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5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Monday, April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021
By Corey Noles

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

AI Ethicist Says Robots Could Be Our Partners

MIT research Dr. Kate Darling says in order for humans to truly flourish, we will have to stop thinking of robots as future competition. Darling says part of the problem is that we tend to compare robots and AI to ourselves and our minds. Instead, we should be thinking of how robots and AI can allow humans to truly flourish.

Scientists Create Human Monkey Hybrid

Scientists at Salk University have created a part human, part monkey hybrid embryo. Researcher are growing human stem cells in monkey embryos in an effort to better understand how cells communicate. Scientifically, they are known as monkey-human chimeras. The scientists hope to use the embryos to learn more about human development and possibly create organs for transplant.

NASA Helicopter Ingenuity Takes First Flight on Another Planet

After extensive prep, NASA’s helicopter Ingenuity took it’s first flight over the weekend. The helicopter hitched a ride to Mars on Rover Perseverance earlier this year. The spacecraft lifted 10′ off of the surface and hovered for 39 seconds. The blades spin at almost 2,500 RPM, compared to 500 RPM required for flight on earth.

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Banks Using AI to Monitor Customers and Workers

An increasing number of banks in the United States have begun using artificial intelligence to monitor employees and predict customer behavior. The use of visual AI tools in banking has grown in recent prominence over the past year. The development of these technologies lead to an interesting junction between banking security and individual privacy.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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