Thinking Machines: From Magic to Normal

“Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.”                – Joseph Krutch (Writer)Since the 19th century, we have undergone several stages of machine revolutions.The first stage was mechanisation. The advent of modern production methods eased and sped up manufacturing, massively increasing output and ushering in the Industrial Revolution.The late 60s brought the age of the working computer. In 1967, an IBM infomercial, ‘The Paperwork Explosion’, predicted a dystopian future where unstoppable progress had created so much paperwork that it threatened humanity’s very existence, a development that could only be reversed with IBM’s advanced business machines. “They take care of the paperwork so you don’t ha ve to,” concluded the ad, with the cast adding, “Machines should work. People should think.”The current age of machine revolution is now celebrating a 20-year anniversary – in 1997, chess supremo Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue, rocketing fledgling AI technology into the public eye. It was a task many deemed impossible at the time, as many more did before Google Deep Mind’s AlphaGo defeated the world number one board game Go player in January las t year, a decade ahead of expectations.As always, the most ambitious and innovative continue to stret...
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Publication date: September 2018Source: Advances in Medical Sciences, Volume 63, Issue 2Author(s): Thomas J. Humphries, Brittny Rule, Augustina Ogbonnaya, Michael Eaddy, Orsolya Lunacsek, Lois Lamerato, Jennifer PocoskiAbstractPurposePrevious retrospective claims database analyses reported increased prevalence and earlier onset of cardiovascular comorbidities in patients with versus without hemophilia A. A comprehensive chart review was designed to further investigate previous findings.MethodsThis retrospective chart review study was conducted at Henry Ford Health System (Detroit, MI, USA). Baseline demographics, bleeding ...
Source: Advances in Medical Sciences - Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: research
In conclusion, ART exhibited protective effect on HG-induced HBZY-1 cells by inhibiting the inflammatory response, oxidative stress and ECM accumulation. The TLR4/NF-κB/NLRP3 inflammasome pathway was involved in the protective effect of ART. The results suggested that ART might be a potential therapy agent for the DN treatment.
Source: Chemico Biological Interactions - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: 10 November 2018Source: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Volume 273Author(s): Tang Gao, Xiaozheng Cao, Anyao Bi, Jie Dong, Shuai Huang, Xueyan Huang, Shijun Wen, Wenbin ZengAbstractFormaldehyde (FA) is a product of an endogenous production that is formed through demethylase and oxidase enzymes, which regulate epigenetics and metabolism. However, the presence of abnormally high levels of FA are often associated with a variety of disease pathologies, including chronic liver, heart and neurodegenerative diseases, in addition to diabetes and various cancers. Hence, a more efficient tool for monitoring FA in...
Source: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Conclusion: Silodosin showed better efficacy in the stone expulsion rate and time with comparable safety of both drugs, with nonsignificant more retrograde ejaculation in silodosin.Urol Int
Source: Urologia Internationalis - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
ABSTRACT Objective: To investigate the concurrent validity, as well as the intra- and inter-rater reliability, of assessing diaphragmatic mobility by area (DMarea) on chest X-rays of healthy adults. Methods: We evaluated anthropometric parameters, pulmonary function, and diaphragmatic mobility in 43 participants. Two observers (rater A and rater B) determined diaphragmatic mobility at two time points. We used Pearson ’ s correlation coefficient to evaluate the correlation between DMarea and the assessment of diaphragmatic mobility by distance (DMdist). To evaluate intra- and inter-rater reliability, we used the intra...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
ABSTRACT Acute pulmonary thromboembolism (APTE) is a highly prevalent condition (104-183 cases per 100,000 person-years) and is potentially fatal. Approximately 20% of patients with APTE are hypotensive, being considered at high risk of death. In such patients, immediate lung reperfusion is necessary in order to reduce right ventricular afterload and to restore hemodynamic stability. To reduce pulmonary vascular resistance in APTE and, consequently, to improve right ventricular function, lung reperfusion strategies have been developed over time and widely studied in recent years. In this review, we focus on advances in the...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions: Metformin has no effect on clinically relevant outcomes in patients with IPF.Respiration
Source: Respiration - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Thread Starter Will voluntary detainment in a mental hospital affect becoming a medic? Follow 30 minutes ago 30m ago I haven’t been hospitalised but I have overdosed. As others have said it’s confidential and won’t affect you application or acceptance so that shouldn’t stop you fr...
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This study profiles TB-related acute care hospitalizations among new immigrants to Canada by selected characteristics. DATA AND METHODS: This study is based on the 2000-to-2013 Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) linked to the Canadian Institute for Health Information's Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) from 2001/2002 to 2013/2014. It examines the timing of first TB-related acute care hospitalization occurring from the fiscal year 2001/2002 to the fiscal year 2013/2014 among immigrants who landed in Canada from 2000 to 2013 outside of Quebec and the territories. Mean and median hospital days and the percentage of ...
Source: Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Health Rep Source Type: research
“Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.”                – Joseph Krutch (Writer)Since the 19th century, we have undergone several stages of machine revolutions.The first stage was mechanisation. The advent of modern production methods eased and sped up manufacturing, massively increasing output and ushering in the Industrial Revolution.The late 60s brought the age of the working computer. In 1967, an IBM infomercial, ‘The Paperwork Explosion’, predicted a dystopi...
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