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Algorithm appointed board director

A venture capital firm has appointed a computer algorithm to its board of directors.

The program - called Vital - will vote on whether to invest in a specific company or not.

The firm it will be working for - Deep Knowledge Ventures - focuses on drugs for age-related diseases.

It said that Vital would make its recommendations by sifting through large amounts of data.

Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy

Medium:

Scientific report, 124 p.

 

Summary:

A standing committee established by the National Research Council (NRC) in 2005 proposed a framework for research on how policy makers make use of scientific knowledge and how the results of that research might lead to improved policy making and improved preparation of students in policy schools for careers in the policy world. This report is the result of the work of the committee.

 

Challenges:

Evaluation and validation of diagnostic tests for guiding therapeutic decisions.

The term "theranostics" characterizes a particular combination of the coupled use of a drug therapy with a diagnostic test (called "companion diagnostics"). The diagnostic test marks out the technical means used to identify a biomarker which allows for adjusting the use of the new drug.Theranostics promise a significant step forward for the use of personalized medicine, better tailored for patients in terms of efficacy and tolerance.

Biomedical informatics and translational medicine.

Biomedical informatics involves a core set of methodologies that can provide a foundation for crossing the "translational barriers" associated with translational medicine. To this end, the fundamental aspects of biomedical informatics (e.g., bioinformatics, imaging informatics, clinical informatics, and public health informatics) may be essential in helping improve the ability to bring basic research findings to the bedside, evaluate the efficacy of interventions across communities, and enable the assessment of the eventual impact of translational medicine innovations on health policies.

Future of Big Data

Below is the video of Prof. Pedreschi's keynote speech during the webinar. Feel free to comment and add any ideas on this platform!

Future of Big Data

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Science of Collective Intelligence: Resources for Change

Chapter in the book, p. 265:   M. Tovey, ed., Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (Oakton, VA: EIN Press, 2008).  A collection of papers written by many of the contributors to the field of collective intelligence, from an applied perspective.  The book is available free online. 

The chapter on Science of Collective Intelligence (CI) answers the questions:

The Where-How of Leadership Emergence (WHOLE) Landscape: Charting Emergent Collective Leadership

One of the main challenges of including innovative collective processes within traditional forms of decision making is the resistance by leaders to give up their control and power.  This paper presents collective processes as a form of leadership, in order to increase acceptance by traditional systems and to provide innovators of collective action a perspective of when traditional methods are best and when innovative collective processes are the only options available to solve society's most challenging problems.   

EU Community

 

EU Community: how to emerge better policy options?

EurActiv's informal polls indicate 2/3 EU policy stakeholders are not satisfied with current policy-making tools. They agree that social media has increased transparency, but this is not yet the case for accessibility and efficiency.

Policy stakeholders imagine a future where working life is more productive and sub-communities are connected in an active "EU Community".

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Once upon a time in the cybarium

It was Jean's day to be a politician.

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