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