Twitter in academia: Does Tweeting Improve Citations? One-Year Results from the TSSMN Prospective Randomized Trial

I am not a “tremendous fan” of Twitter for its platform where a majority of “users” are bots. It is relatively simple to create one and then push out whatever content has to be done. This study joins the rank of another statistical mumbo jumbo about the impact of Twitter on “research”. Tweeting about it […]

Telemedicine: Future depends on how telecommuting is accepted

This has a fascinating insight into telecommuting. There are several “outliers” that don’t herald a trend but merit consideration. I feel that in the long term, hospitals would feel compelled to offer “teleconsultations” (especially if they check the thorny issues of payments and insurance payouts). It could be possible for, say, pathologists to interpret the […]

Not even wrong: ways to predict tech

The author has a provocative essay on the “science” of “prediction”. He makes very sweeping generalisations about mobile phones, for example. The mobile phone was a standard entity and I have long held belief that it was BlackBerry that invented the form factor (and the complete underlying technology). Apple “reinvented” it with worse monopolistic controls. […]

The role of data in pandemics

Financial Times is a “venerable” financial daily. I often link to their opinion pieces and editorials. I don’t really consider this financial rag worthy of emulation, but sometimes, they outdo themselves in matters of stupidity. Their reporting is often out of place and misrepresented, but somehow, they hold sway in the corridors of influence. Nevertheless, […]

How Hospitals Are Using AI to Battle Covid-19

The authors mention a general overview of their initiatives using “AI” but it appears like a far-fetched idea. They pat themselves on the back and claim manna from heaven but there is no objective proof of returns on investment. For argument’s sake, I deployed a bot to answer the general queries of individuals on coronavirus […]