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The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
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(Author note: Peter’s VC firm is an investor.) Exo Imaging’s AI-enabled, cheap, handheld ultrasound 3-D imager: Exo recently emerged from stealth with a $35 million raise. Read the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190805005114/en/Exo-Imaging-Emerges-Stealth-Mode-35M-Series|. See also: https://www.exo-imaging.com/. (Author note: Peter’s VC firm is an investor.) Mary Lou Jepsen’s startup, Openwater: Mary Lou Jepsen gave a TED Talk about Openwater that you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awADEuv5vWY. See also: https://www.openwater.cc/about-us. (Author note: Peter’s VC firm is an investor.) Apple’s fourth-generation iWatch: Read Apple’s full press release here: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/09/redesigned-apple-watch-series-4-revolutionizes-communication-fitness-and-health/.
The list of once multimillion-dollar medical machines now being dematerialized, demonetized, democratized, and delocalized—that is, made into portable and even wearable sensors—could fill a textbook. Consider the spectrum of possibilities. On the whiz-bang side, there’s Exo Imaging’s AI-enabled, cheap, handheld ultrasound 3-D imager—meaning you will soon be able to track anything from wound healing to fetus growth from the comfort of your home. Or former Google X project leader Mary Lou Jepsen’s startup, Openwater, which is using red laser holography to create a portable MRI equivalent, turning what is today a multimillion-dollar machine into a wearable consumer electronics device and giving three-quarters of the world access to medical imaging they currently lack. Yet simpler developments might be more revolutionary. In less than two decades, wearables have gone from step-counting first-generation self-trackers to Apple’s fourth-generation iWatch that includes an FDA-approved ECG scanner capable of real-time cardiac monitoring.
The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese
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For instance, the neuroscientist David Eagleman has developed ways for the deaf to “hear” by using sound waves to trigger vibrations in different parts of a tight-fitting vest. After a while, the person “hears” in the sense that he or she doesn’t have to step by step decode the pressure, but instead is able to do it unconsciously. Eagleman believes that eventually the deaf will hear the same way that the nondeaf hear. The rate at which we are learning about the brain is increasing. One amazing example is the work being done by the technology pioneer Mary Lou Jepsen. She has developed a system in which brain scans are taken of people while they are being shown a series of YouTube videos. A computer records their brain activity alongside what video is being shown. Then later, the test subjects are shown new videos, and the computer has to figure out what they are seeing based on their brain activity. The results are incredible. It works. Not perfectly, but it works.