Review of How to Create a Mind. As Watson makes his march toward clinical reasoning, the idea of a computer replicating the mind of a physician doesn’t seem that far off. Despite wide skepticism of this eventuality, the evidence supports that machines will ultimately be able to do a lot of what I do in my clinic. That’s the idea of Ray Kurzweil’s new book, How to ... Continue Reading about How to Create a Mind
Recently Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems, keynoted Rock Health’s Health Innovation Summit where he offered a bleak outlook on the future of the MD. David Shaywitz at Forbes has some interesting commentary that’s worth a peek. Davis Liu and Venture Beat’s Matt Marshall offered nice reviews. Khosla's Techcrunch piece, Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms, is ... Continue Reading about Why Vinod Khosla is Right
Lots of thinking about measurement and the future at this weekend's Health Foo. One thing's clear going forward: our bodies will be increasingly connected with the system. Sensors will supplement, if not replace, the eyes, hands and ears that once did the monitoring. As patients we were once defined by our "annual visit with the doctor" where he would look, ... Continue Reading about The Real-Time Doctor’s Visit
The following is an Ignite talk on the future of the physician delivered at Tim O'Reilly's 2012 Health Foo - Microsoft Research Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As I see technology advancing around me, I think about the future of the physician. Where are we going to fit in? Will we become obsolete? Are we headed for a medical singularity? The good news for ... Continue Reading about Will the Future Need Doctors?
A couple of years back I read an interesting book called Rejuvenile. It concerns the emerging culture of adults who like to do kid things - Lego's, paintball, etc. After reading The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices this summer I learned that the MIT Media Lab has a group, Lifelong Kindergarten, that tries to recreate the thinking and curiosity of kindergarten-aged ... Continue Reading about Rejuvenile Physicians
Medicine is changing quickly. In the context of these changes I hear this question occasionally: ‘What would Osler think?’ What would he think of imaging before examination? How would he feel about medical residents rounding with one eye on the EHR? It’s an interesting question and one that highlights the fact that we’re a profession preoccupied with our past. We ... Continue Reading about What Would Osler Think?