The Case For Intelligent Failure To Invent The Future

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Editor’s note: Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures. The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. In the past, experts with spreadsheets and econometric models or social scientists with subscale studies and linear models may have been useful.

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Medicine’s Next Big Mission: Understanding Wellness

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment

The bioengineering pioneer Leroy Hood has seen vast changes in medicine over his decades in the biz, in part thanks to his own work on automated DNA sequencing. But he’s not much for looking back — he’s too busy envisioning a future model of medicine.

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Now IBM’s Watson Tackles Questions That Have No Answers

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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When IBM’s advanced artificial intelligence program Watson beat Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings in 2011, it was an impressive feat for a computer–but still, it was only processing information that humans already knew in order to answer trivia questions.

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The Handheld Reusable DNA Sequencer is Here

August 30, 2014 Leave a comment

About the size and shape of a clay brick, the battery-powered prototype called Freedom4 is the result of a six-year collaboration between a computer programmer, a physicist, a chemist, and a team of biologists.

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DARPA Project Starts Building Human Memory Prosthetics

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Remember This? Lawrence Livermore engineer Vanessa Tolosa holds up a silicon wafer containing micromachined implantable neural devices for use in experimental memory prostheses.

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New ‘Biochips’ That Mimic Our Bodies Could Speed Development of Drugs

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Imagine if scientists could recreate you—or at least part of you—on a chip. That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and the hefty costs that burden our healthcare system.

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The Data Scientist on a Quest to Turn Computers Into Doctors

August 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Some of the world’s most brilliant minds are working as data scientists at places like Google, Facebook, and Twitter—analyzing the enormous troves of online information generated by these tech giants—and for hacker and entrepreneur Jeremy Howard, that’s a bit depressing.

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