Brain Trauma and Big Data…

The death of Phil Hughes, Australian Test Cricketer, due to injury during a cricket match, came as a shock to the international community last year. The reason for his death- a subarachnoid haemorrhage or in simpler words internal bleeding in certain parts of the brain.

The fact that in spite of medical science being so exact, Hughes could not be saved is an indication that when it comes to the brain and its many intricacies, even the best among us are left with almost no knowledge.

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Business in Celebration!

It’s Christmas Eve. The whole world is waiting with bated breath to welcome ‘the messiah.’ All the lines have been erased to witness the birth of Christ- the savior. This in itself is a miracle. Even before he arrives, he brings with him joy and peace.

Jesus lived centuries ago. And still his words, his very presence lingers in the hearts of people all over the world. And in this atmosphere of hope and happiness is the reason that Christmas is such an amazing time for us.

Businesses start preparations months in advance to cash in on Christmas. But we believe differently. We believe us and by extension most business owners are engaged in spreading the currency of love and joy.

Most businesses that survive in the long term end up adapting to their own changing sets of consumers. But with ecommerce becoming almost mainstream, and the huge amount of choices they provide, it has become necessary to find newer ways to retain customer attention.

Grabbing eyeballs may be easy even, but getting them curious enough to actually continue to look at a particular product or service is the real challenge. The virtual world is like a quagmire of options- it entices your consumers, yes; but it distracts at the same time.

With IoT proliferating and growing, it is becoming too easy to gather data. But converting that data into actionable insights is another challenge. Until now, we have had to rely on surveys and other statistical but human methods to get to the bottom of problems.

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How Financial Services firms are leveraging Big Data?

Financial Services today is an umbrella that covers everything from bank loans to insurance services. There are so many functions involved in the financial services sector that it is easy to lose count. In technical terms, financial services are the economic services provided by the finance industry, which encompasses a broad range of organizations that manage money, including credit unions, banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, accountancy companies, consumer finance companies, stock brokerages, investment funds and some government sponsored enterprises.

Managing money or economics maybe highly theoretical, but it is also one of the most practical and important aspects of our world. From times immemorial, we have required some kind of financial service. Since we learnt farming, we have believed in the concept of barter. Then came the money lenders and the Templars who created an ancient version of the banks we see today.

Finally we have banks that are deemed a very important part of our civilization. So much so that today, we use the services these banks provide to even buy the smallest of gadgets. Banks and other financial institutions have been crunching numbers forever. But now this highly manual process is becoming digitized now.

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Big Data and Food Production…

Big data has revolutionized the way we solve our many problems. It has completely changed the world’s perception of people and things. With the availability of precise and thorough information, making decisions has become easy. The magic of Big Data has spread everywhere. All possible applications of data analytics have been studied. Newer and better uses of big data are being discovered daily.

Data analytics will lead us to a connected world where everyone and everything has an online history. In today’s world itself, many countries face food shortage. Global warming has far reaching effects. One of these is the change in weather conditions all over the world. They may be comparatively mild, but we are feeling these changes all the same. As a result, food production is affected drastically.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, food production must increase with 60% to be able to feed the growing population expected to hit 9 billion in 2050.

So we step into the future of farming and food production with Big Data! Farmers today produce three times as much food as they did 50 years ago using just 12 percent more land, thanks to new technologies and better farming practices.
But the global playing field isn’t level. In Africa, farmers produce a fraction of what they could, according to the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, and most barely get by, struggling against infertile soil, drought, and diseases.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

A Spanish woman recently came to India for the first time and visited quite a few Indian cities. At a private film screening in Mumbai, she was heard saying, “India is full of S**t!” None of the Indians present protested this statement. In fact, quite a few actually agreed with her. Recently Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan- an initiative akin to the Ice Bucket Challenge, meant to clean the country of the garbage that we are so used to seeing around us.

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Big Data in Real Estate- Real Opportunity!

Data are now woven into every sector and function in the global economy. These days all work is becoming “data-informed” or “data-driven.” Big data enables better demographic insight into how products and services are used by enterprise and competitors.

The presence of big data analysis has revolutionized the way industries operate. It is no wonder then that the real estate sector is also affected. Big data gives the ability to shift from expense to opportunity.

Three different kinds of data that are important to the real estate industry: property data, customer behaviour data and market data. Customers who would benefit from big data analysis include brokers, banks, and insurance companies, housing corporations, investors, authorities and real estate project developers.

Now it’s time for the real estate industry to tap into the Big Data phenomenon. Up till now, real estate has been governed solely by brokers. But with big data, now it’s all about taking the power back from the broker. The rise of Big Data means brokers are no longer the gatekeepers of all information.

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Equal or Unequal? You Decide…

When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise, he replied saying, “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” Not asking for a raise, he added, is “good karma” that would help a boss realize that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.

These comments though, were not well received by the online community. And Nadella was forced to retract his words with an apology in which he said that men and women are equal , hence should receive equal pay.

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Leap of Faith…

To ‘believe’ or not to ‘believe’- that is the question when it comes to God. Our reality has become so very miraculous these days; that believing in God takes a backseat. We think we can do everything by ourselves.

Does God really exist, though?

This is a very popular question that religions all over the world claim to have an answer to. Most people believe in a higher force that is the basis of all creation. Different religions have given this force various names. But they all agree that it is God.

The eternal soul which is nothing and nowhere, because it is in everyone and everywhere at once- that is God, it seems. In today’s world, we see miracles happen every day, thanks to our advances in science and technology.

The idea of God, it seems, brings out the best in us. But many of us think with single minded focus on God. We want God to solve our problems, give us everything we require and so we give offerings and other things that we think will please God. We are God fearing people. We ascribe qualities to God that we are ourselves guilty of possessing. Do we abstain from doing something morally wrong because we think it will be a curse on humanity? Or because we fear God’s retribution?

Let us examine the concept of God- We are all, as a believer would say, God’s creations. But, when we see a fellow human being, do we see his or her creator in the creation? Not really… We just see the person, the outer shell, the body, and we also judge accordingly. We say that God created everyone as equals- and yet we live in a society that regularly discriminates between people based on gender, color, class, and so many other parameters.

There are many instances in the history of our world where we have passed off discrimination as God’s wish. But if God is the creator, the father or mother, would he or she truly divide us based on various things that make us unique?

In fact, there is a very interesting anecdote about the existence of God and Albert Einstein’s reply when asked about evil in God’s world.

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