AI Weekly: Coronavirus, facial recognition, and the future of privacy

3D art based on microscope images of the coronavirus from the 2020 outbreak in Wuhan, China

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Global cases of COVID-19 surpassed 100,000 today. As President Trump signs into law an $8.3 billion emergency aid package to address the crisis, the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that this is “a time for pulling out all the stops.”

New cases are emerging in countries around the world, but COVID-19 appears to be flat or declining in China, where the novel virus first emerged. Earlier this week, VentureBeat took a look at some ways AI is being applied to fight COVID-19.

AI and big data played a significant role in China’s response to COVID-19, according to a WHO report compiled by about a dozen outside health professionals and released last month.