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R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

I see far more research articles than I are potentially write up. This column obtains the more interesting of those newspapers and advances, together with mentions on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-1 9, beetle knapsacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and more.

First off, if( like me) you missed this amazing experiment where scientists affixed minuscule cameras to the backs of beetles, I don’t think I have to explain how cool it is. But you may wonder … why get it on? Prolific UW researcher Shyam Gollakota and several graduate students are looking forward to mimicking some aspects of insect vision, precisely how efficient the processing and direction of attention is.

The camera backpack has a narrow field of view and uses a simple mechanism to address its focus rather than processing a wide-field image at all times, saving vigour and better imitating how real animals ensure.” Vision is so important for communications and for navigation, but it’s extremely challenging to do it at such a small scale. As a upshot, prior to our toil, wireless dream have not been able to for small-time robots or insects ,” said Gollakota. You can watch the critters in action below — and don’t worry, the beetles lived long, glad lives after their backpack-wearing days.

The health and medical community is always constructing interesting steps in technology, but it’s often pretty niche trash. These two pieces from recent weeks are a bit more high-profile.

One is a brand-new study being conducted by UCLA in concert with Apple, which especially with its smartwatch has provided lots of excellent data to, for example, studies of arrhythmia. In this case, physicians are looking at depression and suspicion, which are considerably more difficult to quantify and see. But by using Apple Watch, iPhone and sleep monitor measurements of activity levels, sleep motifs and so on, a large body of standardized data can be amassed.

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