Capabilities of AI Expand as New Developments Come to Fruition

Emerging Tech Roundup — April 22

The Quantious team’s top picks for timely trending news in the tech world.

This week in tech: Intel leverages an emotion-judging Zoom tool, scientists fry tumors with ultrasound waves, digital twins are created with machine learning technology, GM patents autonomous technology to teach driving skills, Japanese researchers develop taste-enhancing chopsticks, morality-judging AI mimics Reddit’s popular forum and Snap distributes 200 Spectacles prototypes for feedback.

Intel Faces Scrutiny for AI That “Reads” Students’ Emotions Over Zoom

(Tech Radar, April 18)

Intel is working with startup Class Technologies to better read students’ emotions over virtual calls. The technology allows teachers to gauge engagement levels based on body language and facial expressions. However, Intel is facing scrutiny as the technology is insensitive to different cultures and inaccurate.

A New Technique Successfully Fried Up to 75% of Tumors Using Ultrasound

(Interesting Engineering, April 18)

Scientists at the University of Michigan were able to successfully remove the majority of cancerous tumors in rats using precisely-directed ultrasound waves in the process of “histotripsy.” The process resulted in regression and prevention of tumor growth afterwards, and is now being tested on humans in the U.S. and Europe.

Digital Twin Generator Unlearn Nets $50M to Bolster Clinical Trials with AI Models

(Fierce Biotech, April 19)

Unlearn.AI has just received additional funding for its technology that creates digital clones for clinical trials using historical patient data. With the machine learning technology, the number of people needed for trials will be lower and the process can be sped up, bringing treatment to patients quicker.

GM Patents Autonomous Tech to Train New Drivers

(Car and Driver, April 19)

GM has filed a patent for a technology that will train and score new drivers. The technology first introduces students to one or two skills and as they get more comfortable and score higher, it exposes them to more features. With this learning method, students will be safer in their learning process and learn intuitively.

Japanese Researchers Develop Electric Chopsticks to Enhance Salty Taste

(Reuters, April 19)

Japanese researchers have developed new chopsticks that transmit a saltier taste to taste buds using “electrical currents, transmitting sodium ions.” The mimicked salty sensation could help humans eat less sodium and in turn, improve their health. The chopstick creators hope to have their new product available for sale next year.

New AI Model Tells Users If They Are at Fault, Similar to Reddit’s AITA

(The Verge, April 20)

Internet artists Morris Kolman and Alex Petros have created a technology that judges the morality of life encounters, similar to Reddit’s AITA subreddit. Users can describe a situation and the tool will judge whether the person is in the right or in the wrong based on crowdsourced responses. The tool does a good job at mimicking the same tone as Reddit, though it has not yet proved to be a reliable source of opinion.

200 People Receive Prototypes of Snap’s Spectacles

(Fast Company, April 20)

Developers at Snap plan to use the feedback of 200 prototype recipients from 30 countries to polish their AR Spectacles. The prototypes are updated with the latest software and hardware developments, which the team hopes to update and improve in the near future. Snap has not yet disclosed a commercial release date.

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