Big Data Analytics, Behavioural Profiling & AI

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How Medical Centers And Pharmas Respond To Technological Innovation: The Four Rs

Medical centers and pharma companies struggle in parallel today with the challenge of bringing innovation — particularly contemporary data science tools — into organizations dominated by established processes deeply rooted in legacy technologies.<p>(Disclosure/reminder: I’m chief medical officer at …

Innovation

Artificial intelligence is entering the justice system

Bad news for crooks: RAVN’s AI speeds up the document-sifting process - and is more accurate than humans<p>The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had a problem. …

Artificial Intelligence

How Google’s Chrome plans will impact publishers, ad blockers, and the web

I’ve spent the last two years fighting in the ad-block trenches, so I’ve gotten lots of questions about Google’s recent announcement that new Chrome ad blocking options are on the way and what that means for publishers, ad blocking, and the industry as a whole.<p>Before we get into that, though, let’s …

Ad Blocking

Why You Should Never Go on the Internet Without a VPN, and How You Can Get One

Futurism only supports companies that we trust. Disconnect is one of those companies. We may collect a share of the sales from the items featured on …

Google promises to stop digging through your email inbox to target ads (which it was totally doing)

Google will no longer scan your emails to steer the ads it shows you—a longstanding controversial practice that you may not have even been aware the company was doing.<p>The surprise announcement seems to be an effort to appease paying users of Google's office email software. The search giant has …

Google

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

“Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you,” the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, “save only this: if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot.” …

Big Data

Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

How can organizations leverage data as a strategic asset? Data comes at a high price. Businesses must pay for data collection and cleansing, hosting and maintenance, salaries of data engineers, data scientists and analysts, risk of breach and so on.<p>The line items add up. However, if done well, a …

Big Data

Not Doing Big Data in the Cloud? Better Get There

Forrester Research says competitive advantage will follow big data analytics' move to the cloud; join in, or get left behind.

Big Data

In The Hospital Of The Future, Big Data Is One Of Your Doctors

From our genomes to Jawbones, the amount of data about health is exploding. Bringing on top Silicon Valley talent, one NYC hospital is preparing for a future where it can analyze and predict its patients’ health needs–and maybe change our understanding of disease.<p>The office of Jeff Hammerbacher at …

Health Care

Apple’s Latest iOS Update Is Bad News For Advertisers

As part of a user privacy initiative, Apple just made it a lot harder to place advertising in mobile apps.<p>Apple is making big, privacy-friendly changes to the way iPhone and iPad apps work–and many developers probably won’t like them. <i>The Information</i> reported today that Apple is taking steps to …

Apple

Act now to protect your digital rights, Big Brother and his Little Sisters may be watching

<i>This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The</i> …

Digital Rights

The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

Going through airport security is a universally painful experience. And despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build …

Data Science

How Businesses Use Controversial Device Fingerprinting To Identify And Track Customers

Device fingerprinting is a technique for identifying a computing device (e.g. desk top, laptop, tablet or smartphone) based on its unique configurations. Many people might own the same device but once we track location and time zone settings, operating system, apps and plugins installed, browser …

Privacy

How Analytics Has Changed in the Last 10 Years (and How It’s Stayed the Same)

Ten years ago, Jeanne Harris and I published the book <i>Competing on Analytics</i>, and we’ve just finished updating it for publication in September. One major reason for the update is that analytical technology has changed dramatically over the last decade; the sections we wrote on those topics have …

Big Data

GOP data firm that exposed millions of Americans' personal information is facing its first class-action lawsuit

A data-analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee last year to gather political information about US voters accidentally leaked the sensitive personal details of roughly 198 million citizens earlier this month. And it's now facing its first class-action lawsuit.<p>Deep Root Analytics, a …

Republican National Committee

Big data, ample opportunity: property sector embraces analytics

The property sector is latching on to the power of big data.<p>The 21st-century coupling of algorithms and large pools of information, made possible by …

Big Data

The Death of Creative Excellence

Most Popular<p>In the dim and distant past, a friend of mine worked as a psychologist at a notoriously tough jail in Scotland.<p>In an attempt to lighten …

Creativity

137 things the Republican party wants to know about every American voter

It’s common knowledge that political parties in the United States collect information about potential voters, but exactly how comprehensive is the data they collet?<p>To explore that question, we set out to find detailed descriptions of 176 data points the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been …

Stack Overflow

EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illness without scientific evidence

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts may consider vaccines to be the cause of an illness, even in the absence of scientific evidence confirming a link.<p>The EU's highest court said that if the development of a disease is timely to the person's receiving a …

Medicine

Data of nearly all registered US voters left unsecured for weeks in RNC trove

Personal data, including names, addresses, voter registration details and social media posts, made vulnerable because of improper security settings<p>A data trove owned by the Republican National Committee (RNC) containing personal details of nearly every registered voter in the US was left unsecured …

Security

Getting Buy-In for Predictive Analytics in Health Care

According to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), the U.S. health care system spends almost a third of its resources — $750 billion annually — on unnecessary services and inefficient care. New predictive analytics tools promise to reduce waste and improve care by …

Health Care

Firm Contracted By Republican Groups Left Millions Of Voter Files Unsecured Online

<b>Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET</b><p>So it seems that it's not only Democrats who have trouble keeping their digital information secure online. An extensive database of information about 198 million Americans collected by a contractor hired by Republican groups was obtained by a security researcher, who found …

Security

AI Acquires Spatial Reasoning Abilities, in a Victory for Our Machine Overlords

The London-based AI group DeepMind is at it again, inching us closer to the robot apocalypse and collecting news headlines along the way. In a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Big Impact of Big Data on Hotels and Their Guests

Travel and hospitality companies are only as good as the memories they can help guests create. For hotels of any kind, creating a positive experience …

Hospitality

The Best Approach to Decision Making Combines Data and Managers’ Expertise

Data is now the critical tool for managing many corporate functions, including marketing, pricing, supply chain, operations, and more. This movement is being further fueled by the promise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and by the ease of collecting and storing data about every …

Big Data

​Data Governance Australia launches draft Code of Practice for data use

The independent body tasked with establishing industry standards around data has released a draft Code of Practice in a bid to set benchmarks for the …

Privacy

Google launches open source system to make training deep learning models faster and easier

Google's new Tensor2Tensor (T2T) library aims to help businesses and researchers create new machine learning models for translation, parsing, and …

Machine Learning

Data of almost 200 million voters leaked online by GOP analytics firm

Personal information of almost 200 million registered U.S. voters was accidentally exposed online due to an improperly configured security setting, security firm UpGuard revealed on Monday.<p>The leaked information, compiled by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics and two other Republican …

Security

Key Challenges Companies Face With Big Data Security

Big data security seems to gain more attention with each passing year. In fact, the World Quality Report of 2015-2016 claims that security is the …

Big Data