Artificial intelligence could detect cancer and prevent traffic jams, global sea levels could rise to catastrophic levels and how technology can help track dementia patients. Our round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities….

Cancer algorithm

Artificial intelligence may be able to help detect cancer, according to The Register. A team of researchers developed an algorithm to analyse lung scans, which achieved 94.4% accuracy of picking up signs of the disease.

Female AI “reinforcing bias”

Meanwhile AI devices with female voices are reflecting, reinforcing and spreading gender bias, according to a United Nations study. It said the increasingly ubiquitous digital assistants also “make women the ‘face’ of glitches and errors that result from the limitations of hardware and software designed predominantly by men”.

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Better driving

Fed up of sitting in traffic jams? Driverless cars can improve traffic flows by 35%, Cambridge University researchers found. When the autonomous vehicles worked together using their communication systems, they allowed each other to overtake a stationary vehicle – like a broken-down car.

Sea levels rising

Global sea levels could rise by more than six feet, greater than previously predicted, causing catastrophic consequences for the world, Time reports. Major cities could be flooded with hundreds of millions of people displaced and critical areas for food production lost, if the predictions in a new study prove accurate.

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Baby shark

Birds flying south for the winter have a new danger to contend with – sharks. The Independent reports scientists found that baby tiger sharks are feeding on songbirds like sparrows and woodpeckers, birds that normally live on land – suggesting that birds that tire during their seasonal migration across the Gulf of Mexico may end up in the belly of an ocean predator.

Dementia badges

Dementia patients in Japan who wander off and get lost can be brought home safely thanks to QR codes, the BBC reports. In a country with a large elderly population – and some of the world’s most advanced technology – local governments provide people with dementia with badges that can be read by a smartphone, allowing their carer or family to be contacted.

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Student debt paid off

Good news for students who have run up sizable debts – at least, for the graduating class at Morehouse College in the US. Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced he would pay off the students’ loans, giving the class of 2019 the ability to start their careers debt free, CNN said.

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