Five Links: Hot New Technologies

On March 18, 2014, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser

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This week’s links focus on an amazing array of workforce technology with personal and automatic assessment solutions taking center stage.

This week’s links focus on the technology that will be hitting the workforce this year. It’s a pretty amazing array of personal and automatic assessment solutions, advanced personal medicine and increasingly personalized dashboards.

Take a look.

  • The New Technologies Needed For Dealing With Big Data
    Expect to see a lot of this sort of reporting in the future. The article identifies the key chunks of technology required to handle big data problems (the really big stuff). Then, they identify the companies with the highest concentrations of those skills. There are some real surprises on the lists. The data is easily mined from LinkedIn and other sources. Investors will quickly learn that the best way to predict success in an area is that the company has the right people.
    Read this to see the future of labor market analysis and to get a top level look at the key big data platforms.
    I saw a simple demo of this technology the other evening. Basically, it’s an interface to an assessment technique used by ATT at the executive levels. It works by mapping a picture of a persons face and translating it into personality traits.
    This isn’t facial recognition, it’s a way to understand a person you’ve just met using a map of their face. There will be apps like this on Google Glass by year’s end. Because they don’t inherently tie the analysis to an individual by name, they may enter the workplace more easily. (While you’re thinking about this, take a look at Cara, from IMRSV. This tool, which can be sampled with a download, scans crowds to determine non-individual specific characteristics. It’s another form of video pattern recognition that is not person specific.)
  • This $200 iPhone Case Is An FDA-Approved EKG Machine
    Another example of the tools that will enter your workplace from the bottom. Soon, consumers will be reading EKG data in the same way that they now collect their own blood pressure and blood sugar data. The future of medicine (and therefore Health Care expenses) is in the hands of consumers. Much of the expense of the old system (except the extraordinary money we spend in the final days of life) goes to procedures that will be done at home. If you are self insured, rewarding your team for managing their health with do-it-yourself devices is going to be a big cost saver. You can pre order the device here.
  • The Creep Factor: How to Think About Big Data and Privacy
    Tim O’Reilly is the sage of Silicon Valley. “The right way to deal with data redlining is not to prohibit the collection of data, as so many misguided privacy advocates seem to urge, but rather,  to prohibit its misuse once companies have that data.   As David Brin, author of the prescient 1998 book on privacy, The Transparent Society, noted in a conversation with me last night, “It is intrinsically impossible to know if someone does not have information about you. It is much easier to tell if they do something to you.”
    “the privacy rules in HIPAA, the 1996 Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, which seek to set overly strong safeguards around the privacy of data, rather than its use, have had a chilling effect on many kinds of medical research, as well as patients’ access to their very own data!”
  • The Future of Information Dashboards
    The dashboard is moving to front and center as a way of understanding what’s happening. There are several tricks in the coming years. First, the available space will look like a Google Glass card (take a look at Google Now to see the basic concept). A few bits of text and a single basic graphic are all you get to tell the story. Second, the right questions aren’t really being asked just yet. What matters in operational analytics is the perspectives of end users, not hierarchical layers. But, we’re on the way.

Bonus Link

  • Business Rules
    Bob Lefsetz is a national treasure. Although he writes specifically about the music industry, his insights generalize easily. In this piece, he gives a good, thorough tour of the things that make business work.

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