Vitalik Buterin has gifted $4M USDC to UNSW Sydney for AI-Powered Research

Vitalik Buterin has gifted $4M USDC to UNSW Sydney for AI-Powered Research
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Vitalik Buterin has gifted $4M USDC to UNSW Sydney for AI-Powered Research

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, has donated USD Coin (USDC) to Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW)

05/16/2022

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, has donated USD Coin (USDC) to Australia’s University of New South Wales (UNSW) to promote the development of an artificial intelligence-based pandemic detection tool, Crypto News Australia.

Buterin’s donation will fund the Shiba Inu Open-Source Intelligence-based EPIWATCH technology. It uses artificial intelligence and open-source data to generate early pandemic alerts.

It’s all part of Buterin’s “moonshot anti-Covid initiative,” which he characterizes as a collaboration with the Shiba Inu meme coin project. Also, the Crypto Relief fund, which was formed last year after the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in India.

Tool Scans Online Data for Covid Updates

Raina MacIntyre, professor and also biosecurity research head of UNSW’s Kirby Institute on the university’s Sydney campus, is the creator of EPIWATCH. The technology may search millions of pieces of publicly available web data, such as social media and also news headlines, for changes that may indicate an increase in Covid-related health concerns.

In addition, according to MacIntyre, the goal was to make the tool accessible at the “grassroots” level and also to ensure that it covered enough languages to reach “villages and small towns all over the world.”

“Imagine if someone had spotted Covid-19 before it went around the world — that is our vision,” MacIntyre added. EPIWATCH does not rely on people to make reports because it uses AI and also real-time open-source data. It is a wonderful equalizer, capable of overcoming poor health systems and censorship.”

Open-Source Approach Accelerates Pandemic Detection

Australian universities are at the forefront of crypto-related research aimed at benefiting humanity. The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University opened its Green Cryptocurrency Laboratory earlier this month to lower cryptocurrency’s carbon footprint.

In response to an outbreak of bogus Covid-19 vaccine certificates circulating on the internet last year. Australian medical specialists advocated for a statewide rollout of a blockchain-based vaccine certificate system.

By Elah Mae Ariate Wozinga Staff

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