Smart speakers could be used to detect cardiac arrest, say researchers

Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with an early test AI-powered tool which could be used on smart speakers and even smartphones to listen out for the unique breathing sounds associated with cardiac arrest, and then alert emergency services. People suffering with sudden cardiac arrest initially struggle with irregular gasps of breath,…

Amazon confirms it does ‘listen to what users say to Alexa’ for training purposes

I don't think it will come as a great surprise to many of us. But Amazon has confirmed its staff do listen to recordings of customer interactions with voice-based assistant Alexa to 'help train the artificial intelligence’s responses'. The tech giant uses review teams around the world to analyse and annotate some recordings gathered from…

Robots and AI will give doctors more time with patients, claims NHS report

Robots, artificial intelligence and smart speakers will unburden doctors to give them more time with patients, according to an NHS report on the pending technological “revolution” in healthcare. Rapid advances will also be spurred on by developments in the ability to sequence individuals’ genomes, the entirety of their genetic data, according to the “groundbreaking” review…