Category Archives: COVID-19

AI, philosophy and religion: what machine learning can tell us about the Bhagavad Gita

AI, philosophy and religion: what machine learning can tell us about the Bhagavad Gita

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. Machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) methods have had immense success with scientific and technical tasks such as predicting how protein molecules fold and recognising faces in a crowd. However, the application of these methods to the…

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The arts helped us through the pandemic – NZ’s budget should radically rethink how and why they’re funded

The arts helped us through the pandemic – NZ’s budget should radically rethink how and why they’re funded

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The past two years have made it impossible to ignore the problem in Aotearoa New Zealand’s arts sector. The pandemic has been brutal, with venues shut, festivals cancelled and audiences staying home. At the same time, art in…

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Why the budget should treat public health like transport – vital infrastructure with long-term economic benefits

Why the budget should treat public health like transport – vital infrastructure with long-term economic benefits

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The global pandemic might have revealed the importance of robust public health infrastructure, but we still have trouble grasping the vital need to invest in it. An analogy might help. Wellington’s recently opened Transmission Gully motorway shortens journeys…

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Countries with lower-than-expected vaccination rates show unusually negative attitudes to vaccines on Twitter

Countries with lower-than-expected vaccination rates show unusually negative attitudes to vaccines on Twitter

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea In countries with lower-than-expected COVID-19 vaccination rates, mentions of side effects and negative emotions dominated overall social media discourses on COVID-19 vaccines, according to…

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