Christchurch Brick Show uses LEGO QR code for COVID-19 check-in

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A couple that loves creating with the blocks formed the working model for the show’s sign-in. People in Christchurch, New Zealand lined up for blocks (so to speak), in order to be able to scan a LEGO QR code that acted as a COVID Tracer to enter the annual Christchurch Brick Show. The barcode check-ins are required as a part of the country’s COVID-19 tracing efforts. To make the barcode more fun and appropriate for the show’s experience, a married couple – first-year exhibitors – decided to create a working…

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Theator and Mayo Clinic to collaborate on surgical AI technology

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The Israel-founded company will collaborate with the urology and gynecology departments at the clinic. Theator, a startup from Israel, and the Mayo Clinic have agreed to work together on bringing surgical AI technology to operating rooms. They will collaborate to test the artificial technology for improving surgeon performance. The AI technology in question will be applied to the urology and gynecology departments at the Mayo Clinic. Surgeons there will test the annotation and video analytics tech meant to help improve the performance of the doctors. This will be focused in…

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Moscow’s vaccination QR code program cancelled shortly after launch

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The program intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in bars, cafes and restaurants. Residents of Moscow will no longer need to use the vaccination QR code that was issued in several forms including a barcode temporary tattoo. The quick response codes had been used to demonstrate a patron’s low risk of spreading the coronavirus. The vaccination QR code was issued to Muscovites when they provided proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine, having immunity after having had and recovered from the disease, or after providing a recent negative test…

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Zoom takes a big step into artificial intelligence with Five9 acquisition

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The company behind the popular video conferencing app purchased the company for $14.7 billion. Zoom Video Communications Inc, which exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced that it has reached an artificial intelligence acquisition deal for Five9 for $14.7 billion. The company has applied its booming stock price to step into a new market to boost revenue. The Five9 artificial intelligence acquisition was an all-stock offer. Its value was $200.18 per share, based on last Friday’s Zoom common stock closing price. Comparatively, Five9’s closing price last Friday was…

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