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Execution is more important than ideas: The term “million-dollar idea” describes how…

Some promising strategies for anyone looking to nurture intellectual curiosity.

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One of the mistakes that people tend to make when choosing colleagues is selecting for credentials, rather than curiosity. This can work for status games but breaks down if the job requires working together for longer than a few months. For long-term endeavors, I believe that curiosity is a much better indicator of success.

This mistake seems to be so common because credentials are an objective measure of ability, whereas curiosity is…

Designing, coding, and testing a machine learning pipeline for healthcare

Views and opinions expressed in this article are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. Any information shared is drawn from publicly available sources and do not contain PHI/PII.

The Background

I work in healthcare and am surrounded by opportunities to improve the status quo with ML techniques. It recently came to my attention that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the fee for service billing error rate had dropped from 9.5% to 8.1%. Unfortunately, an 8.1% error rate still means a loss of $31.6 billion dollars to the Medicare program.

This article will be the…

A framework for making decisions when things are foggy.

Always gon’ be a whip that’s better than the the one you got
Always gon’ be some clothes that’s fresher than the one’s you rock

J. Cole — Love Yourz

I’m going to describe a person that you know: They always seem to find themselves in the right place at the right time. Even though they aren’t particularly smart or hard-working, they’ve become successful. A series of lucky breaks propelled them into their current position.

You can’t help but check on their progress. Looking at their social media is a guilty pleasure that you would deny if anyone caught you…

Understanding why human psychology is preventing a solution to global warming.

Let’s play a game. Imagine you’ve just received a parking ticket that requires payment by mail. Before walking away, the police officer offers you a deal: you can go to the post office and pay the fine right now, or you can choose to pay an extra dollar to extend the deadline a few months.

Standing before a group of students, Nobel Laureate and behavioral economist Richard Thaler asked this question in what would become a landmark experiment. Thaler’s research found that subjects tended to systematically overvalue near-term versus long-term rewards. Put simply: the majority of subjects were willing to extend payment, even if it meant paying an extra fee.

This is one of many psychological biases that shape our daily choices. As humans, we tend to maintain the status quo, avoid difficult decisions, and undervalue the future. These pitfalls can manifest in various ways: neglecting exercise, procrastinating, or under-allocating money for retirement. For individuals…

Silicon Valley tells us that software is eating the world; for most people, that means Microsoft Office eating their workday.

Take a moment to check the applications you have running. How many Microsoft Office products are on that list?

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required skills for most entry-level positions. College graduates joining the workforce can expect to find these tools required for 4 out of 5 open positions.

This is unsurprising. Productivity tools serve as general-purpose applications that come pre-installed with each desktop. They are good enough for most office tasks and mysterious terms like “VBA” and “macros” float around college business classes. …

Elon Musk’s secretive brain-computer interface (BCI) company Neuralink presented the results of their work over the past two years.

The presentation revealed a device that sits behind your ear and will allow you to control your phone with your thoughts. Use of the device requires undergoing a medical procedure where an automated robot implants thousands of electrodes into your brain. The first product is called the N-1 Sensor and will be controlled via an iPhone app. In-human clinical studies are forecasted to start in 2020.

Why Neuralink?

  • Treat existing brain disorders and hard to treat conditions
  • Preserve your brain for…

A collection of interesting headlines from (mostly) reputable sources.

  1. Elon Musk is sending Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa into orbit, and he’s bringing 8 artists with him in a project called #dearMoon.
  2. The average age in Uganda is 15 years old. In Japan, it’s 46.
  3. Uber is exploring an autonomous flying car service.
  4. A computer generated artwork sold at a Christie’s auction for $432,000. The only problem: the artists used borrowed code.
Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy
generative Adversarial Network

5. The Chinese territory of Xinjiang is quickly becoming a testing ground for the securitization of facial recognition technology under the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. …

This post was inspired by a recent conversation where I was asked to describe my dream job. I’ve been fortunate to work in some incredible environments and I hope this post will serve as a benchmark.

A good job is challenging. A good job requires a multi-disciplinary skill set and encourages collaborative behavior. A bad job is repetitive, narrowly focused, and discourages sharing information.

A good job allows for open communication and promotes concise and clear writing at all levels. A bad job involves posturing, pointless meetings, and bureaucracy.

A good job rewards those who develop solutions to problems that…

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Exploring the impact of machine learning and predictive analytics on value based care.

Today’s youth will become tomorrow’s patients; how will they seek treatment?

The widespread adoption of artificial intelligence is posed to reshape the way we make strategic decisions about our health. The healthcare industry is particularly ripe for innovation as we attempt to include the individual actions of billions into our projections for the future. This point of view will explore a possible timeline for mankind with two guiding assumptions to shape the vision:

· The amount of patient specific data available will continue to grow exponentially.

· The future of healthcare will be focused on personalized, value based care.


Philip Mohun

Data Science and Productivity

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