11 Nov

Giving Thanks This Season

An Article By, Evan Leonard, President

With Thanksgiving almost here, it is that time of year to reflect on our lives. I always reflect on family, self and business and concentrate on the positive things to be most thankful for.  As a technologist, the most fun about my job and the company is the new and emerging technology we get to interact with every day.  Thinking about the technology that contributes to making the world a better place in both my professional and personal life. If you take a look around, and really think about how technology is improving quality of life itself, you will be amazed. This year I am reflecting on the advantages of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.   From the healthcare industry to preparing our taxes, computers are enhancing our lives.  Make no mistake, machines plus humans equal the best results.  Tackling Big Data and making better correlations among the data in order to diagnose or inform better decision making processes has improved dramatically in a very short period of time.

One example of this is how Watson and Sloan Kettering have teamed up to support the broader oncology community of physicians as they consider treatment options with their patients. Doctors are able to interpret cancer patient’s clinical information with the use of machine learning.  They can analyze reams of data and case history instantly and find connections and correlations that never would have been apparent to people looking at it.  In a completely different arena, H&R Block has also added Watson to their team and are guaranteeing the absolute maximum tax refund for their customers.  This is just the beginning of using these technologies as they will soon be utilized in everything we do.

In my personal life, I am thankful for the gadgets that help me through the day.  I wake up to Alexa every morning as she is my alarm clock, tells me the weather, helps me stay organized, integrates with some of my favorite toys (like Sonos) and answers my kids questions.  My Nest is reducing my power bill, Ring is keeping my family safer and lets me talk to the kids in the morning as they wait for their bus, my wireless charger makes my life a little easier and my Rocketbook is keeping me more organized.

So take a moment to treasure the good moments and celebrate with friends and family members, while always giving thanks to not only what we have, but to the passion and drive to making life better each and every day. Consider looking to those who make it a priority to help others and the world we live in as a step towards involvement in bettering our life. Happy Thanksgiving to All.


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