Tech Tuesday: Monitoring your baby’s health

Today, a tech savvy parent with a bit of money to spend can monitor almost every aspect of their baby’s health around the clock.

The dream sock, for example, is a sleep tracker that also measures a newborn’s heart rate and blood oxygen level.

A typical baby monitor now comes equipped with a camera and the higher end models include night vision. But is this information helpful or does it just stress new parents out?

Damon Beres is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology section. His work focuses on the effects of technology on people and the planet and he recently wrote about tech aimed at new parents.

We’re all familiar with the concept of leap year, the extra day in February that comes around every four years. But a measurement known as the leap second is causing all kinds of headaches for the world’s timekeepers. And there is a move afoot to eliminate it all together.

But given society’s highly computerized infrastructure, that is no easy feat.

Award-winning Toronto-based journalist Alanna Mitchell wrote about the complexities of time in her recent article for the New York Times titled “Time is Up for the Leap Second.”

Google announced yesterday that it has licensed its breast cancer screening AI research model to medical technology company iCAD. This is the first time Google is licensing the technology that it hopes will lead to more accurate breast cancer detection and risk assessment.

Russell Holly, Managing Editor for Commerce at CNET, joins us to discuss the deal.


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