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Elon Musk says Tesla is launching an insurance company

August 4th, 2020 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

Tesla is about to get into the auto insurance game, CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday. On a call with investors, Musk said that Tesla is in the process of “building” what he called a “major insurance company,” Business Insider reports. By the end of the year, he hopes to have launched in a handful of […]



Hospitals charging the privately insured 2.4 times what they charge medicare patients

June 7th, 2019 at 2:05 pm » Comments Off

  Indiana Rep. Sen. Jim Banks’ Hospital Competition Act of 2019 would curtail the pricing power of regional hospital monopolies, and incentivize them to restore a competitive market. For generations, the prices that hospitals charge patients with private insurance have been shrouded in secrecy. An explosive new study has unlocked some of those secrets. It […]



Very risky business: the pros and cons of insurance companies embracing artificial intelligence

May 6th, 2019 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

The enabling technology for insurers to use AI is the ‘ecosystem’ of sensors known as the internet of things. It’s a new day not very far in the future. You wake up; your wristwatch has recorded how long you’ve slept, and monitored your heartbeat and breathing. You drive to work; car sensors track your speed […]



Self-driving cars might kill auto insurance as we know it

February 27th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

I Without humans to cause accidents, 90% of risk is removed. Insurers are scrambling to prepare. Dan Peate, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in Southern California, was thinking of buying a Tesla Model X a few years ago—until he called his insurance company and found out how much his premiums would rise. “They quoted me […]



Very risky business: the pros and cons of insurance companies embracing artificial intelligence

February 25th, 2019 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

  The enabling technology for insurers to use AI is the ‘ecosystem’ of sensors known as the internet of things. It’s a new day not very far in the future. You wake up; your wristwatch has recorded how long you’ve slept, and monitored your heartbeat and breathing. You drive to work; car sensors track your […]



This data startup uses artificial intelligence to figure out if your roof is in decent shape

April 10th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

When you first buy a house, your insurance company doesn’t know very much about it or how much insuring it will cost. That’s because it first has to send out an inspector to look at the exterior of your house, take measurements, and check out your roof to see what kind of shape it’s in. […]



Heading North: American doctors are heading to Canada

December 18th, 2017 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

For Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving to Toronto in 2014 was an easy decision. He says he is among a handful of American doctors who went north to practice in Canada’s single-payer system. Now he doesn’t worry about whether his patients can afford […]



Insurance drones expected to play a major role in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

September 2nd, 2017 at 1:28 pm » Comments Off

Property insurance firms like State Farm and Allstate are preparing to use drones to inspect commercial and residential properties in Texas and Louisiana they insure that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to Slate. The companies expect to start inspecting properties early next week, once the storm completely subsides.



US facing imminent OB-GYN shortage

July 31st, 2017 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

Women and women’s health advocates breathed a sigh of relief this week as the Better Health Reconciliation Act died a quiet death in the Senate.



The game-changing technology every company needs to prepare for now

July 25th, 2017 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Artificial intelligence is coming soon to reshape your business–and the world.



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



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