Fern Hames

Fern Hames, Director, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning at Arthur Rylah Institute

Restaurants, desperate for labor, resort to robots

Restaurants across the United States are currently struggling to hire more workers, and they are increasingly turning to technology and automation to tackle their labor shortages.

A record number of Americans have left their jobs, now being referred to as The Great Resignation. This has resulted in a severe labor shortage, with restaurants struggling to meet the needs of their customers.

Some have reduced hours or closed their dining rooms because they are not able to find enough employees. Many companies have raised pay and provided greater perks to entice employees, but some have also resorted to tech fixes, too. Could robots be the answer for struggling restaurants? 

Premature newborns will benefit from hospital robots

Hundreds of premature newborns could be saved by adopting new technology being trialed. Technology developed during the pandemic allowed more doctors to invest in telehealth. Telemedicine "robots" that allow specialists to conduct bedside video calls have been deployed to treat unwell newborns at Liverpool Women's Hospital and Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Now, the head of the hospital's newborn unit is putting together plans to deploy teledoc devices so that specialists may use their expertise to assist teams at smaller hospitals in treating children. 

The gadget, which is mounted on a movable frame, has cameras, a screen, and even a stethoscope, and it can communicate with MRI scanners and thermal-imaging cameras. The technology allows a remote consultant to check a patient's medical records in a short span of time.

Scientists developed an AI lie detector to detect micro-expressions in insurance claims or potential employees

Scientists have developed a new lie detector that can sense micro expressions in facial muscles.

The study was published in the journal "Brain and Behaviour" by Tel Aviv University academics.

Dino Levy, behavioral neuroscientist, says the technology is not flawless, but it is better than any currently available facial recognition system. 

It has potential to be used in a variety of sectors, from insurance claims, border crossings, and employment applications.

AI to assist to bring bushfire-hit birds back from the verge of extinction.

The Eastern Bristlebird, a rare and endangered bird species, required a last-minute rescue to avoid the Black Summer fires. 

Scientists rushed to rescue wild birds from the path of fire. The Victorian government's Arthur Rylah Institute will use artificial intelligence to filter through many hours of field recordings and identify the birds for the next stage in rehabilitation operations.

Machine learning will enable the system to pick out Bristlebird calls and create a map of where the birds live.