Google Cloud challenges AWS with new open-source integrations

Google today announced that it has partnered with a number of top open-source data management and analytics companies to integrate their products into its Google Cloud Platform and offer them as managed services operated by its partners. The partners here are Confluent, DataStax, Elastic, InfluxData, MongoDB, Neo4j and Redis Labs.

The idea here, Google says, is to provide users with a seamless user experience and the ability to easily leverage these open-source technologies in Google’s cloud. But there is a lot more at play here, even though Google never quite says so. That’s because Google’s move here is clearly meant to contrast its approach to open-source ecosystems with Amazon’s. (more…)

存在感を増す医療向けAR/VR、世界的カンファレンスでもキートレンドに – 起業家医師から見た医療×VRのいま –

医療向けAR/VRは米国を中心に導入が進んでおり、活用範囲の規模と質の両面において進化を続けています。外科医等のトレーニング、手術のシミュレーション、リハビリ、疼痛や不安の軽減など、領域は拡大。AIとの組み合わせで医療機器として承認を得るなど、治療方法としての価値も高まっています。

ARで画像診断を強化する

医療画像処理は診断や病態の評価において重要な役割を担っている一方、CTやMRI、レントゲン画像の誤った解釈が原因とされるエラーが毎日3%から5%ほど発生しているとの報告もあります。画像を自動的に分析するアルゴリズムの開発など、ミスを防ぐ努力は続けられているものの、放射線医学という分野の複雑さゆえに、専門医でさえ判断を誤ることがあるのは事実です …

DIGITAL IN 2019: GLOBAL INTERNET USE ACCELERATES

We Are Social and Hootsuite’s latest collection of Global Digital 2019 reports reveals that internet users are growing by an average of more than one million new users every day, with all of the original ‘Next Billion Users’ now online.

The number of people using the internet has surged over the past year, with more than one million people coming online for the first time each day since January 2018. It’s not just internet users that have been growing either, as the extensive new collection of Digital in 2019 reports from Hootsuite and We Are Social reveals.

We’ll explore all of the key trends and insights from this year’s reports in detail below, but here are the essential headlines you need in order to understand ‘Digital in 2019’:

  • There are 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world today, up 100 million (2 percent) in the past year.
  • There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, an increase of 366 million (9 percent) versus January 2018.
  • There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019, with the worldwide total growing by 288 million (9 percent) since this time last year.
  • 3.26 billion people use social media on mobile devices in January 2019, with a growth of 297 million new users representing a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent.

China confirms He Jiankui gene-edited babies, says scientists involved will be “dealt with seriously”

An investigation by authorities in China has concluded that a scientist in the country did create the world’s first gene-edited babies.

According to a report in China’s Xinhua news agency, He Jiankui performed human embryo gene-editing activities despite them being “officially banned in the country.” The report said He, along with the other researchers involved, would be punished in accordance with the law. The case has now been handed over to the Ministry of Public Security.

He, an associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in the Guangdong province, announced the world’s first gene-edited babies at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong in November last year. He said he had altered the DNA of seven human embryos to make them more resistant to HIV and that this experiment had resulted in the birth of twin girls…

LS Mini

LS Miniは、家にお持ちの家電をAI搭載家電にすることができます。寝苦しい夏の日に快適な睡眠環境を自動で構築します。また、外出先からスマートフォンでエアコンを操作したり、Amazon Echo(アマゾンエコー)やGoogle Home(グーグルホーム)に話しかけてテレビや照明を操作することもできる …

IoT維新 “エッジウェア”はじまる。

Gravioは、 データ連携ツール国内シェアNo.1の“ASTERIA Warp”で培った技術をベースにIoT 向けに進化した、AI機能を搭載のエッジコンピューティング型 IoT統合ソフトウェアです。 ノン· プログラミングと直感的な画面設計により、 使い勝手の良さを重視。 さらにはAIを活用した 認識技術の内蔵とマルチプラットフォーム対応が、 エッジならではの活用シーンを飛躍的に拡大。 各種センサーの無償貸出プログラムもご用意し、 導入の際の複雑性を解消。 様々なデータの収集、 加工、連携もエッジで思いのまま。 今まで以上に簡単かつ迅速な IoTの利活用を実現します。

E-bandages use electricity to speed up skin wound healing

Scientists have developed a new electric bandage (“e-bandage”) that uses an electric field to speed up the rate of skin wound healing. The technology, which was recently detailed in the journal ACS Nano, was successfully used to speed up wound healing on rats, hinting at a potential treatment for diabetic ulcers and other wounds that take too long to heal.

Though skin is typically very capable of healing itself, some conditions and types of wounds can persist for long periods of time, increasing the risk of infection and other issues. Speeding up wound healing could be key to avoiding a number of complications, but methods to achieve this are slim…

Resium is library of React components for Cesium

Resium brings React’s component lifecycle to Cesium. The relationship between Cesium elements and React’s lifecycle is as follows.

constructor: The Cesium element is initialized (the Cesium element of some components are initialized at mount time).

render: Nothing is rendered, because the object passed to children via React’s context API does not exist in this time.

componentDidMount: The Cesium element is mounted. After this, forceUpdate is called and re-render children.

render: Children of the component are rendered. DOM never be rendered except root components (Viewer and CesiumWidget).

componentDidUpdate: Changed properties of the Cesium element are updated. If “Cesium read only properties” are changed, the Cesium element will be reinitialized.

componentWillUnmount: The Cesium element is unmounted and destroyed.

Driverless vehicle trial to focus on a pesky problem: Kangaroos

Kangaroos being hit by cars is one big, very Australian problem.

With autonomous vehicles set to operate in Australia in the next few years, a trial in the state of New South Wales aims to figure out how to handle the pesky marsupial on roads.

The trial will feature what’s claimed to be the world’s first driverless ute (what Australians call a pickup truck), which will operate around the town of Dubbo.

It’ll take around eight months to develop the vehicle, with the on-road trial to go on for a year. The Daily Liberal reports the ute itself is an “off-the-shelf” Toyota Hilux, which will be retrofitted with driverless technology from UK company Conigital…