Few people would deny the increasing linkage between man and machine. The relentless “Information Revolution” has given rise to Artifical Intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies, capable of mimicking — to some degree — intricate human traits, such as, thinking, creativity and problem-solving.
As a fan of the Subway cult classic “Chuck” I was intrigued as to how far away the technology featured in the show is. For those not familiar with the show’s premise, Chuck, played by Zachary Levi, is a Stanford dropout who opens an e-mail from his ex-roommate and all the National Security administration and CIA databases gets downloaded into his head. Fearing security risks, the CIA sends him a handler played by Yvonne Strahovski, to help the government make best use of the download known as the “Intersect.”
Living in the information age can be at once illuminating and daunting. From a business perspective, modern companies now have unparalleled abilities to gather information to keep them smart in their respective fields such as health care fraud, waste, and abuse. However, in the process, many Fraud Investigation Units are finding themselves inundated with medicaid related information — and are as thought leaders in big data have long noticed — drowning in the data.