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Personalized Medicine Will "Take Your Breath Away"

Posted in Aging Services, Cancer, Future, Futurist, Genomics, Health Care, Life Science/Pharmaceutical

New reports have demonstrated that certain skin-cancer treatments which target specific genes are yielding extraordinary results.  According to Hal Barron, chief medical officer of Roche, the findings “mark a major step forward in personalizing the treatment of metastic melanoma.” Said another doctor of the results, “[it] takes your breath away if you’re a melanoma doc.”…


The Future of Environmentalism: A Case Study from Tomorrow

Posted in Agriculture, Environmentalism, Ethics, Future, Futurist, Genomics, Unlearning

(Editor’s note: I was recently asked by The Food Ethic’s Council in London to contribute a short piece on ” a future ethical issue” as it might relate to food. Below is my contribution. As always, I’d welcome your feedback.) Rachel strolled down to her local grocery store and waved her smartphone across the package…


Doctor Heal Thyself … By Unlearning

Posted in Genomics, Health Care, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical

When physicians are asked to state the relative risks of classical predictors of heart disease (such as smoking or diabetes) many, according to this article, are likely to cite a figure of between "10 to 15 times." This is not only wrong, it is dangerously wide of the mark. Most of the predictors have only…


Coming to a Phone Near You: Your Genome

Posted in Aging Services, Genomics, Health Care, Other

‘’It is not going to be long before every Australian will be carrying their genome on a smart card.” This quote is from Barry Marshall, a Nobel Lauraute, and echoes what I have been saying about the profound influence the sequencing of the human genome will have on society in the coming years.


Being Wrong Feels Like Being Right

Posted in Adult, Beliefs, Books, Failure, Genomics, Intelligence, Kindergarten, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Psychology, TED

Below is a wonderful talk by Kathryn Schulz, self described "wrongologist" and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. I especially liked this statement of hers:"One of the problems with being wrong … is that it feels like being right." This is so true and it is one of the reasons…


Jack Uldrich on the Future … and Unlearning

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Future, Genomics, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Leadership, Metaphor, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Social Networks, Unlearn Strategy, Zenzizenzizenzic

In the past year, I have given dozens of keynote presentations to a variety of clients. Below is a short 10-minute speaking demo. If you are looking for an engaging, entertaining and informative keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact either Mimi Hair or Ryan Foltz at Leading Authorities or Angela Schlep at…


Video Killed the Video Star

Posted in Business, Communication, General, Genomics, Health Care, Internet, Media, Telecommunications

If a picture is worth a thousand words how much is a picture within a picture worth? That's the question every video provider should be asking itself because, like this famous picture from Pere Borrell del Caso, there is often more to a picture than meets the eye. Earlier today, I came across a new…


Unlearning Procrastination

Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, Food, Genomics, Health Care, Mental Health, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

There are five frogs sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many frogs are left sitting on the log?  The answer is five.     Why? Because there is a big difference between deciding to do something and actually doing it.  This is a particularly important point to recall on the day after…


Unlearning & the Rise of the Supercomputer

Posted in Education, Energy, Future, Genomics, Innovation, Jump the Curve, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Stories

Marshall McCluhan once famously said, “First, we shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” As a professional futurist, I have been trying to explain how some of our tools are getting exponentially more powerful. In turn, these tools are accelerating the advances that will soon shape our future and, by virtue of their…


Health Care is All About Unlearning

Posted in Culture, Future, General, Genomics, Health Care

My friends at MedGagdet have been doing a bang up job of covering the recent health care conference at TED. I invite you to review the proceedings from Day 2. The one thing that struck me is how — although unstated — the theme of unlearning underlies so many of the talks. For example, the first…


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