 3D printing partnership achieved this in just a matter of weeks, aiding healthcare workers on

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14 Apr 2020

How Homeland Security’s Biosurveillance Arm Uses Tech To Track a Pandemic

According to a recent announcement, the Homeland Security Department’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is tapping into new advanced technologies to help the government combat the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the world by storm. The agency will analyze, integrate, and dispense critical data and information about health, adding that

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