Because You Liked Chemistry, …

Because You Liked Chemistry, We Recommend These Classes
December 18, 2013
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/12/18/255298799/because-you-liked-chemistry-we-recommend-these-classes

The same kind of technology that recommends movies on Netflix or purchases on Amazon is now helping students choose college courses.

A new program developed on a campus in Tennessee uses predictive analytics to suggest classes

the outcomes have turned heads, from the White House to Bill Gates, whose foundation pitched in startup funding.

college isn’t about finding the easiest path, but about broadening your horizons and challenging yourself. Denley says, sure — for some.
“But there is a real sense in which academic curiosity is a luxury that lots of people simply cannot afford,” he says.

Desire2Learn, which already works with dozens of universities around the globe, has licensed Degree Compass http://www.d2l.com/products/degree-compass for its profit potential. CEO John Baker won’t say exactly how much he’s charging colleges

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs
October 5, 2014
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2014/10/05/351851015/fortune-tellers-step-aside-big-data-looks-for-future-entrepreneurs

one firm is taking things one step further (or, actually, backward) by using an algorithm to try to find entrepreneurs before they even start a company.

Roy Bahat leads the venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta, which launched in June of last year.

we’ll see an even greater use of predictive analytics soon. “I am a believer that the things that we see in science fiction will eventually come to pass,” he says — think Minority Report and Gattaca.

Anticipatory computing

Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask
March 17, 2014
http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/17/290125070/computers-that-know-what-you-need-before-you-ask

artificial intelligence is getting even smarter.
The next wave of behavior-changing computing is a technology called anticipatory computing — systems that learn to predict what you need, even before you ask.