Day: July 18, 2020

It’s time to build against pandemics

Rish Joshi
Contributor

Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was a VC at Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), co-founded a fintech startup building an analytics platform for SEC filings and worked on deep-learning research as a graduate student in computer science at MIT.

We’re a few years out from the call to action Bill Gates made in his TED Talk on preparing for pandemics back in 2015, yet the state of scalable software for important workflows like data collection and contact-tracing has greatly lagged expectations during the current pandemic.

The Trump administration’s letter to health agencies regarding data-sharing guidelines asked for daily Excel uploads, and manual contact-tracing efforts without software have proven difficult given the scale of the current pandemic. 

Everything is being built right now. 

Research universities are helping build models used by the CDC for case prediction, and that’s brought to light the dire issues around incomplete data sharing between health institutions and governments. 

Dozens of contact-tracing apps are springing up, surfacing design decisions around privacy, the need for newer technologies beyond Bluetooth for near-field communication and leading companies like Google and Apple to strike partnerships to power cross-platform mobile capabilities.

The good news is that the current efforts are taking seriously the need for better software and driving necessary innovation to help society better prepare for pandemics.

How can detailed case data be shared by hospitals with governments to better predict case and mortality numbers, and used to better allocate medical and labor resources? 

How can software help local and state governments make better policies, and help digitize contact tracing while appeasing privacy concerns?

Software has the ability to power many of these capabilities, and it is creating new opportunities for startups to vet the newly formed appetite for better data and digitized workflows on the part of health agencies, local and state governments and other organizations involved in fighting pandemics.

6 of the best strimmers for tidying up your garden

6 of the best strimmers for tidying up your garden

Beautiful gardens are not created without the blood, sweat, and tears of busy gardeners. The best gardens are the direct result of hours of hard work, and it’s a constant battle to make sure things continue to look neat and tidy.

Gardeners are continuously faced with pests, weeds, and plants that simply refuse to grow. To win this fight, gardeners must equip themselves with the best gear on offer. That means investing in tools like lawn mowers and strimmers.

The lawn mower is probably the most important purchase a gardener will make, but the strimmer is a close second. These devices keep your lawn edges and borders tidy by cutting back weeds and long patches of grass. Basically, these products handle everything that your lawn mower can’t reach. They are essential tools for keeping your garden looking its best. Read more…

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BEST FOR ERGONOMICS

Bosch ART 30

The lightweight and ergonomic design makes it easy to handle, and you can adjust the handle height with a click.


    £62.99 from Amazon

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    BEST FOR WEIGHT

    Flymo SimpliTrim Li

    This lightweight strimmer utilises a powerful integrated 14.4 V battery with a run time of 40 minutes.


      £79.99 from Amazon

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      BEST FOR ADJUSTING

      VonHaus 20V Max

      The 180 degree adjustable trimmer head helps you get accurate border edges by tackling the trickiest spots.


        £59.99 from Amazon

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        BEST FOR CORNERS

        Greenworks Tools G40LT

        The electronic speed control helps when you’re navigating the edge of a patio, sensitive plants, or tree trunks.


          £90.99 from Amazon

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          BEST FOR BEGINNERS

          WORX WG157E.9

          Not the most powerful or adaptable, but it’s easy to handle and gets the job done effectively.


            £39.99 from Amazon

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            BEST FOR POWER

            McCulloch TRIMMAC

            With a power output of 0.6 kW, this petrol strimmer easily cuts through dense grass.


              £129.99 from Amazon