This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes tech concepts to make air travel safe; worsening opinions on AI; and more.
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COVID-19 has some questioning AI
The Wall Street Journal reports that pre-pandemic data is becoming less and less relevant as COVID-19 forces many businesses to shift how they operate, which is making AI less of a useful tool. That in turn is souring some on the technology that was once greeted as a solution to human error.
“AI has seemed to many experts like some kind of magic sauce that could be poured over any business process to transform it into a moneymaking Terminator, an unstoppable deliverer of self-driving cars and destroyer of white-collar work,” according to the newspaper. “As the date for those types of disruption continues to be pushed back, it’s clear that AI isn’t progressing as fast as we were once told, and that it won’t be a cure-all.”
Google offering travelers info on restrictions
People using Google Maps will soon be alerted to COVID-19 travel restrictions to help them plan trips, according to U.S. News and World Report. It will also alert travelers to “how crowded a train station might be at a particular time, or if buses on a certain route are running on a limited schedule.”
The news features are initially slated to roll out in Argentina, France, India, the Netherlands, the U.S. and the U.K., providing “details on COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions on crossing national borders, starting with Canada, Mexico and the (U.S.).”
The tech concepts meant to lure back travelers
CBC News reports airlines are struggling to find the right mix of changes to woo travelers back to air travel, but technology is expected to “play a big role as airports and airlines around the world explore and develop some sci-fi-like approaches to help passengers feel safer.”
A lot of the new tech is centered around cleanliness, like a booth that takes your temperature and coats you in disinfectant or a metal-detector like archway that bathes travelers in antimicrobial UV light. The Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is using robots to disinfect floors, the news outlet noted.
Compiled by Sean McCracken.