Previous coronavirus infections may not provide good protection against the Omicron variant

Previous coronavirus infections may not provide good protection against the Omicron variant

New data from South Africa suggest that the Omicron variant spreads more than twice as fast as the Delta variant, and that immunity to previous infection does not appear to protect a person particularly well against the Omicron variant. Why it’s important: The results are extremely preliminary, and there are still many open questions about … Read more

How AI can soon generate synthetic voices that speak any language

How AI can soon generate synthetic voices that speak any language

AI companies are developing methods to translate and synthesize voices in ads, movies and television. Why it’s important: Advances in voice synthesis can help correct bad movie dubbing – and they come as international content becomes increasingly important for studios and streaming platforms as part of the globalization of entertainment. But they raise concerns about … Read more

America is unlikely to lead the effort to understand the Omicron coronavirus variant

America is unlikely to lead the effort to understand the Omicron coronavirus variant

The race to find out how dangerous the Omicron variant is is likely to be a global effort, but some experts are skeptical that the US will play a dominant role. Why it’s important: The CDC has repeatedly come under fire for inadequate data collection throughout the pandemic – and figuring out how to respond … Read more

United States looking for Omicron cases

United States looking for Omicron cases

Laboratories across the United States are looking for the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, which officials have said will almost inevitably be discovered here. Why it’s important: The world is on high alert, while scientists are vying to understand if the variant could be a game-changer in the pandemic. Early detection in theory gives officials more … Read more

Countries are increasingly addressing travel bans on Omicron

Countries are increasingly addressing travel bans on Omicron

The travel bans and border closures caused by the Omicron variant are unlikely to completely prevent its proliferation, but it will prevent countries from relying on the measures. Why it’s important: The rapid pace at which countries turned to travel bans with the advent of Omicron indicates that border controls will increasingly become a weapon … Read more

The Schmidt Futures report recommends billions for US bioeconomy

The Schmidt Futures report recommends billions for US bioeconomy

A new report makes the economic and environmental argument that the United States is investing billions of dollars to build what is known as the bioeconomy. Why it’s important: The transition to bio-based food, fuel, materials and more can greatly reduce carbon emissions and form the basis for a more sustainable production economy. But while … Read more

China, India seem to intend to ban citizens from crypto

China, India seem to intend to ban citizens from crypto

The two largest countries in the world seem to intend to effectively ban their citizens from participating in crypto, posing a serious threat to the crypto agenda. Why it’s important: The crypto world is global – but the real world is fragmented into nation states, each claiming control of what happens within its borders. Driver … Read more

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