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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being ADHD in Today’s World …and BEYOND!!

The Future of ADHD:

from dealing with a deficit to having an advantage.

What it means to have a deficit

a lack or shortage.

a deficiency.

a disadvantage.

an impairment.

a handicap.

A friend of mine on Google+, Peggy Dulane, is an expert on ADHD. Having quite a bit of ADHD myself, I love hearing her advice and reading her articles about the topic.

Today was different…

She did not share content about ADHD.

She did not write an article about ADHD.

She simply asked a question…

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“Does anyone out there have questions or need advice for dealing with ADHD?”

(especially if you are still attending high school or college)

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Side Ramble:

Being an adult with ADHD is extremely difficult.

It impacts every aspect of life.

ADHD can and will dramatically affect friendships, relationships, and your job (typically in a negative way).

This question captured my attention

My attention completely sparked (at least for that instant) resulted in intense brainstorming and analysis of ADHD.

I looked at how the situation was before, how it is now, and took into account how society continues to evolve with new technology, culture, and behavior.

Current Methods for Dealing with ADHD

The saviors of tomorrow!

It’s very difficult to change the nature, habits, or behavior of an individual with ADHD, however there are a variety of options available, each with a different amount of success, depending on the individual.

There is medication.

DRRRUGGGSSSS!!!!

ADHD-Medications


There are scientists actively researching the topic.

Our mind is different.
research ALL the neuroscience!!!

 

Organizations, specialists, and life coaches.

They help you to improve yourself and to adapt to normal society and be successful.

 

ADHD Aware
Are you serious?!?
It’s not like we rode the “short bus” to school!

A cure for my ADHD…

Fantastic! Wowzers! A Miracle!

Squirrel!!!
Squirrel!!!

 

At the same time, why should I change who I am?

To conform and be accepted by today’s expectation of a correct worker?

To appear as an upstanding citizen?

To fit in socially?

To have a massive following of people that worship me?

ADHD in the Future

Society is evolving favorably for ADHD types.

We have technology that simplifies our workflow, and is complimentary to the strengths and weaknesses of individuals with ADHD.

We have more innovative workplace cultures, allowing us to play around on games, listen to music, all while we’re getting the job done.

It’s much easier to have a short attention span in a world where almost anything we want is available immediately. This is creating a new breed of ADHD based types:

POLYMATHS

Since we have racing thoughts and short attention spans, today’s technology allows us to self-teach about pretty much any topic imaginable.

Sure, my short attention span means I’ll never be the “mega-expert” in any field, but my unbelievable amount of broad knowledge, make me a force to be reckoned with.

We are adaptive.

We like going from one thing to the next quickly.

This makes us the masters of this next era.

ADHD is no longer a deficit, it’s an advantage.