US Open won’t have spectators, but it will have IBM’s AI and hybrid cloud

Fans will be able to use IBM’s new tech features as they watch the Grand Slam event from home this year. Find out the details of how the event went remote.

Fans can become instant “experts” about the players and the tournament match-ups with new AI-powered insights.

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This year, IBM is partnering again with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and has developed three new tennis-based digital experiences for fans of the US Open. Spectators won’t be allowed at the Athur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY when the Grand Slam event begins on Aug. 31, but they will be able to participate remotely with new fan experiences that use artificial intelligence (AI) underpinned by hybrid cloud technologies. 

IBM has partnered with the USTA for 29 years, but 2018 was the first year that AI-powered tools were used by players

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52% of US developers are happier now than before the pandemic started

A survey from Harness also found that software engineers appreciate their employers more now and many plan to work remote indefinitly.

A survey of 500 developers in the US found that 51% of respondents are happier in their jobs now than before the coronavirus pandemic began.

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Many developers are happier and more productive now than before the COVID-19 lockdowns started, according to a new survey from Harness.

The study of 500 developers in the US found that 52% of developers are actually happier in their roles since the coronavirus pandemic began, and 13% are less happy at work. Millennials were the most likely to say they were happier now at 57% compared with 48% of Gen X, 35% of Gen Z, and 30% of boomers.

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Ravi Lachhman and Tiffany Jachja, tech evangelists at Harness, wrote

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Down and dirty with covid genes

What weird bugs did you pick up last time you rode a subway train? Just as the covid-19 pandemic was taking off, a global network of scientists began mapping the DNA of urban microbes and using AI to look for patterns. Join host Jennifer Strong as she rides along on a subway-swabbing mission and talks to scientists racing to find an existing drug that might treat the disease.

We meet:

  • Christopher Mason, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • David Danko, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Baroness Joanna Shields, BenevolentAI CEO

Credits: This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong, Tate Ryan-Mosley, Emma Cillekens and Karen Hao with help from Benji Rosen. We’re edited by Michael Reilly and Gideon Lichfield. Our technical director is Jacob Gorski. 

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