Remote Healthcare

Larger companies looking at the healthcare market have an advantage in access to clients–most likely featuring affordability.

Healing the Blockchain

While blockchain-inspired technologies are slowly progressing, the full-blown Blockchain suffers from functional flaws and is hindered by a religious belief that decentralization be positively superior to centralization.

Decathlon’s Gambit: Mobility Is Key Just Ask The Pew

This week CIO magazine reports. The France-based sporting goods company Decathlon ( for its U.S. debut. Will offer mobile e-commerce payment options. Using only iPhones, Apple Pay and RFID tags. ( Recently, I posted about Amazon’s mobile retail (mobile commerce) initiatives. That debuted in a few small stores. See, Scan-Pay-and-Walk-Mobile-Commerce-Is-No-Longer-Science-Fiction.  Over time, Amazon, due to customer demand, added a traditional cash payment option. Now Decathlon’s initial effort is with a full size store. Based on a third party’s omni-channel mobile retail platform. Allowing customers to interact with iPhone-equipped employees. To pay for items as they walk around. ( Will it succeed?   In 2010, a pastor asked his…

How Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft Will Treat You

PART 2: Healthcare Opportunities and Challenges Can Amazon (, Apple (, Google ( and Microsoft ( transform the U.S. healthcare market? That is risk adverse to change and bureaucratic by rules. What can consumers and enterprises expect? I highlight some key areas for (Big Tech) innovation and challenges. Amazon is consumer focused on transforming retail and telemedicine services. Nationwide pharmacy. Amazon becomes a pharmacy. Due to the acquisition of PillPack. Consumers can expect online and brick and motor options. Order online or visit a Whole Foods pharmacy equipped with self-service kiosks. Telemedicine and Digital Assistants. Digital Assistants (Alexa/Echo) will track specific conditions from patients’ homes. Voice authorizations will…

Overview: Seven of my recent AI-related blog posts

Reading time: 4 minutes Here’s the story-line of seven of my AI-related blog posts published over the last three months, along with what I intend to focus on next.  Only 5% of US enterprises are investing in serious, AI-based business projects.  Data from PwC’s 22nd annual global CEO survey provides worth repeating. Five percent of US CEOs (and 10% of European CEOs) say their AI investments are either fundamental to their organization’s operations or broadly in use across the organization. Forty percent of US CEOs (and 39% of European CEOs) say their firms have introduced AI for limited purposes, typically pilots, prototypes, experiments or tactical applications. This feels…

Neural networks on steroids

Researchers have created a new circuit that could boost the performance of training neural networks.

Alphabet’s Wing: Drone Delivery Service

Alphabet’s Wing Aviation ( inaugurates U.S. drone delivery. They are the first firm to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. To allow commercial delivery services later this year. Wing has already completed a similar pilot in Australia. FAA approval is groundbreaking. For the first time FAA is granting air-carrier certification for drone deliveries. Concerns exist. Accuracy, air traffic control, noise abatement and safety. That is one reason Wing is partnering with Mid-Atlantic Aviation and Virginia Tech University to address concerns and improve deliveries. As well as devise best practices. Per the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot program.( What to Expect? Location: The Blacksburg metropolitan area. Autonomous…

Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis? (Part 2)

Reading time: 6 minutes  Kohl’s, Walmart and Trader Joe’s stories add more perspective and depth to my earlier analysis of how BestBuy survived the Amazon threat. None of these four success stories could be described as AI strategies even though many aspects of some of these firms’ business strategies benefitted from the use of AI technology.

Post Notre Dame de Paris Disaster Will Accelerate Smarter Fire Fighting

A recent Facebook post found on the ( page peaked my interest. This post got me to thinking about how organizations should consider making digital 3D models of buildings to help disaster mitigation and restoration. Many municipal codes already require building schematics to be approved and shared with local fire departments. Expect more collaboration between engineers and fire fighting agencies post Notre Dame de Paris disaster. The tragic fire that recently burned Notre Dame de Paris captured the attention of the world. As this Cathedral burned. Social media responded indignantly. For example, why are so many firefighters “standing back?” The answer is Colossus. Colossus is a remote-controlled drone.…

Monumental Digital Twins

There really isn’t a good excuse for not creating [digital twins] of every cultural and historical significant building.