Robot hounds enforcing social distancing in parks

The Singapore government recently announced that it will start deploying a yellow and black robot dog Spot developed by Boston Dynamics in a local park to remind pedestrians to keep a safe distance and help control the spread of the new coronavirus.

Although people have mixed opinions about the appearance of robot dogs, some people think this is an innovation that is beneficial to the epidemic, and some people have not been able to accept the sudden emergence of “beasts” in the park.

But it is undeniable that various robots do play a great role in reducing the number of people gathering and working during the epidemic, and the situation of the epidemic has also contributed to the production and application of some robots.

Referece: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/10/singapore_robot_dog_social_distancing_patrols/

MIT: For every additional robot in American manufacturing, it replaces 3.3 workers

Recently, a study released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University showed that from 1990 to 2007, every 1,000 American workers increased by 1 robot, the national employment ratio fell by 0.2%, and the wages of workers decreased by 0.42%.

This means that for every additional robot in US manufacturing, an average of 3.3 workers will be replaced.

The above study, titled “Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets,” was completed in collaboration between Daron Acemoglu, a professor of economics at MIT, and Pascual Restrepo, an assistant professor at Boston University. The research paper was published in the Journal of Political Economy.

Reference:

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/705716

“Airpods Studio”?

Recently, there are a lot of rumors about Apple’s upcoming high-end headphones. This headset may have detection functions similar to AirPods and AirPods Pro. People will stop playing music when they take off the headphones.

At present, this headset is tentatively named AirPods Studio (inaccurate, named according to similar products of Beats). It may have in-ear detection functions similar to AirPods and AirPods Pro. According to 9to5Mac, people familiar with Apple ’s related product plans are cited because It is a head-mounted, it detects the neck.

“Studio” is the name of the previous Beats headphones “Studio” is the name of the previous Beats headphones
In AirPods and AirPods Pro, the purpose of ear detection is to automatically stop playing music when the headset is removed. The rumored AirPods Studio will have a similar sensor to detect whether the headset is worn on the head or neck. When the headset is worn on the head, it can start playing content. When in the neck, the sensor can pause the music. The other sensor will detect the audio channels of the left and right ears, which means that if the headphones are worn wrong, they can also be detected.

In addition, AirPods Studio is paired with a Mac or iOS device, which will open the custom equalizer settings for the low, medium and high frequency adjustment function, that is, with which device, the sound performance may be different.

Reference: https://9to5mac.com/2020/05/11/airpods-studio-features-exclusive/

NASA issues Space X shuttle: May 27th

NASA, SpaceX to Launch First Astronauts to Space Station from U.S. Since 2011

On May 9, NASA released a preview video of the first manned flight test of the Dragon spacecraft developed by Space X. It will carry two American astronauts on May 27.

As part of the NASA Commercial Crew Program, a new era of human space flight will begin as American astronauts launch again from US soil to the International Space Station with US rockets. NASA astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley will take off at 4:32 pm on the Falcon 9 rocket, which was launched by SpaceX’s “Crew Dragon” space shuttle. On May 27th, Eastern Daylight Time in the United States, we departed from the Florida 39A launch site and conducted a long-term stay of 2 demonstrations at the space station. The specific duration of the task is to be determined.

As SpaceX’s final flight test, this mission will verify the company’s personnel transportation system, including launch pads, rockets, spacecraft, and combat capabilities. This is the first time NASA astronauts have tested a spacecraft system in orbit.

Reference:

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/dm2/

Apple exposes new iMessage features

The patent application documents recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) show that Apple may make major updates to the instant messaging software iMessages that comes with iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS systems, including re-editing messages that users have sent.

Many people may have experienced such awkward situations, such as misspelling important information, or we misspelled the name of the recipient, and so on. However, this situation may soon become the past, at least for iMessage users on Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac devices.

The patent application document states: “Current messaging applications have many shortcomings and limitations. For example, their capabilities are limited in: confirming messages, editing previously sent messages, expressing what users are trying to communicate, displaying private messages, Synchronize content viewing between users, merge handwriting input, and quickly locate content in message transcripts, etc. ”

Currently, there is no application that allows users to re-edit text messages after sending them. If iMessage will soon get this feature, it will be the first long-awaited application for most people.

Reference: https://www.news18.com/news/tech/embarrassed-apple-imessage-may-soon-let-you-to-edit-a-message-after-youve-sent-it-2614593.html

Some Primary Schools are Permanently Integrating Technology

In wake of the school closings caused by the virus, many K12 districts have decided to keep educating its students, but through online work. Now this comes as no surprise seeing as we ourselves are doing the same thing at Penn State and many other universities, but what makes this district different from most is their consideration of using technology permanently. The governor responsible for the Syracuse City School District has been sort of impressed to see how much students can actually do remotely and he wants to make remote learning a bigger part of the district’s traditional set up. Now of course this would be a very large change, which means there have to be differing opinions.

Parents are voicing their concerns about this potential decision, and there are many. The most frequently heard one is that remote learning is no substitute for in person teaching, and that if the latter is much superior then we shouldn’t be spending our time on digital education. How do you think this remote learning period will permanently affect our idea of education?

https://cnycentral.com/news/coronavirus/educators-parents-weigh-in-on-gov-cuomos-ideas-for-tech-in-education

How Active People Are on Social Media

Due to the recent global pandemic of the coronavirus many people have had so much free time other hands. Even though we have other things to keep us busy like spending time with family and doing school work social media seems to be a lot of peoples go to so obviously like the title of the article “Best Times to Post on Social Media Right Now”. Personally I noticed an increase of likes on my pictures and also throughout all of the people that I follow, not much to post though while in quarantine. According to the article “Activity on Facebook is now consistently high throughout every weekday. Previously, activity peaked on Wednesday from 11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m,, making that the best time to post on Facebook.”. Facebook is not an app I usually use but what interested me most is what they had to say about Instagram which was “Instagram’s activity is now much more concentrated in the work day, Previously, Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. were identified as the best times to post. Now there’s less early morning activity, as well as a sharp drop-off after 6pm. Therefore, mid-afternoon has been identified as an ideal time to post. Specifically – Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. are the best times to post on Instagram.Another interesting shift when it comes to Instagram activity is that weekends, especially Sundays, were traditionally the worst times to post.” All of this information is really interesting how they can tell when people are on the apps and how active most people are. It also intrigued me how there’s a trend on when most people go on to social media.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/best-times-to-post-on-social-media-right-now/365504/#close

Will the Internet Break?

Due to everyone self quarantining, as in doing everything form home and not leaving their homes, people rely so much more on the internet than usually. There is a lot of evidence to support that internet usage has gone up. For example, in the article “Will the coronavirus break the internet” it states “Internet usage is up fifty percent in some parts of the world as more aspects of our daily lives have moved online”. Which is very true for me personally I feel like my whole day consist on being on the internet from my classes online and homework to connecting with my friends to entertainment like social media and Netflix. Everything I do basically uses the internet and it is probably the same for a lot of people all around the world. The concern in the article is stated when the writer informs us that “Some remote-work platforms and services have struggled to keep up with increased demand.” I agree that it may be a huge change in internet usage but I do not think that it will break the internet like at all. I am glad that we have the internet to help us all cope with this pandemic. It helps a lot staying in contact with friends and family that I can not see as often as I usually do especially my friends that I am used to seeing everyday.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/will-coronavirus-break-the-internet/

Robots used to disinfect

I found a really interesting video on Mashable about a robot developed by a team at University of Southern California that carries a UV light to detect unclean surfaces and sanitizes them. The robot is controlled by humans from a distance, and is able to move around, open drawers and reach hard-to-reach places in order to disinfect.

Although it is still being tested, I believe this could be a great step in helping fight off coronavirus, and keeping public areas sanitary, while also protecting workers from exposure. When humans clean, there are only so many things we can see and places we can reach. This UV carrying robot can help ease the burden and ensure proper sanitation. I would not be surprised if an autonomous cleaning robot would be developed, so that way the robot is able to clean without the need of human intervention. Similar robots have been made for hospitals as well. The UV light is able to kill off bacteria and harmful germs, saving patients from potential exposure that humans are not able to detect when cleaning.

Source: https://mashable.com/video/uv-light-wand-robot-disinfect-public-spaces/

AI and COVID-19

Artificial intelligence could be in finding possible treatments and cures for coronavirus according to this NY Times article. AI could search through thousands of documents and research in the span of a few weeks, where it might take doctors or researchers years to read about. BenevolentAI, a startup in London, was able to identify a possible treatment for coronavirus symptoms called baricitinib, which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, but can also help boost your immune system from foreign activity, even going as far as helping prevent the virus from entering the body’s cells.

Although this AI isn’t producing a specific cure or method of treatment, it points doctors into the right direction of drugs that may possibly be used, and offers information on these drugs that could potentially help in fighting off the virus. The researchers stated that this drug would most likely not have been discovered as a treatment if not for the work of the AI.

I believe AI in the medical industry could lead to monumental discoveries in all sorts of treatments, not just coronavirus. There are thousands of medical journals and research out in the world, but not everyone can sit and read through them, so why not make an AI do it for you? The purpose of these AI’s are not to replace these researchers, but to aid them in any way possible.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/technology/coronavirus-treatment-benevolentai-baricitinib.html