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How Technology Is Tackling Environmental Challenges

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Technology is quickly changing the way in which us humans live, talk, work, and react with  the world around us. The speed in which technology is being produced shows that there are  no limitations to what can be achieved. With the development of devices that are able to work independently and mimic the action of humans, such technology can aid, enhance and conduct necessary actions. With the health of the planet in detrimental condition, can the latest advances in technology be used to aid and support the reclining health of the world?    

 

The hunt for new development and smarter ways of living, is continually being researched.  With man-made technology unable to replace the world’s ecosystem, it can, however, play a crucial role in environmental degradation. Technology can change the way in which human’s identify, track and value what the environment provides, hopefully helping to slow down climate change that is occurring rapidly around us.

Below are some of the most recent advances in technology and how they too can be used to help save the environment and make a positive change.

 

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It may be hard to believe that animals and the habitats in which they live can make a huge difference to the health of the world we live in. Through the deforestation of the Amazon and the reduced number of wildlife that call this environment their home, the breakdown of the species living within the rainforest is severe, as they all play a part in keeping our ecological system alive and healthy.

One thing that is evident to everyone, however, is the fast-moving breakdown and extinction  of animals all around the world, with more than 10,00 species becoming extinct each year, due to human activity such as deforestation or poaching.

However, there is hope on the horizon. With advancements being made within Artificial Intelligence, there is a high chance that the technology will be able to track animals within their natural habitats. This will not only allow us to study the exciting and private lives of various animals, but also locate and pinpoint their exact location before deforestation and hunting can occur.

Being able to track the species at all times will avoid the death of so many important animals, while helping our ecosystem stay alive and well for the health of the world around us.

 

Renewable Energy Sourcing

One of the most significant ways that technology can contribute to saving the environment is through the creation of a sustainable energy source.

With the inventory of fossil fuels running low, the need to find a green and environmentally friendly substitute is important, more so than ever before.

Generating energy with the use of technology is a far more flexible and eco-friendly way of powering the ever growing world. Although a long process, when it comes to developing systems that work, finding the correct location, is equally as important. Energy Procurement, such as wind turbines and solar panels, are already two popular forms of technology that can be used to help generate energy. Realistically, more renewable energy options are needed in order to reduce and replace the use of fossil fuels altogether.

Sustainable energy sources work by using the sun, wind and even the tides. All natural sources whose energy can be harnessed to generate and power industries, while helping to nurture the health of the surrounding environment.

 

Thermal Cameras To Combat Poaching

The poaching of animals has drastically become a sport and form of income for many people around the world. The killing of animals, whether for their fur, tusks or skin sometimes can be the only form of income for many poachers and has become a big industry in East Asia, but also Africa. Although not always conducted out of pleasure, the poaching of animals has caused an effect on the surrounding environment, by removing a key part in the natural hierarchy. All animals, no matter how big or how small, all play a role in feeding and caring for the earth. By taking away this process, it can reduce their impact on both the ecosystem, but also their role in the nitrogen cycle.

Technology, however, is being used to help capture poachers and diminishing the trade that comes as a consequence of poaching. The way in which technology can be used, is by rangers using thermal imaging to help identify the criminals in the dark and catching and intercepting before they are able to conduct their wicked crimes.

Through the ability of being able to see in the dark, without this useful tool, rangers would not be able to closely inspect individuals within nature reserves, and the rate of animal deaths would increase drastically.

 

Cleaning Land And Oceans

One of the biggest challenges that the world has placed on itself is the production of waste and where it stores it. With our homes overrun with plastic, it is often unnecessarily used to store and transport products, such as food and clothing. With the population not sticking to the recycling rules nor making a conscious effort to reduce their plastic waste, more and more waste each year is finding itself in both landfills and in the ocean.

With a high volume of plastic waste making its way into the oceans, the surrounding ecosystems are being quickly damaged, from the chemicals emitted from the plastic, but also from the animals ingesting the rubbish.

An example of technology being used to help tackle the ever growing problem of plastic waste in our wide oceans and one example can be seen as the Dutch organisation “Ocean Cleanup”.

Ocean Cleanup, a non-profitable organisation have created a device that can sail itself 600 meters into the pacific, while making sure that it picks up as much plastic waste as possible, removing it from the ocean. The technology this group created, is propelled by the wave and wind power in order to continuously have the energy to help propel and function the boat.

Aside from this invention, designers are trying to find innovative ways to reuse the waste produced every day, helping to prevent it from washing up on our beaches or finding its way in the stomachs of large sea mammals.

 

Summary

With the environment under an intense amount of pressure, the future health of the Earth looks uncertain. However, continual advances are being made in technology, where these developments can be used to help support and nurture the environment.

With devices already created to help stop deforestation, extinction and saving the environment from waste; there is no limitations of what other developments could be created through the rise of technology advancements, helping to save the planet further.

The challenges created in the environment have quickly become too powerful for humans to control, so technology is needed more so now than ever, in order to tackle these issues in haste.

As a population, while we wait for these advances in technology to be created, we can all make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste and damage that we create to the surrounding environment. Whether it be monitoring the amount of unnecessary plastic that we use, to taking time out of our day to walk instead of driving. By making small changes in our routine, we too can help tackle small environmental challenges within our everyday lives.

 

About the author: Sydney Tierney just recently finished her studies; is working her way into the world of content writing as a digital marketing assistant. She writes for clients that specialise in workstations, wedding bands and energy procurement

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Deep Learning Market Size Worth US$ 56,427.2 Mn By 2026

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global deep learning market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 51.1% over the forecast period 2019 to 2026 and reach the market value of over US$ 56,427.2 million by 2026.

North America held the major share of the global deep learning market in 2018. The well-established technology infrastructure of the region is supporting market growth. The high demand for deep learning application in healthcare, aerospace & defense, automotive, and telecommunications sector is contributing to the market growth.

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Hardware components accounted for the major share in 2018 and the t is also anticipated to maintain its dominance during the forecast timeframe 2019 to 2026. The hardware is required to increase the efficiency of deep learning applications is particularly supporting segment growth.

On the basis of application, the image recognition segment held the dominating share in the deep learning market. The increasing demand for optical character recognition and for identifying and detecting an object or a feature in a digital image or video is particularly accelerating the market value.

Security segment accounted for the major share by end-user in 2018. The segment is particularly gaining growth due to rising number of cyber attacks in various industry verticals. The increasing dependency of organizations on the data create need to figure out patterns from the available data for efficient decision making process. For instance, Oracle is developing Financial Crime and Compliance Studio (FCC Studio) with the help of deep learning and graph analytics. The new development is intended to detect repetitive patterns in graphs of data of individuals particularly to assist know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) activities.

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Some of the leading competitors are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sensory Inc., Skymind, Xilinx, AMD, General Vision, Graphcore, Mellanox Technologies, Huawei Technologies, Fujitsu, Baidu, Mythic, Adapteva, Inc., and Koniku. Deep learning companies have announced mergers and acquisitions to expand their position in the deep learning industry. Major players are also moving into new regions or advanced technologies. For instance, Intel has acquired artificial intelligence chipmaker Habana Labs in 2019 for approx. US$ 2 billion to gain a competitive advantage and also to enhance its deep learning AI capability by increasing its portfolio.

Some of the key observations regarding deep learning industry include:

  • Amazon has officially launched an open-source toolkit on 9th January 2020. The toolkit name AutoGluon is designed for automated machine learning for providing ease to software developers in taking advantage of deep learning models. The new kit is designed for both machine learning experts and beginners to achieve strong, predictive performance in their application.
  • Salk Institute researchers have developed a new microscopy approach for faster brain imaging by 16 times. The researchers have used data from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the University of Texas to train their deep learning system.
  • KaiKuTek, a Taiwan based startup led by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) has showcased innovative solutions in January at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020. KaiKuTek has developed world-first 60GHz gesture recognition SoC that combines deep learning algorithms, and AI accelerators named mmWave.
  • QuEST Global has demonstrated Deep Learning driven Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) at CES 2020. The new deep learning model is intended to enhance ADAS by improving the accuracy in the detection of traffic signs, pedestrians and traffic.
  • Amazon has released Deep Java Library (DJL) at reinvent 2019. The new development is an open-source library with Java APIs particularly to simplify training, testing, deploying, and making predictions with the help of deep-learning models.
  • MATLAB software enables the simple and agile development of advance deep learning networks with higher speed, less memory and better results in 2020 with its new version.
  • Intel has shipped the industry’s first silicon for neural network processor in 2017 named Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP). The new processor is intended to develop entirely new classes of artificial intelligence applications to maximize the amount of data processed and enable customers to find greater insights with deep learning models.

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iCAD Showcases Technology for Cancer “Discovery to Recovery” including ProFound AI Platform and Xoft System at Arab Health 2020 in Dubai

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NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICAD), a global medical technology leader providing innovative cancer detection and therapy solutions, today announced it will showcase its latest advancements in cancer detection and therapy, including ProFound AI™ and the Xoft® Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx®) System®, in the iCAD exhibition booth (# S1.C71) at Arab Health 2020 in Dubai from January 27-30. Arab Health is the largest gathering of healthcare companies, technologies, products and services in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

“This medical meeting represents a significant milestone for the Company, as it is the first time iCAD’s technologies for both the detection and treatment of cancer will be exhibited together in the Middle East, where breast cancer rates are expected to double between 2012 and 2030 – the highest relative increase of any region globally,”1 according to Michael Klein, Chairman and CEO of iCAD. “A growing body of evidence suggests early cancer diagnosis leads to better outcomes,2,3,4 and demand continues to grow for increasingly targeted, more personalized treatment options. iCAD’s technology is congruent with both of these trending forces in healthcare today.”

iCAD’s Breast Health Solutions suite includes ProFound AI for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), as well as software solutions for 2D mammography and breast density. ProFound AI is a high-performing workflow solution featuring the latest in deep-learning artificial intelligence capabilities. In December 2018, ProFound AI for DBT became the first artificial intelligence software for DBT to be cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; it was also CE marked and Health Canada licensed that same year. ProFound AI for 2D Mammography was CE marked in July 2019.

Intended to be used by radiologists reviewing mammography or DBT images, ProFound AI rapidly and accurately analyzes each individual image, or slice, and identifies potentially malignant lesions. Trained with one of the largest available image datasets, it provides radiologists with crucial information, such as Certainty of Finding lesion and Case Scores, which assists in clinical decision-making and prioritizing caseloads. The technology also allows for continuously improved performance via ongoing product updates.

Positive clinical data from a large reader study involving ProFound AI for DBT were recently published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence.5 According to study findings, ProFound AI for DBT improved radiologist sensitivity by 8 percent, reduced unnecessary patient recall rates by 7.2 percent, and slashed reading time for radiologists by 52.7 percent.5 Additionally, ProFound AI for DBT cut reading time by up to 57.4 percent for radiologists reading cases with dense breasts.6

“ProFound AI increases my confidence reading 3D mammograms,” according to Lisa Sheppard, MD, PINK Breast Center. “We find this technology not only benefits our patients, reducing unnecessary callbacks and giving us more confidence when we recommend biopsies, ProFound AI fits with our workflow and protocols. Ultimately, this helps us continue to improve patient care.”

iCAD’s flagship product for cancer therapy is the Xoft System, which is FDA-cleared, CE marked and licensed in a growing number of countries for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body, including early-stage breast cancer, non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC), and gynecological cancers.

“The Xoft System is an innovative radiation oncology treatment solution that offers significant cost, mobility, and treatment time advantages over competitors or the standard of care,” according to Stacey Stevens, President of iCAD. “It offers a clinically-proven, single-fraction therapy for early-stage breast cancer, while also offering added flexibility to treat other types of cancers, including nonmelanoma skin cancers and gynecological cancers.”

The Xoft System uses a miniaturized x-ray source to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation directly to the tumor site, while minimizing risk of damage to healthy tissue in nearby areas of the body. For the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) with the Xoft System allows appropriately selected patients to potentially replace four to six weeks of post-operative external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with a single-fraction of radiation that can last as little as eight minutes.

The Company recently unveiled new and updated x-ray sources and the full suite of applicators for existing and emerging applications at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting last year. These included applicators in development for minimally-invasive robotic surgery, such as prostate, an advanced prototype for early-stage rectal cancers, and extended-length balloon applicators, now available in 25 cm and 50 cm lengths, which offer added versatility and the potential for additional applications for Xoft eBx in different areas of the body. The Company also showcased its latest extended-life x-ray sources, which feature a ten-fold increase in treatment times, offering time-saving benefits for clinicians and enhancing efficiency. Additionally, the Company offers world-class treatment planning programs, developed for both the Xoft controller and general IORT with the Xoft System.

The full suite of currently available eBx applicators, including those with established data for early-stage breast cancer, gynecological cancers, nonmelanoma skin cancers, and most recently, brain cancers, will be available for demonstration in the iCAD booth throughout Arab Health 2020.

“ProFound AI and the Xoft System are currently available in a growing number of countries worldwide, and demand continues to grow as more clinicians and patients learn about the benefits our cancer detection and therapy solutions offer,” added Klein. “These leading-edge solutions empower physicians to offer more personalized care for patients and are paving the way towards a ‘discovery to recovery’ disease management plan and pathway that may improve patient outcomes in the years ahead as the cancer diagnosis and treatment paradigm continues to evolve.”

References:

1.)    Ginsburg O, Bray F, Coleman MP, Vanderpuye V, Eniu A, Kotha SR, et al. The global burden of women’s cancers: a grand challenge in global health. Lancet. (2017) 389:847–60. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31392-7
2.)    Tabár, L. et al. Swedish two-county trial: impact of mammographic screening on breast cancer mortality during 3 decades. Radiology 260, 658–663 (2011).
3.)    The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Recommendations on screening for breast cancer in average-risk women aged 40–74 years. CMAJ 183, 1991–2001 (2011).
4.)    Marmot, M. G. et al. The benefits and harms of breast cancer screening: an independent review. Br. J. Cancer 108, 2205–2240 (2013).
5.)    Conant, E. et al. (2019). Improving Accuracy and Efficiency with Concurrent Use of Artificial Intelligence for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis. Radiology: Artificial Intelligence. 1 (4). Accessed via https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/ryai.2019180096
6.)    Hoffmeister, J. (2018). Artificial Intelligence for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis – Reader Study Results. [White paper]. Accessed via https://www.icadmed.com/assets/dmm253-reader-studies-results-rev-a.pdf

About iCAD, Inc.

Headquartered in Nashua, NH, iCAD is a global medical technology leader providing innovative cancer detection and therapy solutions. For more information, visit www.icadmed.com.

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Visteon to Announce Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results, Financial Outlook on Thursday, Feb. 20

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VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Jan. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Visteon Corporation (Nasdaq: VC) plans to release its fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 financial results, and financial outlook, prior to 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 20. The company will host a conference call for the investment community at 9 a.m. ET to discuss the results, outlook and related matters. The conference call also is available to the general public via a live audio webcast.

The dial-in numbers to participate in the call are:

U.S./Canada: 866-411-5196 
Outside U.S./Canada: 970-297-2404

(Call approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference.)

The conference call and live audio webcast, related presentation materials, news release and other supplemental information will be accessible in the Investors section of Visteon’s website.

A replay of the conference call will be available through the company’s website or by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (international). The conference ID for the phone replay is 5473059. The phone replay will be available for one week following the conference call.

About Visteon

Visteon is a global technology company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics and connected car solutions for the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is driving the smart, learning, digital cockpit of the future, to improve safety and the user experience. Visteon is a global leader in cockpit electronic products including digital instrument clusters, information displays, infotainment, head-up displays, telematics, SmartCore™ cockpit domain controllers, and the DriveCore™ autonomous driving platform. Visteon also delivers artificial intelligence-based technologies, connected car, cybersecurity, interior sensing, embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions. Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan, Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of approximately $3 billion in 2018. Learn more at www.visteon.com.

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