Redefining the Algorithms that Define Us
The source here is an interesting editorial from Psychology Today about Artificial Intelligence and its encroachment on that last bastion of humanity: Creativity. Rather than allowing AI to regurgitate our dystopian fears about a computer controlled future the media should be guiding AI into creating a future of hope for consumption.
CPAP Machine Data Monitored By Health Insurance
No one wants to hear their private data is being monitored by a large corporation, but Health Insurance companies are carefully watching internet connected CPAP machines. On one hand, they’re keeping costs in check by making sure people are using the devices as prescribed. On the other hand, they’re manipulating the costs of these devices in the marketplace in detrimental way.
Public-Private Partnership for Safer Roads
Using data from Google-owned Waze, traffic cameras, and connected cars the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, and the Nevada Department of Transportation use several interesting tactics for slowing people down and reducing crashes. This year-long pilot program with a company called Waycare has reduced the number of traffic accidents by almost 20%.
Bitcoin Now Accepted by Ohio for Corporate Taxes
In an effort by Ohio state treasurer, Josh Mandel, to be more ‘tech-friendly,’ he has begun accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for corporate taxes. I’m unsure if this is a brilliant move to secure the state’s future should crypto gain traction or if volatility makes this a dangerous decision.
Healthcare Through Technology
The source article is biased but not off base in highlighting an issue with the current US healthcare system. A woman in Grand Rapids, Michigan was rejected from the heart transplant list and told to take to social media for a fundraising effort by the hospital. I don’t have a solution to the issue, but I can recognize there is one and am open to hearing suggestions.