We will get through this crisis faster by standing together and supporting those on the front lines of public health and safety

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Over 300 years ago, Alexander Pope wrote “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” in An Essay on Criticism. He was 22 years old. The wisdom of these words has stood the test of time to describe situations where ignoring facts and common sense can have huge consequences. Today, the world finds itself at a crossroads. We must decide whether to follow proven science-based approaches that have limited the spread of COVID-19 or side with the anti-quarantine protests occurring in various areas of the US.

Recent news indicates some individuals who recovered from COVID-19 have tested positive again. MIT…


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I was recently reorganizing old journals and found a favorite poem, The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski. I discovered it years ago when I was in a rut and needed a career change. This poem, shown below, inspired me to think differently about my own situation and look up rather than being stuck in the moment.

your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer…


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Everyday news feeds bring us updates on the spread of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”). At this writing, there have been over 43,000 confirmed cases worldwide. Recent estimates from the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that it is growing at an exponential rate and doubling every seven days. Significant resources are being committed by China, other countries and private sector to control the spread of this epidemic and find a treatment.

One important difference between this crisis and previous epidemics (e.g., severe acute respiratory syndrome (“SARS”) is the role of artificial intelligence (“AI”) to facilitate identification, response and management of disease. Since…


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I’m fascinated by the interplay between Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) technology, human behavior, and society. There is no shortage of articles on the potential of this technology to transform the world at the individual and society level. Recently I’ve been hearing that AI adoption is slowing. While there may be a variety of reasons for this perspective, many untapped opportunities exist for AI to have a positive, immediate impact on our lives and the way we interact with each other. …


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Sometimes artificial intelligence (“AI”) discussions place so much emphasis on the data and algorithms, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of work and complexity that remain to convert insights to value. On New Year’s Day I had the opportunity to watch The Imitation Game, a terrific movie about the famous British mathematician, Alan Turing and how he and his colleagues created a digital machine capable of decoding the Nazi’s encrypted messages.

There is a scene when Turing and his colleagues realize their machine has successfully cracked the Nazi code that illustrates the importance of human reasoning and a balanced perspective…


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I had a recent conversation with a senior executive regarding funding for a data science project. He indicated that while he understood the general concepts, it was unclear to him how deep learning models work. A pilot project was approved which yielded interesting results. However, when it came time to get the approval for deploying the model in production, there was increased skepticism and resistance. …


The State of Workplace Safety in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

According to the National Safety Council (“NSC”), in 2017 the total cost of occupational injuries and deaths in the US was approximately $162B. Of this amount, $51B was attributed to wage and productivity losses, $52B in administrative costs, $46B in medical/property/fire costs, and $12B was related to employers’ uninsured cost (i.e., investigate and document incidents). The NSC also cites research which indicated that a $1 invested in injury prevention returns between $2 and $6 in benefits. …


Critical Moves — The First 100 Days

Congratulations! You’ve just landed the role of Chief Analytics Officer (CAO). What a great milestone! The days ahead will be exhilarating, frustrating, and challenging. Having helped dozens of leaders set up their programs, we’ve found it’s common to come in to a newly created role or take on an established function only to find fragmented silos of resources, projects, and politics. In addition, user expectations are high, resources are stretched, and technology platforms may not yet be in place to support a high-performing analytics function. …


Congratulations! You’ve just landed the role of Chief Analytics Officer (CAO). What a great milestone! The days ahead will be exhilarating, frustrating, and challenging. Having helped dozens of leaders set up their programs, we’ve found it’s common to come in to a newly created role or take on an established function only to find fragmented silos of resources, projects, and politics. In addition, user expectations are high, resources are stretched, and technology platforms may not yet be in place to support a high-performing analytics function. …


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General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which came into effect on May 25, 2018 sets a new global standard for individual privacy and data protection. California enacted similar legislation in 2018 with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 which specifies the data rights of California residents and goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Colorado also enacted HB1128, effective September 1, 2018 which provides specific definitions of personally identifiable information (PII) for Colorado residents and includes new requirements for breach notification, retention, and security to protect the privacy of Colorado residents.

Collectively, these regulations represent the most important developments in…

Michael Brooks

Data & Analytics Consultant, Writer, and Speaker; Huge Fan of Volunteering, Fly-fishing, and the Outdoors

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