Technology Marches On

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A Swedish company Bioservo now sells a robotic glove called Ironhand. This glove boosts the grip strength of a 30-year-old man by a factor of five. It activates by the "intention" motion of the wearer. Power comes from a back or hip pack. Already used by General Motors, it sells for $6500. Remember, the Paris Fire Brigade used a robot for interior firefighting at Notre Dame Cathedral. The U.S. Army is developing robots that can climb hills and stairs.
 

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Machine learning is the use of computer algorithms that improve automatically with experience. Artificial intelligence is a type of machine learning based on the workings of the human brain in areas such as decision making. Hershey already uses ML to save hundreds of thousands of dollars daily by optimizing candy production. Hospital ICU's improve the prediction of septic shock using ML.
Fire department use of ML in dispatching, EMS protocols, and fireground operations to improve efficiency and save money seems obvious.
 

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This might explain a lot. You know how some guys on the job are known for being able to take a lot of smoke? Turns out the same can be said of the lowly amoeba. Some can really take a feed.
Researchers in Pittsburgh and Baltimore tested 35,000 amoebas who had been genetically modified to overproduce different proteins. Next, they exposed them all to cigarette smoke. They then identified the amoebas that did best with the smoke and which proteins they produced. One protein named ANT2 was subsequently found to be deficient in smokers, mice exposed to smoke, and people with chronic lung disease. ANT2 is important to cellular metabolism and increases local hydration which allow the lungs to clear mucus and debris.
The obvious next step is to create drugs or gene therapy that can produce ANT2 and other helpful proteins that can reverse or prevent smoke produced lung disease.
 
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