Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. - 05/03/2016


In their study, the researchers examined four separate studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008, including one by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

DANIEL BOBROW Obituary: DANIEL BOBROW's Obituary by the New York Times.

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Daniel (Danny) Bobrow passed away peacefully at home with his wife Toni and daughters Kimberly and Deborah in Palo Alto, California, on March 20, 2017, having bravely fought a five-month battle with cancer. A pioneer with a long and distinguished research career in Artificial Intelligence as a Research Fellow in the System Sciences Laboratory of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), he is remembered as a mentor, friend, and role model for many. Danny served as president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), president of the Cognitive Science Society, editor-in-chief of the Artificial Intelligence Journal, and also was a recipient of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award and a fellow of both the ACM and AAAI. Danny is survived by his wife, Toni Wagner Bobrow; his children, Kimberly Bobrow Jennery, Deborah Bobrow, and Jordan Bobrow; and his brothers, Michael Bobrow, Robert (Rusty) Bobrow, and Eric Bobrow.

Data-driven mental healthcare solving the crisis? - Information Age


Working with the NHS, Ieso has treated 10,000 people suffering from mental health. Using it's online channel, the health provider accumulates patient data based on their interaction with the therapists. If they do deliver that and the patients get better, faster then the same number of therapists can see more patients, which will help dent the huge number of people suffering from mental health disorders. The problem is, that in the medical area data, patient data is restricted (and with good reason for various personal and ethical concerns).

Kenneth Arrow, Nobel-Winning Economist Whose Influence Spanned Decades, Dies at 95

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In a theorem of stunning generality, Professor Arrow proved that no system of majority voting worked satisfactorily according to a carefully articulated definition of "satisfactory" (which social scientists generally accept). Professor Arrow's research opened the academic field of social choice -- a literature that ranges from countries picking presidents to corporate boards picking business strategies. But Professor Arrow and his co-authors extended the Walrasian system to capture important complexities, like the fact that markets exist well into the future, posing risk for consumers and producers. Professor Arrow proved that their system of equations mathematically cohere: Prices exist that bring all markets into simultaneous equilibrium (whereby every item produced at the equilibrium price would be voluntarily purchased).

George A. Miller dies at 92; psychologist helped lead cognitive science revolution - The Washington Post

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UPDATE 4-Science fiction author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

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NEW YORK, June 6 Ray Bradbury, a giant of American literature who helped popularize science fiction with poetic, cerebral works such as "The Martian Chronicles," died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Bradbury brought not only futuristic vision but literary sensibilities to his more than 500 works published including "Fahrenheit 451," a classic dystopian novel about book censorship in a future society, and other favorites such as "The Illustrated Man" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes." As a science fiction writer, Bradbury said he did not want to predict the future -- but sometimes wanted to prevent it. He did not go to college, instead educating himself by spending hours reading in libraries, and began writing for pulp magazines.

Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73

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Mr. Scheinman, starting as a graduate student at Stanford University, developed a robotic arm that allowed the use of robotics in industry to leap forward. He received a bachelor's degree in Course 16 aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, a master's and engineer degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a certificate from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Scheinman married his first wife, Bonnie Sabrina Scheinman Pospisil, in 1978, and they had two children, Tenaya and David. Mr. Scheinman is survived by his wife, Sandra Jean Auerback, whom he married in 2006; former wife Bonnie Sabrina Scheinman Pospisil of Woodside; children David Scheinman of Menlo Park and Tenaya Scheinman of Seattle; and brother, Dr.

John McCarthy, artificial intelligence pioneer, dies at age 84

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Mashable reports that McCarthy was also one of the first people to propose "selling computing power through a utility business model," in 1961. While the idea didn't gain much traction at the time, it's now coming back in a big way with the use of grid and cloud computing. But McCarthy's most widely-read work is likely his proposal for artificial intelligence, presented at Dartmouth in 1955, in which he wrote that "every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it." Below, watch as Stanford's Andrew Ng shows McCarthy's ideas come to life:

Obituary: Professor Richard Gregory, artificial intelligence pioneer, 86

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Mr Gregory was a pioneer of human psychology, and made significant advances in the fast-changing world of artificial intelligence. After exhibiting obvious academic talent the RAF offered Mr Gregory a scholarship to study philosophy and experimental psychology at Downing College, Cambridge and after proving himself a successful scientist and inventor he moved to Edinburgh, where he took up a post as professor of bionics. Friends and family of celebrated Edinburgh College of Art lecturer and graphic designer Andrew Chisholm have paid tribute to his life. Mr Chisholm went on to study at the Edinburgh College of Art, later becoming a part-time lecturer in illustration, lettering and calligraphy.

Computer Visionary Who Invented the Mouse

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It was his great insight that progress in science and engineering could be greatly accelerated if researchers, working in small groups, shared computing power. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. In contrast to the mainframes then in use, a computerized system Dr. Engelbart created, called the oNLine System, or NLS, allowed researchers to share information seamlessly and to create and retrieve documents in the form of a structured electronic library. Because of an editing error, an obituary on Thursday about Douglas C. Engelbart, a visionary scientist who invented the computer mouse, described incorrectly in some copies his reference to "the bug."