Sharing data to help launch the Linux Foundation Climate Finance Foundation | Microsoft On The Issues

Sharing data to help launch the Linux Foundation Climate Finance Foundation | Microsoft On The Issues

When you see positive PR between Frenemies such as Microsoft and Amazon working together on an Open Source major initiative, my nerd 💙 is overjoyed.

Today, Microsoft is joining Allianz, Amazon and S&P Global in announcing plans to launch the Climate Finance Foundation, a new initiative led by the Linux Foundation to build the OS-Climate Platform. This initiative leverages open-source analytics and open data to empower the investment community, as well as NGOs, academia and others, to help better model companies’ exposure to climate change. Microsoft is committing to sharing its significant and relevant sustainability data to advance the financial modeling and understanding of climate change impact.

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. Microsoft is investing heavily to address this challenge. In January, we announced a new sustainability strategy focusing on carbon, water, waste and biodiversity. We have made one of the boldest climate commitments of any company: Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 and will remove all the carbon we have emitted since our founding by 2050. In addition, through the AI for Earth initiative, we are leveraging the power of Azure to help solve global environment challenges. In April, as part of our focus on biodiversity, we committed to an ambitious program to aggregate environmental data from around the world and put it to work in a planetary computer platform. With today’s commitment and our own data contribution to the Climate Finance Foundation, we seek to help build a global and open Data Commons of sustainability data.

The ability to access high-quality and transparent data about corporate sustainability will be critical to enable the broader community to build accurate and reliable financial models about the impact of climate change. As highlighted by the Linux Foundation, this will require the efforts and the data of many to succeed and we hope additional community stakeholders will join.

In April, we launched an Open Data Campaign to work to close the “data divide” and ensure that every organization can benefit from AI and the data economy. As part of the campaign, we committed to participating in open data collaborations to tackle the major challenges of our time. While a lot remains to be done, we are excited to take a step towards this objective. We will also work to ensure that the outcomes of the collaboration stay open, usable and empowering, in alignment with Microsoft’s Data Collaboration Principles.

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Cloudticity Brings HIPAA Compliance to Amazon Cloud-Native Workloads | The New Stack

Cloudticity Brings HIPAA Compliance to Amazon Cloud-Native Workloads | The New Stack

The move to the cloud is one that started more than a decade ago for some companies and has yet to happen for some others. The reasons for the lag are varied, but for some governmental regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which regulates data privacy concerns for companies in the healthcare sector, are also to blame for the delay. With requirements around data retention and encryption, it can be easier to stay with what you know rather than make the move to the latest technology…

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More than 60% of Ethereum nodes run in the cloud, mostly on Amazon Web Services | The Next Web

More than 60% of Ethereum nodes run in the cloud, mostly on Amazon Web Services | The Next Web

 

I guess there is no true way of getting around the centralization part of decentralized technologies. Just when you think that distributed nodes are a great thing, the party is always spoiled.

More than 60% of Ethereum nodes run in the cloud, mostly on Amazon Web Services

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Why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees new opportunity in the yard, on the sidewalk, and beyond | GeekWire

Alexa is finally moving out of the house. That was the underlying theme of Amazon’s annual hardware and services unveiling in Seattle this week, as the company put its voice assistant into wireless…

Source: Why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sees new opportunity in the yard, on the sidewalk, and beyond 

One way to think about the new tech that Amazon is doing is Bluetooth on steroids. That is a low-power device with longer range. The potential issue is that Amazon may own the technology and not being open source.

Now HIPAA-Compatible, Amazon’s Alexa Opens Up to mHealth Uses

Alexa, please make my health records available RIGHT NOW! One of the best parts of this trial is my primary healthcare system is also participating.

Amazon has invited six healthcare providers to develop mHealth platform for Alexa, now that the company’s smart speaker is HIPAA-compliant.

Along with Boston Children’s and Livongo, others involved in the program are Cigna, Express Scripts, Providence St. Joseph Health’s Swedish Health Connect and Atrium Health.

 

Source: Now HIPAA-Compatible, Amazon’s Alexa Opens Up to mHealth Uses

Full transcript: Jeff Bezos shares high-flying Amazon management wisdom – GeekWire

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Maryland. (DVIDS / DOD)

This man is awesome, almost as much as Bill Gates.

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke today at the Air Force Association’s 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference, his head wasn’t just up in the clouds.

 

To be sure, he devoted a lot of attention to his Blue Origin space venture and what it could offer for U.S. space dominance. But Bezos also talked about two-way vs. one-way doors in decision making; experimentation vs. operational excellence, and other strategies from Amazon’s management playbook. There were even references to Amazon’s HQ2 search, and the value of putting square pegs in round holes.

 

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Report: Amazon and startup Xealth working on program to deliver medical supplies to patients

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The news primarily happened last month…

The attached article referring to a CNBC report goes into some detail about how this deal is structured and from Amazon’s viewpoint, allows for better integration with their recently announced Pillpack acquisition to achieve their pharmacy dominance footprint, leaving CVS/Aetna, Walgreens, Walmart, and others in their wake. It is only a matter of time before Amazon formally acquires Xealth because most of the pieces would be in place to make a multi-Billion dollar business bet that Amazon is noted for. Plus there are natural ties to Amazon through their partnerships.

Amazon and Seattle startup Xealth are working on a pilot program that will let doctors ‘prescribe’ items for delivery to patients’ homes, CNBC reports. The report comes just weeks after Amazon…

Source: Report: Amazon and startup Xealth working on program to deliver medical supplies to patients

Report: Amazon and startup Xealth working on program to deliver medical supplies to patients – GeekWire

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Personal note: Having real trouble finding a local Pharmacy or Medical Supply Store to fill a Wrist Splint as prescribed by my Doctor; would appreciate something like this to be delivered to my home and all of the payment mechanisms taken care of.

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Amazon Rekognition Achieves HIPAA Eligibility | Amazon Web Services

This is quite the breakthrough. Now some advanced services can be developed that will satisfy HIPAA requirements, which will allow better patient outcomes and secure effective data.

 

Amazon Rekognition is a deep learning-based computer vision service that makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications…See more here.

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The Amazon Polly service that is offered on AWS converts text to speech among other things can now be incorporated in services that must have HIPAA compliance. This can open up new avenues to actually serve medical customers in a way that may be appealing to the end user, and ultimately cost-effective. This would especially be a service that a startup can develop and reach the Medicare/Medicaid/VA market; one that will cover most everyone though not right away.

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Why Amazon’s hardware is just a vessel for their real product

Why Amazon’s hardware is just a vessel for their real product

I am intrigued by the Alexa service. It competes with Cortana from Microsoft, Siri from Apple, Assistant from Google, and even Bixby from Samsung, but is so far ahead of them right now. Akin to Amazon Web Services in relation to Azure, Google Cloud, and the rest.

As in the cloud game where Azure is a real player and Google currently distant, expect Google to catch up in AI. They have so many advantages that can overcome not being a first mover.

  1. The company has access to massive buckets of contextual search data.
  2. The Google developer community is robust.
  3. Google has made investments in AI companies that will drive the development of Google Assistant.

(Beaver, 2017)

The Amazon Echo is an incredible product, but what makes it so great? Could its core competency be relocated to more practical vessels?

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Amazon will build a permanent homeless shelter in its Seattle headquarters | CNN Business

Amazon (AMZN) is partnering with local nonprofit Mary’s Place to create 65 rooms, which will house more than 200 homeless people every night.

 

“Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “We are lucky to count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer them a permanent home within our downtown Seattle headquarters.”

 

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The secret to getting Amazon’s best customer service

This is an older story, but relatively new to me. I do use some of the methods mentioned in the piece, especially the Chat service. However, at the end of the day, if you aren’t Prime, you don’t really matter. This is unfortunate, but that is what it is.

Amazon customer service can be responsive and prompt. But not always useful. Unless you know what to buy, and how to use it.

Source: The secret to getting Amazon’s best customer service – GeekWire