Robot nurse 🤖, AI could predict diabetes 🔮 and Uber turns to groceries 🥫!

Technology


Tommy the robot nurse helps keep Italy doctors safe from coronavirus

Tommy is one of six new robots helping flesh-and-blood doctors and nurses care for coronavirus patients at the Circolo Hospital in Italy. They monitor parameters from equipment in the room, relaying them to hospital staff. The robots have touch-screen faces that allow patients to record messages and send them to doctors. The robots also help the hospital limit the number of protective masks and gowns staff have to use. “It’s like having another nurse without problems related to infection.”

Zoom sued for allegedly sharing users’ personal data with Facebook

Zoom Video Communications is facing increased scrutiny over customer privacy this month as New York’s top prosecutor is probing the suddenly popular teleconferencing company’s security practices during the coronavirus work-from-home movement. After a user logged on, Zoom gave Facebook the person’s customer information, including what device a person used to access Zoom, the device’s model and the device’s unique advertising identifier. “This information is sent to Facebook by Zoom regardless of whether the user has an account with Facebook.”

Science


Artificial intelligence could help predict future diabetes cases

Nomura and colleagues analyzed 509,153 nationwide annual health checkup records from 139,225 participants from 2008 to 2018. The data included physical exams, blood and urine tests and participant questionnaires. The researchers identified a total of 4,696 new diabetes patients (7.2%) in the study period. Their trained computer model predicted the future incidence of diabetes with an overall accuracy of 94.9%. Nomura says he next plans to perform clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of using statins to treat groups of patients identified.

Experimental AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease

Demographic, laboratory, and radiological findings were collected from 53 patients as each tested positive in January 2020 for the SARS-CoV2 virus at the two Chinese hospitals. The new tool found that changes in three features – levels of the liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase (ALT), reported myalgia, and hemoglobin levels were most accurately predictive of subsequent, severe disease. Together with other factors, the team reported being able to predict risk of ARDS with up to 80 percent accuracy.

Business


Uber Eats turns to grocery deliveries to fill pandemic-shaped hole in its business

Uber Eats is launching a series of partnerships with supermarkets, convenience stores, and other businesses to offer home deliveries of essential items. In France, the company is partnering with supermarket chain Carrefour. In Spain, working with Galp to deliver items from 25 petrol station convenience stores, and in Brazil it’s offering deliveries from local pharmacies, pet shops, and convenience stores. The service is not meant to compete with traditional supermarket delivery services, but instead will offer a selection of essential food items as well as hygiene and cleaning products.

WarnerMedia names former Hulu and Amazon exec Jason Kilar as CEO

Jason Kilar has been named WarnerMedia’s next CEO, effective May 1. Kilar founded streaming service Hulu and previously served as its CEO until 2013. Before Hulu, he was an executive at Amazon from 1997 to 2006. His experience in streaming services will likely be seen as a strength for WarnerMedia as it competes with services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and newer competitors like Disney+. He will report to John Stankey, president and COO of AT&T, WarnerMedia’s parent company.

Miscellaneous


Taiwan to ship Australia 3 tons of fabric to make face masks

Taiwan and Australia have reached an agreement in which the two countries will exchange raw materials desperately needed to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19). Australia has pledged to provide Taiwan with 1 million litres of alcohol which can be used to produce 4.2 million bottles containing 75 percent alcohol to be used as a disinfectant. In exchange, Taiwan will offer Australia 3 metric tons of non-woven fabric to produce surgical masks once Taiwan has reached sufficient domestic production capacity.

J.K. Rowling Launches Harry Potter At Home Hub

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series has launched a new Harry Potter At Home hub via WizardingWorld.com, bringing new new resources to readers in collaboration with partners at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic. The hub gives access to the first Harry Potter book for free. The hub also gives access to special activity kits to craft videos, quizzes, puzzles, articles and more, all aiming to bring J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World into the homes of families and fans during lockdown.

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