KW 7: Startup to increase chances of artificial insemination with AI, Volkswagen is exploring flying vehicles in China, Technology as an opportunity rather than a threat


Startup to increase chances of artificial insemination with AI: A startup in Israel called Embryonics says its AI can improve the odds of successfully implanting a healthy embryo during in vitro fertilization. What the company has been developing, in essence, is an algorithm to predict embryo implantation probability, one they have trained through IVF time-lapsed imaging of developing embryos. It’s just getting started, to be clear. So far, in a pilot involving 11 women ranging in age from 20 to 40, six of those individuals are enjoying successful pregnancies, and the other five are awaiting results, says Embryonics. Still, Embryonics is interesting for its potential to shake up a big market that’s been stuck for decades and continues to grow only because of external trends, like millennial women who are putting off having children owing to economic concerns.

AI recognizes virus infection from a cough: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a portable surveillance tool called FluSense that leverages machine learning and real-time data to monitor flu-like illnesses and flu patterns. The device can detect coughing sounds and crowd size in real time and could add to the collection of tools used to forecast seasonal flu and other viral outbreaks. Researchers placed FluSense devices in four healthcare waiting rooms at UMass’s University Health Services clinic, collecting and analyzing more than 350,000 thermal images and 21 million non-speech audio samples. The results showed that the platform was able to accurately predict daily illness rates at the university clinic.

Volkswagen is exploring flying vehicles in China: Volkswagen is looking into flying vehicles in China, becoming the latest automaker to probe the possibilities of personal air travel. Europe’s largest automaker said in a statement on Tuesday that vertical mobility could be the next step after self-driving technology. „Therefore we are investigating potential concepts and partners in a feasibility study [in China] to identify the possibility to industrialize this approach,“ it added. China is the world’s largest autos market and is also Volkswagen’s single biggest customer. Vertical mobility throws up many more hurdles than electric mobility, including safety and reliability. Flying vehicles would need to operate in crowded airspace, near small drones and traditional airplanes, and would also need a regulatory framework, which could take years.

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AI searches for dead shells in Kiel: A geospatial company based in Kiel analyzes old World War diaries with AI to find information about dumped ammunition and duds. After ten years on the market, the company now has twenty employees and the software is so advanced that it can read information such as position data, proper names, ammunition types and weather data from the scanned documents. Even 76 years after the end of the war, an estimated 1.6 million tons of ammunition are still in the sea – in the Baltic Sea alone. A danger to the ecosystem, but also to shipping traffic and fishermen who cast their nets on the seabed. “Artificial intelligence is a decisive step in first finding and mapping the contaminated sites,” said Schleswig-Holstein’s Environment Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht.

AI predicts who will die of Covid-19: Using patient data, artificial intelligence can make a 90 percent accurate assessment of whether a person will die from Covid-19 or not, according to new research at the University of Copenhagen. Body mass index (BMI), gender and high blood pressure are among the most heavily weighted factors. The research can be used to predict the number of patients in hospitals, who will need a respirator and determine who ought to be first in line for a vaccination.

Bosch to rely fully on AIoT: In 2020, the Bosch Group achieved a positive result despite the effects of the coronavirus crisis and the decline in automotive production. In fact, the supplier of technology and services performed better than initially expected. According to preliminary figures, earnings before interest and taxes amounted to some 1.9 billion euros. “Despite the effects of the pandemic, we were able to achieve a very positive result. Above all, we have the extraordinary commitment of our associates to thank for that,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at the presentation of the preliminary business figures. The company’s broad diversification and global footprint also proved their worth, he added. “By investing in areas of future importance, such as sustainable mobility, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence, we are further expanding our innovation leadership.” In particular, Bosch believes that AIoT – the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) – will create growth opportunities in markets worth billions. “We want to become a leading AIoT company,” Denner said. “On the strength of our broad domain knowledge and extensive expertise in electronics and software, we have more at our disposal than most of our competitors.”

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Technology as an opportunity rather than a threat: Just a few years ago, the fear that AI could replace hundreds of thousands of jobs was huge: In a study, the economists Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne predicted that computers and robots could take on almost half of all jobs in the United States alone over the course of a decade or two. A prognosis, especially since it was made by researchers at Oxford University, that gave cause for concern. Today it is evident that AI does not make everything replaceable, but often provides useful support. In addition, analysts at the World Economic Forum (WEF) assume that AI systems will create more jobs than eliminate them. The “Global CEO Survey” by the management consultancy PwC, for which 1,300 CEOs in America, Asia and Europe were surveyed, shows that many companies have long been using AI in everyday life. The market research company Gartner confirms this trend: Despite the pandemic, a third of relevant companies stated that they want to expand their investments in the AI ​​sector.

Poetry from a machine: What happens if you let artificial intelligence compose? The writer Daniel Kehlmann got involved in this experiment. Kehlmann gets to the point relatively early on, in the livestream of the Stuttgarter Literaturhaus that evening: “To anticipate it right away: the goal of our experiment was not achieved,” says the writer. But there is no disappointment in his voice, but sheer fascination. Because this experiment wasn’t an ordinary one. In early 2020, the writer traveled to Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, with the assignment to get to know CTRL, an artificial intelligence.

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AI production network Augsburg receives millions in funding: The recently launched AI production network in Augsburg is intended to research AI-supported production possibilities. Thanks to the HighTechAgenda +, it is now receiving a high level of funding: The Free State of Bavaria is making available 50 million euros to the project partners University of Augsburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) .


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Every fourth person is open to a relationship with AI, according to a survey by software company Kaspersky. 26 percent of 16 to 30-year-olds surveyed in Germany could imagine falling in love with an artificial intelligence (AI) that was programmed to meet their own needs. In addition, 25 percent of those surveyed would not rule out the possibility of having sex with a humanly designed AI.

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