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system update update

Friday,  02/12/16  10:33 PM

Want to know what happens when you run Lenovo System Update?

Yep.  And guess what happens next?  Nothing.  99% of the time, the only update System Update updates is System Update.  Van Quine would love it :)



'Normal' is one of the most powerful words a Radiologist can use

Friday,  02/12/16  10:57 PM

Radiology CTs - which of these are normal?This morning I was reading The Health Care Blog, as usual, and came a across a most interesting post: The Radiology Report.

I thought this phrase was intriguing: "'Normal' is one of the most powerful words a radiologist can use".  Which of course begs the question, how does the Radiologist get to "normal"?  They use their training and experience.  And they do this all day long, with case after case, normal, normal, normal.

But what if they could hit a single button to quickly search a vast reference library of exceptional cases just to be sure.  If there are no strong correlations, great, the case is "normal", nothing to see here, move along.  Every once in a while - perhaps every once in a great while - they might get a hit back which triggers a thought.  And every once in a while that hit might cause a "normal" to be reported as a possible "not-normal", perhaps saving a patient’s life.

Radiologist at workThat is the value proposition behind eyesFinder for Radiology.

I am excited about many many of the possible applications of visual search, but I'm especially driven by the possibilities in healthcare.  We've been working with Leica for two years on a decision support tool for Pathology - now being field-tested - and are actively seeking partners in Radiology as well.  So that 'Normal' can be even more powerful :)



happy birthday Mr. Darwin, Mr. Lincoln

Friday,  02/12/16  11:08 PM

Chuck D ... natural selectaWeird, that two of history's most amazing people have birthdays on the same day, and today is that day.  Congratulations on another trip around the sun, Mr. Darwin, and Mr. Lincoln...

Scott Johnson remembers Mr. Lincoln.
And Boing Boing remembers Chuck D, natural selecta :)

Taking nothing at all away from Mr. Lincoln, who had an impressive series of failures before an even more impressive legacy of success, I think Mr. Darwin had one of the most important insights ever.  He saw that over time natures behaves like a rachet, in which good ideas accumulate and in so doing yield even better ones.

And so ... how being awesome became the great imperative of our time.  I have resolved to cut down on "awesome" as my go-to adjective for greatness.

spot the ISSBut ... literally awesome: spot the International Space Station.  If you do, you will be awestruck :)

Hmmm...  Time Inc acquires MySpace.  That feels like a headline from fifteen years ago, doesn't it?  Who know that Time Inc. and MySpace still existed...

I was in a meeting the other day with some twenty-something colleagues, and PayPal came up, and someone said "PayPal, that's so old school."  Heh.  (covers eyes and shakes head sadly.)

Minority Report - user interface of the futureGood question: Who will own the virtual reality interface?  Of course sensing and reacting to head motion is all very exciting, but what about hand motion?  (Remember Minority Report!)

Meanwhile... Microsoft's latest iPhone app will tell you what kind of dog you are.  A pretty low use of visual search, but still, cool and possibly even useful.

Sadly: scientists have given up on the Philae lander.  As time passes the dust accumulation will make it increasingly less likely the robot will have enough power to wake up.

little Russian ATV is amazingOkay, I agree: this little Russian truck is amazing.  The secret is the giant tires, which give it floatation, the ability to go anywhere, and ... cuteness :)



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