My Big 5 of inspiration within the last view days

Following the most important trends of our time, wich will disrupt nearly any of our businesses and change the way we live

1. Personal Health Care: Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

FINAL FRONTIER MEDICAL DEVICES AND DYNAMICAL BIOMARKERS GROUP DEVELOP THE FIRST CONSUMER-FOCUSED, MOBILE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICES INSPIRED BY THE MEDICAL TRICORDER OF STAR TREK®

What? If I had not listened to the Exponential Wisdom Podcast (by Peter Diamandis and Dan Sullivan) this morning, I really had to read this twice.

This post will cover the following questions:

  1. What is XPRIZE?
  2. What is a tricorder? How does the prototypes look like and how do the function?
  3. What kind of impact those two prototypes might have on health care?

XPRIZE

“We are the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. We believe that inherent to every individual on the planet is a creative, entrepreneurial and inventive spirit, and as a global community — or crowd — we can activate this ingenuity and create innovation to collectively solve the Earth’s most pressing problems.”

XPRIZE was founded by Peter Diamandis decades ago.

TRICORDER AND PROTOTYPES

Nearly everybody knows the Star Trek medical tricorder. This little device wich is used for immediate medical diagnostics in the famous science fiction series and movies.

Star Trek Medical Tricorder with its features I Source: Trekships

Now, the two winning teams (of the 300 participants) of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE build real life prototypes wich are inspired by the Star Trek device.

The winner team Final Frontier Medical Devices was announced the highest performing team and received $2.5M. They build DxtER wich is spelled Dexter.

DxtER, Final Frontier Medical Devices’ tricorder prototype​ I Source: XPRIZE

Here is the video how DxtER functions, how its put together and who is the great team behind.

Dynamical Biomarkers Group from Taiwan and backed by HTC received $1M for their 2nd place. This is the prototype they build.

Dynamical Biomarkers Group’s tricorder prototype I Source: XPRIZE

And here is their video introduction:

IMPACT

The impact of those two devices will hopefully dramatically change health care across the globe. There are millions of people wich have no access to health care systems — in developed countries by political hurdles, in undeveloped countries by overpopulation, missing education or just by living in remote areas (even in the west). They literally aren’t able to see a doctor who just does even the basic checks for diagnosing a flu at a baby. On the other hand, doctors in modern ERs could work much faster and efficient with the use of AI.

There is where the two prototypes come in. If they are going to be democratized by digitalization and dematerialized by sinking technical costs they will be abundant and in every single home like a smartphone or tablet today. Through direct funding to undeveloped or very remote areas (maybe in Tibet) they could really lift the standards of living there.

Those two high end and very disruptive innovations will put medical diagnostics tomorrow in everybody's hands.

2. Innovation: “Fire your experts”

Isn’t that a catching subject line? Yeah. And the newsletter behind delivers always insights. It’s from one of Peter Diamandis newsletters where he lifts secrets of the abundance mindset.

The latest edition he closes of with a quote by Henry Ford, wich feels to me like if Ford was able to hit the nail of innovation with a demolition hammer.

“None of our men are ‘experts.’ We have most unfortunately found it necessary to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert because no one ever considers himself expert if he really knows his job. A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficient he is. Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the ‘expert’ state of mind a great number of things become impossible.” Henry Ford

3. AI / IoT / Smart Home: Amazon Echo Show

I am so thrilled by this new service/product Amazon is designing around it’s Alexa AI (Artificial Intelligence), that I wrote a post recently:

Or just check out the video announcement about echo show:

4. News Service: Wikitribune Evidence-based Journalism

Source: Product Hunt

Last week the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales announced “to fix the news”, with his new crowdsourced and crowdfunded service Wikitribune. It works a bit like Wikipedia, the crowd/community is the key for just fact-based news:

  • No ads, no paywall
  • Community-powered, just like Wikipedia
  • Authored and fact-checked by professional journalists

For me as a news addict, definately a network I’m going to check out.

The thing with the news today is, you really have to make up your own mind on the facts, by doing research on two things: 1st the facts you think wich are real and 2nd your own mind. May Wikitribune help and have an real impact!

5. Fitness / Body Hacking: Dr. Rhonda Patrick

I am currently hearing the episode of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast with Dr. Rhonda Patrick:

It literally it blows me away in the car every morning during my commute. I am even enjoying traffic jams (Elon will disrupt them soon) to just keep on listening.

If you are interested in improving your performance, health, strength, endurance and your brain, firing neurons like a heavy machine gun, this episode is truly for you.

As always, please share your thoughts an hit the response Box.