Trends

We will provide here some recent news from tech oriented magazines and websites. it is our intent to provide additional links for each of the articles.

July 25, 2014: From Wall Street Journal — Big Data for the Human Body: Google is starting a new baseline study  to collect genetic and molecular information from people (initially with 175 people). See: http://online.wsj.com/articles/google-to-collect-data-to-define-healthy-human-1406246214 .  The project is led by Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist. There is a team of 70+ experts from various medical fields. The goal is to detect early symptoms of killer diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Biomarkers exist today for late-stage diseases. Google will use its data centers to store and distill medical information. The intent is to let other researchers to access and analyze the data. Institutional review boards at Duke and Stanford are expected to control how the information is used. Volunteers will be recruited at a later date. Wearable devices being developed by Google X Life Sciences group will be used to collect data such as heart rate and oxygen levels. A smart contact lens for monitoring glucose level will also be used.

October 7, 2013: From Bloomberg Businessweek — (1) Facebook processes 350 million photographs, 4.5  billion “likes”, and 10 billion messages a day. Their data center, located on Lulea, Sweden,  is highly energy efficient. A typical data center needs 3 W of energy for power to produce 1 W for computing. For Facebook, the ratio is 1.04 to 1. They publish their hardware blueprints as part of their Open Compute Project. This may spur competition and lower the cost of servers, storage and networking products.  (2) User Experience with the Affordable Care Act websites:  The fairly smooth launch on October 1 may be due to the efforts of the Enroll UX 2014 group. Their site says that UX2014 offers a new standard for public and private health insurance enrollment,  and serves as a reference mmodel for a first-class user experience (UX) design for health insurance exchanges. ” “Ease of use” is an absolute necessity for these sites to make this a successful endeavor. The article cites UI experts as rating the primary site (healthcare.gov) as good as were some other state-run exchange sites such as the one for the Washington  State, but others, such as the one for the New York State, fell short.