CNBC takes a look at what’s next for the workspace based on what the big tech companies are doing.

Tech offices, from Apple’s 2.8 million square-foot “spaceship” campus, to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters complete with a botanical garden, have always pushed the envelope of office space. But coronavirus may make this type of work environment a thing of the past, at least for the near future, as companies try to balance communal work with safety. Here’s a look at how tech companies are changing their offices and work policies as they ease into reopening. 

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The following is a guest post by Amanda Jerelyn. She is currently working as an IT Manager at Dissertation Assistance. She is a working-from-home single mother who has significant experience of working with AI from her previous job. Now she spends most of her time blogging about her experiences and sharing them with a like-minded audience.


As the new decade started with some turbulence amongst the world’s nuclear powers, people suspected it would not be a smooth road to the end of 2020. Fast forward four months into the year, we found ourselves having anxiety attacks in our homes, unable to go out, stuck in a global pandemic, and suggested to quarantine.

The new novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 struck the world in late March and went on to infect more than 735,000 patients worldwide. According to the statistical update posted by the World Health Organization, the virus has caused more than 34,000 deaths globally.

Now as of June 2020, considering these facts, the year has been one of the worst ever since the great depression and the World War era. The only difference is that we are far more technologically advanced than ever to tackle this situation at hand. As COVID-19 dragged many economies down with it, the need to answer the grey areas related to illness has increased. Therefore, as the results from researches pour in, in addition to human intelligence, there is an excellent scope for artificial intelligence.

7 Ways AI is Helping Fight COVID-19

Here we have listed seven ways AI is being used to help fight COVID-19.

1. Identifying vulnerable patients

The research study to identify vulnerable patients through AI shows a promising future. The goal behind the study is to design and make use of a decision-making tool using an AI-powered skill set like predictive analytics. It will help mark the future estimation of the severity of the virus spreading through vulnerable patients. Knowing that patients with underlying diseases are more at risk to catch this disease has helped in spreading awareness to take extra care.

2. Predicting statistics

According to the statistics published in the Chinese research journal named Computers, Materials & Continua, the future severity of the virus can be more worrying given the fact that doctors and physicians don’t deploy the proper tools. As per the data collected for the study from 53 COVID-19 positive patients at two leading Chinese hospitals, symptoms developed over a week. Keeping China as the main focus of the research and considering demographics, laboratory, and radiological results, the researchers went to predict which of the patients over the period developed pneumonia and ARDS that eventually led to being fatal to the patients.

3. Surveillance of the disease

Considering how infectious and contagious of a disease the new novel coronavirus, keeping it under observation is crucial. It can be confidently said that traveling, tours, and migration from place to place has been the core reason this disease spread worldwide in just a matter of days. Thus it was soon significantly evident that keeping track of how human activity transmits this disease is essential to control the progression. In the near future, it is highly likely that AI will not only predict its spread but also keep it under surveillance to notice any changes and control the spread.

4. Keeping up with the demographics

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence is best suited for collecting relevant data and making critical analysis. Therefore, in this case of the virus at our hands, it is vital to use AI in domains where it has already worked. A lot with the virus spreading has to do with the associated details of the patients that have been attacked and of those who show no symptoms even after testing positive for the disease. It is beyond human intelligence to make such specific calls and base decisions upon them. Thus, AI can be of huge help to keep up with such demographics.

5. Better information handling

AI can help gather, categorize, and utilize essential data and information based on hospitals, staff, doctors, and medical equipment. Many countries around the world that have been topping the charts of the disease with the most number of cases that don’t have the appropriate amount of medical equipment and labor resources to cope with the magnitude of the disease spreading. Therefore, AI technology must keep track of such vital information to help notify the authorities and officials responsible for dealing with the situation at the earliest time before it’s too late.

6. Virtual healthcare assistance for the quarantined

Artificial intelligence can be incredible for providing virtual assistance along with HND assignment help to all doctors, patients, and even the general public for providing answers to queries in the comfort of their own homes. As the government and officials recommend that it is in the best benefit of all to stay home, technology like AI can be of great interest in contributing to the cause. Chatbots can be programmed to answer FAQs of the general public, provide reminders to check fever in patients for doctors and nurses, and then link up to actual doctors and experts in a critical situation.

7. Diagnostic AI

As per how it has been observed, COVID-19 requires immediate diagnosis in a critical situation to differentiate it from being common cold, flu, and pneumonia. AI-powered technology can help do that immediately, whereas human intelligence may take up more time and resources to do so as these diseases show up very similar symptoms. AI has dramatically improved diagnostic time throughout the COVID-19 crises as researchers continued developing the technology and making it better for future diagnoses. It still is a developing procedure, but as diagnostic AI lends a hand to other medical equipment like CT Scans and MRIs, the results are profitable.

Bottom Line

All in all, as the researches continue to be conducted ever so diligently, it can be said that researchers and experts are desperate to find a solution to put an end to this unprecedented situation. Until then, COVID-19 has become a stark reality we will have to learn to live with.

Author Bio: Amanda Jerelyn is currently working as an IT Manager at Dissertation Assistance. She is a working-from-home single mother who has significant experience of working with AI from her previous job. Now she spends most of her time blogging about her experiences and sharing them with a like-minded audience.

Databricks just livestreamed this tech talk earlier today.

Developers and data scientists around the world have developed tens of thousands of open source projects to help track, understand, and address the spread of COVID-19. Given the sheer volume, finding a project to contribute to can prove challenging. To make this easier, we built a recommendation system to highlight projects based off of inputted programming languages and keywords.

This talk will go through the full cycle of implementing this system: gathering data, building/tracking models, deploying the model, and creating a UI to utilize the model.

SalesForce, Microsoft, and Twitter have all extended their work from home policies either indefinitely or for the remainder of the year. To say that housing is expensive in the Bay Area would be an understatement. Frank ponders what will happen to the real estate market if you only go to the office once or twice a week? Or not at all?Why spend money to be near a place you no longer go to daily?

Press the play button below to listen here or visit the show page at DataDriven.tv.

In this episode of The Endpoint Zone with Brad Anderson, Brad and Simon discuss the current state of IT in the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about how organizations are moving from a state of response to COVID-19 and new work from home practices to a sustained hybrid-workplace model.

In this new model IT will need to seamlessly enable end users to both work from home and from the offices with fluidity. Brad and Simon discuss how organizations are making this move.

Brad and Simon also discuss and demo the new Endpoint Security experience in Microsoft Endpoint Manager and the importance of IT Admin / SecAdmin handoffs. Simon shows you the new experience centralizing security management for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

You’ll see how Microsoft Defender ATP comes into this experience to deliver security on Windows and macOS.

Lex Fridman interviews Dmitry Korkin on the latest episode of his podcast.

Dmitry Korkin is a professor of bioinformatics and computational biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he specializes in bioinformatics of complex disease, computational genomics, systems biology, and biomedical data analytics. I came across Dmitry’s work when in February his group used the viral genome of the COVID-19 to reconstruct the 3D structure of its major viral proteins and their interactions with human proteins, in effect creating a structural genomics map of the coronavirus and making this data open and available to researchers everywhere. We talked about the biology of COVID-19, SARS, and viruses in general, and how computational methods can help us understand their structure and function in order to develop antiviral drugs and vaccines. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast. 

Time Index:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:33 – Viruses are terrifying and fascinating
  • 6:02 – How hard is it to engineer a virus?
  • 10:48 – What makes a virus contagious?
  • 29:52 – Figuring out the function of a protein
  • 53:27 – Functional regions of viral proteins
  • 1:19:09 – Biology of a coronavirus treatment
  • 1:34:46 – Is a virus alive?
  • 1:37:05 – Epidemiological modeling
  • 1:55:27 – Russia
  • 2:02:31 – Science bobbleheads
  • 2:06:31 – Meaning of life

The Infographics Show provides a look at the industries hit hardest by the COVID shutdown.

With nearly the whole world in quarantine, more business are being forced to close their doors, and some may never re-open. In today’s video we’re going to look at the industries affected most by the global pandemic. Places like hotels, music venues, and movie studios have all closed down. What ripple effects will these massive shut downs cause to the economy? Watch today’s informative video to find out which work places have been hit the hardest by this insane pandemic.

Due to the pandemic, there are a lot of people looking for new jobs. Fortunately, there are still places hiring.

But how do you search for a new role in the time of social distancing?

Udacity recently held a webinar to share some tips and ideas:

The job market is changing rapidly due to company and industry-wide responses to the Coronavirus. If your job search strategy consists mainly of applying for jobs online, there is much more that you can be doing to increase your chances of landing a new job. Most people approach job searching reactively. They see a posting and react by applying.

In this webinar, we show you strategies for networking, relationship building, & personal branding designed to increase your chances of getting employee referrals (the current top method for landing interviews). Some of these strategies may also lead to employers/recruiters reaching out to you and landing interviews without ever applying.