Microsoft to support UN use of “Big Data”, track human rights abuse

Via Engadget

In what’s described as a “landmark” partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects. Microsoft is providing a $5 million grant to the UN Human Rights Office, which will support the development of new technology tools for the intergovernmental organization. That includes “Rights View,” a dashboard tool that lets the UN use big data and cloud computing to track potential human rights issues globally in real time.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/16/microsoft-un-human-rights

Virtual Reality tool – reVIVE – could speed up ADHD diagnosis

Via Techcrunch, Disrupt NY 2017:

ADHD normally takes six to nine months to diagnose, and that process alone can cost patients thousands of dollars.

The reVIVE tool is composed of three different tests that gauge the user’s motor skills, sustained concentration and reaction time. Users are asked to perform tasks like navigating a maze, touching colored objects as they light up certain colors and standing still within a defined space. The team created a scoring system to measure a user’s performance that will allow medical professionals to gain a clearer picture of their situation within minutes.

Article: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/14/revive-is-a-vr-solution-to-diagnosing-adhd-built-by-high-school-students/

Artificial photosynthesis transforms atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Via Kurzweil AI

University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

UCF Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his students used a synthetic material called a metal–organic framework (MOF), which converts carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials — similar to how plants convert CO2 and sunlight into food.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-artificial-photosynthesis-process-converts-co2-in-air-to-fuel

Using AI to predict heart attacks

Engadget reports that a “team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor.”

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/16/ai-can-predict-heart-attacks-more-accurately-than-doctors/

The Shelter Box Helps Milan’s Homeless

PSFK and The Inspiration Room highlight work by Italian designers to help Milan’s homeless population – called the Shelter Box – which “serves as a bed, chair, table and portable bag, providing shelter from the elements while sleeping, and storage of possessions during the day”.
Sources: http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2017/mia-onlus-shelter-box/

https://www.psfk.com/2017/04/homeless-shelter-handy-box.html

A vertical farm and education centre to combat rural poverty

Inhabitat features a concept modular and moveable building – called Mashambas – that could be used to increase farming productivity and reduce poverty in developing nations, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa where around 40% of the population are subsistence farmers.

Combining growing space, tools, education and a marketplace, the Mashambas is put in place for as long as needed – i.e. when the local community is thriving and self sustaining – before being disassembled and moved to another community.

http://inhabitat.com/incredible-farming-skyscraper-could-fight-poverty-and-feed-the-world/

Paralyzed Man Uses a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm

For the first time in 8 years a man paralyzed from the neck down has been able to move his right arm thanks to a neuroprosthetic brain implant. This allows him to control his right hand through thoughts that are transmitted to electrodes embedded in his hand.

Via MIT Technology Review

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603993/this-paralyzed-man-is-using-a-neuroprosthetic-to-move-his-arm-for-the-first-time-in-years/amp/