NASA Bets on Blockchain and AI for Satellite Intelligence Study – BTCMANAGER

By Julia Travers     January 18, 2018

NASA has awarded University of Akron (UA) Assistant Professor Jin Wei Kocsis a three-year $333,000 Early Career Faculty grant as part of its Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) program. Dr. Kocsis will utilize the grant to develop AI and blockchain-based technology that will help satellites safely travel farther away while making decisions independently.

Space Travel and Fuzzy Logic

Satellites currently rely on wireless communication with Earth to send and receive vital mission data. As they venture further into space, these transmissions take more and more time to travel. If a satellite encounters space debris that must be avoided or needs to collect information from a nearby meteorite quickly, it is often incapable of doing so in time. Kocis says that,

“I hope to develop technology that can recognize environmental threats and avoid them, as well as complete a number of tasks automatically. I am honored that NASA recognized my work, and I am excited to continue challenging technology’s ability to think and do on its own.”

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IBM: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence Combo to Alter Healthcare – HealthIT Analytics

The combination of blockchain and artificial intelligence has the potential to completely overhaul healthcare in just a few short years.

By Jennifer Bresnick    November 2, 2017

The combination of blockchain and artificial intelligence could bring significant improvements to a healthcare sector plagued by interoperability problems and big data analytics shortfalls, says IBM Watson Health Chief Science Officer Shahram Ebadollahi.

Speaking at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in late October, Ebadollahi announced that the company would be expanding its exploration of healthcare blockchain opportunities with a new CDC partnership, according to reporter Jay Woodruff.

The CDC has already been engaged in blockchain pilots around public health responses and crisis situations, and is looking to further its ability to define value-driven use cases for the technology.

The new partnership will complement an existing collaboration between IBM Watson and the FDA, giving IBM additional insight into how blockchain, in tandem with artificial intelligence, could overhaul the way stakeholders extract meaning from the overwhelming volume of big data in the industry.

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Creating a Blockchain-Based Network of Interoperable Artificial Intelligences – Nasdaq.com

By Guilio Prisco, Bitcoin Magazine    October 31, 2017

Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) startup SingularityNET , recently covered by Wired as “the most tech-hype idea of the year,” wants to democratize AI research and facilitate the emergence of human-level AI on a decentralized, open-source platform.

SingularityNET operates on a belief that the benefits of AI should not be dominated by any small set of powerful institutions but should be shared by all. A key goal of SingularityNET is to ensure the technology is benevolent according to human standards, and the network is being designed to incentivize and reward beneficial players. The startup is developing interoperability standards for AIs, which could radically improve the process of discovering and coordinating AI services, while allowing developers to easily monetize AI technology.

SingularityNET positions itself both as a critical mediator across all future AI developments, as well as a hub for free and open AI technologies owned by the crowd, where anyone can acquire or monetize AI services.

Blockchain-based smart contracts will be central to SingularityNET operations, allowing users to combine multiple AI technologies to create custom AI stacks. The initial implementation of SingularityNET will be built on Ethereum, with smart contracts written in Solidity.

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NLP, blockchain link to enable personalized patient communication – Health Data Management

An emerging company is planning to use a natural language processing approach in combination with blockchain technology to better share information and insights derived from medical data.

The approach will be tested by doc.ai, which announced the initiative and will work with Deloitte Life Sciences and Healthcare to test its Robo-Hematology solution, which it debuted last month. It will be doc.ai’s first test of its approach with a customer.

The company says it offers an advanced natural language processing technology platform, which uses blockchain technology to timestamp datasets and decentralize artificial intelligence. The technology solution was created by developers at Stanford and Cambridge universities.

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Google DeepMind’s Untrendy Play to Make the Blockchain Actually Useful | WIRED

FOR SILICON VALLEY, the headline was sweet nectar: Google DeepMind, the world’s hottest artificial intelligence lab, embraces the blockchain, the endlessly fascinating idea at the heart of the bitcoin digital currency.

But the buzzwords bely the reality. The lab’s re-imagining of the blockchain has very little to do with AI—or the blockchain, for that matter. If you want AI crossed with the blockchain, try wrapping your head around Numerai, the world’s strangest hedge fund. To DeepMind’s credit, its new project depends less on trendy ideas than an apparent desire to solve a real problem in the real world—one that involves the most private and personal information.

DeepMind is building an auditing system for healthcare data. That may not sound sexy, but it matters. As more and more medical data goes digital, the system would ensure that as a hospital shares patient records, they stay private, accurate, and tamper-free. More at: Google DeepMind’s Untrendy Play to Make the Blockchain Actually Useful | WIRED

DeepMind. Blockchain. Medical records. Google. AI – wow, we just won machine learning bingo! • The Register

Nah, trust us, there is something to this

Google-stablemate DeepMind is creating a blockchain-like system to show how sensitive medical data passing through its processors will be used, allowing healthcare professionals to check if data has been tampered with.

Its healthcare arm, DeepMind Health, is working to improve medical diagnoses with machine learning tools. Large amounts of confidential data are required to develop these tools – something DeepMind hasn’t always been trusted to handle.

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