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🧬 The Evolution of Tradition

PLUS: Full-Body AI Scans Could Be the Future of Preventive Medicine

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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 🧬 The Evolution of Tradition

  • 🗑️ AI trained to recognize waste

  •  🔫 AI can help prevent gun violence

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

🤖 Top AI News

🧬 The Evolution of Tradition

Here’s the tea: AI is *probably* the future of our generation.

So why not try and learn how to use it effectively?

The world-renowned CS50 course, taught by Harvard’s David Malan, will now use an AI chatbot to help teach its introductory coding course this fall.

Professor Malan considers this an "evolution of tradition" but realizes that the human touch is still a key feature of the course. The AI’s answers will be reviewed by human staff, and the course will still have TAs available for help.

In his words: "We hope that, through AI, we can eventually approximate a 1:1 teacher: student ratio for every student in CS50, and provide them with software-based tools that can support their learning at a pace and in a style that works best for them individually."

The bot will help students find errors in their coding, answer questions, offer feedback, and help students learn more about the coding process in other ways.

Overall: This does a couple of things for education:

  • Makes it accessible

  • Allows students to go at their own pace

  • Provides detailed, customized feedback for students

Could be a big win for students and professors if they can deploy this effectively.

Read more: Fox

🗑️ AI trained to recognize waste

This world is filled with garbage.

No, literally. Roughly 2.24 billion tonnes of solid waste was produced in 2020, according to the World Bank. By 2050, it’s projected to rise by 73% to 3.88 billion tonnes.

To help combat this, the UK startup Greyparrot has developed an AI system that analyzes waste processing and recycling facilities, using cameras and sophisticated AI software to track 32 billion waste objects annually.

The system can build a comprehensive digital map of waste, which in turn can be used by waste managers to become more operationally efficient.

CEO Mikela Druckman believes that the information Greyparrot collects can help regulators better understand waste materials and influence packaging design, which can impact the value chain of resource use.

Overall: This is a great start, but there is a lot of work to be done by packaging producers to design more reusable and recyclable products to minimize landfill usage.

Looks like AI is not going to waste after all.

Read more: BBC

 🔫 AI can help prevent gun violence

Gun violence is one of the most significant problems the US faces today.

  • More than 500 people die every day from gun violence

  • The US has a higher gun death rate than other high-income countries due to the highest reported rate of firearm ownership (25x)

As such, the need for gun detection technologies has become crucial.

Among technologies used for gun detection, like concealed weapon detection systems and gunshot detection systems, the AI-powered Visual Gun Detection System (VGDS) is rapidly expanding in usefulness.

The VGDS uses AI and computer vision to detect firearms in real-time, making it easy to integrate into existing CCTV or surveillance camera systems at large venues, school campuses, shopping malls, airports, and other public places.

When a potential active shooter is detected, the system sends an alert, providing security personnel with precise details about the weapon, time, location of the event, and the perp’s movements throughout the venue.

Overall: Leveraging AI technologies for weapon detection might not solve the problem of gun violence in the US, but it can at least allow law enforcement to minimize harm and prevent potential threats.

Read more: Scylla

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Good Capital launches a $50M fund to back early-stage startups democratizing AI for distribution, personalization, or business operations.

Flywheel Raises $54M in Series D Funding to develop a platform that streamlines medical imaging data management, curation, and analysis for accelerated research and AI development.

🗞️ AI Quick-Bytes

What else is going on?

  1. Japan embraces softened AI regulations to drive economic growth and chip leadership.

  2. Will AI Take My Job? What Investors Are Discussing at Summer Parties

  3. Full-Body AI Scans Could Be the Future of Preventive Medicine

  4. AI-generated fake news sparks rumors of Gary Gensler’s resignation

  5. How AI is acting as nature's defender on an island hosting thousands of puffins

  6. How to Use Google Bard to Find Images Faster

  7. Soft Robo-Glove Can Help Stroke Patients Relearn to Play Music

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