Silk.co teamed up with LittleBird to create a list of the most influential “data science” accounts on Twitter. LittleBird uses an algorithm to rate an account’s influence based upon retweets from other influencers and network activity.
I was humbled to be included on the list with some very highly influential people. If you are on twitter, the list includes some great people and companies to follow. See the entire analysis at The Data Science Influencers: The Tops in Terms of “Insider Score” According to Influence Mapping Tool LittleBird.
Robin Murphy has one of the coolest job titles I have ever read, Disaster Roboticist. At Texas A&M, she works on developing advanced robots for disaster recovery.
In this Ted talk, she outlines some of the capabilities of the robots and how the robots work. One quote at the end really caught my attention.
So really, “disaster robotics” is a misnomer. It’s not about the robots. It’s about the data.
The robots are collecting data and that data needs analysis!
The National Football League begins its regular season tonight. One feature you might not hear about is the addition of 2 RFID sensors on every player. Each stadium is equipped with receivers (not wide receivers) to capture the data emitted from the RFID tags. When the data is collected, it will be able to track players position, movement, speed, and acceleration. A company called Zebra Technologies is implementing the system.
It is a bit early to know exactly what the NFL teams will do with the data, but I think the NFL should open up the data. Analysis could be done for fantasy football. Data scientists could come up with some creative data visualizations. Plus, I think it contains great academic research potential.
As a side note, I am sure someone would start building some apps for the Microsoft Surface tablets.
See more at The IoT comes to the NFL
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