October 19, 2019 0

10 Futuristic Predictions That Actually Came True – The Medical Futurist


We love to talk about new innovations and
revolutionary technologies of the future. But to prove that we’re already living in
the future, let’s take a look at 10 futuristic prediction that already came true. Number One: 3D printed prosthetics 3D printing made huge waves in recent years,
and now it’s revolutionizing the prosthetics market. It provides less expensive and more
customizable prosthetics for the wearer, and jumpstarted a do it yourself revolution for
assistive devices. Number Two: Augmented Reality in medical education
With technologies like the Google Glass or the Microsoft Hololens, augmented reality
has many real world applications, but the one we’re most interested in is medical
education. Even today at places like the Cleveland Clinic, it transforms how students learn about
the human body. Number Three: Microchip under the skin Lately, thousands of people in Sweden started
to embed microchips under their skin to replace ID cards. But from there, it’s only one
stop for our wearable health sensors to move inside our body. And we don’t even need
chips for that. Digital tattoos can act as mini-labs. Number Four: Medical drones Medical drone companies like Zipline are already
revolutionizing drug delivery, even in third world countries like Rwanda. In future medical
emergencies, where urgent response will be necessary, drones will mean the fastest answer.
They will fly the extra mile in delivering drugs, vaccines, blood and even organs. Number Five: Bioprinted tissues We’ve talked about 3D printing prosthetics,
but we had the first successful bioprinting of tissues as well. First, it will revolutionize
drug testing, and in the future, if we can bioprint organs, it can eradicate transplantation
waiting lists as well. Number Six: Food sensors Food allergies can torment a person’s life,
and for some of them, an allergic reaction can have life-threatening consequences. But
with food sensors like Nima’s peanut and gluten sensor, they can finaly have the power
to know what’s in their food. Number Seven: Digital twins to test treatments: Digital twins mean that we can build personalized
models for patients, creating a virtual patient. With that method we can safely test treatment
and healthcare can be tailored to on the responses of individual patients. Number Eight: Deep learning in the clinics At this point, we all kinda know that artificial
intelligence will change healthcare as we know it. From mining medical records, to assisting
in diagnostics and designing specific treatment plans, AI and deep learning has probably the
biggest potential for major breakthroughs in healthcare. Number Nine: Connecting minds through a computer It’s probably the most sci-fi idea of these,
but a few years ago, a team from the University of Washington developed the first successful
demonstration of a “multi-person, non-invasive, direct, brain-to-brain interaction. They say,
connected brains have the possibility of producing innovative and creative solutions to humanity’s
most important scientific problems. Number Ten: Portable ultrasounds Portable ultrasounds like the Philips Lumify
or the Clarius scanner, were once seemed impossible. Ultrasound machine were usually huge, expensive
machines. But technology broke through and with these new scanner we have the possibility
to take patient care right where it’s needed, while offering the same quality far from the
hospitals. So these are the ten predictions, that already
came true in healthcare. If you know more, tell us in the comments, and if you want to
know more about these subjects, check out our in-depth videos about them.

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