In the latest of our Predictions series we take a look at what the future of healthcare will look like. Could artificial intelligence and smart technology improve every stage of our lives? We look at how the future of healthcare will affect us from birth including wearable tech and the internet of things to capturing baseline health data we can use to monitor our health as we grow older. From womb to tomb Health scanning and data will become ever present in our lives – even from the very start of life. Before birth, scanning will take place in the womb which will create a basic profile of a person's health and create treatment plans from the very start.
An excellent lineup of financial practitioners and academics presented research and insights on big data and machine learning in finance. Access a copy of the presentations and watch all available sessions: https://goo.gl/5pAMqx RavenPack's prestigious annual event has experienced growing interest, with attendance exceeding 260 buy-side professionals. Word on the street is RavenPack's research symposium is a "must attend event" for quantitative investors and financial professionals that are serious about Big Data.
KSQL is the open source streaming SQL engine for Apache Kafka. It lets you do sophisticated stream processing on Kafka topics, easily, using a simple and interactive SQL interface. In this short article we'll see how easy it is to get up and running with a sandbox for exploring it, using everyone's favourite demo streaming data source: Twitter. We'll go from ingesting the raw stream of tweets, through to filtering it with predicates in KSQL, to building aggregates such as counting the number of tweets per user per hour.
You can already use a Google Home speaker to control regular YouTube videos if you have a Chromecast device, but what about YouTube TV? You're set from now on. Google has enabled voice control over its cord-cutting television service from Home speakers, making it possible to change channels without touching your remote. You can ask Google Assistant to play a specific channel or show, and it's smart enough to recognize fuzzier requests. Tell it to "play the MLB game" and it'll switch to baseball without needing a specific channel or team, for instance. Of course, this is only useful if you live in one of the major US cities where YouTube TV is available.
PEOPLE often marry people who are just like them – similar in terms of social background, world view and race. Online dating may be changing that, however, breaking us out of our existing social circles. Economists Josué Ortega at the University of Essex, UK, and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna, Austria, suggest it could even lead to more integrated societies. Before the first dating websites appeared in the 1990s, most people would meet dates through existing networks of friends or colleagues. But the rise of dating sites like Match.com and apps like Tinder has made online dating the norm for many.
Bot backlash is upon us. On Facebook, where companies once raced to implement time-saving bots, failure rates are reported to have hit 70 percent. Only three in 10 interactions go off without a hitch, according to recent reports. Customers complain that AI-powered bots bumble all but the most basic of queries, give nonsensical responses and waste more time than they save. The irony, of course, is that all this botched customer service is playing out on social media, which not long ago promised to be the antidote to tiresome phone trees and subpar support.
There are many technological trends affecting businesses today that have proved to be extremely effective, such as chatbot marketing to increase engagement. In addition, the development of social media and widespread use of mobile devices have completely changed the business landscape for large and small companies. Social media engagement has become one of the biggest indicators of a company's local presence and overall popularity. Facebook, Instagram and other popular social media platforms provide companies with a direct communication line with their consumers and vice versa. To top it off, the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual assistants now let companies provide help to consumers around the clock without having to hire more team members.
We usually think of the term "technology" in very modern, even futuristic contexts. Yet the word has a long history, deriving from the Greek tekhnologia, meaning "science of craft" or "systematic treatment" of actions. These traits have been with us since humans first discovered tools. In fact, the investment-analyst profession emerged from ad hoc investment approaches, using systematic processes to analyze and evaluate the health and value of companies. Increasingly, those processes are being undertaken by what we usually mean when we say "technology": computer hardware and software.