Rachel "Datapunk" Kalmar is a brilliant data scientist with a background in neuroscience, connected devices, sensors, and wearables.
In a must-listen interview (MP3) with the O'Reilly Hardware podcast, Kalmar describes the (usually invalid) assumptions implicit in the fitness tracking sensors and the conclusions they generate. Kalmar describes full-stack problems with the sensors, APIs, interoperability, transparency, and analysis these yield.
In this new episode of the Hardware Podcast, David Cranor and I talk with data scientist Rachel Kalmar, formerly with Misfit Wearables and the founder and organizer of the Sensored Meetup in San Francisco. She shares insights from her work at the intersection of data, hardware, and health care.
The need for a “data ecosystem” approach: it’s important to understand the entire stack from acquisition through storage and analysis, and where security and privacy become concerns.
* Analysis and insight as the real value in data: consumers get very little from raw data.
* Authentication for smart devices—and an experiment (let us know if your lights went out during this podcast by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rachel Kalmar on data ecosystems
The Guardian’s released the first of “The Vagina Dispatches,” four short documentaries about women’s genitals. This episode is about vulvas, labiaplasty, anatomy, and sex, and is a fascinating 15 minutes. NSFW, if you work somewhere where images of vulvas are frowned upon. (Thanks, Mae!)
Blue writes, “Peter Watts has be stricken with debilitating pain, loss of range of motion and motor control. Watts’ doctors remain baffled despite a battery of tests, and Watts has reached out to his fans to ask for their theories and ideas as to what might be causing his illness.”
The cost of Aloquin — an acne cream based on iodoquinol and aloe, whose component ingredients cost virtually nothing — was raised by 128% this week by manufacturer Novum Pharma, who now charge $9,561 for a 60g tube.
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