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AI Landscape: More Complicated Than You Might Have Thought

I’m by no means an AI expert. Sure, I’ve been following the topic with much curiosity ever since reading an article about thinking machines back in 1990. Also, having a degree in mathematics sometimes helps to understand certain technicalities behind product labels. Still, I’m neither an AI developer nor a data scientist – I’m just an industry analyst whose primary job is to understand what new technologies and services appear on the market and to explain them to people who know even less than I do… Dispelling Myths When it comes to the recent...

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What Role Is Artificial Intelligence Playing During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Novel coronavirus has impacted almost every country in the world. Millions have been infected, while fatalities caused by Covid-19 recently exceeded 100 thousand. Governments, science institutions and private companies are, among other methods, using Artificial Intelligence to find optimal ways of tackling the pandemic. Searching for the cure Using AI for finding novel drugs is not new . For several years now, large pharmaceutical companies have been collaborating with start-ups and established vendors for faster and optimal search for the desired medicine. AI has even been used to...

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Privacy Is not the only Challenge

In the UK there are plans to use a mobile ‘phone app to trace people who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 to warn them to go into quarantine in order to slow the spread of the virus. This approach is reported to have been successful in other countries, but it has raised concerns over individual privacy and how the government might use the data. However, while data analytics and other techniques can help with the pandemic privacy is not the only challenge. Quarantine Works Plagues are not new, and history has taught us that the most effective response to a...

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PEPP-PT: Bridging the Gap Between COVID-19 Pandemic Control and Privacy by Design

The use of modern information technology, in particular mobile data, is seen as a central measure in containing the current pandemic. However, the Corona App, which is used in South Korea to track the chains of infection, uses a variety of data (GPS, surveillance cameras, credit card data) to track the movements of potentially infected people, and does so in complete disregard of the privacy of those affected. Access to personal mobility data, combined with information on actual infections and diseases, holds the promise of providing better insight into the pathways of infection and the...


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