The majority of the world’s instant ramen is made by three companies—Nissin and Toyo Suisan from Japan; and Lotte Foods from South Korea—which have enormous factories that churn out millions of packages per month. Lee and Chanthasiriphan reached out to some of these factories to leverage their scale, but they were turned down because the owners didn’t believe there was a market for healthy ramen. “Ramen is so cheap that companies only make money by selling in volume,” Chanthasiriphan says. “Our business model didn’t make any sense to the factories.” … [Read more...] about This startup wants to do the impossible: make healthy instant ramen
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According to FAQ page on the IRS website, recipients may have to wait three to four weeks to receive their payments in the mail, but it’s unclear why payments that are already in circulation would take that long. First-class mail via the United States Postal Service—which is how these payments are being sent—typically only takes a few days, although the post office makes no guarantees about delivery timelines and bottlenecks in the distribution process often cause delays. … [Read more...] about IRS stimulus checks: Painfully slow mailed-out payments frustrate many Americans
For ZeroEyes’ AI to detect a weapon, it must be at least partially exposed. “It’s all based on pixels,” says Lahiff. According to him, with some training the technology can detect a gun on surveillance video about as well as a human being could. And, he adds, there’s a “human in the loop,” meaning that all positive gun detections are sent to a control center where a human being confirms a positive detection before sounding the alarm to the client and to law enforcement.“Avoiding and managing false positives and [maintaining] privacy are the two things you have to get right in order to sell this,” says Dave Fraser, the CEO of ZeroEyes’ competitor Omnilert. Omnilert’s main business has been selling multi-channel mass alert systems to schools, manufacturers, and retailers. Because any gun-detection system involves mass alerts, it made sense of Omnilert to add on the gun-detection AI, Fraser tells me. … [Read more...] about The Capitol riot is spurring new interest in gun-detection AI
How can someone even be impeached twice? When you hear the word “impeached,” just think “indicted.” With a U.S. president, it just means that the House voted for him to face a Senate trial, which will determine whether he is guilty as charged. If convicted, Trump faces two consequences: Removal from office (moot after Inauguration Day) and a ban from holding future office. … [Read more...] about Smart talking points: What happens next with President Trump’s impeachment?
I’m happy to report my mother continues to persevere, but her resilience hasn’t been the only silver lining to this ordeal. Years spent in the company of nurses and doctors—unfailingly committed, but perpetually overworked and often sleep deprived—convinced me that the power of AI could radically elevate the way care is delivered. Intelligent sensors could keep tireless watch over patients, automate time-consuming tasks like charting and transcription, and identify lapses in safety protocols as they happen. After all, if AI can safely guide cars along freeways at 70 miles per hour, I wondered, why can’t it help caregivers keep up with the chaos of the healthcare environment? … [Read more...] about An artificial intelligence scholar urges technologists to embrace humility