Apple said to be working on AR glasses

As has been rumoured for a while, Apple seems to be making a play in AR. That’s not surprising, as every major technology business is going to want to play in the AR/VR space.

The interesting question is whether Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality will dominate. There are plenty of pundits who say that AR is much more palatable – it weaves digital content with the real world and therefore will adopted at a rate many times faster than VR. Continue reading “Apple said to be working on AR glasses”

Stem Cells Are Poised to Change Health and Medicine Forever

This is worth reading – concerning the rapid transformation of health & longevity through advancement in stem cell treatments.

Among many other things, it recommends preserving stem cells from the placenta and umbilical cord at birth, and highlights further promise from the introduction of blood from young people into older people (with their permission!).

AI can predict when patients will die from heart failure ‘with 80% accuracy’

There’s a huge amount of AI-related movement within the medical profession. IBM’s Watson is being used to trawl through vast amounts of medical literature using natural language processing, and to subsequently assist doctors to diagnose patients. In the linked article, AI capabilities are being used to predict heart failure. In other articles I’ve seen the steady march of AI towards evaluating medical imagery at a competence level that equals human radiologists. Continue reading “AI can predict when patients will die from heart failure ‘with 80% accuracy’”

What the Pentagon can teach us about innovation

Anyone who knows me will know that I can’t let a good drone story go by without commenting, although this is a (longer than usual) commentary around change management more than it is around drones.

The Pentagon recently announced the successful launch of 103 micro-drones from F-18 jets, and the subsequent intelligent swarm behaviour of these drones. The intention to do this was in the UAV news last year during very early tests. Continue reading “What the Pentagon can teach us about innovation”

CRISPR ‘gene drives’ to destroy entire populations

I’ve previously posted articles around the CRISPR gene editing method. This is a (relatively) simple way to edit genes, and there’s a huge groundswell of research and emerging applications.

In this case, researchers are looking to use CRISPR to destroy entire populations of invasive / non-native species (rats / mice). There was earlier talk of using it to destroy mosquito populations in an effort to avoid mosquito-related diseases. In other applications, it’s used to modify organisms (think bacteria for now) to consume or produce specific substances, or to treat genetic diseases.

CRISPR (and genetic editing more generally) is truly exciting and terrifying at the same time. It’s here in early stages and is moving very very fast.

**September 2018 Update**

Work continues on gene drive technology, and early trials have demonstrated effectiveness. The method will be scaled up and further tested before, likely, being approved for use in the wild.

Exponential graphics

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I always enjoy these articles around advancements in graphics technology and extrapolating it into the future. Our progress to date is both clear and exponential. Combining this with the advancements in AR/VR/MR/screen technology, there’s clearly a time coming where we will ‘cross over’ and actually consume more ‘generated’ visual input than the ‘real’ visual input that we mostly consume today.

This a little less jarring when you consider that your phone / computer / TV are all ‘generated’ visual input already. The continuing trend is likely towards more pervasive, smart/connected, and personalised (vs broadcast) visual input.