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Confronting the Problem of AI Bias

Posted on June 18th, 2021 by

When thinking of artificial intelligence (AI), many people rely on cultural touchstones from science fiction films and TV. They might think of HAL, the calm-voiced AI from 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Data, the even-tempered android from Star Trek. We tend to imagine that artificial intelligence will be driven by reason, logic and facts – not by the emotions and prejudices that get us regular humans into trouble so often.

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4 Notable Life Sciences Trends from the Tech Trends Report

Posted on June 4th, 2021 by

The Future Today Institute has released its 2021 Tech Trends Report (14th Annual Edition), a comprehensive report on strategic trends that it anticipates will affect business, government, education, media and society in the coming year. We noted four trends discussed in the report’s Health, Medicine & Science section that will be of particular interest to those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

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Mutually empowering – semantic-based machine learning and subject matter expertise

Posted on May 7th, 2021 by

In a day dedicated to emerging science and technologies at the Pistoia Alliance virtual conference Collaborative R&D in Action, SciBite CTO James Malone opened the program with a compelling exploration of use cases for semantic-based machine learning (ML). A simple but elegant ML strategy based on “seeding” named entity recognition (NER) can facilitate ontology creation, drive language translation, take a crack at gaining insights from social media platforms, and generate answers to questions faster. His most important take-away: semantic-based ML and subject matter expertise (SME) are mutually empowering.

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SciBite’s James Malone Talks Future of Biocuration on Conference Panel

Posted on April 15th, 2021 by

Biocurators are among the unsung heroes of the life sciences world, performing the essential task of translating and integrating biomedical information into interoperable databases. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that, as attendees of the International Society for Biocuration’s 14th Annual Biocuration Conference already know.

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