Hashtag Trending – Elon Musk gets DC Hyperloop approval, world’s biggest SSD Drive, Google AI can predict heart disease

Elon Musk is one step closer to an East Coast Hyperloop, Samsung has revealed the world’s largest solid state drive, and Google AI is getting closer to being able to predict heart disease.

From Linkedin – We are now one step closer to a Hyperloop that will take travelers between New York City and Washington D.C. in just 29 minutes. Elon Musk announced this week that The Boring Company has received an early, and vague, building permit from the D.C. government that allows for some preparatory and excavation work at a fenced-off parking lot that could become a station in a potential New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC Hyperloop. While this is a welcome first step for those excited for an East Coast Hyperloop, it is just the beginning. DC’s Mayor visited the Boring Company in California earlier this month to see exactly how this Hyperloop tunneling would work, and according to DC’s Department of Transportation, the government is still trying to figure out what permits the Boring Company would need to cut under city roads and other public spaces.

From Reddit – Samsung has revealed the world’s largest solid state drive that can hold a ridiculous 30 terabytes of storage. This is the most storage that has ever been crammed into the 2.5-inch form factor, and it supposedly hold up to 5,700 full HD movies or about 500 days of non-stop video. While you won’t be seeing a 30 terabyte SSD in a laptop or computer anytime soon, now that Samsung has the format figured out, it plans to expand the lineup later this year to include six more SSDs that range from 15.36 terabytes to 800 gigabytes.

And from Reddit once more – Google has apparently developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can assess someone’s risk of heart disease just by looking at their retinas. The software, which is developed through its health-tech subsidiary Verily, analyzes data such as an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether they smoke to assess risk. It would then analyze the features, patterns, colors, values, and shapes of a person’s eye. According to Google and Verily scientists, the rear interior wall of the eye, called the fundus, has blood vessels that reflect the body’s overall health. So far, Google’s AI was able to assess with 70 per accuracy if a person had experienced a cardiovascular event in the past five years, compared to the current method of using blood tests called SCORE that have a 72 per cent successful prediction rate.

That’s what’s trending today. Hashtag Trending is produced by IT World Canada. Today’s episode is brought to you by SAS, the world leader in advanced analytics and Official Analytics Partner of the Canadian Olympic Team.

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