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On November 15, 2018, Section J Student commented on Apple Inc. – Powered by 100% Renewable Energy :

This is particularly interesting in light of recent news articles concerning emissions from blockchain technologies. The enormous amount of servers that are required for this technology will have an enormous carbon footprint. It is an interesting proposition for Apple to become 100% dependent on renewable energy given the competitive cloud environment. I’d be curious to see whether it is economically viable in the long term and fits in with the greater strategic goal of the company.

This was a very interesting article, especially considering our recent case concerning tariff considerations. I would focus less on the protectionist aspect of the tire industry and look more for opportunities to attract companies to our domestic market, if that is appropriate. In the end, creating the proper value for the shareholders and customers must be maximized in both long term and short term decisions. This is certainly an interesting industry that will continue to develop technologically.

On November 15, 2018, Section J Student commented on In Seoul, the future of transportation is here. :

Great article! I think this is a particularly useful application of the technology in a way that could benefit a wide variety of cities. I wholeheartedly agree that the more you aggregate data, the more opportunities there are to exploit it through probing attacks. That being said, it should not prevent company from investing in such technologies, since the defense of our networks will be an ongoing concern.

On November 15, 2018, Section J Student commented on Can Macy’s Stay Competitive? :

I’d be very interested to learn more about how they can integrate both physical and digital infrastructures. Maintaining their brand image throughout that process would likely be challenging, but I assume possible. I think Macy’s has the opportunity to target various segments based off of the value in each retail space. However, though many are shifting to online sales, I do think they need to be careful to not dilute their brand through too many additional services.

On November 15, 2018, Section J Student commented on Predictive Maintenance at NRG :

This is a fascinating article. I find it particularly interesting in this sector where maintenance equates to large scale efficiencies in the system. I’d be curious to see how this could be implemented in a user friendly interface. In so many cases, humans need to have the ability to dig deeper into the data in order to understand the proper remedial action. I’d be fascinated to see how power plant operators could implement this technology at a variety of scales!

On November 15, 2018, Claire Osterman commented on Roche: Machine Learning Brings a Big Pharma Business Model Under Siege :

This is a fascinating application of machine learning in the healthcare industry. I agree – there could be a variety of applications surrounding the entire process. I’d be curious to see how it could be applied to high value drugs with a long development cycle to further minimize costs. It seems to create value down the entire value chain from the R&D state all the way until drug development.

On November 14, 2018, Coster commented on Techs and the City: Data and Machine Learning in Boston :

How does the 4-year horizon that constrains City leaders impact the development of a new operating model?

This is a fascinating question that is very applicable to urban planning objectives. If a city is seeking ways of overhauling entire systemic issues, such as the examples you stated, a 4 year horizon can lead to a limited view. Funding is likely allocated based off of this time frame and projects of longer term, higher impact, and larger costs are overlooked. I agree with your recommendation to seek out a bottom-down strategy for planning purposes. I’d be interested to see which projects rise to the top of the list based off of importance!