Open Data & AI, Big Tech & User Privacy, Turbulence Data, Satellite Imaging, Alt Data, and Genetic Diseases

This week, we begin with an article about the need for the democratisation of open data and AI, and how it will enhance the global impact of scientific research. Next, we have a podcast episode about the latest iPhone app update and how it is related to the broader discussion about big tech regulations. The following article is about a next-generation turbulence database that will enable ground-breaking engineering, atmospheric, and ocean sciences research. After that, we have an article about China’s launch of the world’s largest satellite imaging database that helps in reducing errors in artificial intelligence. Next is a piece on how alternative data has transformed the financial services sector. Finally, we have a report on the world’s first genetic database for auto-immune and auto-inflammatory diseases, which offers fresh insights into how immune disorders develop.

This is how open data and AI could boost the impact of scientific research

At this moment, keystrokes are capturing decades of scientific knowledge that culminated in a paper, or insights from an experiment recorded in an electronic laboratory notebook. A repository receives an article that has the key to a breakthrough buried in its text. This moment is being repeated around the globe every day of every year.

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How User Data Privacy and Antitrust Law Got All Tangled Up

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED cybersecurity writer Lily Hay Newman and WIRED politics writer Gilad Edelman join us to talk about how giant tech companies handle your privacy.

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Next-generation database will democratize access to massive amounts of turbulence data

Led by Johns Hopkins University, a team of 10 researchers from three institutions is using a new $4 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create a next-generation turbulence database that will enable groundbreaking research in engineering and the atmospheric and ocean sciences.

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China makes ‘world’s largest satellite image database’ to train AI better

A satellite imaging database containing detailed information of more than a million locations has been launched in China to help reduce errors made by artificial intelligences when identifying objects from space, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday. The fine-grained object recognition in the high-resolution remote sensing imagery (FAIR1M) database is tens or even hundreds of times larger than similar data sets used in other countries, it said.

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The chase is on for more alternative data within financial services

With 4 billion webpages and 1.2 million terabytes (TB) of data, the Internet is the largest source of alternative data (alt-data). Web data, social sentiment, geolocation markers, point of sale (POS) transactions, and weather satellite imagery are just some of the real-time, fast, and up-to-date public data streams that allow business leaders to get near-live insights with which to better understand and act on the latest decision-making factors.

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New Genetic Database of Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Diseases Released

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Research Institute have released a first-of-its-kind genetic database for autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. The team says the data provides new insights into how immune disorders develop, which could potentially aid in drug discovery, and the atlas of immune-related genome data may eventually be applied to investigations of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.

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