I’m slowly but surely winding up again after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Working to get the words flowing and the systems operating.
The news that’s at the top of my tech feeds was almost all health related this month. A friend and I were chatting about this and he marveled at how much money was flowing into health and longevity research.
I opined (I’ve always wanted to use that word) 🙂 the tech titans with their mega-millions were discovering the joys of middle age and discovered they were mortal after all. What’s the point of having gabillions of dollars if you’re going to die and can’t enjoy it. A whiff of mortality is enough to shake up any person isn’t it. You’re going to see more and more research aimed at longevity and AI (if you can’t keep your body alive, you may be able to upload your brain into a server and carry on that way) in the future.
Google Software Will Soon Diagnose Disease In Seconds
They’re beginning with two diseases of the eye: macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Again fascinating stuff. Note this is a video rather than a text article.
Watch it here.
There’s a quick “sniff” test coming for Alzheimer’s.
Apparently one of the first symptoms of this disease is the disappearance of certain fragrances that can no longer be identified. This could be a relatively inexpensive test available at your doctor’s office.
Read more here
Scientists Invent a Device That Can Detect 17 Diseases From Your Breath, Including Cancers
This gizmo will work on your phone, or more likely your physicians phone. But it’s a fascinating use of technology and more importantly thinking.
When you consider the kinds of tech that’s available and how each of these smaller parts can be combined, it’s mind numbing.
“The Na-nose device features a sensor nano-array of carbon nanotubes and tiny gold particles controlled by AI software. This program can analyze human breath samples for special chemical signatures that correspond to various diseases. This works because people exhale over a 100 unique chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the team proved that each disease has a very specific chemical signature within a person’s VOC. The scientists used mass spectrometry to figure out a 13-component “breathprint” for each of the 17 diseases in the study. ”
You can read about it here.
And finally – the seriously-folks-topic of the day….
Would you marry a robot? Dr. David Levy says by 2050 you might.
Consider for a second what the incredibly fast development on robots is bringing to our lives. Not only are they hollowing out the industrial employment jobs (that will never return btw) but there are those who suggest they’ll dramatically effect our love life.
Dr David Levy has written the book and is pushing our thinking in rather interesting directions.