Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare Push

Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Healthcare PushTim Pannell/Corbis/Getty ImagesAlphabet’s London-based AI lab DeepMind made history in 2016 when its AlphaGo software defeated a champion at the complex board game Go. On Tuesday the company said it was handing off a seemingly much simpler software challenge: a healthcare app for hospital staff called Streams being tested by UK hospitals.That project and its staff will be transferred to DeepMind’s much larger sister Google.

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With Purpose

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With Purpose

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With PurposeThough she was raised and resides in NYC, Yaeji spent portions of her formative years in Atlanta, Seoul, and Pittsburgh—and her music can feel like putting a puzzle together.Micaiah CarterKathy Yaeji Lee creates in the multihyphenate.

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

Now those records – plus millions of daily observations made by early explorers, people on whaling ships, cargo ships and lighthouses around New Zealand and the Southern Ocean before the 1950s – are needed by scientists trying to find out more about climate change.

Pandora's Podcast Genome Project Wants to Find Your Next Favorite Show

Pandora's Podcast Genome Project Wants to Find Your Next Favorite Show

“Machines can actually determine content, determine intent, there’s many more things they can determine about a podcast than they can about a song.”As with the Music Genome Project, humans provide both guidance and a backstop for algorithmic choices.

News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $127 million project for El Salvador's Dry Corridor

19 October 2018, Santiago de Chile/Rome - The Green Climate Fund today approved RECLIMA, a $127.7 million FAO-designed project that aims to improve the climate resilience of farming systems in El Salvador's Dry Corridor while benefitting  225,000 people, 20,000 of whom belong to indigenous communities.

Moving India’s railways into the future

Moving India’s railways into the future

Progress is being made on the largest railway project in India’s modern history that will increase prosperity by helping move people and goods more safely, effectively, and in an environmentally-friendly way.

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Leading the team is NIWA scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, whose project builds on a pilot study using atmospheric data that uncovered a striking revelation about how much carbon was absorbed by New Zealand’s indigenous forests.

A 600-Meter-Long Plastic Catcher Heads to Sea. But Scientists Are Skeptical

A 600-Meter-Long Plastic Catcher Heads to Sea. But Scientists Are Skeptical

The free-floating Ocean Cleanup system may well snag the bits at the surface, but with a screen made of woven polyurethane that hangs down 3 meters at its lengthiest, it’s limited in what it can reach.“There's also the fact that you're collecting and aggregating plastics, and so that's actually going to attract more animals to it,” says Martini.

How a Domino Master Builds (and Destroys) 15,000-Piece Creations

How a Domino Master Builds (and Destroys) 15,000-Piece Creations

Her video “Insane Domino Tricks,”, a collaboration with another artist, has nearly 118 million views—several million more views than the latest Beyonce and Jay-Z music video.To start a project, Hevesh first decides which structures or “tricks” to build around.

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval permit of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project because First Nations had not been adequately consulted and because the implications of increased tanker traffic on the precarious orca whale populations on the West Coast had not been taken into account.

'Art can play a valuable role': climate change installations appear in New York

'Art can play a valuable role': climate change installations appear in New York

Climate Signals, a public art project by Justin Brice Guariglia, in collaboration with the Climate Museum and the mayor’s office on climate change. The signs are part of a project by the Climate Museum and a host of partners, including the New York City’s mayor’s office.

Scientists to build GIANT SUNSHADE for the Earth in astonishing bid to stop global warming

Scientists to build GIANT SUNSHADE for the Earth in astonishing bid to stop global warming

It is too early to know what its effects would be: it could be very helpful or very harmful.”A UN panel of climate experts, in a leaked draft of a report about global warming due for publication in October, is sceptical about solar geo-engineering, saying it may be "economically, socially and institutionally infeasible”.

Antarctic glacier collapse could leave British coastal towns UNDERWATER

Antarctic glacier collapse could leave British coastal towns UNDERWATER

“It’s not an emergency this year, but I’m very pleased we’re doing it [the project] this decade because we can’t wait too long.”Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said: “Rising sea levels are a globally important issue which cannot be tackled by one country alone.“The Thwaites Glacier already contributes to rising sea levels and understanding its likely collapse in the coming century is vitally important.”

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Based on the hazard map, community members have now identified and proposed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures designed to mitigate the effects of specific natural hazards. Table 1: Combined community-proposed disaster risk mitigation measures in Guldara

PPP Cancellations: If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading (Lao Tzu)

PPP Cancellations: If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading (Lao Tzu)

In a previous blog, I used the metaphor of marriage to explore the dynamic of public-private partnerships (PPPs) as relationships created between two parties with often very different expectations and methods of communication.