Artificial Intelligence and the post-COVID-19 World

Back in 2002, the SARS outbreak caused an unprecedented demand for online shopping, which concomitantly brought e-commerce giant Alibaba Group to the forefront. The Great Recession of 2008 directed brands such as Starbucks and American Express to opt into digital operating models that not only helped them thrive through the crisis but gain greater shareholder value as well! pandemic is now dramatically altering consumer behavior on a global scale.

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MIT: Artificial intelligence model detects asymptomatic Covid-19 infections through cellphone-recorded coughs

MIT researchers have found that people who are asymptomatic for Covid-19 may differ from healthy individuals in the way that they cough. These differences are not decipherable to the human ear. But it turns out that they can be picked up by artificial intelligence.

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Detecting COVID-19 outbreaks through wastewater monitoring

Testing individual members of the population at scale is expensive and logistically difficult: limited laboratory equipment and medical facilities make it almost impossible to test an entire country’s population. A cheaper and logistically simpler strategy is to analyze sewage. Because COVID-19 and other viruses can be detected in human excrement, wastewater treatment plants offer aggregated information.

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