3 Ways Technology will Reduce Unreported Crimes and Reoffenders

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/24/17 7:34 AM

The rate of violent and property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 2 times higher in Switzerland than in the U.S. . I felt quite surprised when I came up with this number in my quiet apartment that I often leave unlocked, located on the border between St. Gallen and Appenzell. Moreover, I couldn’t believe the percentage of solved vehicle theft crimes in tranquil Switzerland (approx. 4.1%) was approx. 3 times lower than the U.S. clearance rate for the same crime (13.1%).

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Why Physicians are a Mainstay in Medicine, despite AI

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/18/17 8:53 AM

Dear doctors, no, machines won’t take over your job

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How Artificial Intelligence can enable deaf persons to use mobile phones

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/16/17 6:50 AM

Those with hearing loss can choose how to communicate over the phone

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Is Machine Learning about to take off in the travel industry?

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/9/17 7:14 AM

On April 3, Lufthansa launched its Memory Network: a sharing website that aims to become the “world’s most collaborative travel journal”. The layout of Lufthansa Memory Network looks purposely like a neural network. Despite the technology used to build this community may not have much AI behind, the travel industry is, in fact, heavily permeated by AI and machine learning. In fact, travel and hospitality industries generate a high amount of data, which can provide useful insights, if properly analyzed. Already in 2014, Skyscanner imagined how future travel will leverage AI in every aspect, from planning and booking to the travel and hotels. As we approach 2024, we see many of the innovations Skyscanner predicted already in use. Let’s start this digital journey and have a look at a few examples.

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3 Ways Machine Learning Detects Breast Cancer in Medical Imaging

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 5/2/17 7:38 AM


About 1 in 8 women (approx. 12%) in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This occurrence rate makes breast cancer the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. These worrisome statistics are some of the reasons why efforts to raise awareness are top priorities in healthcare and government organizations. In particular, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, it seems like this year it was moved up to March, at least for researchers.

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Experts predict: Deep Learning can improve Advanced Medical Imaging

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 4/26/17 9:48 AM

Summary of the event “Künstliche Intelligenz für die medizinische Bildanalyse mit MRI” (Artificial Intelligence for the interpretation of MRI-medical imaging)

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Diagnostic errors, Second opinions, and Efficacy in Medicine and Radiology

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 4/13/17 12:13 PM

Last week, I had my regular medical check-up. After running some tests, the doctor concluded that everything seemed fine, but she would anyway send all the samples and data to a specialized clinic, just to be sure. I must admit I wasn’t exactly thrilled to pay two medical bills, but I had to change my mind after reading an article published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

The new study from Mayo Clinic shows how diagnostic errors are common in primary care practices, and it reaffirms the importance of second opinions in medicine.

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Spice up your festive drinks with some AI

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 4/10/17 11:25 AM

Do you work in hospitality? If so, how many special Easter offers did you send out in the past few weeks? And just how many clients were interested in them, and how many weren’t?

The truth is, most of the time you don’t actually know what your patrons want —and that’s not because you don’t care about them— it’s just that it’s a nightmare to keep track of something so complex....for a human being, that is.

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No trace of AI in the remake of “Ghost in the shell”

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 4/6/17 2:08 PM

Between March 29 and 31, the Hollywood remake of “Ghost in the Shell” was released in most countries. The original Japanese cartoon, released in 1995, is what inspired “the Matrix” directors. When, as a kid, you are obsessed with “the Matrix” to the point you watched it so many times the VHS got damaged, there’s not much you can do but buy the tickets for the newly released movie. Someone was worried there would be too much shooting, poor quality special effects, no mysteriously intriguing scenes, and someone else simply complained about the choice of having Motoko interpreted by Scarlett Johansson. On the other side, I was thrilling.

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Unifying families - How can A.I. support the emergency aid?

By Dr. Chiara Civardi | 4/3/17 7:50 AM

Ina previous post we talked about crime detection and prediction. However, public safety also encompasses risk mitigation in case of natural and other disasters. Can similar cognitive computing solutions be applied? And if so, how?

In human-induced as well as natural incidents, rescue and relief operations are top priorities. Reconnecting families and identifying missing persons are crucial tasks.

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