This Week In Digital – Week 18, 2019

AI model predicts TB resistance, Facebook Messenger bots can now book appointments, Amazon Web Services Opens Blockchain Building Service Up for Wider Use, Google – Introducing auto-delete controls for your Location History and activity data, Facebook launches machine learning experimentation tool Ax, IBM: AI Holds Promise for Glaucoma, a Leading Global Cause of Blindness, Microsoft launches a drag-and-drop machine learning tool, Intel adds sentiment analysis model to NLP Architect, Microsoft launches a fully managed blockchain service.Here’s your weekly update of This Week In Digital covering all the latest tech developments around the world.

AI model predicts TB resistance – The Harvard Gazette, April 29, 2019.

One of the greatest challenges in treating tuberculosis — the top infectious killer worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) — is the bacterium’s ability to shapeshift rapidly and become resistant to multiple drugs. Identifying resistant strains quickly and choosing the right antibiotics to treat them remains difficult for several reasons, including the bacterium’s propensity to grow slowly in the lab, which can delay drug-sensitivity test results by as much as six weeks after initial diagnosis.

Facebook Messenger bots can now book appointments – Khari Johnson, April 30, 2019.

Facebook Messenger is launching appointment booking for the Messenger bot platform today. The feature will be available for Messenger’s 300,000 bots and could help spur bot adoption among the 40 million businesses currently using Messenger to speak with customers. Appointment booking is now available in invite-only beta and will be made more widely available later this year. The news was announced at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference today in San Jose, California.

Amazon Web Services Opens Blockchain Building Service Up for Wider Use –  Yogita Khatri, May 1, 2019.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the e-commerce giant’s cloud computing arm, has launched its Managed Blockchain service for wider use among enterprise clients. AT&T, Nestle, Accenture and others are already using the service, AWS announced Tuesday. Initially revealed last November, Amazon Managed Blockchain is said to allow clients to create and manage blockchain networks more easily and economically using open-source frameworks like Hyperledger Fabric. Until now, the service was previously available only in “preview,” meaning interested firms could sign up for approval to use the service.

Google – Introducing auto-delete controls for your Location History and activity data – May 1, 2019.

Whether you’re looking for the latest news or the quickest driving route, we aim to make our products helpful for everyone. And when you turn on settings like Location History or Web & App Activity, the data can make Google products more useful for you—like recommending a restaurant that you might enjoy, or helping you pick up where you left off on a previous search. We work to keep your data private and secure, and we’ve heard your feedback that we need to provide simpler ways for you to manage or delete it.

Facebook launches machine learning experimentation tool Ax – Khari Johnson, May 1, 2019.

Facebook’s AI team today introduced a series of upgrades for developers using machine learning tools including Ax, a platform for machine learning experimentation management that sits atop of PyTorch. PyTorch 1.1 was also released today with native TensorBoard support for machine learning visualization and improved performance speed for its JIT compiler. PyTorch 1.0 made its debut last fall.

IBM: AI Holds Promise for Glaucoma, a Leading Global Cause of Blindness – May 1, 2019.

Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world, affects 3.5% of the population aged 40 years or older. In 2010, 60.5 million individuals were affected by the disease, with the numbers expected to rise to 80 million by 2020 [2]. Sometimes called “the sneak thief of sight”, glaucoma progresses slowly and is largely asymptomatic; as much as 40% of vision can be lost irreversibly without a person noticing [3]. While treatments exist to halt the progression of the disease, they cannot restore vision. Early detection and timely intervention are therefore significant concerns in the clinical management of glaucoma.

Microsoft launches a drag-and-drop machine learning tool – May 2, 2019.

Microsoft today announced three new services that all aim to simplify the process of machine learning. These range from a new interface for a tool that completely automates the process of creating models, to a new no-code visual interface for building, training and deploying models, all the way to hosted Jupyter-style notebooks for advanced users.

Intel adds sentiment analysis model to NLP Architect – Kyle Wiggers, May 02, 2019.

Last year, Intel’s AI Lab — a cross-disciplinary team of machine learning researchers and engineers, data scientists, and neuroscientists — unveiled NLP Architect, an open source library of AI models, coding notebooks, and frameworks purpose-built for a range of natural language processing tasks. One application it didn’t target was sentiment analysis, which involves detecting subjective information from text, but that’s changing courtesy a newly announced update.

Microsoft launches a fully managed blockchain service – May 3, 2019

Microsoft didn’t rush to bring blockchain technology to its Azure cloud computing platform, but over the course of the last year, it started to pick up the pace with the launch of its blockchain development kit and the Azure Blockchain Workbench. Today, ahead of its Build developer conference, it is going a step further by launching Azure Blockchain Services, a fully managed service that allows for the formation, management and governance of consortium blockchain networks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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