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text 2018-06-29 08:49
Global AI in Healthcare Market to register 39% Growth in 2018

The Global AI in Healthcare Market Size is expected to surpass USD 750 Million by 2018. The industry is expected to cross over US$ 10 Billion by 2025 end.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is largely seen as fourth industrial revolution. Healthcare is one such sector where AI is gaining higher traction. The industry has shifted from medical products based era to real-time outcome based care and now to predictive and preventative care modellings (AI, Augmented reality and Robotics). Intelligent solutions will be the backbone of the future healthcare industry. Early entrants will be able to maximize their business reach and create a brand recognition in the sector. It is due to this that many AI based startups has emerged in last few years. Over 250 companies emerged in Healthcare AI market post 2015. The numbers are expected to further increase with technological advancement and overall profitability margins from the sector.

There are thousands of data across various healthcare field that are unstructured. Successful structuring of data could not only save time but also maximize the operational output. Much of the demand for AI is expected to be seen in drug discovery programs.

Bekryl’s market research report, Global Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Market Size Analysis and Industry Opportunity, finds North America to account for 58% of global sales in 2018. North America is pioneer in AI with most of the engaged companies are headquartered in the region. Furthermore, U.S. national healthcare expenditure is expected to increase from 17.9% in 2017 to 19.9% of total GDP by 2025. AI in healthcare will reach over US$ 5.5 billion by 2025 in U.S. This could potentially save over US$ 120 billion to US healthcare economy. Percent penetration will rise not only among medical devices and biotech companies but also hospitals, payers and insurance companies.

Some key trends from the global Healthcare AI market:

Trend#1: Artificial Intelligence companies are focusing on partnership/acquisition to strengthen their business presence and product portfolio

In the last few years, the competition has heighted in the Healthcare AI market with emergence of many new entrants. Leading companies are either going for mergers & acquisitions or partnership with small and midsize companies so as to ensure long term sustainability. For instance, in June 2018, EarlySense acquired cardiac predictive analytics (eCART) developed by Dana Edelson. Another company – Athenahealth – partnered with NoteSwift to offer AI powered HER (electronic health record) documentation. In the same year, 3M entered in partnership with C3 IoT to offer artificial intelligence based solutions for healthcare sector.

Trend#2: Innovative Product Development

Product development has been at the core of the strategy for most companies. Product and service offering differentiation could help company to expand its business presence organically. Various companies are coming with innovative product offerings so as to create their own niche in the segment. For instance, in January 2018, CLEW Medical developed healthcare predictive analytics software to analyze critical health situation. Another company – Beyond Verbal – developed emotions based analytical tool. The company is working on product development that could predict illness through user’s voice modulation.

Some key Global Healthcare AI Market Players are General Vision, Inc., Icarbonx Co. Ltd., Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, Next It Corp., Nvidia Corporation, Oncora Medical, Inc., Enlitic, Inc., Alphabet Inc., Atomwise, Inc., Cyrcadia Health, Inc., Lifegraph Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Modernizing Medicine Inc., Welltok, Inc., and Zebra Medical Vision Ltd.

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review 2018-06-14 03:21
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (audiobook) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) - Dennis E. Taylor

Bob just sold his successful tech company and is massively rich. One of the first things he does with his newfound wealth is sign up to have his head cryogenically frozen upon his death. Not long after that, he's killed in an accident...and wakes up more than 100 years later as an AI. He is now property, and he's been selected as one of four candidates for the job of exploring and colonizing space for FAITH, the government that owns him. It's a good thing that Bob views this as his dream job. First, however, he has to beat the other three candidates, keep from going crazy like so many other AIs in the past, and avoid being destroyed by one of the many groups that don't want this project to succeed. Although Bob does make it into space, it's a rockier beginning than he expects.

I can't remember if I bought this on sale or if I used an Audible credit, but, either way, it was a waste. I only managed to finish it in a reasonable amount of time because of Ray Porter's excellent narration. He made the lengthy technical explanations slightly more bearable. His range of female voices seems to be pretty limited (I think this is the third audiobook he's narrated that I've listened to), but since none of the prominent characters were female and there were maybe only three female characters with speaking roles, that wasn't really an issue here.

I picked this up because I like books with prominent AI characters. Bob was technically an AI, even though he'd started off as a human. For me, the best part of the book was the period between when Bob woke up as an AI and when he was launched into space. I enjoyed reading about him adapting to his new life and skills, even as I rolled my eyes a bit at how easily everything came to him.

The first part of Bob's life in space, before he started replicating himself, was tolerable, but not great. I wasn't a fan of Bob's decision to build a VR environment for himself. Taylor's reasoning for it sounded okay (AI craziness is at least in part caused by sensory deprivation, because the human minds the AIs are built from expect sensory input they aren't getting), but I didn't want to read about some guy living in his magical environment that he could change at will. I vastly preferred it when Bob was housed in a very nonhuman body that was little more than a camera and some manipulators.

When Bob began populating his environment with animals, including a beloved cat from back when he'd still been human, I began to worry that he'd start recreating people he'd known and loved when he was alive. My biggest fear was that he'd recreate his ex-girlfriend. I was surprised and relieved that it never once crossed Bob's mind to do any of this.

After Bob found a stopping point and began replicating himself, the story branched a bit and should have become more interesting. Instead, it became more tedious and considerably less focused.

Each Bob renamed himself in an effort to make things less confusing, and the book followed multiple Bob POVs. I did my best to keep count, and by the end the total Bob count was 30 and the total number of Bobs who got to be POV characters was up to 9 or 10. This was one of the few aspects where I regretted the audiobook format a bit, since the different Bob POVs were briefly identified at the beginning of a section/chapter and were often difficult to tell apart if I missed hearing Porter say their names. Although each Bob viewed the other Bobs as having radically different personalities, the personality differences weren't as noticeable in the different POV sections.

One of the Bobs (Bill) opted to stay in one place and act as a Bob factory, tech researcher, and communication center. One set of Bobs headed back to Earth to see how things were going and whether there was even any point in looking for habitable planets anymore. Most of the other Bobs went in different directions and began exploring - some of what they found tied in with the storyline involving Earth, some of it led to action scenes involving an enemy AI, and some of it had nothing to do with anything as far as I could tell. Probably setup for the next book.

The discovery of the Deltans, intelligent but low-tech beings on one of the Bob-discovered planets, fit into the last category. Sadly, I found it to be more interesting than the primary storyline involving the fate of humanity, even as Bob's actions and plans made me more and more uncomfortable.

Bob (original Bob) discovered the Deltans and, at first, decided just to watch them. He gradually became more involved, to the point that he

considered culling one of the Deltans' natural enemies, the gorilloids, in order to make the Deltans' lives easier. Another Bob disapproved of this, although I got the impression that his disapproval was based more on his dislike of making the Deltans dependent on the Bobs and less on any qualms about genocide. Original Bob spent a lot of time studying the Deltans and almost no time studying the gorilloids. I wasn't as willing as he was to discount the possibility that the gorilloids were also sentient and sapient beings.

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob)'s biggest problem was that it was boring. Taylor included a massive amount of technical detail, and I really just did not care. I say this as someone who largely enjoyed the scientific explanations and technical details in Andy Weir's The Martian.

It probably didn't help that I couldn't bring myself to care about the various Bobs and their storylines, either. The humans in Taylor's vision of the future were largely annoying and seemed determined to literally argue themselves to death. Rather than talk to each other, share knowledge and resources, and generally help each other out, they preferred to argue about who got to evacuate first and then refused to so much as share a planet. As for the Bobs, I never became very attached to any of them and

didn't even feel a twinge when any of them died. After all, the Bobs themselves barely mourned each other, and they could always just make new ones, even though the personalities wouldn't be the same.

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Early on, Bob worried about losing his humanity and was reassured that he was still human when he regained his ability to grieve for the family members of his who'd long since died. Honestly, though, he should have continued to worry, because that moment of grief seemed to be his first and last deeply felt emotion in the entire book.

I don't currently plan on continuing this series. I'm not sure I could take another book filled with dozens of iterations of Bob, even with Ray Porter narrating it.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-05-31 23:05
The Renegade Star Series Book 4...
Renegade Lost - JN Chaney

I was going to summarize the plot myself but every sentence I came up with made the story sound cheesy and did it absolutely no justice so I'm going to post the blurb and leave it at that.  : ) 

 

A lost ship. An unknown civilization.

The Renegade Star is stranded, its engines totally shot, surrounded by the unknown. Floating in the dead of space, they receive a strange transmission from a nearby planet, warning them to stay away or face the consequences.

When the message mentions how this world belongs to Earth, the lost cradle of humanity, Captain Jace Hughes knows he has no choice but to investigate.

With an endless snowstorm, bloodthirsty animals around every corner, and no sign of any colonies or people, the mission won't be an easy one.

Good thing they sent in the Renegade.

Experience a sprawling galactic tale in this fourth entry to The Renegade Star series. If you're a fan of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, or Leviathan Wakes, you'll love this epic, space opera thriller.
 

 

 

This is a great series you just want pure entertainment. It's lots of fun, tons of action and the characters, especially Jace and Siggy, the ships A.I. will make you laugh. 

 

*If you like audio books the narration is really good. Publisher's Pack #1 contains books 1 & 2 and Publisher's Pack #2 contains books 3 & 4.

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-31 20:57
The Renegade Star Series Book 3...
Renegade Moon - JN Chaney

This book is a continuation of Jace and his crew's search for Earth and their neverending battle to stay two steps ahead of the enemy. Perfect series if you like a lot of action, space battles and laugh out loud humor. The audio narration (Publisher's Pack #2) is also really good.

 

I didn't get to hear from Siggy, my favorite AI as much in this book though. : (

 

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url 2018-04-13 22:13
"Specification gaming examples in AI"

This is related to my post about creative AI problem-solving. This also links to a spreadsheet of fascinating/delightful/horrifying examples.

 

ETA - I haven't looked through the full list yet, but this one sounds like it could come straight out of some kind of horrifying sci-fi story:

 

"In an artificial life simulation where survival required energy but giving birth had no energy cost, one species evolved a sedentary lifestyle that consisted mostly of mating in order to produce new children which could be eaten (or used as mates to produce more edible children)."

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