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Megatrends for this decade – XXXIII

6. chatbots Chatbots are seen as the ultimate interface between a person and the healthcare system assuring continuous access, anytime, anywhere, to healthcare consultancy. There are already a number of chatbots on the market and more will become available. Some will be provided by independent third parties, other by insurance …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXII

4. body-on-a-chip The development of microfluidic has made possible to duplicate the functionality of living beings by organising living cells on a chip and subjecting them to conditions that replicate the one of those cells in an organ. Once the functionality (and structure) is replicated it becomes possible to change …

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Another year is over …

… A new one just begun. I guess there are many people around that are more than eager to close the door to 2020 and move on. Yet, 2020 has been a “momentous” year not just because it will be remembered for a long time, but also because it set …

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Megatrends for this decade XXXI

The evolution of healthcare in this decade will be sustained by the convergence of several technology areas, each progressing independently from one another under the pressure of demand from several markets: ambient, wearable and implantable sensors There are already millions of wearables in use that monitors some basic physiological parameters. …

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Megatrends for this decade XXX

22. Healthcare in the Cyberspace This Megatrend is likely to land in slightly different ways and at different pace in different Countries (and regions within a Country) but I consider this as unavoidable under the pressure of: steady increase of pro-capita healthcare cost availability of better cure / preventative cure …

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Are you a BIF photo fan? AI is here to help

If you are interested in nature photography you have probably had some (bad) experience in taking photos of birds in flight (BIF for the cognoscenti) and you know how difficult it is to focus on them. Continuous focussing, available today in many cameras surely helps but only to a certain …

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Affordable bionic hand

For quite some time the focus of researchers working on creating an artificial hand/limb has been on functionality, and rightly so. How can we create an artificial hand that can be controlled by the person’s brain via the stump? Researchers have discovered that the brain of a person with an …

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Megatrends for this decade XXIX

21) The vanishing Babel tower This Megatrend is mine and expands the list of the Megatrends I discussed in the previous posts as proposed by Peter Diamandis. It is about technology overcoming languages barrier. There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, although most of them are very …

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… and so this is Christmas

And so it is Christmas once more, but this is a different one for many of us, still looking for a shelter from the pandemic. My thoughts are with all families that have been suffering, both directly and indirectly, with all those that are being affected by the lock-down, emotionally …

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