AI Needs Your Data--and You Should Get Paid for It

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Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new trend in his field: artificial intelligence. Doctors like Chang often rely on eye imaging to track the development of conditions like glaucoma. With enough scans, he reasoned, he might find patterns that could help him better interpret test results. That is, if he could get his hands on enough data.


Meet Oasis Labs, the blockchain startup Silicon Valley is buzzing about

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Blockchain computer programs are pretty smart--that's why we call them smart contracts--but they're also pretty weak. If they're going to achieve many of the lofty, world-changing goals that blockchain proponents say they will, like revolutionize health care and the energy industry and give people back control of their personal data online, they're going to need to be run in a whole new way. That's where Dawn Song's new startup, Oasis Labs, comes in. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly newsletter Chain Letter, which covers the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The cryptocurrency world is overflowing with big claims, but Song is a well-known computer science professor at UC Berkeley and a MacArthur fellow (as well as one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2009).


AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data

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Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new trend in his field: artificial intelligence. Doctors like Chang often rely on eye imaging to track the development of conditions like glaucoma. With enough scans, he reasoned, he might find patterns that could help him better interpret test results. That is, if he could get his hands on enough data.


Just What The Software Ordered: This AI Could Help Finnish Doctors Spot Cancer - GE Reports

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In 2014, three young men from far-flung parts of the world teamed up in Finland with an audacious plan that could soon help doctors save more lives, not to mention money, and chart a new course for healthcare.


How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy

WIRED

Dawn Song, a Berkeley computer-science professor and MacArthur fellow, is a fan of cloud computing. She also thinks it needs a major rethink. "The cloud and the internet have fundamentally changed our lives mostly for good," she says. "But they have serious problems with privacy and security--users and companies lose control of their data." Outsourcing data storage and processing over the internet has given companies new flexibility and consumers the power to hail rides, find dates, and socialize from a slab of glass in their pocket.