Monday, 08 October 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News
Increased longevity places more demands on families, health services, finances and housing. If you could live to be 100, would you want to? Thanks to advances in medicine, public health, lifestyle, nutrition, and other factors, the average U.S. life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past century. In 1900, most people lived until about age
Thursday, 04 October 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News
It seemed to be as good a way as any to start researching an article on predicting lifespan. I asked Google, “How long will I live?” It offered me some calculators. The fun began. Even before I started calculating, I had concluded I should plan for a long life. My mother is still alive at
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News, Sensory Analytics
I’m back from Intelligent Health! Some cool projects/companies I saw: A company that looks at facial features to guess life expectancy and lifestyle choices that might contribute to changes in that number. Life insurers like this for obvious reasons. A company that uses a wearable + physiological/speech data to detect if people are engaged in your conversation
Friday, 28 September 2018 / Published in News, Sensory Analytics
Lapetus was founded in 2014 and has raised about $4.7 million. (Photo by Megan Deitz) Wilmington might still have ground to make up when it comes to venture capital activity, but a number of area companies have received funding to support their growing businesses. Since 2013, local companies have received $144 million in funding, according
Thursday, 20 September 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News, Sensory Analytics
John Hancock, a life insurance company that was founded during the Civil War, announced yesterday that it will require all policyholders to record fitness and health data using wearable devices. A new lease on life Hancock has offered “interactive policies” since 2015, offering discounts for healthy behaviors such as exercising or buying healthy foods —
Monday, 17 September 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News
Disparities in longevity should be addressed. Clinicians, scientists and public health professionals should proudly “declare victory” in their efforts to extend the human lifespan to its very limits, according to University of Illinois at Chicago epidemiologist S. Jay Olshansky. In an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Olshansky writes that the
Thursday, 16 August 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News, Sensory Analytics
Algorithms and supercomputers are revolutionizing the insurance industry. Germany has no intention of being left behind. The Bavarian dialect is difficult even for native German speakers in other parts of the country to understand, but IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence application easily deciphers calls from customers of Bavarian insurer VKB. (And emails too, obviously.) More responsive
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 / Published in News, Sensory Analytics
Biometrics, including fingerprints, retinal scans, and voice or face recognition, are increasingly gaining ground as a means of authenticating payments. Now selfies are starting to be used by a growing number of not only FinTech but also InsurTech companies as a new identification tool. Most startups that make use of smartphone self-portraits (selfies) do so
Saturday, 28 July 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News
It’s a $1 billion bet they call “The Great Longevity Wager,” and an Alabama scientist is sure he’ll win. Or his descendants will, because Dr. Steven Austad doesn’t really expect to collect in 2150. Austad, chairman of the biology department at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, is betting that the first person to reach
Friday, 13 July 2018 / Published in Life Sciences, News
It’s possible that someone reading this column now, on the second weekend of July 2018, will be alive to see the resolution of a $1 billion bet between Jay Olshansky, a University of Illinois at Chicago professor of public health, and Steven Austad, chairman of biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Eighteen years