Day: September 11, 2020

Trump says deadline for TikTok sale won’t be extended – TechCrunch

The United States government will not extend the September 20 deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to sell TikTok, President Donald Trump said on Thursday. This adds urgency to negotiations because TikTok may be banned in the United States if it can’t reach an agreement with a buyer.

“We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” Trump said before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. Some analysts had predicted that the deadline would be extended because of the sale’s complexity.

Trump issued an executive order last month claiming there is “credible evidence” that ByteDance “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.” ByteDance was already in negotiations with Microsoft for a sale. Several other large American tech companies have since reportedly entered into talks with popular video-sharing app–but potential new roadblocks to a deal have also emerged.

Despite TikTok’s

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5 robotic process automation tools to eliminate tedium in your organization

Robotic process automation can end the monotony of daily work. These RPA tools can hand that busywork off to bots, freeing up employee time for more worthwhile endeavors.

Robotic process automation is a particular form of business automation that gets rid of the tasks that everyone in the digital working world hates the most: The tedious, repetitive, and mindless tasks. What is robotic process automation? RPA technology does what its name implies: It uses robots to automate basic workflows, saving a human worker the time it would normally take to do predictable, repetitive tasks on a computer.

Leaving all those simple tasks to robotic process automation could free up a lot of employee time from manual processes, giving organizations the freedom to innovate and improve, but where do you start? These RPA tools are just what an organization testing the waters of robotic process automation needs to get started in

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“Ambient intelligence” could transform hospitals and enhance patient care

A recent Stanford paper details ways hospitals could use artificial intelligence systems to ensure best hygiene practices, monitor patient behavioral signs, and more.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has been tapped to revolutionize operations across industries. Researchers are using algorithms to more aptly predict wildfires across the western US. Earlier this year, an AI system identified an existing rheumatoid arthritis medication that could be repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients. In a recent paper, researchers illustrate various ways these technologies could be used to enhance patient care in the hospitals of tomorrow.

“We have the ability to build technologies into the physical spaces where health care is delivered to help cut the rate of fatal errors that occur today due to the sheer volume of patients and the complexity of their care,” said Arnold Milstein, a professor of medicine and director of Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) in a Stanford 

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