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In Brief: DRDO develops tech to detect Covid-19 via X rays; Clubhouse beta on android

In Brief: DRDO develops tech to detect Covid-19 via X rays; Clubhouse beta on android
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10 May, 2021

The Defence Research and Development Organization’s (DRDO) Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics has developed a novel artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can detect Covid-19 from chest X rays. Dubbed ATMAN, the technology has detected the virus with a 96.73% accuracy, a statement said. It will be critical in detecting the disease quickly and affordably, especially in smaller towns of India where CT scans are not easily accessible, it added. The technology is expected to be used across the country by online diagnostics startup 5C Network, with support from HCG Academics. 

Clubhouse rolls out android app for US users 

The beta version of audio engagement platform Clubhouse, which hosts celebrities and business personalities, has been made available for android users in the US. Access to the app will be, a statement said, expanded to other English-speaking nations and then the rest of the world. By registering themselves on Google Play Store, Indian android users can have the app automatically installed when it is officially available. The invite system of Clubhouse will continue on android too, the company added. 

Mahindra Group to set up CoE in the UK 

The Mahindra Group on Monday announced that it will launch a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in West Midlands, the UK, on July 1. Called Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (MADE), the centre will focus on advancing the company’s mobility product designs, particularly that of its SUVs, and technology offerings that deliver connected car experiences, a statement said. The CoE is slated to be part of Mahindra Global Design Network, which currently includes Mahindra Design Studio in Mumbai and Pininfarina Design in Turin, Italy. 

HDFC, CSC launch chatbot for rural entrepreneurs  

The HDFC Bank and Common Services Centers (CSC), which are physical facilities that deliver government e-services to people in rural and remote areas, have launched a chatbot for village level entrepreneurs. Available on CSC’s Digital Seva portal, the chatbot, dubbed Eva, will offer information on HDFC’s products and services to last-mile rural customers, a statement said. The 24x7 service will also help users with processes such as account opening and loan lead generation, while providing training content to help them become business correspondents for the bank. The bank claims to have over 1.27 lakh village level entrepreneurs in semi-urban and rural India.