IBM wants to stop E. coli outbreaks before people die

Why IBM’s CEO is hiring Brooklyn teens Five years ago in Germany, a bland vegetable caused one of the more devastating outbreaks of food-born illness in recent years. Fifty three people died and nearly 4,000 were hospitalized due to a particularly gnarly strain of E.coli. It caused bloody diarrhea and kidney failure in many people. It took officials weeks to 60 days to officially identify the culprit: German grown bean sprouts sold through grocery stores. Scientists at IBM (IBM, Tech30) want to drastically cut down on the time it takes to pinpoint the cause of a food-born illness like E.coli, norovirus and salmonella. Its researchers have developed a way to tap into grocery stores’ existing scanner data to quickly identify possible foods using big data and machine learning. Related: How…


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