Tim S Mcniff
Smart pills have just been approved in the US. The smart pills contain cameras, trackers, and sensors that can detect health problems, and communicate those problems with the doctor. Smart pills can monitor a patient’s prescription intake, and they are currently widely being used to detect gastrointestinal diseases. Smart pills will be able to diagnose diseases much more efficiently than doctors. Companies are also looking into adding a function for it to assess physiological health metrics.
The smart pill is worth so much because it provides a solution to the increasing problem of patients not taking the medicines. Doctors are encouraging patients to take the smart pills to ensure their patients are taking the medications they need. The healthcare sector also loses billions of dollars each year from patients not taking their medicine, so the smart pill will be very helpful for the healthcare industry.
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Blockchain technology may supply a remedy to the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. An important aspect of Blockchain is improving trust, and it can help discover corrupt drugs in the supply chain. The fake pharmaceutical industry is very profitable, the World Health Organization estimates it is worth more than $75 billion each year. The International Criminal Police Organization approximates that one million people, who buy the counterfeit pharmaceuticals in good faith legitimately looking for a cure, die from taking the fake drugs.
Pharmaceutical company’s moving to a decentralized network such as blockchain will increase transparency and trust in the supply chain. The article states that “Every link in the supply chain from manufacturer, distributor, transporter, customs official to store owner can contribute data to a network… Consumers can use a mobile app to check an entire item’s history before it reaches the store shelf.” The app would allow consumers to track the entire history of the pill. In the system that the article mentions, every box or packet of medicine was given a “cryptographically unique identifier.” The identifier allows the authenticity to the item to verified in the shared blockchain ledger. Pharmaceutical companies are facing great pressure change to blockchain technology to ensure a safe supply chain and protect their brand image.
A small team of journalists and software engineers are working on a computer system that can pick out interesting data trends and generate short stories based off the trends. From the article, Peter Clifton, a journalist on the team, stated “We’ve just been emailing [local newspapers] samples of stories we’ve produced and they’ve been using a reasonable number of them.” Clifton expects to distribute 30,000 news articles each month. Robo-Journalism is gaining popularity in the US, and machines are showing they can successfully generate new much faster than humans.
The article also mentions that tools are being worked on to conduct interviews. Machine Learning technology is displaying its capability to do a lot of things journalists do. However, Joshua Benton of Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab thinks that AI is very far from being able to completely replace journalists. He believes AI may become a powerful tool for journalists to quickly generate news based off of popular data trends, but good journalism is a craft that machines are not capable of yet.
Do you think AI could replace journalists? Would you care if your news was written by a robot?
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