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Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg is developing mobile apps to help New York state trace coronavirus cases

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is developing three smartphone apps to help New York state trace every person who comes into contact with someone infected with Covid-19 to help control the spread of the virus. 

Contact tracing requires scores of people to interview coronavirus patients and track down all of their contacts over the past 14 days so those people can be notified, tested and quarantined. 

The team, led by Bloomberg, is partnering with the health-care nonprofit Vital Strategies to develop the three new smartphone apps. The first app will help the contact tracers find information and data quickly, the second will allow the public to send data directly to local health departments and the third will provide guidance to people in quarantine and allow them to report any symptoms, Bloomberg said. 

“When social distancing is relaxed, contact tracing is our best hope for isolating the virus when it appears and keeping it isolated,” Bloomberg said during Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference. 

He added that Vital Strategies is working with the state to develop a “comprehensive playbook” that outlines for contact tracers how to do the job effectively.

The team has hired a staffing company to build a “small army of New Yorkers” to conduct the contact tracing and has teamed up with the City University of New York and the State University of New York to identify applicants, Bloomberg said. 

Johns Hopkins University has developed a remote training class for tracers, Bloomberg said, adding that it will cover the basics of epidemics, contact tracing and privacy. He said applicants must pass a test at the end of the class to be hired. 

Cuomo said on Tuesday that the state would need to hire thousands of contact tracers to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and allow officials to ease strict social distancing guidelines. He said the state would need at least 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people. 

The state also needs to broaden access to testing, which will be prioritized for people who are symptomatic, people who came into contact with a symptomatic person and frequent tests of frontline, essential workers, he said. Officials are working toward constructing enough testing sites across the state. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is currently working to hire 1,000 contact tracers with health-care backgrounds. 

“Contact tracing, the test and trace approach, is going to change everything,” de Blasio said at the governor’s press conference Thursday. “I think we are going to be able to show this country a model that’s going to be extraordinarily effective in beating back this disease.”

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/30/former-nyc-mayor-bloomberg-is-developing-mobile-apps-to-help-new-york-state-trace-coronavirus-cases.html

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Samsung hopes to ‘copy and paste’ the brain to 3D chip networks

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Samsung thinks it has a better way to develop brain-like chips: borrow existing brain structures. The tech firm has proposed a method that would “copy and paste” a brain’s neuron wiring map to 3D neuromorphic chips. The approach would rely on a nanoelectrode array that enters a large volumes of neurons to record both where the neurons connect and the strength of those connections. You could copy that data and ‘paste’ it to a 3D network of solid-state memory, whether it’s off-the-shelf flash storage or cutting-edge memory like resistive RAM.

Each memory unit would have a conductance that reflects the strength of each neuron connection in the map. The result would be an effective return to “reverse engineering the brain” like scientists originally wanted, Samsung said.

The move could serve as a ‘shortcut’ to artificial intelligence systems that behave like real brains, including the flexibility to learn new concepts and adapt to changing conditions. You might even see fully autonomous machines with true cognition, according to the researchers.

There’s a glaring problem with complexity, however. As a human brain has roughly 100 billion neurons with a thousand times more synaptic links, an ideal neuromorphic chip would need about 100 trillion memory units. That’s clearly a difficult challenge for any company, and that doesn’t include the code needed to make this virtual brain work. Samsung may have opened a door to human-like AI, but it could take a long time before anyone reaches that goal.

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Apple will fix bug preventing iPhone 13 owners from unlocking with Apple Watch

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Are you unable to unlock your brand new iPhone 13 with your Apple Watch? Don’t despair just yet. According to MacRumors, Apple has promised to fix a bug that prevents the unlock through an “upcoming software update.” You can turn off the feature in Settings and rely on passcodes until that solution is in place, Apple said, although it didn’t offer a timeframe for the patch.

The flaw typically tells users the iPhone is “unable to communicate” with the Apple Watch. Others can’t setup the unlock feature in the first place. As you might imagine, that’s a significant hassle if you’re wearing a face mask and can’t use Face ID to sign in.

You might not have to wait too long. While Apple only recently started testing an iOS 15.1 beta, the company has a long history of delivering small-but-quick updates that fix glaring bugs and security holes. While this certainly isn’t how Apple wanted the iPhone 13 launch to go, the issue isn’t likely to last.

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Tesla drivers can now request Full Self Driving beta tests

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It took a long while, but Tesla is finally giving you some control over when (and if) you get Full Self Driving beta releases. The Washington Post noted that Tesla has begun rolling out an FSD beta request button that lets you try the autonomous (really, semi-autonomous) technology before its wider release. The automaker won’t just hand test code to anyone, though. Elon Musk noted that Tesla will “assess driving behavior” (like hard braking, aggressive turns or tailgating) for a week to reduce the chances of collisions.

The move could boost uptake for Full Self Driving betas and help Tesla refine the system for wider releases. The just-launched FSD 10.1 beta (mainly a bug fix) arrived too soon for that, but future software could be more polished or reach a general audience sooner.

Not everyone is thrilled with Tesla’s rapid Full Self Driving expansion, however. The National Transportation Safety Board’s new leader, Jennifer Homendy, recently joined other critics in accusing Tesla of “irresponsible” marketing for FSD technology that could lead to dangerous misuse. She also claimed Tesla was unresponsive to official recommendations for improvements. Beta requests may help Tesla achieve its goals sooner than before, but they won’t address broader concerns about FSD’s safety and whether or not customers should be testing semi-autonomous features on public roads.

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iPhone 14 is reportedly a ‘complete redesign’

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The iPhone 13 series is barely in stores, but that isn’t stopping a growing chorus of leaks surrounding next year’s model. As 9to5Mac notes, Bloomberg‘s historically accurate Mark Gurman claimed the iPhone 14 will represent a “complete redesign” — the first since the iPhone X arrived in 2017. The relatively modest iPhone 13 update was a hint that bigger things were coming, he said. Gurman was shy on details of what that new hardware would entail, but earlier rumors might offer a clue as to what to expect.

Most notably, frequently accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed Apple would begin dropping the display notch entirely in 2022, starting with an iPhone 14 Pro that would use a hole-punch front camera like many Android phones. YouTuber Jon Prosser also claimed to have renders based on real-world photos of the new iPhone. The new model would supposedly resemble a supersized iPhone 4 with a band-like titanium outer ring, flush rear cameras and a thicker chassis.

Other rumors suggest Apple might drop a mini iPhone from the lineup, replacing it with a larger ‘regular’ model as well as the usual Pro offerings. There have been murmurs of under-display Touch ID, but it’s not certain if this would be ready for 2022, if at all.

We’d take the reports with some caution. No matter how accurate the reports might be, the next iPhone is roughly a year away. There’s still a chance Apple could make substantial changes before it locks in the design for production. Whatever the end result, the common theme of the leaks suggests the iPhone 14 could be an important revamp.

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