An artificial intelligence system cannot invent something, says US Patent Office ruling

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Patents are granted only to “natural persons” and will not be issued to AI-made creations. The US Patent Office has published a new ruling saying that its patents will not be granted to inventions from an artificial intelligence system. The ruling means that the power of AI will be limited and fears of “Westworld” may be assuaged. The US Patent Office published the ruling as it denied two patents filed on behalf of an artificial intelligence system called DABUS. The office stated that it will grant patents only to “natural…

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Latest American Idol season shot using iPhones in 40 different places

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The competition has narrowed down its top 20 singers and will continue despite the coronavirus. American Idol won’t be stopped by the pandemic, as it will return to the small screen using a new format recorded on iPhones at 40 different locations. The singing competition reached the point where it is down to 20 competitors when the pandemic hit. At that time, the contestents were sent home to keep them, the American Idol crew and audience members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. “#AmericanIdol continues to wish everyone health and safety,”…

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MIT machine learning model predicts COVID-19 spike with eased quarantines

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The calculation is based on publicly available data combined with outbreak epidemiological equations. MIT has developed a new machine learning model mean to predict the rate and pattern of spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. It predicts that if quarantine regulations are lightened, the disease will spread much faster. The machine learning model was based on established epidemiological equations about outbreaks combined with publicly available data as well as neural network-based inference. When it was applied to the coronavirus spread data from late January to early March, its predictions proved…

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Google and Apple team up on coronavirus contact tracing technology

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The tech giants have entered into a joint effort to use Bluetooth technology to assist health agencies. Google and Apple have announced that they intend to work together to enable the use of Bluetooth contact tracing technology to assist health agencies and governments in reducing the spread of COVID-19. They have stated that while it will involve tracking tech, user security and privacy will be at its heart. Around the globe, health authorities and governments have been working together to try to discover solutions to the coronavirus pandemic. They are…

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Portable UV light cleaner gadgets give consumers a high-tech way to blast away germs

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These devices come in many forms, but these tiny versions have proven to be very convenient. As people around the world look for ways to keep electronics and workspaces clean, UV light cleaner devices have spiked in popularity. Of course, they’re not all created equal. While some are large and clunky, there are some that can simply plug into a UVC or USB port to get the job done. A mini portable UVC sterilization light can plug into many smartphones, tablets and laptops. The mini portable UVC sterilization light is…

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