Will Oremus of Stuff.co.nz writes, “Google just bought a fearsome fleet of robots. The company confirmed a New York Times report that it has acquired Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts-based maker of such noted mechanical beasts as BigDog, Atlas, Petman, Cheetah and Wildcat. The company’s robots are among the world’s most advanced two- and four-legged machines. Some are humanoid, while others resemble predatory animals. Most have been developed under contract with military agencies, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. What might Google want with an army of military robots? At first gasp, the answer might seem to be, ‘conquering the world’. But that doesn’t seem to be the goal – at least, not in a military sense.” Read more
Stanford University Libraries is looking for a Linked Data Programmer / Analyst in Palo Alto, CA. According to the post, “The Linked Data Programmer / Analyst for Digital Library Systems & Services (DLSS) plays an integral role in defining, developing and delivering information systems and infrastructure for the library of the future at Stanford University. As part of DLSS within Stanford University Libraries (SUL), the holder of this position helps SUL’s efforts to support scholarship in the digital age by delivering on the promises of the digital library.” Read more
Katie McQuater of The Drum recently wrote, “As part of The Drum’s most recent Search supplement, a cross-section of experts from the search marketing industry give their predictions for the space in the year ahead.” McQuater starts with Caragh McKenna, Group Account Director of The Search Agency. McKenna states, “With the introduction of Hummingbird in September online marketers have been abuzz with conjecture on how it will affect site rankings and what it will mean as semantic search evolves to saturate organic search results. Read more
News came this week that a man accused of defrauding a financial group out of close to a million dollars around an investment in a fictional mobile medical device tablet is scheduled to sign a plea agreement admitting that he committed mail fraud. The man, Howard Leventhal, had been promoting the Star Trek-influenced McCoy Home Health Care Tablet as a device that can instantaneously deliver detailed patient information to medical providers. (The product is discussed on the company’s still-surviving web site here.) He was arrested for the fraud in October and has been out on bail.
The interesting thing about this case is that the fake he was perpetrating isn’t very far removed from reality regarding the role mobile apps and systems will play in healthcare. There of course are plenty of mobile apps already available that help users do everything from monitoring their hearts to recording their blood-oxygen level during the night to see whether they have sleep apnea. Research and Markets, for example, says the wireless health market currently will grow to nearly $60 billion by 2018, up from $23.8 billion, with remote patient monitoring applications and diagnostics helping to drive the growth. But where things really get interesting is when mobile health takes on questions of semantic interoperability of accumulated data, and assessing its meaning.
Healthwise is looking for a Software Engineer/Development Manager in Boise, ID. The post states, “The Software Engineer Manager is responsible for providing vision, guidance, and technical expertise as part of the development of Healthwise systems and software. This individual will manage a team of engineers and will work with other developers, product managers, clients, administrators, and testers to develop systems for Healthwise. This individual will be an evangelist for best practices in design patterns, software development, automated testing, and continuous integration. The Sr. Software Engineer will demonstrate ownership and enthusiasm over the Software Engineering craft, retain the highest level of technical acumen, and take ownership of all team projects.” Read more
Kathleen Hickey of GCN.com reports, “NASA’s OpenNEX is one of the latest federal research projects moving to the cloud to improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors. In doing so, the space agency is using Amazon Web Services to make terabytes worth of climate and Earth science data available to researchers, app developers, academia and the public. The first data sets became available in March and include temperature, precipitation and climate change projections, as well as data processing tools fromNASA’s Earth Exchange (NEX), a research and collaboration platform from NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center in California.” Read more
Earlier this year, leading academics from well-known research centers in Ireland – the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Clarity, Clique, 4C and TRIL – came together as part of the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, with £42 million in government funding and £30 million in industry funding. With researchers based in a number of Ireland’s universities, including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, NUIMaynooth, Dublin City University, and University College Cork, INSIGHT “is Ireland’s answer to the data analytics opportunity that exists now,” says funding director, Insight Galway, and DERI Director Stefan Decker.
Combining the different centers under one common brand is a way to build critical mass in the areas of Big Data and analytics, spanning categories including recommender systems, media and decision analytics, reasoning, personal sensing, connected health and discovery apps, and, of course, the semantic web and Linked Data, where DERI’s expertise lies, Decker notes. Industry partners are also a large part of the Centre, and will be able to avail themselves of the research expertise transitioning from the various research centers to INSIGHT. For example, the work DERI has been doing on W3C standards will continue under INSIGHT’s purview rather than DERI’s, Decker explains.
Wolters Kluwer is searching for a Senior Information Architect in New York, NY. According to the post, “The Information Architect will be responsible for the definition, implementation and on-going refinement of an enterprise data architecture encompassing both transactional and information systems. The information architect will be involved in analyzing and selecting technical standards and establishing data objects, schemas and interfaces while balancing the need for both performance and security requirements. You will work closely with the content and product teams to understand the data and business models ensure proper definition, stewardship, distribution and storage of information.” Read more
Jennifer Streaks of Fool.com recently wrote, “Applied Semantics was a California-based software producer for online advertising, domain name and enterprise information management markets. It was acquired by Google for $102 million in 2013. Google then used Applied Semantic’s technology to create its Google AdSense program, which brought in $3.44 billion in the last fiscal quarter of 2012 (or 27% of Google’s total revenue). That’s a return on investment you can get excited about!” Read more
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