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The ‘failure’ of big data

October 30th, 2020 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

In a May 2011 special research report, Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity, the management consulting firm McKinsey put forth the case that “Big data will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus.” The McKinsey report went on to note that, “The […]



An AI analysis of 500,000 studies shows how we can end world hunger

October 21st, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

An Indian farmer dries harvested rice from a paddy field in Assam. Ending hunger is one of the top priorities of the United Nations this decade. Yet the world appears to be backsliding, with an uptick of 60 million people experiencing hunger in the last five years to an estimated 690 million worldwide. To help […]



The top 4 artificial intelligence trends for 2021

September 30th, 2020 at 9:26 pm » Comments Off

Before the global pandemic struck in 2020 and the world was turned on its head, artificial intelligence (AI), and specifically the branch of AI known as machine learning (ML), were already causing widespread disruption in almost every industry. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of how we do business, but it hasn’t diminished the […]



Quantum computing will (eventually) help us discover vaccines in days

June 2nd, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

The coronavirus is proving that we have to move faster in identifying and mitigating epidemics before they become pandemics because, in today’s global world, viruses spread much faster, further, and more frequently than ever before. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that while our ability to identify and treat pandemics has improved greatly since […]



An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI

February 15th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow large medical databases to be tapped for causal links Understanding how the world works means understanding cause and effect. Why are things like this? What will happen if I do that? Correlations tell you that certain phenomena go together. Only causal links tell you why a system […]



Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

January 21st, 2020 at 1:35 pm » Comments Off

It may not be long before you’ll have to forget about walking down the street anonymously, says a New York Times report.  ”Just a face in the crowd.” That figure of speech may one day need a footnote to explain it. What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an […]



Top 10 tech predictions for 2020 from IDC

November 8th, 2019 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

  2020 predictions from IDCGETTY  IDC released today its worldwide IT industry predictions for 2020 in a webcast with Frank Gens, IDC’s senior vice president and chief analyst. The focus for the 10 predictions for next year and beyond is the rise of the digital economy. By 2023, IDC predicts, over half (52%) of global […]



Can the data poor survive?

October 19th, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

Will work for data We’ve been running a data science experiment over the past few months. Our first goal was to compare and contrast the amount of data we could actively gather using a link to an online survey (please click here to take it) vs. the amount of data we could passively gather using […]



Gatwick Airport commits to facial recognition tech at boarding

October 2nd, 2019 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Gatwick first trialled facial-recognition-based checks at some of its departure gates last year Gatwick has become the UK’s first airport to confirm it will use facial-recognition cameras on a permanent basis for ID checks before passengers board planes. It follows a self-boarding trial carried out in partnership with EasyJet last year. The London airport said […]



Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unveils its high-tech ‘city-within-a-city’ plan for Toronto

July 14th, 2019 at 3:40 am » Comments Off

Sidewalk Labs says it will spend $1.3 billion on the project in the hopes of spurring $38 billion in private sector investment by 2040  Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s smart city subsidiary, released its massive plan Monday to transform a slice of Toronto’s waterfront into a high-tech utopia. Eighteen months in the making and clocking in at […]



How Stockholm is leading the way for smart cities

July 9th, 2019 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

‘Being smart is about working in a smarter way with different partners and empowering citizens’ Stockholm is one of the world’s most connected cities, and a beacon for innovators and international talent. We are also a forward-looking city, leading the environmental and smart city agendas. By 2040, we have the ambition to be both carbon […]



Your internet data is rotting

May 25th, 2019 at 3:36 am » Comments Off

The internet is growing, but old information continues to disappear daily. Many MySpace users were dismayed to discover earlier this year that the social media platform lost 50 million files uploaded between 2003 and 2015. The failure of MySpace to care for and preserve its users’ content should serve as a reminder that relying on […]



Should we gamify citizenship?