TECH NEWS Review, Week 5-12 April 2020

By Stelios Iordanis,ELONTech

https://ai.googleblog.com/2020/04/exploring-nature-inspired-robot-agility.html
“Learning Agile Robotic Locomotion Skills by Imitating Animals”
Google presents a framework that takes a reference motion clip recorded from an animal (a dog, in this case) and uses Reinforcement learning algorithms to train a control policy that enables a robot to imitate the motion in the real world.
Military and security applications are numerous, as this software technology has matured at this stage to the point that it is now rendering robotic systems capable of operating in all kinds of terrains and environments.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52033210
“Coronavirus: Tracking app aims for one million downloads
There are reasonable concerns that similar apps will continue to operate for non-humanitarian purposes in dictatorial regimes all around the world even after the coronavirus virus diminishes.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/03/27/950258/google-ai-chip-design-reinforcement-learning/
Google is using AI to design chips that will accelerate AI
Hardware breakthroughs are essential in order to extend the current AI revolution and there is a very interesting positive feedback loop in the technology mentioned in the article.

https://www.dw.com/en/mutant-rat-human-births-approved-in-japan/a-49822242
“A Japanese researcher is set to become the first scientist to develop live animals that contain human organs. Hiromitsu Nakauchi plans to insert human stem cells into rats and then transfer the cells into other animals.”
Once again, human rights will be in conflict with the priorities in medical research, however, it seems inevitable that chimeric organisms will have to be employed for groundbreaking medical discoveries.

https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-factories-7-different-vaccines-to-fight-coronavirus-2020-4
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/did-bill-gates-just-reveal-real-reason-behind-lock-downs
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1268524/coronavirus-cure-vaccine-latest-update-clinical-trials-world-health-organization
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/coronavirus-brings-light-to-the-35-billion-vaccine-market.html

Did Bill Gates Just Reveal The Real Reason Behind The Lock-Downs? | Zero Hedge
“Vaccines are very big business: the vaccine market as six times bigger than it was 20 years ago, at more than $35 billion annually today, and providing a $44 return for every $1 invested in the world’s 94 lowest-income countries.”
There will be significant legal scientific complications, as to which vaccines will be approved in each country and if a given jurisdiction will approve of the vaccine technology used by others, in order to provide visa for access. As a result, traveling will continue to be complicated for years ahead.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/bill-gates-crosses-digital-rubicon-says-mass-gatherings-may-not-return-without-global
A novel digital financial system, complete with a vaccine and nanochip creating a full, individual, digital identity will emerge, however, the envisaged nanochip could be unnecessary: While it also is considered disturbing by many people,  biometric data can be employed for the identification of a person, instead; The unique id based on these biometric data can thus be used as a key for a database query.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/03/24/950356/coronavirus-neural-network-can-help-spot-covid-19-in-chest-x-ray-pneumonia/

Such medical diagnostic solutions based on AI software are very economical,  require minimal resources and chemicals, are applicable to 3rd world countries via telemedicine while being extremely scalable. When it comes to the future of the microbiologist and radiologist salaries and professional prospects, the news is not so positive.