Issue 158: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning

We are excited to announce our partnership with WIRED Health, the must-attend “future of health” event which is taking place on the 9th of March in London.

We are offering all vendors and practitioners the chance to get 50% off the usual vendor/practitioner price of £600. All you need to do is enter the raffle here which closes Monday 27 February at 11:59PM GMT. The winners will be contacted on Tuesday 28 February and informed how to claim their discount.


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Future of Health

Snap40 knows when you’re getting sick and alerts your doctor

This wearable device, which is strapped to a patient’s arm and continuously collects data, will be trialled by two UK hospitals in the coming months. Created by the Scotland-based snap40 the device alerts doctors and nurses to when a patient’s vital signs indicate a further health risk may occur. They will begin trialling it in April and May at the Victoria Hospital.

“The device is warn on the upper arm and it monitors six different vital signs: heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturations, temperature, emotion, posture and changes in the blood pressure,” Chris McCann, snap40’s CEO and founder, tells WIRED. His firm has just been awarded £1 million healthcare development contract from NHS England’s Small Business Research Initiative.

Another Example of “Robots Taking Humans’ Jobs”

Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes

In an interview with Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, Bill Gates explains why robots that take jobs away from people shouldn’t get a free pass when it comes to income tax.

Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes. The idea is not totally theoretical: EU lawmakers considered a proposal to tax robot owners to pay for training for workers who lose their jobs, though on Feb. 16 the legislators ultimately rejected it.


Robot monitors in homes of elderly people can predict falls, says study

Robotic movement sensing systems in the homes of elderly people can predict with a high level of accuracy when a person is at high risk of having a fall and send warnings to support workers or relatives, say researchers.

The US study, carried out in a senior housing centre in Missouri, found that telltale signs, including a sudden decline in walking speed, were linked to an 86% chance of having a fall within the next three weeks. Elderly residents who were monitored by the system, which allowed clinicians to intervene before injuries occurred, were able to live independently for 1.8 years longer than those without the technology.

Marjorie Skubic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering who is pioneering the approach at a residence linked to the University of Missouri, said: “Our goal is to help people age in the home of their choice, which in many cases will be their existing home. People say ‘I want to stay in my own home’.”

Business Impact of AI

Unruly uses IBM Watson to target occasional purchasers

Unruly’s global vivre president for insight, Ian Forrester, said that the move to target advertising using IBM Watson would give the video business the ability to isolate people who were only occasional purchasers. He said the method of identifying light buyers would eliminate waste where brands were spending money to influence people who were already higher users of a product.

“It has three core principals. It identifies light buyers, it separately profiles light buyers and and enables us to target light buyers,” Forrester said. Unruly is the latest company to tap into IBM’s Watson with the product called Unruly DNA, which will use a 10,000 strong panel combined with linguistic analysis and insights gleaned from social media accounts.

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

Vogue’s Facebook chat bot is this season’s must-have accessory

Forget apps – they’re so last season. Imagine having a chat with Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.

Unless you’re fashion royalty, Vogue Fashion Update – a new automated Facebook chat, is the closest you’ll get this London Fashion Week. This new chat bot allows you to chat directly with the Vogue brand for the first time, through Facebook Messenger.

It’s a bold new way for publishers to talk to their fans that’s perfect for people tired of endless scrolling and searching for news. Now your favourite content comes straight to you, through a “natural” Facebook chat.

Something to Get Involved In

UX Sprints Launch & Sensory Technology Debate by Holition (23 February)

The inaugural 2017 UX SPRINTS User Experience competition has now launched. This competition is designed to inspire the next generation of future-thinkers by inviting them to consider innovative ways of improving the interaction between people and digital devices. By exploring the empathy between the human body, design, science and the senses we pose the question: Is it possible to trigger ongoing shifts in the way space is perceived and experienced?

It will feature Jonathan Chippindale, CEO of Holition, Adam Storey, Creative Director and Founder of Design Agency Four By Two, and more. It will take place 23 February from 6PM-9PM at the Digital Catapult Centre (101 Euston Road, London, Nw1 2RA).

Video Killed the Radio Star

The Intelligence Explosion

Guardian Original Drama returns with a third installment, a superintelligence sci-fi.

It’s 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone could have predicted, are they about to run out of time?

This is part of the Brainwaves series exploring the science and emotion of our everyday lives.

Products We Love

Amazon Alexa can now help diagnose what ails you

Amazon Alexa users with health issues can now have Alexa call Healthtap’s Doctor AI to help figure out what’s wrong and direct them to act accordingly. Support for Alexa brings Dr. AI to home users who might not be adept at using screens.

“We’d been doing text and video before, then expanded into voice and that’s exciting in healthcare because we serve many populations that are older, disabled, or frail,” said Ron Gutman, founder and chief executive of Palo Alto, California-based digital health company which claims 107,000 doctors in its network. Records and data from those doctors make up Dr. AI’s health care data trove.

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