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Should You Take an App For That?

"Mobile health care apps now number in the thousands on the Apple and Google online stores, and many of these are targeted toward mental health."
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"I think a lot of these mobile digital health technologies would like to take the role of new pharma, which is especially interesting since there hasnt been any new blockbuster drugs for mental health in a while, says John Torous, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of the 2015 study."
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"There are also practical issues a feasibility study on an app designed to help manage schizophrenia, found that while users found the app to be effective, the most common technical problem was people forgetting to charge their phones."
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"In the UK, the National Health Services launched a Health Apps Library in March 2013."
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"Last month, economist Simon Leigh at the University of Liverpool co-authored an article in Evidence Based Mental Health that reported among the 14 apps for depression and anxiety recommended by the NHS, only four had any research to back up their claims and only two of those used validated measurement tools to test their effectiveness."

#Mobile #FutureTechnologies #TodaysChallenge #BuildResilience   #HumanResources   #wellbeing  

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How to make an organisation-wide digital transformation project a success still remains elusive for many

"Digital transformation can be viewed holistically as the confluence of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies, cutting through business processes, enabling agile & secure infrastructure, leveraging IoT & connected devises, driven by seamless integration into (and upgrading) of current IT systems and underpinned by actionable insights for sustainable differentiation across customer experience and business efficiency."
#Social #Mobile #Analytics #Cloud #InternetofThings 
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"The business efficiency theme driving digital transformation projects is all around creating differentiation for organisations through one or more of the following: helping an organisation to become more agile and responsive in its ability to identify either opportunities or to protect against threats; taking cost optimisation to the next level by further automating mundane and routine tasks that can be more efficiently handled by intelligent systems; creating better decision making powered by real-time data and insights, rather than by gut-feel and intuition; and unleashing the ability to innovate through the provision of new offerings or different business models."
#DriveInnovation #Automation #ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking 

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Salesforce Wear opens wearable CRM market, cool

Salesforce is said to be making a "bold and well-timed" move into the "wearables space". In their lineup of supported devices are the Epson Moverio, Jawbone UP, Vuzix M100, Meta Spaceglasses, and Oculus Rift join Pebble, Samsung Gear, Google Glass, Moto360, Myo, and Bionym Nymi band. Some highlights from the article:

Salesforce revealed that FacialNetwork, a HospitalityID app, allows customer service reps wearing smart glasses to identify guests using instant facial recognition technology.
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ClickSoftware’s ShiftExpert app leverages Samsung Gear II smartwatches to enable employees to clock in and out from shifts, automatically entering the data into timesheets – and sending reminder notifications if the worker is in danger of being late for a shift. 
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Proximity Insight’s app for Android Wear smartwatches alerts workers when a VIP has come into physical range, allowing retail employees to greet the customer right away.

#DriveInnovation   #Mobile   #Consumerisation   #HumanResources   #Sales  

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Our postnormal times

An excellent overview of our "postnormal times" written in 2010 by Ziauddin Sardar, a London-based scholar called "Britain's own Muslim polymath" by The Independent newspaper. In these times of ours the power to #AnticipateChange  is essential, but also extremely difficult.

Excerpts:
All that was ‘normal’ has now evaporated; we have entered postnormal times, the in between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have not yet emerged, and nothing really makes sense. To have any notion of a viable future, we must grasp the significance of this period of transition which is characterized by three c’s: complexity, chaos and contradictions. These forces propel and sustain postnormal times leading to uncertainty and different types of ignorance that make decision-making problematic and increase risks to individuals, society and the planet.  / #DecisionMaking  
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Welcome to postnormal times. It’s a time when little out there can be trusted or gives us confidence. The espiritu del tiempo, the spirit of our age, is characterised by uncertainty, rapid change, realignment of power, upheaval and chaotic behaviour. We live in an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense.  / #TodaysChallenges   #BlackSwanEvents  
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...globalisation enhances complexity not simply by making us interdependent but also by increasing our interconnections. In a globalised world, everything is connected to everything else. / #Globalisation  
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We are more connected and interconnected than any other time in history. The entire globe is a network criss-crossed by networks of individuals, groups, communities, institutions constantly connected to each other by e-mails, e-lists, internet newsgroups, mobile phones, text, video conferencing, blogs, twitter, facebook, myspace, interactive digital television and 24-h news broadcasts. There is hardly a place in the world where we can be alone. The mobile phone in your pocket tells those who want to know exactly where you are and enables you to communicate with any one at any time (almost) anywhere. More and more, communication is becoming instant, all encompassing, and ever present. Indeed, it seems that nowadays we do not communicate to live; but live to communicate. / #Social   #Mobile  
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It is now fashionable to argue that we are going through unprecedented change. Things have\always changed but they have not changed with the accelerating pace we are witnessing nowadays. Take, for example, information technology, which doubles its power, as measured in price, performance and bandwidth capacity, every year. In 25 years, it would have multiplied by a factor of a billion as we move from transistors to more powerful technologies such as nanotechnology or molecular computing.  / #InformationTechnology   #FutureTechnologies  
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In postnormal conditions, flexibility, adaptation and sensitivity to markedly different initial conditions require that we develop our ethical acuity to increase the diversity of our response. We are not looking for one solution but many alternatives which create positive feedback and momentum for common principles. Such an approach demands new thinking, effort and participation by everyone. / #Storytelling  

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Wearables, earables, eyeables: Welcome to the next wave of computing

Citation: Yes, Google has moved firmly into the glass form factor — eyeables — which has drawn a great deal of backlash for personal use. But there are great use cases in business for that approach (see What can we expect from Google Glass in the enterprise), so it will catch on in medicine, construction, security, military, and many other sectors. In a few years, it will seem commonplace for your dentist to peer into your mouth wearing something like Glass.

And last week, Motorola offered another take on wearables: Motorola Hint is an earable. Hint is a bluetooth earbud that can cooperate with smart phones through voice commands, or perhaps more grandly, a means to remain connected to the world without manually fiddling with devices, but simply using your voice.

#VoiceInterfaces   #Mobile   #Lifelogging   #FutureTechnologies  

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JustPark and the sharing economy

Citation: JustPark has a mission to transform the way drivers look for a parking space - and is delivering plenty of cash to homeowners who rent out their driveways, or churches making a profit from underused car parks.

Around 20,000 people - mostly in London - have put their parking spaces on the site, and half a million drivers use the service. Much of the demand is for parking spaces near major sports stadiums, airports or railway stations. A church in London's King's Cross has made £200,000 so far from Eurostar passengers wanting a safe place to park their cars.

Today JustPark unveils a major step in its evolution, with BMW putting its parking app in the Mini's dashboard computer and the venture capital firm Index announcing a major investment in the business. Mini drivers should be able to book a parking space with a couple of taps on a screen, much as they select a route on the car's satnav system.

#Mobile   #DisruptiveInnovation   #UK  

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Six-year-olds outstrip adults in digital understanding but teens lead the way

Citation: The ‘millennium generation’ have the most digital confidence and knowledge say Ofcom in its latest communications market report. 
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An average six-year-old has the same knowledge of technology as a 45-year old, according to the latest Ofcom communications market report.
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... those in the 16-24 age group reported spending a much higher amount of time communicating - 261 minutes per day versus 146 mins for UK adults as whole.
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 44% of households say they have a tablet with 14% of homes claiming to have two or more. As tablets have become more popular so has the importance of them as a device for connecting to the internet.
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In 2013, Ofcom decided to try and measure technological aptitude in a bid to understand an individual’s confidence, competence and knowledge. They found that the most tech savvy were 14-15-year olds and that as age increased, people’s digital confidence score decreased, with 61% of over-55s recording a below-average score.

#Demographics #Mobile #Consumerisation

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Google picks up artificial intelligence mobile messenging assistant Emu

Citation: Google Now could be taking a new direction with the internet giant's purchase of Emu, a self-touted "built-in" virtual assistant.

Founded in 2012 by alums from Siri, Apple, and Yahoo Messenger as well as Google, the app's functionality isn't far off from Google Now or other virtual assistant platforms on the market. Emu can share locations, manage reminders, schedule meetings, and more.

The difference with Emu, as touted by its makers, is that this platform relies on artificial intelligence, or machine learning and natural language processing, to perform all of these tasks in real time as quickly as one can share a photo via text.

#VoiceInterfaces   #ArtificialIntelligence   #Mobile  

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With #BigData Comes Big Responsibility

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[M]ore often than not, the reality of Silicon Valley giants, who are really the gatekeepers of the future, is increasingly in conflict with the reality of the real world!  What heightens that conflict — the opaque and often tone-deaf responses from companies big and small! / #TodaysChallenges   #FutureTechnologies  

Silicon Valley (both the idea and the landmass) means that we always try to live in the future. We imagine what the future looks like and then we try and build it. Sometimes that future delights us and we embrace it whole heartedly, like with iPhones and Android-based smartphones. And  sometimes, that future seems so dystopian that society is scared and unnerved by the unknown. / #Mobile  
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Facebook’s emotion-driven-engagement experiments are tiny glimpse of  what really awaits us: a data-driven and alogrithmic future, where machines make decisions on our behalf, nudging us into making decisions. As I pointed out in my recent FastCompany magazine column, the new machine age is already underway, unseen by us. “It is not really just a human world,” said Sean Gourley, cofounder and CTO of Quid who points out that our connected world is producing so much data that it is beyond human cognitive abilities and machines are going to be part of making sense of it all. / #Social   #ArtificialIntelligence  
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Did you know at the time of signing up for Strava, that lovable cycling and running activity tracker is sharing real time user data and selling that to municipalities for 80 cents a year. In what universe does it make sense for the company to do that without asking, and have a company spokesperson blatantly admit to a Forbes reporter that, the default is opt-in — a malaise popularized by Facebook. Because not doing so means, actually explaining to people what they intend to do with that all that personal information. / #Lifelogging  
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And to be honest that is the crux of the problem — we, the citizens don’t really know what these data-hoarding companies — big and small are really good to do with all the data they have about us in their databases.  / #Transparency   #Privacy  

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The #InternetofThings Ecosystem: Unlocking the business value of connected devices

This is the year that some experts predict more data will be generated by machines than by people—with that expectation comes renewed attention on the promise of IoT. In a recent survey, nearly 75 percent of executives indicated that their companies were exploring or adopting some form of IoT solution, and executives believe that integrating IoT into the main business is necessary in order to remain competitive.
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Re: #SaveMoney  
Delays in response time; lost, stolen, or misdeployed assets; process inefficiencies; and human error all drive higher operating costs for businesses. The right combinations of connected devices, infrastructure, data analytics, and processing—specific to the industry—can help companies reduce these types of costs. This is where the real value of IoT comes into play – in being able to take advantage of the almost boundless potential provided by the 
mass quantities of data produced in IoT transactions and making it valuable through advanced analytics.

Re: #RealTime   #Analytics   #Automation   #Logistics  
For example, real-time data flowing from multiple sources, transferred automatically and without human intervention, can be integrated and analyzed (“mashed up”) to make business decisions. Specifically, a packaged foods distributor might mash point-of-sale data with weather forecasts, truck locations, and production data to predict stock-outs, reroute distribution, and reduce stale inventory write-offs.
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Re: #Lifelogging   #HumanResources #Mobile #Healthcare  
e, wearable devices allow companies to digitize employees, 
which may include tracking and providing feedback on behaviors that affect wellness or job effectiveness, and could improve productivity across the workforce with the right supporting systems. But wearables enable a far more innovative product/service in mobile health (mHealth) platforms—one that may actually disrupt the health care industry (see sidebar). These 
mHealth platforms can deliver remote monitoring for patients, especially veterans and the elderly, who are in a home environment or reside in remote areas. This allows hospitals to not only offer much-needed, lower-cost home care rather than a hospital visit, but also delivers patient care in a more comfortable setting.
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Re: #BigData   #PredictiveAnalytics   #DataVisualisation   #ArtificialIntelligence  
With the rising volume of data generated by connected devices, predictive analytics may deliver customer insights and even anticipate customer behavior. Businesses may use advanced analytics on top of connected machines to actively sense and shape customers behaviors, as well as tailor products and services at timely customer decision points. Analytics coupled with interactive visualization tools will allow not only large amounts of clean data but also sparse and fuzzy data (i.e., cognitive computing) to yield insights.
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Re: #Security   #Privacy   #Cloud  
[T]echnology is advancing to provide greater levels of security. One of the interesting developments is the ability for homomorphic processing to perform real-time algorithms on encrypted data, alleviating the need to de-encrypt and re-encrypt data, making cybersecurity purely an encryption problem. As a case in point, IBM inventors recently received a patent for an encryption technique that may become an alternative to traditional M2M security. The homomorphic encryption (HE) technology allows entities in the IoT ecosystem to perform operations on customer data without decrypting the original data, thus maintaining its confidentiality.35 According to Global Industry Analysts, the HE market is forecast to grow quickly, given the escalating need for tightened security measures at each tier of data transmission across public networks (e.g., Internet and cloud-based services of smart computing and connected devices).

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