Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Baidu in AI fight against the coronavirus
Both Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Baidu now offer help with AI-based tools to stop the spread of the dreaded corona virus.
The number confirmed as infected by the new corona virus is on the rise and started on Monday approaching 18,000 and the work to find a cure is in full swing.
And now the big Chinese IT companies Alibaba and Baidu also offer their AI tools for so-called gene sequencing, a method that can be used, among other things, to analyze the virus’s genetic mass, reports The Next Web.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu has opened up its algorithm to predict RNA for players working with epidemic prevention and various scientific research institutes around the world. According to the company, the time to study the coronavirus secondary RNA structure can be reduced from 55 minutes to 27 seconds with their algorithm.
Alibaba has also entered into a partnership with The Global Health Drug Discovery Institute, which is backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with others. The purpose is for them to jointly develop an open source IT platform where AI will be used to detect coronavirus.
Now the spread of the Coronavirus can be followed online
The virus outbreak in China is being intensively monitored worldwide. And now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University of America have put out a map online where the geographical spread can be tracked.
The new corona virus that recently began to spread among humans in Wuhan, China, is doubled every other day, which is faster than the Sars outbreak in 2002–2003. So far, it is said to have infected more than 2,800 people and over 80 are reported to have died.
The world is following the expansion closely to see how it develops and now we can all follow the map that researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA have posted online.
On the map, each outbreak is visualized with a red dot whose size corresponds to the extent and if you click on it you can see more information for that particular region. The researchers use data from the US health authority Center of disease and prevention and from the World Health Organization, WHO.
As the new information comes in, the map is updated with confirmed illness cases and deaths.
The map is also intended to counteract that false data is beginning to flourish and to create a clearer picture.