A Real Class Act: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are Changing the Learning Process

[This post was originally uploaded on November 15, 2014. It has been updated below with new information on February 18, 2015.] Studying for and then taking the New York State bar exam was about as much fun for me as having a root canal without Novocaine. In fact, root canal might even have been preferable. […]

As a Matter of Fact: A New AI Tool for Real-Time Fact-Checking of News Using Voice Analysis

When I first saw an article entitled Fact-Checking Live News In Just a Few Second, by Laine Higgins in the November 24-25, 2018 print edition of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required online), I though the pagination might be in error. The upper left corner showed the number to be “B4”. I think it would […]

The Music of the Algorithms: Tune-ing Up Creativity with Artificial Intelligence

No, “The Algorithms” was not a stylishly alternative spelling for a rock and roll band once led by the former 45th Vice President of the United States that was originally called The Al Gore Rhythms. That said, could anything possibly be more quintessentially human than all of the world’s many arts during the past several […]

I Can See for Miles: Using Augmented Reality to Analyze Business Data Sets

While one of The Who’s first hit singles, I Can See for Miles, was most certainly not about data visualization, it still might – – on a bit of a stretch – – find a fitting a new context in describing one of the latest dazzling new technologies in the opening stanza’s declaration “there’s magic in […]

Ethical Issues and Considerations Arising in Big Data Research

In 48 of 50 states in the US, new attorneys are required to pass a 60 multiple-choice question exam on legal ethics in addition to passing their state’s bar exam. This is known as the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). I well recall taking this test myself. The subject matter of this test is the […]

Applying Origami Folding Techniques to Strands of DNA to Produce Faster and Cheaper Computer Chips

We all learned about the periodic table of elements in high school chemistry class. This involved becoming familiar with the names, symbols and atomic weights of all of the chemical occupants of this display. Today, the only thing I still recall from this academic experience was when the teacher told us on the first day […]

Does 3D Printing Pose a Challenge to the Patent System?

Whenever Captain Picard ordered up some of his favorite brew, “Earl Grey tea, hot”, from the Enterprise’s replicator, it materialized right there within seconds. What seemed like pure science fiction back when Star Trek: The Next Generation was first on the air (1987 – 1994), we know today to be a very real, innovative and […]

Google’s A/B Testing Method is Being Applied to Improve Government Operations

June 30, 2017 Update: This post was originally uploaded on September 30, 2015. It has been updated with new information below.  During my annual visit with my ophthalmologist, he always checks the accuracy of the prescription for my glasses by trying out different pairs of lenses and then asking me to read the letter chart […]

Google is Giving Away Certain Patents to 50 Startups In Their Latest Effort to Thwart Patent Trolls

In the highly competitive world of creating, monetizing, defending and challenging tech-based intellectual property, “free” is neither a word often heard nor an offer frequently made. However, Google has just begun a new program, for a limited time, to give away a certain types of patents they own to an initial group of 50 startups.  […]

The Need for Specialized Application Programming Interfaces for Human Genomics R&D Initiatives

The term of art for the onscreen workspaces containing the sophisticated tools used by software developers and engineers is called the application programming interface (API).¹ It is where code is written, assembled, tested and revised. Scientists working on various aspects of the human genome have recently expressed a comparable need for the development of specialized […]