Friday, January 31, 2014
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Friday, January 17, 2014
Recently, the (big) blue company announced it would pour $1 billion into the business development, to help place the cyber doctor/advisor. A few reasons are presented for why sales have not skyrocketed.
This is interesting, as there were a number of initiative to bind machine learning with medicine. In several cases, the machine was able to find a better, i.e. more efficient or cheaper, than its flesh-and-bone counterpart. The underlying, unsaid reason (in my views) is that a machine doesn't partake in "sales" politics: it doesn't favour a specific brand nor does it try to "treat without curing".
Anyways, I really wish Watson become more of a success: with the explosion of diseases, such as autoimmune diseases or cancers, we really need to have all the brainpower we can have, both hardware and wetware.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A very good talk from Stefan Widmann. Enjoy!
Monday, January 13, 2014
In addition to the 40 million credit and debit cards records stolen, it seems that "at least 70 million PII records were also accessed." The Star Tribune also mentions the opinion of Jack Tomarchio, attorney specialized in cybersecurity and data protection, who claims that if the credit and debit cards breach was bad, the PII one is even worse: the banks can quickly revoke a credit or debit card, but people are usually unwilling to change where they live or their name.
And to have a good start for 2014, not only Target and Neiman Marcus were hit, but it appears that several other retailers suffered the same type of breach.
2014 already announces itself as the Year of the Permanent Credit Card Monitoring.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Interesting concept: an electric sail for spacecraft and probes - New Form of Spacecraft Propulsion Proposed For Uranus Mission | MIT Technology Review