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Unlearning the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Posted in Business, Education, Future, General, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Mental Health, Politics, Science

I recently wrote an article entitled "Social Networking: The Future of Health Care" for United Advantage— United Healthcare's quarterly newsletter. As a result, I have been invited by another large health insurer to come in and speak about how social networking will effect their industry. I have a great deal to say about the topic,…


Do We Need to Unlearn the “Nature vs Nuture” Debate?

Posted in General, Genomics, Mental Health, Neuroscience, Parenting, Philosophy, Psychology, Science

I understand the appeal of saying something is either black or white (and thus denying all the various shades of grey in between). Numerous debates occur everyday. For example, some people argue that  homosexuality is genetic in nature. Others claim it is a nurtured condition. In spite of the efforts of supporters on both sides of the…


Big Oil Unlearns

Posted in Agriculture, Automobile, Business, Energy, General, Genomics, Science

As a professional futurist, I spend a great deal of time reading the back sections of newspapers looking for small trends which could grow larger in the future. Yesterday, I happened across two articles suggesting that algae—for the production of both oil and ethanol—may have a promising future. First, in an item that should have…


Unlearning the Future

Posted in Aging, Automobile, Business, Culture, Current Affairs, Defense, Education, Future, General, Genomics, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Politics, Science, Unlearn Strategy, Zenzizenzizenzic

Carl Sagan once advised the public to “never underestimate the power of exponential.” It was sound advice. Unfortunately, as with so much other wise counsel, it is easy to dismiss. You shouldn’t. Consider just a few recent examples of exponential growth. In 1998, a small Silicon Valley start-up was conducting 25 million web-based searches a…


Is It Time to Unlearn the Scientific Method?

Posted in Education, Genomics, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Science

Last summer, Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired, wrote an excellent article entitled "The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes Scientific Method Obsolete” in which he convincingly argued that massive amounts of data, in combination with sophisticated algorithms and super powerful computers, offer mankind a whole new way of understanding the world. Anderson believes…


Unlearning Disease

Posted in Business, Culture, General, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Jump the Curve, Unlearn Strategy

With all of the information now pulsing around us, it is easy to forget that “we don’t know what we don’t know.” I constantly try to remind my clients in the health care sector of this simple fact. A case-in-point is the extraordinary strides being made in the field of genomics—which, due to accelerating gene…


Unlearning Disease

Posted in Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Science

With all of the information now pulsing around us, it is easy to forget that "we don’t know what we don’t know." I constantly try to remind my clients in the health care sector of this simple fact. A case-in-point is the extraordinary strides being made in the field of genomics — which, due to…


Unlearning Models

Posted in Algorithms, Education, General, Genomics, Insurance, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Science, Software

Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired, has written an excellent article entitled "The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes Scientific Method Obsolete" in which he convincingly argues that massive amounts of data, in combination with sophisticated algorithms and super powerful computers, offers mankind a whole new way of understanding the world. Anderson believes that…


Unlearn Genetic Nihilism

Posted in Aging, Genomics, Health Care, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical

WebMD has interesting article suggesting our behavior can influence how are genes act. According to research by Dean Ornish people can change how certain genes perform by making modest adjustments to their life style. Ornish found that by engaging in exercise and eating a more low-fat diet "more than 500 genes changed the way they…


Get Prepared to Unlearn at Warp Speed

Posted in Agriculture, Architecture, Automobile, Aviation, Business, Computer Industry, Education, Energy, General, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutical

IBM recently announced that it has developed a new supercomputer capable of performing 1,000 trillion calculations per second. It is a little hard to wrap your brain around such mind-boggling numbers, but last year I wrote an article discussing an IBM supercomputer that was capable of performing 70 trillion calculations per second. In the piece,…


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