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SOFTWARE TRACKS NYC FLU OUTBREAK ON TWITTER

“We found that we could do just as well in predicting flu trends in New York City as we did nationally,” says Mark Dredze, the assistant research professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins who supervised the research. “That’s critical because decisions about what to do during a flu epidemic are largely made at the local level.”

For example, when flu cases are on the rise, hospital administrators must make sure they have enough beds, staff, and medicine to cope. Also, an early alert can lead local health officials to boost efforts to vaccinate healthy residents to help contain the virus.

How have you considered the use of alternate data mining as a primary source in your project?

The cost of memory and bandwidth has declined steeply, meaning “you don’t have to be as efficient,” says Schrage. “You can take shortcuts, design things that are a little inefficient. You can afford to waste the resources of a technology that’s now cheap and the virtual freedom of these technologies means that you can play with all manner of ideas.”

- The Surprising Secret to Innovation | Dorie Clark

According to research firm Gartner, our smartphones, tablets and “phablets” will utilize cognizant computing — the next step in personal cloud computing — by 2017, rendering them capable of predicting our next move based on what it knows.

- By 2017, your smartphone will be smarter than you | SmartPlanet

The falloff has continued through the first half of this year, with ebooks now showing clear signs of “stagnating” at about 25 percent of the overall U.S. book market, according to Digital Book World: ”Once thought destined to reach 50% or 80% of all book buying and reading in the U.S., ebooks have stalled out on their way up to higher altitude.”

- Peak ebook? | ROUGH TYPE (via infoneer-pulse)

(Source: txchnologist)

MIT Chemical Engineers have developed tiny particles that propelled by light and steered by electromagnetism. The particles can also self-dock with other pre-determined particles. The docking mechanism is versatile and can be applied to various materials and shapes.This mechanism opens up the possibility of micro-factories. Will your next job be in a micro-factory?
http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/self-steering-particles-for-better-labs.html#more

MIT Chemical Engineers have developed tiny particles that propelled by light and steered by electromagnetism. The particles can also self-dock with other pre-determined particles. The docking mechanism is versatile and can be applied to various materials and shapes.This mechanism opens up the possibility of micro-factories. Will your next job be in a micro-factory?

http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/self-steering-particles-for-better-labs.html#more

Nov 7

We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive.

- Evolution and Innovation - The European

(Source: slantback)

Nov 4
This chart shows why STEM education is so vitally important to train tomorrow’s workforce. 

This chart shows why STEM education is so vitally important to train tomorrow’s workforce. 

(Source: The Atlantic)

If a journalist observed our organization for a few months, what headline would she write?

- The Hidden Dangers of Playing It Safe

Is the Future of the Internet Server-less?

This GIzmodo article really looks at what the future internet might look like. Currently, data is held on servers and users use URLs as portals into those servers (and onto the data). What would make the internet better, faster and more efficient, would be to get rid of servers and pursue a fundamental architecture shift to a more peer-to-peer like structure. 

Essentially, the idea is to remove the concept of the URL from the internet. In fact, the researchers explain that online searches would stop looking for URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) and start looking for URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers). URIs, then, specify where data is—and where to go in order to find it—rather than being the single point of call.

- A Future Internet Might Not Use Servers

This would allow users to copy and re-publish individual bits of data they access in a peer-to-peer seed-like fashion. Other users would be able to access that data (or fragments of that data) from the nearest source instead of having to go all the way to the original server. 

What kind of impact would this change have on the current tech industry? After this, I can certainly foresee a day when we no longer have to manufacture, configure, and maintain server networks.