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Using Machine Learning in Health

Using Machine Learning in Health

I had a mental block about artificial intelligence and machine learning. I was listening to all the media debate about people losing jobs and the threat of the robots taking over and the Singularity. I wasn't sure what to think. My exposure to AI over the years had been minimal, but what I did understand was that it was still very rudimentary and didn't bear much resemblance to literary images of Asimov's I, Robot or HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The other thing that I was aware of was that the current applications require large volumes of data to be useful.

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Lock 'em up!

Lock 'em up!

In my travels in Australia I am fortunate enough to meet with key people in the business of Corrections. This is a vital and often underplayed area of social services, and often the target of media attention for all the wrong reasons. It is a sector that has a number of inherent issues and it is generally not well understood by the general public. In my discussions there are several common issues that are highlighted to me, key among these include overcrowding, recidivism and the imbalance of indigenous inmates in our prisons. Comparing Australia to countries like Sweden and the Netherlands who are closing prisons because of lack of customers, we continue to build new and bigger prisons. How are some countries able to reduce their prison populations while Australia's continues to grow? There are many reasons for this, but one that several Australian jurisdictions is focused on is the introduction of a better through-care model. One enabler for better through-care is better computer based case management systems.

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For Love or Money

For Love or Money

We often read about the need for us to love what we do and to follow our passion etc. In fact I even wrote about this in a previous post "".  I h…

We often read about the need for us to love what we do and to follow our passion etc. In fact I even wrote about this in a previous post "Don't Forget to Thank the Fish".  I have been giving this a little more thought lately. 

For the last five years I have been deeply involved in the local rugby club as junior vice president and a coach.  I do a lot around the club as a volunteer as well, marking lines on the fields, working behind the bar, cleaning up etc.  In my 20s I was lucky enough to play grade rugby in Sydney.  I played in the 3rds and 4ths and was able to play a handful of games in 2nd grade.  I wanted to be in first grade, but I didn't want to make the commitment to training and practice that would have been required to do that.  I saw what was required and didn't have the intestinal fortitude to make that step.  I loved the game (and still do) but not enough to push myself to that level.  When I played Rugby was still an amateur sport.  I left rugby to play music - which I also loved.

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What I learned watching The Founder

What I learned watching The Founder

If you haven't seen the movie "The Founder" I can recommend it if you are into movies about business. There is some great cinematography as well with wide open scenes of the vastn…

If you haven't seen the movie "The Founder" I can recommend it if you are into movies about business. There is some great cinematography as well with wide open scenes of the vastness of the American Mid West, capturing the 1950s vibe. I really enjoyed the movie and refrained from saying beatlejuice 3 times as Michael Keaton plays the main protagonist Ray Kroc. 

The story tells us how McDonald's came to greatness. It is a great story and being a student of business it taught me a number of lessons.

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