Two years after originally announcing it, Medtronic and IBM Watson have launched their joint platform the Sugar.IQ, a digital diabetes assistant. "It is designed for people who are currently using Guardian Connect; so made for people on multiple daily injections. It is a personal assistant a little bit like Alexa or Siri," Huzefa Neemuchwala, global head of digital health solutions and AI at Medtronic, said in a Facebook live informational session. "It is an intelligent assistant that keeps track of all of your information and has all of your information in one place. Then through Watson technology we use this information to power insights so we can better manage your diabetes so that you can spend more time in range."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials have officially surpassed baby boomers and are now the largest generation in the U.S. Although this is the first time we've officially recognized the demographic shift, companies across the globe have been adjusting to this swing for nearly a decade. With the increasing population of 18-35-year-olds, so too comes the increasing buying power of this critical segment of consumers. For industries focused on customer service, this milestone and the associated implications continue to be verified in the changing demands on customer interactions. An increased reliance on self-service, channels that feature intuitive technology as well as streamlined experiences continue to become increasingly popular.
Apple's Craig Federighi touts new machine learning and AI features coming to iPhones at WWDC. Your Apple hardware is about to get a notch smarter as the company builds new artificial intelligence abilities into Macs and iPhones -- and lets other programmers tap into that power. AI technology will mean Siri better understands what you want and speaks with a computer voice that Apple says sounds natural. Craig Federighi, senior vice president in charge of Mac and iPhone software, announced the AI technology Monday at the company's annual WWDC event for developers in San Jose, California. On Macs, it'll monitor your web browsing behavior to block advertising companies from tracking some of what you do online.
Blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, two cutting-edge technologies, have the potential to change the face of healthcare as we know it by improving the quality and reducing costs through improved efficiencies. Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with artificial intelligence primarily through virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa. Artificial intelligence automates repetitive learning and discovery through data after initially being set up by a human being. As many people also know, you have to be fairly specific when asking Siri and Alexa any questions -- the question must be posed in the right way -- to get the answer you are looking for. As an example, our interactions with Alexa, Siri, Google Search and Google Photos are based on deep learning.
It has been a rough few weeks for Facebook since the Observer reported the Cambridge Analytica data breach. The scandal revealed how the political consulting firm might have raked up the personal information of at least 87 million Facebook users in order to influence them with tailored political ads, sent the social network's stocks into a tailspin, triggered the #DeleteFacebook movement – and regaled the planet with the cringefest that was CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the US Senate. But if Facebook's reputation has seen better days, one of the company's most valuable assets has come out of the kerfuffle practically unscathed. Instagram, the photo-sharing platform Facebook acquired in 2012 for $715m, has not yet come up in the debate over Facebook's cavalier attitude to user data protection, despite being of a piece with the longer-running social network (and being headquartered just a few blocks from Facebook's Menlo Park campus in California). Prominent members of the #DeleteFacebook campaign, such as SpaceX's Elon Musk, singer Cher, and Playboy magazine, are still pretty much present and active on Instagram.