Internet-of-things in medicine
When people are ill, dissatisfied with their physical well-being or trying to improve physical results, they usually consult a medical doctor, highly educated in all human physiology, medicine, and usually an expert in a specific area of tropical diseases, infections or surgery.
What if I told you, we were at the beginning of the next revolution after The Internet and mobile phones? Would you believe me?
The general area of analytical medicine, the interpretation of data points from a patient and the rendering of a diagnosis based on the data, is soon to be taken over by artificial intelligence, trained by doctors, and in the beginning acting under doctoral supervision, but eventually autonomously providing guidance to patients.
We are on a fast-track for this to happen. As biosensors become cheaper, smaller, more durable and increasingly complex, and placed on our skin as bracelets or camouflaged as watches, they assemble megabytes of daily data about our behavior, temperature, skin conductivity, heart rate, and respiration. This data is placed on servers, God-knows-where, and managed and maintained by faceless staff in vast data centers, and re-sold for personal profiling to whoever has money to buy them.
This is the near future outlook and here are some perspectives on how it will affect you and your surroundings.
Being a part of the top 5% of the global population, there will be an emergent social norm to keep healthy. It will save you money on doctor bills, or save society money for treatments, dependent on your country of residence. Nearly all the smokers have been taken care of. Now comes the turn of the overweight, the unhealthy and lazy people that do not exercise enough.
Are you a parent? Do you regularly ride a bicycle? Chances are, you wear a helmet like all responsible parents should. In the case of an accident it’s difficult to take care of your kids with a brain damage. If you don’t wear a helmet, the chances of the survival of your offspring will be at risk. This moves something deep inside our cave-man brains, that is not to be taken lightly. Consider not wearing a health monitoring device, that will increase the odds of your survival, and possibly extend your life with 30 years, by keeping your under close daily monitoring for possible medical issues that can be easily cured if taken care of immediately, but can prove fatal, at a later stage. You might find it silly, but the cave-man inside would find it quite reasonable the wear and use this device, and the attached subscription-based services.
Insurance will vary, dependent on lifestyle. After a good bender Saturday night, your next-day, daily calculated life insurance, will increase as your physical well-being may be quite a lot less that your normal daily average. Personally, this state is prevalent until Tuesday for my part, as my 40th birthday is coming up soon.
Life-long monitoring of a large population will increase scientists’ ability to find cures for many common health issues, such as pancreatic and psychological diseases through close monitoring of external stimuli combined with biometrics.
Irresponsible parents on scooter with daughter
This is the beginning of a long path, some would call it a side-track, but history alone will be the judge of that. A path that will lead us to a life, supervised, guided and extended by artificial intelligence, and a natural step towards the complete human-digital technology symbiosis that started thousands of years ago when the first cave-man figured out that the technology of tools increased his chance of survival, extended his life, and increased the chance of the survival of his offspring.
For the complete one hour talk on this, get in touch and I’ll stop by and inspire cavemen and women in your organization.
Mads Voigt Hingelberg