The end to the spread of the Zika virus

Scientists from the CSIRO and the University of California, San Diego have vaccinated mosquitoes to be resistant to spreading the Zika virus. They engineered a gene cluster and injected it into mosquito embryos. These injected mosquitoes were unable to pick up the Zika virus and hence were unable to spread it. https://blog.csiro.au/latest-buzz-about-zika-resistant-mozzies

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Technology that can read your emotions

A vast number of tech companies are now offering “emotion analysis” products. These products are designed to analyse an individual’s face in order to determine how they are feeling. The emotion detection system is a mix between two technologies, the first is a computer vision which sees a person’s face and detects its features. The next is through AI which analyses this information to determine how this person is feeling. https://futurism.com/the-byte/emotion-detect-system-getting-job

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Digital driver’s licenses are here

Android and several U.S states have been working towards digital driver’s licenses. There will be mobile apps that will have facial recognition so that all interactions are mobile only. Also these licenses can be used in other situations such as at bars and clubs or at retail stores. https://www.biometricupdate.com/201903/android-and-several-u-s-states-working-towards-digital-drivers-licenses

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Computers that read our minds

Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg aims to build a computer that will be able to read thoughts. This will allow users to communicate through their minds. Zuckerberg believes that this way of communicating is the “ultimate communication technology” and has been experimenting with mind-reading technology for several months. https://futurism.com/facebook-brain-computer-interface-zuckerberg

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Your pet’s new best friend

VARRAM is a new smart robot and friend for your pets. The idea is to give pets company and keep them active at times when you are not with them. It makes sure they never feel alone. Research has found that more than 50% of all dogs and cats are overweight. VARRAM tries to address this by keeping your pet on the move in a playful manner. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-smart-robot-for-your-pet-varram?secret_perk_token=fad648e1#/

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A new way to plant trees

BioCarbon Engineering has come up with a new clever way of planting trees. Drones fire tree bullets into the ground at a precise location. They are driven by AI and are very accurate. The bullets are biodegradable containers with nutrient rich solution. These drones are expected to be able to plant 100,000 trees a day. https://www.biocarbonengineering.com/services

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