Bucket List – Reading and Comprehension

Are you a creative, adventurous, and spontaneous individual with a caring and determined attitude? If so, you may already have a bucket list! A bucket list is a list of things you want to do or achieve before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Creating a bucket list can be a fun and inspiring way to set goals for yourself and make the most out of life.

Have you ever wanted to travel to a far-off destination, learn a new skill, or try an extreme sport? Maybe you’ve just been waiting for the right time or opportunity to do so. Yet, if you don’t take action, these dreams may remain unfulfilled. That’s where a bucket list comes in handy. By listing out your aspirations, you can make a plan to accomplish them and make them a reality.

Perhaps you’ve already accomplished some things on your bucket list. Maybe you’ve traveled to a foreign country, tried a new hobby, or met a personal goal. Congratulations! It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements. However, don’t stop there. Keep adding new items to your bucket list and striving towards new experiences.

Being adventurous and spontaneous can make crossing things off your bucket list even more exciting. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to skydive, but the idea of jumping out of a plane is intimidating. Just take a deep breath and go for it! You may discover that the rush of adrenaline is just what you need to feel alive and accomplished.

On the other hand, being caring and determined can also play a big role in achieving your bucket list goals. Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer at a local shelter or participate in a charity event. These experiences can be just as fulfilling as more adventurous pursuits. By dedicating your time and energy to a cause you believe in, you can make a difference in your community and in the world.

In conclusion, whether you’re a seasoned bucket list pro or just getting started, remember that the key to making your dreams a reality is to take action. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or opportunity. Make your own opportunities, be spontaneous, and stay determined. Keep adding new items to your bucket list and checking them off one by one. Who knows what amazing experiences await you?

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Reading Exercise | | The Pastry AI that Learned to Fight Cancer

Japan’s long history of trade is considered one of the reasons behind the country’s very diverse food tastes. Because of this, unlike French or Italian bakeries that offer only a few options, Japanese bakeries offer pastries of all sizes, shapes, flavors, and colors. They have options like The Carbonara, which is a pastry version of the famous Italian pasta dish, or The Ham Corn, a breakfast pastry topped with ham, corn, and mayonnaise. There are hundreds of different types of pastries in these unique bakeries. Unfortunately, this diversity did not come without a cost: cashiers had to spend months learning the price of each individual pastry based on sight alone. This meant that the checkout process was not only very difficult for cashiers, but also caused long wait times for customers.

A software company called Brain was asked to help resolve the problem of confusion at the cash register. Brain, which was founded by computer programmer and software designer Hisashi Kambe, had always worked on projects based on computer visualization capabilities. The company originally designed computers that could detect errors in formulas for fabric patterns, so resolving the problem of visualizing hundreds of different pastries was no stranger to them. Brain began working on a software called BakeryScan.

BakeryScan is unique because, unlike deep learning software like Google Translate, Siri, and almost every AI system out there, BakeryScan doesn’t need large amounts of specialized data to make decisions; it is created to understand irregularities like the shadow cast into the middle of a donut hole or the slightly darker color of over-baked bread without needing the input of tens of thousands of similar images.

Once BakeryScan was implemented, it became a hit. It was televised all over Japan and became such a cultural phenomenon that it was even referenced in their language proficiency exams.

This was how a doctor at the Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research, in Kyoto, saw a television segment about the machine. He realized that cancer cells, under a microscope, looked a lot like bread. He contacted Hisashi Kambe’s company Brain to see how they could collaborate to develop a version of the program that could help pathologists detect cancer cells. BakeryScan was already equipped with tools that allowed human experts to give the program feedback, the only thing they needed to change was what exactly the system would be analyzing.

They started small, analyzing single cells under a microscope, but eventually moved up to more complex images. Now, BakeryScan, adapted and renamed Cyto-Aiscan, is being tested in two major hospitals in Kobe and Kyoto. It is capable of “whole-slide” analysis, meaning that more than analyze a single cell at a time, it is capable of looking at an entire microscope slide and identifying the cells that might be cancerous. Instead of considering the shadows cast into a donut hole or the darker shade of over-baked bread, the software is now considering the color tone of the nucleus, its size and texture, and its overall roundness.

Who knew that the world of pastries could bring us further ahead in cancer research?

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