New IBM Watson and Medtronic App Anticipates Low Blood Glucose Levels for People with Diabetes

Can a new app jointly developed by IBM with its Watson AI technology in partnership with the medical device maker Medtronic provide a new form of  support for people with diabetes by safely avoiding low blood glucose (BG) levels (called hypoglycemia), in advance? If so, and assuming regulatory approval, this technology could potentially be a […]

New Startup’s Legal Research App is Driven by Watson’s AI Technology

May 9, 2016: An update on this post appears below. Casey Stengel had a very long, productive and colorful career in professional baseball as a player for five teams and later as a manager for four teams. He was also consistently quotable (although not to the extraordinary extent of his Yankee teammate Yogi Berra). Among […]

Watson, is That You? Yes, and I’ve Just Demo-ed My Analytics Skills at IBM’s New York Office

I don’t know if my heart can take this much excitement. Yesterday morning, on July 29, 2015, I attended a very compelling presentation and demo of IBM’s Watson technology. (This AI-driven platform has been previously covered in these five Subway Fold posts.) Just the night before, I saw I saw a demo of some ultra-cool […]

IBM’s Watson is Now Data Mining TED Talks to Extract New Forms of Knowledge

Who really benefited from the California Gold Rush of 1849? Was it the miners, only some of whom were successfully, or the merchants who sold them their equipment? Historians have differed as to the relative degree, but they largely believe it was the merchants. Today, it seems we have somewhat of a modern analog to […]

Semantic Scholar and BigDIVA: Two New Advanced Search Platforms Launched for Scientists and Historians

As powerful, essential and ubiquitous as Google and its search engine peers are across the world right now, needs often arise in many fields and marketplaces for platforms that can perform much deeper and wider digital excavating. So it is that two new highly specialized search platforms have just come online specifically engineered, in these […]

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 […]

How Robots and Computer Algorithms are Challenging Jobs and the Economy

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur named Martin Ford (@MFordFuture) has written a very timely new book entitled Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic Books, 2015), which is currently receiving much attention in the media. The depth and significance of the critical issues it raises is responsible for this wide-beam […]

Artificial Intelligence Apps for Business are Approaching a Tipping Point

There have been many points during the long decades of the development of business applications using artificial intelligence (AI) when it appeared that The Rubicon was about to be crossed. That is, this technology often seemed to be right on the verge of going mainstream in global commerce. Yet it has still to achieve a […]

Possible Futures for Artificial Intelligence in Law Practice

As the legal marketplace continues to see significant economic and productivity gains from many practice-specific technologies, is it possible that attorneys themselves could one day be supplanted by sophisticated systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI) such as IBM’s Watson? Jeopardy championships aside for the moment, leading legal technology expert and blogger Ron Friedmann has posted […]