“Assistive technologies such as handheld tablets and eye-tracking devices are increasingly helping give voice to individuals with paralysis and speech impediments who otherwise would not be able to communicate. Now, researchers are directly harnessing electrical brain activity to help these individuals.
In a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, describe an approach that combines a brain-computer interface and machine learning models that allowed them to generate text from the electrical brain activity of a patient paralyzed because of a stroke.” — Claudia López Lloreda, Journalist Learn More from STAT >
“A Black teenager in the US was barred from entering a roller rink after a facial-recognition system wrongly identified her as a person who had been previously banned for starting a fight there.
“To me, it’s basically racial profiling,” Lamya’s mother told Fox 2 Detroit. “You’re just saying every young Black, brown girl with glasses fits the profile and that’s not right.”” — Katyanna Quach, Reporter Learn More from The Register >
1/ A filmmaker is using artificial intelligence in his documentary about the late Anthony Bourdain, having Bourdain recite lines he had never said while alive. Learn More from INPUT >
2/ Online voice and text messaging platform Discord acquires AI anti-harassment company Sentropy. Discord hopes the move will increase safety by leveraging the new technology’s ability to find and remove harassment. Learn More from NME >
3/ Machine learning model is able to predict COVID-19 severity as well as how treatments changed over the course of 2020. Learn More from The Verge >
4/ Researchers have created machine learning algorithms that can detect Alzheimer’s during phone conversations. Learn More from Medical Xpress >
5/ Fight for the Future, a digital rights nonprofit, has launched a nationwide campaign to to help disclose which of the country’s biggest retailers are using facial recognition technology. The belief is that this technology is being used by many of the top retailers without the knowledge of their customers. Learn More from Recode >
6/ Newly FDA approved AI technology helps doctors detect colon cancer. The current scope will remain exactly the same, the new technology will simply make it smarter. Learn More from ABC Action News >
7/ Long read: A Year of Data Science Peer Review in Startups Learn More from Towards Data Science >