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This story may seem unbelievable at first, but it is true. A 21-year-old Army soldier was in a car accident which caused her severe bodily harm. In addition to numerous wounds, her ear was severed. Army plastic surgeons did an amazing total ear reconstruction. They harvested cartilage from the soldier’s ribs. Then they carved a new ear from the cartilage, which was then placed under the skin of the forearm to allow the ear to grow. The ear was then transplanted to the soldier’s head. …

I have gotten quite a few email and social media questions about why I auctioning my home. It starts back in 2001 when my wife and I designed the home with an architect, landscape architect, and home automation consultant. We wanted the new home to be beautiful but full of advanced infrastructure and technology. I said I would live there forever. Things change. The big change is with children. We are blessed to have four of them. They loved to visit the Whipstick house at holiday times. The pool table, kitchen, and 102-inch theatre got plenty of use. However, as…

Most seniors fear falling more than disease. Hospitals fear falls also. Between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall in hospitals each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.[i] Most patients who fall are not seriously injured, but the cost of one-third of falls resulting in a serious fall-related injury is more than $13,000, and the patient’s length of stay increases by an average of 6.27 days.[ii] In 2015, medical costs for falls in the U.S. totaled more than $50 billion.[iii]

Qventus, Inc., a Mountain View, California, technology startup is determined to reduce the number of falls in…

Regulation is needed in many areas, like banking and healthcare. Sometimes, however, regulators get carried away, and strangle innovation with too much regulation. This almost happened with Bitcoin. The regulation we need I call light regulation. In 1995, I was Chairman of the Global Internet Project. The board and I traveled around the world meeting with government leaders and policy makers to convince them not to regulate the Internet. The Internet was an infant then, and we were concerned the growth and development of the Internet would be strangled with too much regulation. The U.S. Congress was clueless about the…

AI will have a major impact in all industries and all aspects of our lives. However, one of the most profound may turn out to be in healthcare. Delivery of safe, high quality, affordable healthcare is a large challenge, but AI can provide assistance in many areas. For example, consider the ubiquitous stethoscope.

Connor Landsgraf, CEO of San Francisco startup Eko Devices, believes it is time to upgrade the stethoscope, which he pointed out has not changed since the 1880s. He claims many physicians do not get adequate training on how to interpret the sounds they hear with a classic…

I hope things change, but at the moment, I would have to say it seems China is getting ahead of us in many ways. In the Axios newsletter, which I read every day to keep on top of strategic happenings, there was a story about JD.com, a gigantic Chinese e-commerce company. The story said, “JD.com has built a big new Shanghai fulfillment center that can organize, pack and ship 200,000 orders a day. It employs four people — all of whom service the robots.” In addition to smart warehouses, the company is working on self-driving trucks and drones to deliver…

OCLC, the global library cooperative, helps thousands of the libraries around the world make information more useful and accessible. Libraries and OCLC believe what is known must be shared, and working together, they make breakthroughs possible. The business portion of the European trip all took place in Amsterdam. Amsterdam, with a population approaching one million, is the Netherlands’ capital. The beautiful city is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses with gabled facades. The unique features are legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. We were fortunate go have guided tours of the incredible Van Gogh…

Graduating from engineering school and joining IBM were just two things of thousands which happened 51 years ago. Another was the beginning of OCLC. Over the decades the name of the organization has changed a number of times. Like IBM, Apple, and many other companies, the full original name has changed to something simpler and easy to remember. Most important is what it does, not what it is called. When it comes to OCLC, the libraries of the world know what it does. Libraries connect people to the information they need to solve problems. OCLC, the global library cooperative, helps…

There are 2.5 doctors for every 1,000 people in the United States. In China, there are 1.5. While artificial intelligence (AI) is being developed all around the world, China has the most urgency behind their research and development. Computerized medical diagnosis is part of China’s grand plan to fully embrace AI by 2020. China is likely to lead the race, in part because Chinese doctors are keen to automate their most repetitive procedures and there is less concern in China about the use of data. AI technology may not flourish as fast in the U.S. …

Dr. John R. Patrick presented his thoughts about how “attitude” shapes our approach to technology and how we use it. He has long recognized that our “attitude” affects whether we embrace technology and use it effectively … or overlook the opportunities that it offers.

John has written four books that all revolve around “attitude”, and he is currently writing a fifth book. In each book, he analyzes a particular field, such as the internet. He reviews how we currently utilize technology in that field, and he describes how we can better utilize existing technology and develop new products.

In this…

John R. Patrick, DHA

Author, director, and investor. Holds degrees in engineering, management, law, and health administration. New books: Home Attitude and Election Attitude

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