Obama's Precision Medicine Plan Sounds Great—Unless It's an IT Nightmare

After teasing a "Precision Medicine Initiative" in his State of the Union address, President Obama today released the details of his $215 million plan: A massive database containing the genetic profiles and health records of at least a million volunteers. Genetics sequencing! Big data! These all sound like good… » 1/30/15 3:25pm 1/30/15 3:25pm

How Your Connected Devices Could Get You Fired or Ruin Your Credit

There's probably something you do right now you wouldn't really want everyone to know about. Maybe you're letting a Fitbit gather dust while you eat Doritos and watch The Good Wife (understandable). Maybe you're in the habit of driving around at 3 AM when you can't sleep. Whatever you do, if you're doing it while… » 1/27/15 12:40pm 1/27/15 12:40pm

How We Come to Know Ourselves In the Age of the Quantified Self

My grandmother recently had a pacemaker implanted. Major surgery and its aftermath are frightening at any age, but for a 93-year-old and her family it is a particularly scary tightrope to walk. Had her recovery been filmed for a montage in a family drama, there would have been reassuring doctors and smiling nurses… » 1/26/15 1:00pm 1/26/15 1:00pm

The Problem With Big Data Is That Nobody Understands It

The concept of Big Data—the practice of acquiring, analyzing and interpreting ridiculously huge data sets—is something much of the technology and business world is extremely excited about. But excited is about as far as it goes because, currently, there just aren't enough practitioners to make it work. » 4/30/12 3:55am 4/30/12 3:55am