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The Fascinating Future of Cloud Diagnosis

Via a slightly old article in Good Magazine comes word of a great student project out of Australia called StethoCloud that is aimed at using the receiver on a phone to diagnose pneumonia by capturing the breathing of a potential pneumonia patient and sending that information off to the cloud for analysis.

20 Years from Now, You'll Have Alzheimer's

As part of our Ecosystems of Well-Being map last year, we argued that the increasing importance, as well as the increasingly confusing challenge, of anticipating how today's measures and metrics affect our future health states will be central to shaping health and well-being in the next decade. There are a couple of key challenges with anticipatory health--the first is that, for the most part, we can't anticipate with 100 percent accuracy, but instead, have to operate by understanding fuzzy probabilities of disease.

Anticipating Emergencies

I'm surprised that BabyBeat an algorithmic- and sensor-driven system for detecting and preventing sudden infant death hasn't gained more attention. The prototype system, developed by Tomer Apel and Anava Finesilver of Ben Gurion University, aims to detect subtle shifts in a baby's biometrics and sleeping position that hint at the potential for sudden death.

Three Lessons from Genetics for Thinking about the Future

There have been a lot of great articles looking back at the history of genetic sequencing to mark the ten-year anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome. The path of genetics research has been decidedly, unexpectedly slow--a frustratingly process that also offers some great lessons for thinking about the future.

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