FutureMed Day 1

Hello again,

As of late, I have been attending a medical conference in San Diego from November 3rd through the 6th.  The first speaker was Dr. Daniel Kraft, who started out by introducing the participants to several examples of exponential technology.  Then, Dr. Diamandis discussed the importance of thinking exponentially in terms of technological development as oppossed to the traditional linear system.  He brought Moore’s Law into play, where the only constant available was change.  The “6 D’s of Exponential Technology” are as such:  Digitized, Deceptive (looks linear, but is the start of an exponential curve), Disruptive (triggers the exponential explosion), Dematerialization (everything shrinks in size while maintaining the same if not more efficient functionality), Demonetize (the product becomes free), and Democratization (everybody have access to the technology).  In the current environment, one must either disrupt or be disrupted.  Next was Mr. Salim M.  who emphasized the use of collaboration and technology in order to increase efficiency and progress.  Neil Jacobstein spoke after him and discussed the importance of using technology to help process the new flood of information.  In addition, he highlighted some of the newest A.I. that collaborate with humans to interpret information and data mine to figure out the best answers to questions and diagnostics.  3 such intelligent agents include Watson, Siri, and Archimedes.  Rob Nail, a robotics expert, came on next.  He talked about designing an open – source robot operating system.  Two robots that have proven invaluable to the medical field are Baxter and DaVinci, which aid in keyhole surgery.  Avi Reichental then elaborated on the sustainability and accuracy of 3D printing.  In order to print more ergonomic products, one could utilize biomimicry.  This means that we could design devices based on patterns and shapes found in nature.  3D printing can also be used to customize products, not to mention make anything needed.  Raymond McCauley came in after Reichental and talked about digital and synthetic biology.  He emphasized the possibilities presented by recreational genomics, which could aid in scientific research by providing data from the general public for study.  Walter de Brouwer later talked about the possibility of a medical tricorder being developed by 2016.  The prototype being tested is named S.C.A.N.A.D.U.  The day ended with Dr. Eric Topol talking about the development of personalized medicine combined with genomics to better treatment and diagnosis for patients.

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