Ada Health

Ada Health, an AI medical startup founded in Berlin, Germany, created the “medical world version of Alexa” to help users better understand their physical problems and illnesses through chat. 

In countries that have sufficient medical resources and support, it is quite convenient to visit the doctor’s office. However, there are countries where medical resources are scarce. In that case, visiting the doctor’s office will be a difficult task for those residents, let alone searching for pieces of advice from health professionals. 

Ada Health has developed an action app that uses a large amount of medical-related information and AI algorithms to communicate with users, ask questions and diagnose possible symptoms, and allow people who are feeling unwell to learn more about their health through technology. At the end of the consultation, Ada Health will provide a professional doctor’s contact information whose location is near that particular patient so patients can obtain further assistance. 

Through the Ada App, users can see past medical records, their own health status, and other data. When they go to the doctor’s office, they can provide these materials to help doctors better understand the patient’s condition.

The artificial intelligence-based action app “Ada”, like Alexa in the medical world, hopes to play a good doctor role and provide assistance to users. Although Ada Health is only available in English and German, it is currently utilized by 1.5 million people. According to the company, more language versions are coming soon!

In 2017, Ada Health had launched its first round of fundraising and received $47 million. Investors include Access Industries, Google’s June Fund, and William Tunstall-Pedoe, an artificial intelligence entrepreneur who created Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa’s predecessor, “Evi”. This new financing will be used to improve products, hire new employees, and establish a US branch office.

The purpose of the creation of Ada Health is to establish a future in which health care will be built with the concept of “patient-centered”. Every patient can dive deeper into his/her health and condition information through their fingerprints, and doctors will work with AI to ameliorate patients’ health care. 

Sources:

https://ada.com/

https://dhis.net/step-aside-alexa-here-comes-ada-health/

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/31/berlins-ada-health-raises-47m-to-become-the-alexa-of-healthcare/

https://www.accessindustries.com/news/ada-health-raises-e40m-47m-of-funding-to-improve-access-to-healthcare-globally/

https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/ada-health-gets-47m-ai-powered-chatbot-telemedicine-app

https://www.cityam.com/ada-health-lands-eur40m-len-blavatnik-amazon-alexa-creator/

Revolutionizing Sports With Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) was discussed with Virtual Reality in class last week. After doing some research, I’ve realized that AR is becoming very popular in today’s digital world. AR is known to be a part of education, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail, however, it is not penetrating the sporting industry until now. Originally, the sporting world did not think that AR would help its viewers, but that opinion has changed. AR is now being used to revolutionize fan viewing of their favorite sports. AR will not only be great for the viewer, but can be used for coaches and professional players as well (Para 1). There are five ways in which AR is being placed into sports and has become very beneficial for the industry (Para 2).

The first use of AR in sports is on-field decision making. There are often times that both the viewer and the teams on the field disagree with a call that an official made. AR can create the ability to allow everyone at the sporting event to review the call that was made (Para 3). One of the main applications that has been used is called the Hawk-eye system. The Hawk-eye system is computer based, and is used in multiple sports (tennis, bad-mitten, soccer, and volleyball). The system tracks the ball and gives a hypothesis of the path in which the ball will go. It tends to be very accurate (Para 4). Another use for AR is through training.

How AR can help professional athletes in training is by collecting data on the athletes and create videos, helping the athlete understand how they play and how they can improve their skills. The technology can also be used to create videos and pinpoint strategies of the opposing teams, which can help the team overall (Para 7). Another use for AR is through broadcasting. Sports are broadcasted and watched throughout the entire nation. AR can make the experience more interactive through 3D graphics that the user would be able to see through an app of shorts. These 3D graphics can include alternate plays to help viewers understand the game more and do video replays as well (Para 9). The final uses for AR in the sporting world are marketing and playing fantasy sports. The advertisements using AR implementation can be interactive and more fun for viewers to see the advertisements (Para 10). The interactive ads will most likely have a positive effect and possibly have more people watching sports. For fantasy sports, the use of the AR system is similar to that of the marketing strategy. AR would be used to make the app or website for fantasy sports more interactive, hopefully leading to users staying on the website for a longer time period (Para 12).

As you can see, AR has become a great system for the sporting industry. I believe it should be implemented more, as it will make sports a lot more fun and exciting than they already are. What are your thoughts on AR? What other industries do you think could benefit from AR?

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/10/26/revolutionizing-sports-with-augmented-reality/#63cc1a681416

 

 

 

How Netflix Disrupted the DVD Renting Industry

As we were talking about disruptive innovation in class today, I found a very interesting article about how Netflix successfully disrupted the DVD rental business and changed the way we watch television and movies. It’s really interesting to me because I never even thought that Netflix could be part of the reason that the beloved movie rental store, Blockbuster, was put out of business. Similar to what we learned in class about music streaming services like Spotify overtaking the music buying industry, Netflix and other services did the same thing to Blockbuster, which changed the TV and movie business as we know it.

Like the music streaming industry, the movie and video industry evolved from paying each time you rent a video to now paying a subscription to watch as many movies and TV shows as you want. Netflix disrupted Blockbuster’s business by making their services more innovated and modernized, more accessible from anywhere, and gave personalized options to users that Blockbuster was never able to match. As talked about in the article I found, some of the keys that drove Netflix’s growth include technology, comfort, on-demand content, subscription and data driven content to fit personal preferences.

When I was taking my weekly trip to Blockbuster as a kid, I could have never predicted how much change there would be within this industry, and that Blockbuster would be completely gone in a few years. That makes me wonder about today’s streaming services, and the future of the industry. What’s the next disruptive innovation that is going to take over the already advanced services that we use every day? How long until there is a new disruptive innovation in the streaming industry?

 

source: https://www.businessmodelsinc.com/exponential-business-model/netflix/

matplotlib

Matplotlib is library in python, developed as a language of programming based on  numpy and often interacting with pandas. John D. Hunter originally wrote the module and implemented and uploaded to the community. ‘As of 23 June 2017, matplotlib 2.0.x supports Python versions 2.7 through 3.6. Python3 support started with Matplotlib 1.2. Matplotlib 1.4 is the last version to support Python 2.6.’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matplotlib)

For some lde like Pycharm, we need to first install it before import the module: we can simply use pip install matplotlib.

Here are some plots that we can use matplotlib to plot.

(https://matplotlib.org/gallery/index.html)

Here is one examples of matplotlib (https://matplotlib.org/gallery/lines_bars_and_markers/bar_stacked.html#sphx-glr-gallery-lines-bars-and-markers-bar-stacked-py)

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt


N = 5
menMeans = (20, 35, 30, 35, 27)
womenMeans = (25, 32, 34, 20, 25)
menStd = (2, 3, 4, 1, 2)
womenStd = (3, 5, 2, 3, 3)
ind = np.arange(N)    # the x locations for the groups
width = 0.35       # the width of the bars: can also be len(x) sequence

p1 = plt.bar(ind, menMeans, width, yerr=menStd)
p2 = plt.bar(ind, womenMeans, width,
             bottom=menMeans, yerr=womenStd)

plt.ylabel('Scores')
plt.title('Scores by group and gender')
plt.xticks(ind, ('G1', 'G2', 'G3', 'G4', 'G5'))
plt.yticks(np.arange(0, 81, 10))
plt.legend((p1[0], p2[0]), ('Men', 'Women'))

plt.show()

Reference:

https://matplotlib.org/gallery/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matplotlib

https://matplotlib.org/gallery/lines_bars_and_markers/bar_stacked.html#sphx-glr-gallery-lines-bars-and-markers-bar-stacked-py

Google is Getting Smarter

Google is upgrading to better understand natural phrases rather than just key words. Google says that this will be the company’s biggest upgrade in years. Google will be better at understanding your confusing searches because it will be better at understanding real life language. The search engine will be able to do this through improvements in artificial intelligence.

Google is updating its natural language processing and machine learning to deliver the most relevant results. This is relevant to what we learned about Search in class as well because Google will be able to give less biased results. This is also interesting because it will change the way companies use Search Engine Optimization which is a huge industry.

There are billions of dollars that go into getting results to the top of Google’s page. It will be interesting to see if this new software upgrade changes the way key words are used in the way that Google ranks pages.

 

Source:https://www.cnet.com/news/google-says-its-search-engine-will-better-understand-natural-speech-instead-of-just-keywords/?utm_source=morning_brew

Unemployment and Self Driving Cars

In the USA currently there are about 3.5 million truck drivers (~55K/yr), 750,000 Uber drivers (~$10/hr), 208,000 taxi drivers (~$30K/yr), 690,000 bus drivers (~$40K/yr) – and about 222 million drivers licenses are owned in the United States right now.
When these new self-driving vehicles are introduced, what do we do with all the misplaced, unemployed people? We can’t simply give them a job somewhere else as a majority of these people suffer from an inadequate education, which is why they worked these jobs in the first place. Not to mention, these new vehicles will be electric, greatly reducing the ~142 billion gallons of gasoline sold in the US every year. Are self-driving vehicles detrimental to the petroleum industry? Or will the money no longer being spent on drivers salaries be used to compensate?
Also, considering wastefulness, what will be done with the 264 million ordinary, human operated vehicles that exist in the US today? Can we learn to convert them into self-driving vehicles or will we have to find a way to dispose of them?

Reference:

What are the Economic Impacts of Self-Driving Cars on Cities and Towns?

The Importance of Website Design

Website design has become crucial for the success of businesses and other organizations. Specifically, the ability of a website to be mobile friendly now has a huge effect on how customers view an organization. According to one poll, 72% of users want mobile-friendly websites while 79% said they would leave a site that isn’t user-friendly. With a majority of Americans using their cellphones to buy things online, and over 75% of adults being online almost constantly, it is no longer optional for a company to overlook the importance of a well-designed website. Well designed websites can improve commerce and increase the number of users who utilize it.

Currently, up to 50% of online commerce comes from mobile phones. Therefore, by failing to create a mobile-friendly website, a business can be sacrificing almost half of its online income. It is crucial to employ quality graphic designers, in the current age, due to the large amounts of money and commerce that are sacrificed without a mobile-friendly or even a user-friendly web page. In the last year, the ratio of desktop to mobile usage has spread to 61% mobile and 39% desktop. It is now economically inefficient to not produce a mobile-friendly web page.

On a more personal note, my older brother graduated Kutztown University with a degree in graphic design in 2001. In the early 2000s, he found difficulty in finding a job in his field an settled down in rural Pennsylvania designing t-shirts for around 5-7 years. To talk to him now, you would never believe it. He now contracts for several different companies designing mobile applications and web pages in Chicago. He’s making six figures and will likely never have any problems finding a job if he loses his current contracts. It speaks volumes about the importance of website design and its growth in the past few years, and it is likely to continue to grow.

 

Swift, Janet. “The Importance of Responsive Web Design.” I Programmer: 10 February 2019. https://www.i-programmer.info/news/83-mobliephone/12526-the-importance-of-responsive-web-design.html

Electric Airplanes

Electric cars have revolutionized driving in recent years. Pollution is a growing concern across the globe and electric cars have helped in reducing the amount of carbon left into the atmosphere. NASA is taking this a step further. NASA is currently working on the first electric airplane, the X-57 Maxwell. The X-57 Maxwell is similar to the twin-engine Italian aircraft such as the Tecnam P2006T.

The first model, the MOD I, had the usual combustion engines switched with electric motors. NASA underwent four rounds of modifications since then to get to a fully functioning electric aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell. The MOD I, II, III, and IV all had different modifications to bring them to where they are now. In MOD III and IV, engineers are still working to perfect the models to put it in full effect. 

Jet fuel accounts for a major amount of greenhouse gases being eliminated. If accomplished, this can revolutionize air transportation and eliminate a lot of the carbon being released into the atmosphere. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/10/09/nasa-is-building-its-first-electric-airplane/#.XbY4R5NKjOQ

Crowd Estimator

Artificial Intelligence is used in computer science and does tasks that usually require human intelligence. This can include various fields such as decision-making. These machines are becoming more advanced with time and one of its latest accomplishments is being able to tell how many people there are in large crowds much faster and more accurate than ever before. 

Prior, experts would have to estimate the amount of people in incredibly large crowds. However machines can now do the work for us. Machines were able to do this before but it was not very accurate and took just the same amount of time as if a human were to do it. But now, this new system has proven to be 15% more accurate over any other crowd estimator. Furthermore, it is extremely fast and takes almost no time at all to calculate, especially compared to when humans try to. Having this machine can be very useful, especially in situations deemed dangerous once a certain capacity is reached. An example can be a mosh pit at a concert. Moreover, in history, years from now having this type of accurate data can be very useful. 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2220546-ai-could-help-work-out-how-many-people-are-in-large-crowds/

https://builtin.com/artificial-intelligence

Disney and Design Experience: How Disney Has Enhanced the Customer Experience

Disney as a company has consistently shown its unmatched level of customer service and experience in all of its parks. An amazing customer experience is essential in a place like Disney World, and Disney has become such an innovative company in the sense that they are constantly raising the bar for their customer experience in the happiest place on earth.

A new addition to the customer experience and Disney’s commitment to their mission is the new app, Play Disney Parks App, which was launched in 2018. While Disney has their regular apps for their parks already including park ticket, restaurants, and maps, this app is exclusively for rides and park attractions. This is a popular app for those who have to wait on the long lines in the park, and is designed to keep excited park goers occupied while sometimes having to wait in long lines. For example, when waiting on line for space mountain, a visitor could design their own space related item such as a rocket ship, or interact with the characters on the app while waiting for a popular attraction such as Toy Story Mania or Slinky Dog Dash. An app like this is an incredible advancement of the design experience for Disney, and is only adding to their ever increasing revenue.

Another addition to Disney’s overall design experience is the success of the interaction on the Play Disney Parks App with the opening of the Star Wars: Galaxy Experience in Disneyland. When in the Star Wars area of the park, a visitor’s app turns entirely into Star Wars, allowing them to interact with the characters via technology, as well as providing true fans an opportunity to test their star wars knowledge.

The goal of the Play Disney Parks App is not only to improve the design and customer experience of the park, but add a personalized feel to the visitors in the park. As well as providing entertainment for those long park days, it also has technology that allows special affects to happen in the location of the user, such as seeing the results of their game or interaction on a digital screen seen in front of them in various areas of the park.

Disney is truly unmatched in its design experience and has set the bar for other companies, theme parks, and any other competitor in the hospiitality industry because of its design experience. I would love to know everyone’s thoughts on Disney’s incredible brand and customer experience overall. Do we think other theme parks have the ability to do the same? Can this idea be used in daily life, not just the experience of a theme park? Is having a successful design experience crucial to the success of a theme park in this 2019 technologically advanced era?

Source: https://econsultancy.com/how-disney-world-has-mastered-customer-experience/