VentureBeat: Using digital twins in health care to stave off the grim reaper

VentureBeat caught up with NTT Research Medical & Health Informatics Lab director Dr. Joe Alexander, who elaborated on his view of the future of “bio digital twins,” which promise to improve precision medicine and bring digital transformation to the health care industry.

Japanese telecom giant NTT has launched a major initiative to improve digital health through precision medicine using digital twin technology. This project is part of NTT Research, a new R&D hub focused on basic research. The goal is to address long-term technological challenges with solutions that, once achieved, can positively impact wider ranges of businesses and many parts of our lives. These projects are not tied to specific product roll-out plans but could lead to much more significant long-term improvements than conventional incremental research conducted by enterprises.

The Science Times: NTT PHI Lab Partners with IRCN to Develop Novel AI-Based Neuro-Computing Technology

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation NTT’s research division has conducted a collaborative project with the University of Tokyo’s International Research Center for Neurointelligence or IRCN to examine and produce innovations based on coherent Ising machine technology.

The two organizations will push to develop coherent Ising machine or CIM processors that use algorithms that could provide solutions to the most difficult sets of problems. CIM will serve as an information processor, similar to the function of most AI devices, and will use photonic oscillator networks. University of Tokyo’s professor and IRCN Deputy Director Kazuyuki Aihara is the leader of the collaborative research with regard to artificial intelligence studies and algorithm-based models…

Forbes: 16 Tech Leaders Share Big Potential Benefits Of Next-Gen Smart Cities

The concept of “smart cities”—urban areas where functions ranging from traffic management to security are improved through embedded digital technologies—isn’t new. But as technology including the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and biometric identification continues to evolve, the list of what’s possible in next-generation smart cities continues to grow.

While issues such as biases in artificial intelligence and a lack of underlying infrastructure still need to be tackled, it’s not out of the question that within just a decade or two, city dwellers will have access to a host of services that will make everyday living easier and safer. Below, 16 members of Forbes Technology Council share the potential upgrades they most look forward to in tomorrow’s smart cities.

AiThority: NTT Research Names Joe Alexander Director Of Medical And Health Informatics (MEI) Lab

NTT Research, Inc, a division of NTT , announced that it has named Joe Alexander, M.D., Ph.D., as Director of the Medical & Health Informatics (MEI) Lab. Dr. Alexander has served as Distinguished Scientist in the MEI Lab since February 2020. He succeeds Dr. Hitonobu Tomoike, who assumes the position of Research Professor at the NTT Basic Research Lab in Japan. In his new position, Dr. Tomoike will continue advising NTT’s overall medical research activities. Dr. Alexander, who assumed his additional role on June 1, 2021, joined NTT Research with an academic and pharmaceutical industry background to lead the MEI Lab’s bio digital twin initiative, which is focused initially on the cardiovascular (CV) system. He will continue to direct the CV bio digital twin group while harmonizing other MEI Lab projects within an overarching strategy that aligns with NTT Research and the broader NTT Group…

Forbes: Are Blockchains Vulnerable, Slow and Unfair?

Cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have grown in popularity in 2021. Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, has soared again in value and picked up mainstream institutional support, even amidst continued volatility. NFTs have become hot collector’s items.

The rising acceptance of cryptocurrency and NFTs makes this a good time to examine the blockchain technologies they rely on. The recent Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021 conference (FC21), which I mentioned in a previous article, is a good place to start. On the agenda were discussions of cryptocurrency mining attacks, poor blockchain performance and a lack of fairness in blockchain applications. Computer scientists have concerns with both blockchain’s fundamentals and its applications…

AiThority: NTT Research Names Iris Shelly MEI Lab Scientist

NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT, announced that it has named Iris Shelly as a Scientist in its Medical & Health Informatics (MEI) Lab. Shelly, an applied research engineer with expertise in biomedical signal processing and low-power devices, joined NTT Research in June 2021. She was most recently a Senior Applied Research Engineer at BIOTRONIK/Micro Systems Engineering, Inc. where she designed, developed and validated cardiac arrhythmia detection algorithms. Shelly brings this experience to the MEI Lab where she will initially work on model architecture and the interface for the bio digital twin initiative. Following Shelly’s initial research priorities, she will work on several other aspects of the bio digital twin initiative, including disease-related aspects of the model…

CSO Online: New US CISO appointments, May 2021

The upper ranks of corporate security are seeing a high rate of change as companies try to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Many companies are hiring a chief security officer (CSO) or chief information security officer (CISO) for the first time to support a deeper commitment to information security.

Follow this column to keep up with new appointments to senior-level security roles and perhaps gain a little insight into hiring trends…

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