Each morning I scroll through Feedly looking at what’s new. I scan titles and ledes, deleting by the second until I find something transformative. It’s information wackamole.
Increasingly, I’m underwhelmed by what I see. Nanosensors are a dime a dozen. Tattoos that miraculously detect blood glucose are almost yesterday’s news. Flying robotic bedpans that detect cancer just don’t make the cut.
We live in a 24-hour digital health news cycle that sensationalizes while at once normalizing the unreal.
Arthur C. Clarke’s third law stated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” But when everything looks like magic, we risk innovation extinction.