Category: Health and Medical

This Cardiologist Is Betting That His Lab-Grown Meat Startup Can Solve the Global Food Crisis (made me think)

  “Meat without animals. It’s not a new notion. In a 1932 essay predicting sundry future trends, Winston Churchill wrote, “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” The basic science to ...

A.I. Versus M.D.: knowing how versus knowing that (a key distinction)

“In 1945, the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle gave an influential lecture about two kinds of knowledge. A child knows that a bicycle has two wheels, that its tires are filled with air, and that you ride the contraption by pushing its pedals forward in circles. Ryle termed this kind of ...

U.S. panel endorses babies gene-edited with CRISPR – this is huge

  “On Tuesday, in a striking acknowledgement that humanity is on the cusp of genetically modified children, a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s source of blue-ribbon advice on science policy, recommended that germ-line modification of human beings be permitted in the future in certain narrow circumstances to ...

Here is my slide-deck from the HBA European Leadership Summit in Leiden NL, today: the future is already here!

More details about the event here. Keynote: “The future is already here: opportunities and challenges for the next five years: exponential technologies, leadership and the complete digital transformation of our society and businesses”Speaker: Gerd Leonhard, futurist, visionary thinker, keynote speaker and author. Listed by Wired magazine as one of the top ...

Does googling our medical symptoms make us sicker – and is software ‘cheating the world’?

Great read via and Dr. Mary Aiken “Every year, Americans spend at least $20 billion on unnecessary medical visits in the US. This is one of the drivers behind the spiraling cost of health care, which is predicted to soar to $5.5 trillion by 2024. The last thing you’d imagine is ...

AI doctors will become ‘as ubiquitous as stethoscopes’ (Wired UK)

Great read – here is the bottom-line for me! “The role of an AI doctor isn’t intended to replace the human component, but rather complement it. “It’s about augmenting or complementing; the role of the human doctor is in building the relationship. It’s the skills that humans have – the compassion, ...

You’re Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More – says Paul Knoepfler (Wired)

This article really made me think. We are at the threshold of a huge shift in what it means to be human. Mind-boggling ethical dilemmas are only around the corner – I will chew on this thoughtful piece and add more comments later. Here are the best-of quotes from Paul’s piece: I ...

Made me think: videos, chart on IBM Watson Health. Transforming healthcare and 'putting data to work for all of us'

Watson Health: Empowering Patients and Transforming Healthcare « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog. Read this and watch the video(s) below. This is all really impressive stuff yet I am wondering what the unintended consequences of these innovations might be, in particular the fact that we have very few globally ...

My presentation on ‘Design to Disrupt’: the future at VINT2014 event (update: now with video)

As promised here are the slides from #vint2014 VINT2014 Design to Disrupt Futurist Gerd Public-web (low res 6MB PDF) High res version 34MB via Dropbox Updated July 16 2014: Here is the video of my talk: Some key images:  

Here are my slides from my talk at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Sydney today

It was a great pleasure to visit CPA in Sydney today, and to give a talk on the future of care. 7MB low res download via my owncloud 25MB high res PDF via dropbox


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