Future Medical AI

Researchers at the Singapore National Eye Center have built AI that can help diagnose disease faster than doctors can. The future of AI in medicine might not be as visible as one may think.

 

AI SCREENING

A recent study from researchers at the Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC) shows just how proficient artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming at recognizing certain illnesses. In a study designed to test the performance of deep learning software, built to recognize and classify retinal images, the medical AI software proved to be reliable in recognizing three major eye diseases. The technology used machine learning to classify retinal images with or without diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.Image credit: Singapore National Eye Centre

According to Professor Wong Tien Yin, the study’s lead and SNEC’s medical director, “With the AI system, results (for the screening) should be instantaneous and it can potentially reduce 80 percent of the workload of graders and optometrists, freeing up their time for treatment.”

This begs the question of how the future of AI will impact the work that doctors do at every level, from diagnosis to treatment. Continue reading “Future Medical AI”

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Top 4 Creative Apps on Mobile Devices

These days online content has very short shelf life and life span, which is why the urgency get them published is critical. While it is important to apply some additional touch to pictures and videos, constantly moving content between laptops to be edited and back to mobile devices to be uploaded is extremely annoying.

Since the mobile powerhouses we have in our pockets are already more advanced than the computers used to launch mankind to the moon, surely we can do better at something as simple as edit photos and videos. Thankfully, we are starting to see a maturity in both mobile devices operating systems and applications converging to allow  for some solid content creation.

Images and videos to be posted on social media just require simple touch ups and tweaks before they are ‘Insta-worthy’, so GPU-demanding editing software need not apply. Here are the top 4 mobile apps you can have in your devices to add some spark to your content.

VSCO

VSCO is a classic and all-time favorite photo editing app especially among elite photographers. While its social photograph sharing side of the platform is not as successful  as initially expected, the photo edit element is a raving success.

Open up the app and you will be greeted by the social layer that resembles Instagram, where users share their edited images completed with relevant hashtags. Hitting the bottom middle button will lead you to a library where you can add photos from your device to be edited.

There are two layers of customisation in VSCO, first being a good supply of beautiful presents that do not destroy your images. Like Instagram, hitting the filter button twice will pull up the intensity bar that enables further tweaking.

The second layer is an array of editing tools like skew, crop, colour correction, grain, and exposure. This section takes you down a rabbit hole of advanced editing where you will find it almost impossible to get right. If you find yourself about to give up on the complexity of VSCO’s advanced editing tools, do not fret for the Internet is there to help you out. Google up ‘VSCO Cam Filter Settings’ and you will find a tonne of settings you can apply for magical images.

VSCO is available on both Android and iOS for free. Upgrades to VSCO X is available as a steep price of US$ 19.99 per year for the first 2 years. The only part of VSCO X that could be worth the investment is its ability to apply filters to videos, something very few other mobile app in the market can truly master at this time.

Snapseed

Snapseed by Google Inc is by far the most powerful photo editing app in App Stores today. Unlike VSCO, Snapseed does not have a social platform where users can share their works. This could be the reason why VSCO managed to create a cultish following where Snapseed could not.

Opening the app, you will be greeted with an option to Open an existing image from the top left, and its functions below. Their range of standard presets are a far cry from that of VSCO, so one would be sure to just avoid this function completely.

The Tools section, however, is impressive. Not only does it have the usual color correction tools, it also opens up the histogram so you can manually adjust the curves in the highlight, midtone and shadow regions. It also has brush and healing tools so you can go deep into the image and fix blemishes and remove spots.

But what is most impressive in this app is a function called Head Pose, where Snapseed automatically finds the head of the subject in an image, and with a little AI work you are able to slightly change where the head is facing. On top of that, you can also change eye pupil size, give your subject a little more or less smile, and also adjust focal length to make the face slimmer.

Granted, the functions may not be as fool-proof as their computer counterparts, but what more can we ask from a free mobile app? Snapseed is available on both Android and iOS.

Powerdirector Video Editor

When video editors are concerns, many good apps in the market provide competent features that reduce the effort of creating a nice video with as little taps as possible. But few is able to bring the complexity of desktop video editors and transform it into a really usable and powerful tool, until the Powerdirector Video Editor.

Cyberlink Powerdirector users from desktop will feel immediately at home with this mobile version. In fact it is reassuring to see that Cyberlink did not insult its users, and did not dumb the app down like what others have done.

The iOS and Android apps start at a low fee of Free, Powerdirector lets you create videos with a full suite of functions with an added watermark. But what makes this app the top choice for video editing is it’s simple pricing plan that reflects honesty in business practices.

Unlike other video editing apps that charge monthly fees, Powerdirector unlocks almost all premium content for a one-time fee of RM 19.00 only. The only thing you will not be getting are selected premium templates that are, frankly, not required if you are a serious video maker.

Adobe Spark Post

The Spark Post is Adobe’s attempt to finally accept that mobile users do not want something as complicated as Photoshop or InDesign compacted into a 6-inch touch screen device. What lies behind this yellow app icon is a masterpiece that only Adobe can deliver.

You have what looks like a million designs categorised by theme. Each design template comes with a Remix option for further customizability. Tap on options under ‘Design’ and see the designs move about, providing endless options. Hit the Palette option and be greeted with a long list of possible color swatches. The Layout option splits all the image’s contents however you like.

And once you’re almost done, Resize it to fit any social media platform you want to use it for. This function feels intuitive because we do not have to commit to one image dimension before beginning out edits. And if we change our minds on where to post the image halfway through the design stage, Spark Post doesn’t force us to restart. Adobe Spark Post is free on iOS and Android.

Have all 4 of these epic applications in your device, and you will surely be astounding your followers and friends with dramatic pictures and videos.

Applications on mobile devices is quickly replacing heavy duty PC and Mac versions because consumers are moving from high resolution and well-coiffed visuals to quick and DIY alternatives. As the hardware and software capabilities of mobile devices improve, creative applications will also get better.

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VR and AR: What you need to Know and Where are we Today

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), both of which similarly offers you as a user an immersive digital experience, but with its own distinctive differences. Both requires the user to put up a goggle of some kind and possesses a screen that displays contents to its user. To power both AR and VR goggles, there is some pretty demanding computational power required, as the goggles need to compute your current position and the graphical contents that are presented to you. Let’s dive further of their key differences.

Full-dive into a Virtual World

As the name suggests, VR puts you into the virtual world entirely, your vision or perspective of the real physical world is completely shut off and you are presented with a full virtual environment. VR is normally presented to the user through a head-mounted display or goggles as they now call it.

VR isn’t new at all, in fact the very first VR was used in the mid-1980s when Jaron Lanier, founder of VPL Research, began to develop the gear, including goggles and gloves, needed to experience what he called “virtual reality.”

The early days of VR was as your can expect, funny and cumbersome. Today, VR can be delivered just through your modern smartphone and a strapped-on goggle. However, for more realistic virtual environments to be rendered, larger setups such as having a powerful gaming desktop/laptop and accompanying VR goggles are required. Continue reading “VR and AR: What you need to Know and Where are we Today”

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Algae – Green Energy’s Secret Weapon

Algae plant.

Algae fuel, algal biofuel, or algal oil is an alternative to liquid fossil fuels that uses algae as its source of energy-rich oils. Also, algae fuels are an alternative to commonly known biofuel sources, such as corn and sugarcane. Several companies and government agencies are funding efforts to reduce capital and operating costs and make algae fuel production commercially viable. Like fossil fuel, algae fuel releases CO2 when burnt, but unlike fossil fuel, algae fuel and other biofuels only release CO2 recently removed from the atmosphere via photosynthesis as the algae or plant grew. The energy crisis and the world food crisis have ignited interest in algaculture (farming algae) for making biodiesel and other biofuels using land unsuitable for agriculture. Among algal fuels’ attractive characteristics are that they can be grown with minimal impact on fresh water resources, can be produced using saline and wastewater, have a high flash point, and are biodegradable and relatively harmless to the environment if spilled. Algae cost more per unit mass than other second-generation biofuel crops due to high capital and operating costs, but are claimed to yield between 10 and 100 times more fuel per unit area. The United States Department of Energy estimates that if algae fuel replaced all the petroleum fuel in the United States, it would require 15,000 square miles (39,000km2), which is only 0.42% of the U.S. map, or about half of the land area of Maine. This is less than 1/7 the area of corn harvested in the United States in 2000.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program supports early-stage applied research and development (R&D) to lower the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The program works with partners to develop new technologies and conduct crosscutting analyses that can sustainably expand biomass resource potential in the United States. This work will help researchers realize the potential of an algal biofuel industry capable of producing billions of gallons per year of renewable diesel, gasoline, and jet fuels. Continue reading “Algae – Green Energy’s Secret Weapon”

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Voice Technology- Marketing in the New Future

Voice – the next digital frontier. Such is the voyage of the World Wide Web; to explore new forms and functions, and ultimately lead us to The Singularity.

Though still new to most of the world, Voice Technology is already seeing massive investments by the world’s top technology firms. Pundits are even coining it the dawn of a new era of the Internet. Digital Assistants in your mobile devices and home speakers like Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Bixby may very possibly be how we will interact with the World Wide Web in the near future. Not convinced? Read on.

Google’s recent I/O Developer Conference unveiled a next-level Artificial Intelligence Digital Assistant called Duplex that can make calls on your behalf, and sound like at human at that.[1] Apple, too, announced heavy focus in its own Voice Assistant Siri by poaching arch-nemesis Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) head.[2] Not to mention Apple’s recent WWDC 2018 announcements enabling Siri to do more than set your alarm clock.[3] And if you are more convinced with numbers, Search Engine Land reported 31 million units of activated Alexa devices and 14 million units of Google Home devices in the United States alone as of December 2017.[4]

Continue reading “Voice Technology- Marketing in the New Future”

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