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

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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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As We Move to a Truly “Connected World…”

What do you believe will be the most effective way for a user to identify themselves, as they move from one system to another?

  • An actual device — something like a watch?
  • Fingerprint ID?
  • Facial recognition?
  • Implanted RFID tag?
  • Something completely different?

All of the methods have plusses and minuses when it comes to enabling a user to be able to get access to their stuff, as themselves, from any system outside of the one in your home or car (or even to identify you in your home or car, versus another member of the family, or an imposter!).

Moving forward into a truly “connected world,” privacy is one of those things that will always be an issue, but will never truly be solved. Something that we always have to take seriously, by attempting to prevent unethical invasions of privacy, but will never end.

In order for a “connected world” to be truly intuitive and user-friendly, some privacy must be sacrificed to enable customized experiences to be created for the customer.

The Simpsons parodies Google Glass : It hits where it hurts.

The Simpsons parodies Google Glass : It hits where it hurts.

Even though the show demonstrates the potential negative side effects of devices like Google Glass, it’s important to remember what show this is. The Simpsons makes fun of anything of significant relevance to pop culture. Therefore, them dedicating an entire episode to Google Glass, or “Ooogle Goggles” as they are called on the show, is actually a very big plus for the new technology.

Driverless Car of The Future

This rough concept, based on mixing driverless car technology, deeply embedded systems, and a radical design concept (that involves rotating front seats) shows what’s possible for the next generation of automobiles.

It’s pretty straightforward:

Driverless Car Technology

The car is completely driverless, using a mix of radar and GPS technology. This technology is already developed and is in the beta testing phase.

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Embedded Systems

The car has embedded systems (what some now refer to as “The Internet of Things;” They both mean the same thing). It is when technology is seamlessly integrated into everyday objects, so that what you end up with is basically everything being a part of the same massive, connected system. Things like refrigerators, tabletops, or walls are all a part of the system.

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Everything becomes a device, integrating technology to enhance whatever the object is, and since it is all connected, the individual components can be monitored and controlled remotely. There is essentially no difference between your TV, your computer, your smart phone, your wearable technology, a wall on your house with a screen set into it, and eventually, even your (driverless) car.

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Google (and just about every major tech company) is working on ways to do this and bring prices down. This technology becoming the “mainstream” solution for average consumers will mark a revolutionary shift in the way we experience life.

If you are a Star Trek geek like me, think of on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where people on the ship would just say “computer,” no matter where they were, and could perform any function of the computer — right from that very spot. The computer, built into the ship, demonstrates embedded systems at partial capacity. That’s possible within a decade, if all the major players do their part.

Eventually, everything in society becomes connected. This creates an entirely new Minority Report society (with the good aspects, not the bad).

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Radical New Design of Automobiles

Combining driverless technology and the embedded systems, this creates options for automakers that were never conceived of. I’m not saying that this is the way all cars will be like in the future, I am merely suggesting one possibility:

The front seats of the car can rotate to face backwards. Obviously, this option has never been considered before, because now someone needs to be driving the car. However, since that will no longer be needed, it opens up a new option available in future automobiles, actually bringing families closer together.

With the front seats of the car rotated to face backwards, and the driving automatic, a central table or console could be used for various purposes:

For example:

  • A centrally located console could double as a table where the family eats lunch at, together.
  • The car drives itself: a legal wine tasting, anyone?
  • A dual-sided screen mounted there, where the family could watch a movie together.
  • The dual-sided screen could be synced up for displaying the same image on both sides for a movie or TV show that passengers want to watch together, or each side could be used independently.
  • The kids in the backseat are playing a video game, while a parent in the front seat uses their side of the screen to look up something on the Internet, or they work on a project that they would today use a laptop PC for (not if they were driving).

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FYI:  I am NOT an artist and this picture is an extremely rough drawing of the concept car. However, I think it gets the point across about what could be possible in cars soon. With a car like this, it won’t matter if the driver has wearable tech or not, since the car will be doing the driving.

The Future is Coming Soon

These technologies, individually, are in a mere testing and cost reduction phase, so it is not as if anything is that far off from happening. The technology needed for this radical design of a car is available now, it has just never been considered due to the current need for a driver to drive the vehicle. With the driver out of the equation, this concept and a variety of other radical concepts become a realistic possibility.

Technology Removes the Humanity from Society… and Then Brings it Back Better Than Ever

This example proves a major point that I have pushed for a while now that most people have a tough time believing:

For a time, technology will make society less social, individuals glued to their smartphones checking their Social Network updates or playing games. However, once we reach the next phase of technological innovation, we will be able to use technology to not only bring society back together, but enable us to do things together that were never imagined.

Automatic Technology

This is another concept that will evolve as a result of these devices having technology integrated into them. I call it automatic technology: a device’s ability to “know” where  you are and what you are doing, and it intuitively and automatically switches “command” over from one system to another.

Imagine:

  • You wake up, and check the built-in display in the wall for today’s weather.
  • Your refrigerator let’s you know that the milk you purchased on Tuesday is going to expire soon and automatically sends a reminder to the core system.
  • You grab your Google Glasses, which automatically power on upon being touched,  and shuts down the computer system being used on the wall.
  • As you are walking to your car, your brother calls you on your Google Glasses, and allows you to speak to him via earpiece.
  • Once you enter your car, the call automatically shifts to the car’s large screen for a face-to-face chat.
  • The gasses automatically power down to save battery life.
  • When you exit the vehicle, power is automatically restored to the glasses.
  • When you are driving home from work, a reminder pops up on the car’s display, when you pass by the grocery store, that you need to buy more milk.

Technology is a Tool: It Should Work for You, Not the Other Way Around

The examples and possibilities of this are endless. Everything made so that going through every aspect of life is incredibly intuitive, which will make the entire society more productive.

The Future is Closer Than We Think.

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Automatic Technology

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The iPhone

The first major technological innovation was the iPhone, putting the ability to connect with others, listen to music, play games, and surf the web for information all in a person’s fingertips. More than that, it was intuitive to the point a child could use it with ease.

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That invention disrupted everything, and although it achieved extreme success, it also caused problems. People became screen obsessed, staring more at their phones than each other. This caused a normalcy that both separated and connected humanity from each other.

The next benchmark innovation is “automatic technology,” a coin I’ve phrased that encompasses wearable tech, embedded systems, and self-driving cars.

They all go hand in hand to create a seamless experience for the user. Imagine that your entire house, your wearable device, and your car are all apart of the same system. The technology knows where you are and what your doing.

Embedded Systems for Your Home

You are at home in the morning and all of your home is one connected system. You can check your day, listen to music, watch TV, or look up information from anywhere in your house. Screens all connect to the same system.

Wearable Tech

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You are about to leave your house and you pop on your Google glasses or watch and they automatically power on. The system shifts to this mobile mode without you having to do anything.

You go out and can use the wearable tech without having to fiddle with a smart phone. It provides all the functionality of a smartphone that you need, without getting in the way.

Self-Driving Car

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You get in your self-driving car and the system automatically knows to switch to that. You input where you want to go, and it does the grunt work for you. In the meantime, while in your car, you have the same functionality that you have at home. You can watch a movie, make a phone call, or surf the web without thinking about it. Seats could shift so that you can, as a family, watch a movie together. The best part is that it’s 100% safe.

Drinking and driving, testing and driving no longer are things that need to be worried about.

Absolute Integration

Everything is integrated to a level where you just go through your day as normal, and the technology hides in the background.

At your office or at the store there are embedded systems that allow you to link up and have full access to your data, while allowing for unique, customized experiences at each place you go.

Automatic Technology will make smartphones obsolete within the next decade, if not sooner.

Build What’s Next, Not What Is

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Focus On What’s Next, Not What is.

A billion dollar company should take advantage by heavily investing in the development of next generation technology (even more than they now are).

Build what will be popular, not just a slight improvement on what already is popular:

  • Use Android to create wearable personal tech: augmented reality glasses, wrist-based devices.
  • Use Android to power embedded systems, connecting all devices for a seamless experience.
  • Push harder with the self-driving cars to make them a finished product.
  • The auto industry lacks vision and innovation.
  • Why can’t a tech company show them how it’s done?

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Use a human subject to create a quantified self. Define the entire psyche of a person. Test to see how targeted messages can impact behavior.

Allow them to use evil methods on me to extract an unprecedented amount of data. I would represent the customer, on a massive scale. Lock me in a cage and use Neuromarketing to see what you can get me to do. Be really evil to one person, to create a better experience for everyone else.

Have them keep rejecting me to allow their culture. Build a person who understands and appreciates the value of their environment.