#futureofhealth a combination of #robotics and #ai will help us stay healthy and independent

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Problem:

As we age, mental and physical challenges do creep up. And we need assistance to stay healthy, mobile, and independent.

Solutions:

A combination of a trained AI and installed sensor platform in mock living room, kitchen, hospital room, and retail space.

Features:

  • It can do everything from “see” someone who has fallen (and help them if they can’t get up)
  • answer health-related questions, such as “what are symptoms of a stroke?”,
  • Scan and monitor health data: read heart rate, heart rate variability, and breathing rate.

Open Questions:

  • How do people want to interact with a computer when they’re sick?
  • What’s the most-effective way to connect this data to third parties, such as emergency medical services?
  • Where do you store a robot in someone’s home?

Implementation:

  • speech-to-text
  • text-to-speech
  • natural language processing
  • Chat bot interface for Q&A,
  • visual recognition technology (the systems eyes)
  • are funneled and analyzed through a body of the system, e.g. a SoftBank Pepper robot connected to the cloud.

Example Technology:

  • IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA )
  • http://sh.rice.edu/camera_vitals.html

More on IBM MERA:

  •  The sensor network built into the lab is connected to that same toolkit of technology. With sensors in the floor, walls, ceiling, and other objects, like wearables, this cognitive agent “collective” can learn patterns of how and when the elderly wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, exercise, or take medication — and offer verbal reminders to take a medication if they forget (or maybe change the light color for those who are hearing impaired). Some of this IBM Accessibility technology is already out in the real world, like the homes of some over-65 residents of Bolzano, Italy, where we’re testing solutions with local government to help their citizens live independently, longer.

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#makeithappen – my road to make the world work better – overview

Why I do this?

I want to be a rouge pirate scientist that makes the world a better place: At the end of my life I … fulfilled the dream of the 5 year old boy that played with Playmobil how he created a great world by science (e.g. not dying, no pain) without respect for boundaries.

How to make the world work better?

It is about make people and myself more happy by help solve the big challenges (Domains):

  • Healthcare
  • Environment
  • Living (Cities …)
  • Working & Producing (Smarter Industry)
  • Lifestyle (products that make people feel better)

What is needed to make an impact? Domain Knowledge + Technological Knowledge + Soft Skills This maps to the following areas:

#FutureOfWork: Including all soft skills that make one work efficiently:

  • Agile (including Time Management and Learning)
  • Lifestyle

#BuildTheFuture: The “technical” skills needed to build products, based on your domain knowledge, that create value for people:

  • Process: Agile, Design Thinking, Lean Startup (Bluemix Garage Method)
  • Design: Domain Driven Language
  • Programming: JavaScript, OOP, Java Testing, Building
  • Domain specific skills: Data Analytics, Full Stack Development (App & Microservices), IoT & Embedded
  • Background: Algorithms & Statistics

#FutureOf[Domain]: Includes the domain knowledge that is need to use the technology in a way that creates value:

  • Health:
    • Data Driven Medicine
    • Genomic Medicine
    • Medicine, Biology, Chemistry
  • Lifestyle:
    • Science of Happiness
    • Consumer Products & Marketing: What creates value in the life of an consumer?
  • Industry:
    • Industrie 4.0
    • Integrated Industry
    • Manufacturing Challenges & Trends
    • 3d printing

Reduce Poverty in Inner Cities

An Overview of which factors are making cities smarter and why, what’s possible and how and what we can expect, and when.

Smarter cities are providing a myriad of benefits for their people, businesses and governments:
*an improved quality of life,
*sustained economic vitality,
*and intense communication through social media.


Michael Dixon leads IBM’s strategy and its implementation for Smarter Cities around the world. Prior to a brief period as the Managing Partner for IBM’s consulting and systems integration business (GBS) in Central/Eastern Europe in 2011, Michael was the Vice President of Public Sector for GBS in the Growth Markets, leading teams focused on supporting client initiatives in Government, Healthcare Payers and Providers and Education across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Central / Eastern Europe and Latin America. Client success in numerous projects resulted with IBM providing strategic advice, business change and process transformation to improve services and deliver cost efficiencies.
Before joining IBM Michael completed a BBSc at La Trobe University, an MSc at the University of Melbourne and a PhD at the University of Alberta. Michael is an Australian and spends his time in Melbourne, New York and all parts of the world.

Why I will focus more on the human in the future of industrie & living

In the last years and month I kept my eye on the areas of Industrie 4.0 or Industrial Internet. While I will continue this journey, and will refocus more on the area around lifestyle and healthcare and consumer products. Why?

I definitely believe that there is large potential in Industrie 4.0, I personally am quite surprised with the experience how long it takes until an idea makes it to pilot or even production in the enterprise it. In the consumer area the cycle times are much lower.

But there are two more important reasons. First I enjoy helping people, and when I thought about my dream when I was a little boy, I dreamed to help people make the world a better place by making them more happy and helping them to be healthy. Well back then I dream of healing every diseases and fixing all the world problems form climate change to mass hunger. Most likely this will stay a dream, but I love the idea to contribute a small small piece to something meaningful.

I always believe I could do something meaningful, and this does not mean to revolutionise the world, only few of us are luck enough to experience this. But do something meaningful means to putting your head to a meaningful challenge and throwing punches to wear down the challenge for a heavy hitter to punch it out.

But do something meaningful means to putting your head to a meaningful challenge and throwing punches to wear down the challenge for a heavy hitter to punch it out.

So we come to the third reason: I am currently working at IBM, and one reasons I chose to work for IBM was that they brand themselves as a company that contributes something meaningful the the solutions of large problems. Currently I integrate systems at big banks, while this is important, it seams quite meaningless compared to curing cancer or alzheimer’s or any other disease. But as it seems we IBM has not given up on making meaningful contributions. When they announced in April 2015 that “healthcare will be our moonshot”, I knew that I have to be a part of this. Therefore I will refocus on this area, and learn what is important about this topic and how it can be combined with the Internet of Things. I see a large overlap between Industrie 4.0 and the consumer side. I think we will get a much larger acceptance for Industrie 4.0 to be not just another buzzword, when we focus on the customer and identify areas where we can generate immediate benefit to the people.

What this will mean for my focus areas, well I will have to keep learning to develop and maintain apps on a cloud platform. This includes connecting things to the cloud with Arduino & Node.JS. Those Applications will follow a modern agile Microservice architecture. But modern application need also some analytics to generate value from data. To do this I will useApache Spark, Java, Python, R and Statistics.

This will be continued!