Stream computing for babies
A Smarter Planet has a nice video about how IBM have used stream computing (basically meaning, I think, real-time analysis of massive streams of unstructured data) to improve the detection of life-threatening complications in prematurely born babies. Doctors at the The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto wanted to try to use real-time information to detect changes in the condition of critically ill “preemies”. They set up a system to measure streams of physiological data about e g respiration and heart rate and analyze them on the fly. In a cute comparison, the speaker voice says that the IBM InfoSphere “…enables massive amounts of data to be correlated and analyzed for patterns and trend at more than 200 times a second, faster than a hummingbird flaps its wings.”
A very nice application of stream analytics – and as a bonus, the video uses Terry Riley’s A Rainbow in Curved Air as part of its soundtrack (I think).