3 Questions. 3 Hints. 3 Answers.
July 21, 2015
1. What Rolling Stones hit is getting a lot of air time in the health and wellness industry?
Answer: biotech start-up Arivale is belting out Start Me Up! to the tune of millions of dollars, thanks to the support of seasoned investors, including genome sequencing guru Lee Hood. With ongoing reductions in genome sequencing costs, resulting in greater accessibility to the masses, Arivale hopes to bring big data wellness home to the individual. This is personalized medicine in action, with an annual $2,000 health & wellness monitoring price tag. Read the details here.
2. How might we make “honesty” not such a lonely word for politicians?
Answer: from the Stones to Billy Joel — honesty is such a lonely word, everyone is so untrue, honesty is hardly ever heard, and mostly what… we need from our politicians and others who serve the public. In the wake of surging police brutality allegations, discussions are underway regarding a requirement that law enforcement’s movements be transparent (i.e. recorded). Let’s take it one step further, why not subject our politicians, including our President to the same scrutiny? Wearable devices are taking accountability to a whole new level. In professional segments, where performance is key, we might seriously consider holding our representatives accountable for the promises they make, where and how they spend our money, who they associate with and so forth, all in real time. If security is a concern, certain data, such as precise location, could be scrambled. Sound plausible? Read more here.
3. What recent incident has added injury to the insult?
Answer: in 10 of 14 road accidents involving Google’s self-driving cars, Google’s cars were rear-ended with no reported injuries. However, on July 1, in the 11th rear-ender, both the Google vehicle’s passengers and the driver of the other vehicle complained of minor injuries resulting from the 17 mph collision. The occurrence of rear-enders is not surprising given that they are, allegedly, the most common type of car accident in the U.S. However, one wonders whether the Google vehicle might need to be reprogrammed to begin slowing down at a greater distance or in some other manner. Read the details here.