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Is Automation a Risk to our Job Future?

May 25, 2017

In May 2016, Foxconn reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 in one of its factories in China, replacing a majority of its human workforce with robots. It was a shocking development and the reverberations were heard across the world as it reinforced scary predictions by futurists, academics, tech titans and economists that automation… Read More »

The Future of Health and Human Services Data Modeling (Part 2)

May 23, 2017

This is the second half of my thoughts on the question “When will the IT industry provide reusable clinical and administrative data warehouses for the Medicaid enterprise?”  The first posting discussed the current models and systems, and enumerated some barriers to creating a common data model.  In this post I consider how to overcome the… Read More »

Improve Your Marketing Through AI-Influenced Analytics

May 18, 2017

For businesses to survive today, they have to embrace new trends quickly. We’re no longer living in the world where new developments, like airplane travel or television, take decades to reach market saturation. Today’s technology adoption cycle is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast, even compared to the advent of computers, mobile devices and the internet, which transformed their… Read More »

Discovery, Truth and Utility: Defining ‘Data Science’

May 16, 2017

Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro knows a thing or two about extracting insight from data. He co-founded the first Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining workshop in 1989 that we briefly discussed in the second installment of this series of blogs. And he has been practicing and instructing pretty much continuously since then. But what is it, exactly, that… Read More »

The Future of Health and Human Services Data Modeling (Part 1)

May 15, 2017

The question was put to me “When will the IT industry provide reusable clinical and administrative data warehouses for the Medicaid enterprise?” It was a thought-provoking question that was well worth considering. Currently the healthcare insurance and provider industries are guided to target reporting that is defined by government regulation and motivated by financial incentives.… Read More »

Machine Networks – Competitive Strength In Numbers

May 11, 2017

Personal experience informs everyday decisions. And the wiser heads among us combat any individual biases that might have influenced their thinking by seasoning judgement with other, more diverse opinions to enable faster, more accurate solutions. The interesting thing is that this kind of collective intelligence is not an exclusively human trait. Machines do it, too.… Read More »

Machine Learning Goes Back to the Future

May 9, 2017

In the first installment of this blog series, we described how the quest for artificial intelligence (AI) gave us the discipline of machine learning – the study of how to enable an intelligent agent to learn from data to improve its performance. But what has any of that got to do with commercial analytics? Learning… Read More »