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.
A Water Meter the Recognizes and Shuts Off Leaks
An Israeli engineer has developed an AI-powered water meter known as WINT. The meter can recognize changes in flow rates and is set to recognize leaks as a first line of defense. Developers say the meter can save countless thousands in damage to a home that experiences what would have been a significant leak. Microsoft, HP and Mastercard are already using the WINT to protect their valuable data and other assets.
ImageNet Blurs All Faces in its Facial Database
The ImageNet facial recognition software that has been the center of controversy in recent weeks has made a major change to its database. In the interest of privacy, those who manage the data set blurred every face in the system. The data set will continue to serve as a powerful database for the identification of items and objects, but not faces.
SpaceX Launches the Falcon 9 Rocket
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space Sunday, strapped down with an additional 60 StarLink satellites. The StarLink mission hopes to provide access to satellite broadband internet access to every corner of the globe. Elon Musk’s hope for StarLink is that it will bring internet access to the billions of people who lack reliable access.
Facebook to Help Users Find Covid-19 Vaccinations
Facebook has launched a new tool that will help users find appointments for vaccinations near them. The tool currently works only for users in the United States, but they hope to be able to roll out a global solution in the near future. For users without Facebook, the tool can still be used and is known as VaccineFinder.