Posts Tagged ‘big data’

Dietary Dark Matter: What Are We Eating?

July 23, 2020 — Do you know what you’re having for lunch? You might think so. But in fact, the food that we are consuming is so complex, that we only have a vague idea of what’s in it. Through a project called FooDB, scientists have cataloged more than 70,000 biologically active chemicals that may be present in our […]

A.I. Gives Cheesecake and Brats an A+ in Nutrition?

March 3, 2019 — Siri, what should I eat? Well, that cheesecake looks good. In the New York Times today, Cardiologist Eric Topol explains that artificial intelligence (A.I.) tells him cheesecake and brats get an A+ for his personalized nutrition needs. In contrast, oatmeal and squash get a C-. But there’s just one problem. Topol likes the oatmeal and […]

Confounded by Big Data and the Obesity Paradox

September 20, 2016 — We live in an age of big data. That big data brings the possibility of big new insights in nutrition, obesity, and health. It also brings the possibility of big mistakes as people try to translate associations they find into cause and effect relationships. Especially with big data sets, the possibility of confounding errors looms large. Confounding […]

Healthcare Catching Up with Big Data

July 20, 2013 — Healthcare systems are playing catch-up with big data. Wal-Mart generates, analyzes, and acts on 2.5 petabytes of data every hour. That’s 2.5 million gigabytes, or a bit more than the contents of all the U.S. academic research libraries put together — collected every hour and analyzed in the service of our consumer economy. Meanwhile, clinicians […]