Researchers Use Machine Learning to Identify Genetic Disease Patients

In years gone by there was Where’s Waldo? Then there was Finding Nemo. Today, on a more serious note but important even to small children, there is FIND FH.

FH, or familial hypercholesterolemia, is a genetic predisposition to very high levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) that may first manifest itself as a fatal heart attack at a premature age. There are therapies, statin-based, that reliably improve outcomes for patients with FH. But there is a big problem: 90 out of 100 patients who have FH do not know they have it or perhaps even what it is. Many physicians are equally in the dark about the disease and therefore do not screen patients for it. FIND FH hopes to change all that. Continue reading “Researchers Use Machine Learning to Identify Genetic Disease Patients”

International congress on sports innovation and technology in Turnhout, Belgium

On March 08, 2016, The Sports Innovation Conference will take place at Thomas More in Turnhout, Belgium.

The conference covers a variety of topics related to sports technology, including wearables, big data, and a key note detailing how Microsoft is working with some of the world’s top brands to digitize and transform the global sports industry. Continue reading “International congress on sports innovation and technology in Turnhout, Belgium”

Travel and hospitality connected data is like snow

I should have expected it! The end of January/beginning of February always seems to bring some kind of major snow event in the East. Here in Cary, NC we experienced only a couple of inches of snow, but that snow covered a solid inch of ice underneath. Several hundred miles north, my daughter walked through almost two feet of snow at her college campus in Philadelphia. And it got me thinking…

Data is like snow; or better, data is like any kind of precipitation. Small amounts of data can cause headaches and, in our case, muscle aches, as we tried to crack through the inch of ice under our snow in Cary to clear our driveway. But when a lot of data comes at you fast and furiously, like the snow falling during the recent blizzard, you have to deal with both the volume and the velocity of the data. The Washington Post reported an average of more than 20 inches of snow in 2-3 days across 68 square miles equaling almost 3.5 billion cubic feet of snow. Continue reading “Travel and hospitality connected data is like snow”

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere and is not going to take over businesses

Artificial intelligence techniques have been used for years, and lately there has been an explosion in their applications. As a matter of fact, in a recent Q3 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed that artificial intelligence is a core, transformative way through which society is re-thinking just how everything is done. Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence is everywhere and is not going to take over businesses”

Artificial Intelligence – Should we be afraid?

When Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all agree on something, it’s worth paying attention.

All three have warned of the potential dangers that artificial intelligence or AI can bring. The world’s foremost physicist, Hawking said that the full development of artificial intelligence (AI) could “spell the end of the human race”. Musk, the tech entrepreneur who brought us PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX described artificial intelligence as our “biggest existential threat” and said that playing around with AI was like “summoning the demon”. Gates, who knows a thing or two about tech, puts himself in the “concerned” camp when it comes to machines becoming too intelligent for us humans to control. Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence – Should we be afraid?”

How IoT is already changing the way we do business today

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting concept, a future where “billions of things are talking to each other,” as technology consulting company SAP describes it. We’ve seen gadgets and domestic appliances connect to the Internet and ping your smartphone with info, but it’s becoming more clear that these toys are a prelude to a vastly connected world. And yet, we spend most of our day at work. Here’s how technologists think the world of IoT will change the workplace—and how it’s already changing how we do business today. Continue reading “How IoT is already changing the way we do business today”

IoT Challenges: Privacy, Security and Fog Computing

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the year 2015 has IoT enthusiasts particularly excited. This year, IoT has taken center stage at many conferences around the world, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015), SEMI CON 2015, and Createc Japan, among others. Continue reading “IoT Challenges: Privacy, Security and Fog Computing”