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Optimistic About Dementia: Am I Demented?

Posted in Aging Services, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Predictions

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” –John Stuart Mill I recently finished reading Matt Ridley’s excellent book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. The timing couldn’t have been better because…


10 Ways Google's "Project Glass" Might Change Things

Posted in Future, Futurist, General, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Innovation, Internet/Information Tech, Retail/Marketing, Telecommunications, Trends

As I wrote in an earlier post, Google is only 13 years old; Facebook is a mere 8 years old; and the iPhone just turned five. Each has impacted the world in some surprising and unexpected ways. From my perspective as a futurist, Google’s “Project Glass” (which offers enhanced augmented reality as well as the…


Handing Over the Future to Robots

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Robots

This might seem like a trivial thing but I’d like to suggest otherwise: Researchers in Japan have developed a robot that beats a person in the game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” 100 percent of the time. 100 percent! The robot does this by using technology to recognize its competitors gesture a single millisecond after the…


The Future Competition in Healthcare is Coming Fast

Posted in Health Care, Healthcare Futurist

Today, a colonoscopy can cost anywhere between $500 and $4000 within a single zipcode; and even though telepresence is extraordinarily fast, cheap and widespread, it is still difficult to get immediate access to a physician. Both are unacceptable and both problems, thankfully, are about to be resolved. Castlight Health recently received $100 million in funding…


My Responsibility as a Forecaster and Futurist

Posted in Future, Futurist, Healthcare Futurist

Recently, I had a client who requested I come to help their organization think about the “deep future.” After disabusing them of the wisdom of thinking about the “deep future” (looking out just a few years is hard enough), I responded that I could still help them meet their goals but I needed to do…


Healthcare Keynote Speakers: Jack Uldrich & Eric Topol

Posted in Futurist, Genomics, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist

Engaging, entertaining, energetic and enlightening healthcare keynote speakers are difficult to find. As my own speaking schedule has expanded, I have found myself in the unpleasant position of having to turn away a number of speaking engagements. As a consequence, I’m frequently asked for other speakers I’d recommend. One person I now strongly recommend is…


Coming Soon: The $10 Genome

Posted in Future, Futurist, Genomics, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist

Back in 2008, I encouraged experts in the health care, pharmaceutical and insurance industries to “jump the curve” and begin contemplating the consequences of being able to sequence the human genome for $1000. This future appears likely to arrive by the end of 2012 — a year earlier than I originally estimated. Alas, the future…


Watson, Come Here: A Clue to Cancer!

Posted in Computer/Semiconductor, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Video

Last year, I published my top ten trends in health care. Number Five on the list was “artificial intelligence.” Specifically, I addressed the ability of IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer to revolutionize diagnosis. Well, the folks at Memorial Sloan-Kettering have now hired Watson. If you’re in the healthcare industry, I can’t encourage you strongly enough to watch…



The Future of Healthcare Will Be Simulated

Posted in Future, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist

According to a new study, surgeons performing knee surgery don’t become proficient at their trade until after they have performed 150 operations. This is understandable in the sense that “practice makes perfect.” It’s bad news, however, for the first 150 patients who have the misfortune of being the “practice” for the new surgeon. One solution…


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