With a wave of tech savvy baby boomers getting old and a shortage of 52,000 US physicians expected in the next 10 years, companies are introducing handheld medicine based on smartphones, mobility, and cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI). A start-up called Spruce has launched a smartphone app for dermatology that asks a series of diagnostic questions and tells the patient what kinds of pictures to take. The patient can select a doctor and is promised a response within 24 hours, all for $40. Down the road, AI may take the place of doctors – IBM’s Watson technology is being used in high-end health centers now and a Watson-like app could provide a first-class diagnosis that in many cases would be at least as accurate as one supplied by a human.
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The travelling salesman problem has always been hard to tackle. This is especially true for UPS, who operates tens of thousands of delivery trucks everyday. They're in-house developed ORION system (On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation) plots an optimal route for each delivery truck at the start of the day, and saves the company 100 million delivery miles, and the environment 100,000 metric tons of CO2. The next phase of ORION is to have routes dynamically updated throughout the day based on changing delivery requirements, weather, and traffic patterns.
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Honda is well-known for its focus on quality. The Japanese manufacturing giant gathers customer feedback on car performance and defects from dealers around the world and leverages IBM Watson's NLP capabilities to go through the text, find themes, and visualize them in a way that is easy for executives in head office to interpret. This helps Honda know where to focus it's quality efforts.