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How Does Analytics Enable Better Lives?

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Imagine the parents of a small child who is going to turn two in the next few weeks. And instead of planning for his birthday as most parents would, the parents of this child are just hoping that he will live to see his birthday. With a heart defect that keeps the tiny heart from functioning normally, the poor kid has seen more nurses and hospital operating rooms than cakes and balloons.

What if there were an AI-enabled device that could automatically monitor all the key health indicators and alert his parents to any abnormalities, immediately helping them take action instead of just waiting and watching?

What if that device turns out to be the surprise birthday gift, helping the child reach his birthday milestone with a smile?

We often feel data and analytics are esoteric entities that are only traded between companies and used to make even more profits. It either does not impact us — the common consumers — directly or it is a like a creepy shadow that we could live well without, given the danger of privacy and information leak.

With increased access to technology and data, can analytics insights actually become the invisible forces that can help improve human lives?

Do we wonder how …

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