machine learning

A century later, 1918 pandemic’s lessons resonate

By TERRY LYNAM // Given COVID-19’s unprecedented nature and global impact, many analysts and health officials have drawn parallels to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infected one-third of the world’s population – an estimated 500 million – and killed about 50 million, including 675,000 in the United States. Although the flu and COVID-19 are caused by starkly different viruses, understanding how the H1N1 virus spread…


Northwell machine-learning tool sees COVID’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “predictive tool” developed by Northwell Health can spot COVID-19 outbreaks weeks before they happen. That’s the word from the New Hyde Park-based healthcare system, which on Wednesday announced a first-of-its-kind digital dashboard that monitors system-wide website traffic on the Northwell.edu domain and its many websites, feeds more than a dozen “indicators” into a machine-learning algorithm and creates a two-week forecast “that has closely mirrored caseload to date,” according to…


Laugh, and your super-accelerated AI laughs with you

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York Institute of Technology computer-science researchers are pushing artificial intelligence ever closer to human norms – including efforts to help AI better understand human emotion. The National Science Foundation has signed off on two fresh New York Tech research grants, each offering a modest sum but both important to their recipients, two assistant professors in the university’s College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Researcher Houwei Cao will use her nearly…