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Google Glass Will Become the “Calculators” of the Medical Industry (and Several Others)

Doctor Glass

 

Google Glass is Going to Medical School

The University of California at Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine announced that it’s integrating the iconic wearable tech into its four-year curriculum for medical students.

Glass Finds its First Professional Home

Google has had the #glassexplorers program, which allows individuals to buy #Glass for personal use, but they have also donated pairs of +Google Glass to various industries and professions. 

This was to see which industries found usage of the device beneficial, right out of the box. By “right out of the box,” I mean using the product as it now exists, which is essentially glasses with a built-in camera and a display that projects an Augmented Reality menu to navigate (along with a few basic apps). 

The Future of Glass

Possibilities are endless. Along with releasing the base models of #Glass, Google also released Glass’s API. This means that, as we speak, developers from all over the world are testing out and building Apps made specifically for the device. 

In general, it’s mutually understood that eventually #Glass will be able to (at least):

  • Automatically identify objects and people, using facial recognition and object recognition (remember Google Goggles?).
  • Determine which objects or people are relevant to the user.
  • Present useful data, relevant to the user, about the world around them, in an augmented overlay.

All of this will happen in real-time, and only in ways that will help the user. It will be possible, but horrific, for #Glass to identify everything in view and present information about it. The idea is that #Glass will become smart enough to know when to present what info: 

“Technology that’s there when you need it, and invisible when you don’t.”

This is my paraphrasing of Glass’s original mission statement, and is the entire reason for its existence. The idea is that technology is awesome and helps us in so many ways, but has negatively affected our social behavior. We text and drive, text and walk, text and eat, surf and poop, google while having conversations, and are constantly looking down at a screen.

With glass, we’re accepting that technology is too beneficial and enjoyable to cut from our lives. We’re also accepting that our current set up is not an ideal one. We’re smarter, more globally connected, and more productive, but at the cost of being less social (in life) and less engaged in our surroundings.

Wearable Technology is Born to Bring us the Best of Both Worlds

With wearable tech devices, such as Glass, we do not have to choose either being immersed in technology or being engaged in the real world. We will be able to have our cake and eat it too.

Getting to that point will take a bit of time, advancement of the technology, trial and error, and lots of tweaking (not twerking). However, it is a certainty, since all the foundational building blocks are already there. 

Come back in a decade, and you’ll see a different, improved society.

The Medical Industry has demonstrated the strongest immediate benefit of utilizing this new technology. The video/audio and communication capabilities of Glass are the primary functions being used, now, but more uses will come…

Doctors Using Glass ~2024:

  • A doctor, wearing #Glass, walks into a patients room.
  • Glass automatically identifies the patient, using facial recognition.
  • Glass pulls up the patient’s medical records.
  • Glass displays the most relevant aspects of the records in an augmented overlay being projected directly into the doctor’s eye, so only he can see the info.
  • The doctor says, “OK Glass, let’s do a physical exam.”
  • Glass opens up a medical app for performing physical examinations on patients.
  • The questions that the doctor needs to ask the patient pop up in his display.
  • As he asks the questions, Glass records the patient’s responses, converting speech to text, filling out the exam.
  • After the questions are complete, Glass displays the next steps for the doctor (i.e. Check blood pressure, heart rate, reflexes, temperature, ear check, throat check, etc.).
  • In real-time, the Medical app is not only filling out the forms automatically, it is trained to spot certain patterns.
  • This advanced pattern recognition compares live, incoming data, the patient’s history, and a database of medical knowledge, #Glass pops up a recommended diagnosis of the patient.

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Yes, I know exactly what I’m implying.

This gadget, considered a high-tech, $1,500 novelty-toy by the mainstream, could essentially replace doctors (as we know them) in as soon as a decade. I don’t think doctors will be eliminated, by any means, but I do see a future where Medical school is 2 – 4 years of schooling plus another 2 – 4 years of hands-on training. 

Google Glass will be the Calculators of the Medical Industry (and Several Others):

You can do complicated math problems, manually, but why would you waste the time? Do it quick on the calculator, cut time and errors, and then spend the extra time doing something actually beneficial.

Same as the future of medicine… Keep doctors, but will it be necessary for that much schooling, memorizing hoards of information, to make a diagnosis that a device can do faster and more accurately?

Doctors of the Future

  • Learn the basics of the industry.
  • Become a master of the tools.
  • Reduce education cost and time.
  • Improve ability to diagnose complex illnesses (Some illnesses may be so complex that they now cannot be discovered).

Also, use the exponentially increased productivity to:

  • Personalize treatment.
  • Invest more in research.
  • Provide medical care in places of the world with a shortage of doctors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cliff Notes Genius

Wikipedia is great.

I take everything with a grain of salt, whether it be a wiki page or a well-respected book by a so-called “expert.”

I have learned so much from Wikipedia, that I don’t mind if a couple of the fine details are off. It’s opened up my mind to subject matters that I otherwise never would have touched.

For me, as a polymath / aspiring polymath, it’s all about breadth of knowledge, not depth. My “Cliff Notes knowledge” of a million subjects wins out over a specialist’s extreme details, any day.

Connecting the Dots

This is because my strength is not being super-detailed or specialized, but in being able to make out-of-this world connections between unrelated subjects. This ability allows me to walk into a room of experts and see solutions to problems that they never would have dreamed of. They still get to do the detail work that makes it actually function, but I produce the idea that enables them to get started (or the solution that allows them to get unstuck).

Autodidact

I’ve personally learned psychology, accounting, graphic design, advanced marketing, modern business methods, philosophy, basic pharmacology, and many other things from self-teaching myself online.

I have a double major in marketing and consumer science, as well as a minor in sociology from a legit college. I can honestly say that I’ve learned more about those subjects, too, from self-learning online.

College was a complete waste of time, not to mention that it screwed me over financially, due to student loans. I had to have that “piece of paper” that was supposed to land me jobs: I want to set fire to it.

Your Experience May Vary

Not to brag, but to be fair to readers of this post: I have an IQ of 170, and my personality type is an ENTP (“The Creative Inventor”). This means that not only am I technically a genius (in the 99.9998467663 percentile), but my personality type means I am primarily driven by curiosity. So, not everyone is built to be a generalist. Specialists are needed and serve an important function in society. However, there will continue to be a rise of generalists, due to technological evolution.

Polymath

polymath

I am a student of everything. I learn from the world around me. I study the math of the universe, the art of life, and the working of nature. I ponder the reasons behind existence. I stare up at the night sky and am amazed at the vastness of what is. I learn from everyone I meet and anyone who will teach me. I invent, I create, and I build. I am not confined by my career or job or degree. I am more than that. I will not be one thing: I will be everything. I am a POLYMATH.

Chris Hoeller NEVER Takes a Day Off

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So, this past weekend I actually went out to party for the first time in quite a while. We hit the regular club and after it closed down, we ended up at some shady, after-hours club that stayed open until 8:00am.

They stop serving alcohol at 2:00am, so pretty much everybody there was either already really drunk or most likely on some other substance. I mean, I’m 99% sure that there were drug deals going on all around me.

There I was, at this rave-style club, with people on all sorts of drugs. I’m doing personality tests with my phone, explaining Jungian psychology, cognitive functions, and inter-type relations to complete strangers.

They were totally into it, too. If all schools operated this way, we’d have a society of Einsteins…

Gifted, Talented, and Creative Problems

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It’s well known among researchers of the gifted, talented, and creative that these individuals exhibit greater intensity and increased levels of emotional, imaginational, intellectual, sensual, and psychomotor excitability and that this is a normal pattern of development. It is because these gifted children and adults have a finely tuned psychological structure and an organized awareness that they experience all of life differently and more Intensely than those around them.

These characteristics, however, are frequently perceived by psychotherapists and others as evidence of a mental disturbance, because most of the population lacks accurate information about
the special characteristics of gifted individuals, couples and families. Most people don’t know that what is considered normal for the gifted is most often labeled as neurosis in the general population and as a result, the gifted are personally and emotionally vulnerable to a variety of unique relationship difficulties at home, work, school and in the community.

Since the gifted function with relatively high levels of intensity and sensitivity, when they seek therapy they are frequently misdiagnosed, because therapists receive no specialized training in the identification and treatment of persons who have advanced and complex patterns of development.

Therapeutic assessment of gifted persons with asynchronous development, heightened levels of awareness, energy and emotional response, and an intense level of inner turmoil often results in their developmental transition being mislabeled as a personality or attention disorder.

Histrionic, dysthymic, cyclothymic, borderline, narcissistic, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) are a few of the diagnostic labels mistakenly used to describe normative stages of positive disintegration. The results of this type of misdiagnosis can range from benign neglect to misguided counseling strategies that invalidate and attempt to ‘normalize’ the complex inner process of the gifted. When misdiagnosed gifted clients are prescribed medication to suppress the “symptoms of giftedness” there is the danger that the wonderful inner fury of the gifted process will be neutralized, thus minimizing the potential for a life of accomplishment and fulfillment.

As a result, those who have the most to offer society are the least likely to get their therapeutic needs met.

For the gifted, inner conflict is a developmental rather than a degenerative sign, because it drives the gifted person forward to replace current ways of thinking and being with those of higher level development. This type of positive disintegration is characterized by an intensified inner tension between what one is and what one could be. This dynamic tension is what fuels the creative person’s complex inner life and provides the impetus for growth and development. Any therapist who works with a gifted population must be familiar with these internal processes, which are utilized to develop advanced potential – otherwise, the therapist risks inflicting further psychological damage.

When working with the gifted, a therapist must address the following interpersonal issues: the internal stress of being gifted; the emotional trauma of rapid development; the effects of introversion, intensity, perfectionism and extraordinary sensitivity on self and others; the recognition of the symptoms of insufficient mental engagement; the importance of interacting with other gifted persons, and channeling and focusing an abundance of physical, sensual, intellectual and emotional energy.

Unique interpersonal challenges that gifted individuals, couples and families encounter during their life span include learning to interact in the mainstream world; manage expectations and pressures to fit the norm; defuse unconscious hostility, resentment, antagonism and sabotage directed at them because they are perceived as intellectually, creatively or personally advantaged; set appropriate boundaries for the utilization of their abilities; collaborate with others, and manage the daily dilemmas of giftedness involving relatives, bosses, co-workers, neighbors, counselors, teachers and other members of the community.

Traits of Highly Creative People:

• sensitive
• not motivated by money
• sense of destiny
• adaptable
• tolerant of ambiguity
• observant
• perceive world differently
• see possibilities
• question asker
• can synthesize correctly, often intuitively
• able to fantasize
• flexible
• fluent
• imaginative
• intuitive
• original
• ingenious
• energetic
• sense of humor
• self-actualizing
• self-disciplined
• self-knowledgeable
• specific interests
• divergent thinker
• curious
• open-ended
• independent
• severely critical
• non-conforming
• confident
• risk taker
• persistent

Ways and Problems in Which Giftedness Complicates Things:

• Tolerance for ambiguity & complexity leads to difficulty making decisions, difficulty with career path.

• Intensity: too needy, too sensitive, too friendly, too excited, too driven, too disorganized, too fast, too competitive, too arrogant, work too hard anti-procrastination disease.

• Desire for high stimulus situations: mischief, smug, bored, know-it-all; or procrastination, risk taking, need to make life difficult in order to feel like a hero.

• Thinking too much, can’t turn it off, obsessional style.

• Not having goals or never being satisfied; perfectionism; confusing exhaustion for accomplishment.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

The younger generation is typically correct.

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We just grow up and forget what it was like to be a kid, so we treat them the same way we were taught.

PARENT: “Well, I had to do this, that, and the other, and we didn’t have all that technology that just makes these kids dumber than we were.”

KID: “Yeah, and we could do math without a calculator, use a library to learn something instead of the instant knowledge of Google. We won’t use cool gadgets that teach us skills never available to most people.”

For example: making a movie, creating a song, editing photos, and using video chat with relatives in other countries. Not to mention Google Search… That single service serves as an unprecedented educational device.

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Google Search Outdoes Any School in the World

  1. Be curious about something.
  2. Know it.
  3. Find other resources to deepen your understanding, if needed.
  4. Become very smart.

Schools suck!

A person goes up and blabs about the preset curriculum to teach kids to memorize test answers, so that the school gets funding. That’s not the way human beings are designed to learn. We learn by exploring and from being curious. Google is creating a generation of polymaths, which hopefully will be our future problem solvers.

Incubators – A Future Replacement for College

In every major city, there should be a facility that:

  • selects local talent
  • allows anyone interested to join

The Purpose

  • provide access to resources
  • provide access to potential partners
  • provide access to potential employers

In one part, it’s 24/7 collaborative workspaces, set up cool like Google.

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In another part there are activities, games, lessons, and discussions:

  • building or being part of a team
  • Social Business
  • Startup 101
  • Programming
  • Graphic Design

The activities are run by either the people who run the incubator, as well as guest entrepreneurs/ experts.

Why so College?

This is a supplement, enhancement, or replacement for traditional college. College involvement or work experience is irrelevant.

But it does have that college vibe a bit to it. Less formal, more random goofing around. As part of all the areas. A place that’s as cool to chill at as it is to get work done.

Our ambition, talent, and new environment would make us productive on our own.

Who’s Going to Build it?

Companies and VCs could play a large part in co-sponsoring this. They are essentially creating talent and opportunity building center. It’s a brilliant investment for anyone involved.

Disrupting Society

  • This could replace traditional recruiting.
  • This could replace traditional college.
  • This provides opportunities to many people, companies, investors, the economy, and the future of society.

But it has to be done right, and at scale.

It can’t be some hole in the wall, in a remote corner of a city. It needs to be the Googleplex.

It needs to be high-tech, clean, fun, and constantly active. There has to be real and continuous involvement of the players involved.

Why

Don’t you see how beneficial it would be for so many, and pretty much no downside?

The world is changing.

College isn’t answering the bridge from kid to employed adult.

College / experience doesn’t mean a person has what it takes, and no-college / no-experience doesn’t mean a person isn’t the next Steve Jobs.

Technology has made everything a lot more complicated.

Now everyone has the ability to learn something, simply because they want to. Despite who they knew, only what they had access to.

.. at 3am
… in the bathroom.

Existing companies suffer from a massive case of not adjusting or keeping up.

There are countless new companies — new types of companies — that are only missing a team, resources, and the opportunity.

This is what replaces college, stridulates the economy, saves a generation from falling through the cracks, and prepares us for a better world.

NO BRAINER

I need multimillion dollar companies to be on board with this, at least one smart one.