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Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100. In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilara...ting vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics. In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism. Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically. In space, radically new ships—needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the push of a button. But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper? All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.
Jim Parsons Is A Talented Doctor, Skilled At The Most Advanced Medical Techniques And Dedicated To Saving Lives. But After A Bizarre Road Accident Leaves Him Hundreds Of Years In The Future, Parsons I...s Horrified To Discover An Incredibly Advanced Civilization That Zealously Embraces Death.--back Cover. Philip K. Dick.
Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again
Despite Having Access To More Resources Than Ever, Our Doctors Are Overloaded With Demands For Their Time And Expertise. In Deep Medicine, Leading Physician Eric Topol Shows How Artificial Intelligenc...e Can Help. Natural-language Processing Can Record Our Doctor's Notes, Make Sense Of Our Medical Histories, And Read More Deeply Into The Scientific Literature Than Any Human Ever Could. Deep-learning Algorithms -- Applied To Wearable Sensors, Genomic Information, Blood Work, Scans, And All Of Our Medical Data -- Can Create Bespoke Treatment Plans. And Virtual Medical Assistants, Powered By Personalized Ai, Can Provide Us With Coaching To Promote Our Health, Shape Our Diet, And Even Prevent Illness. Bust Most Importantly, By Freeing Physicians From The Tasks That Interfere With Human Connection, Ai Will Give Doctors The Gift Of Time -- To Restore The Care In Healthcare. Innovative, Provocative, And Hopeful, Deep Medicine Shows Us How The Awesome Power Of Ai Can Make Medicine Better, And Reveals The Paradox That Machines Can Make Humans Healthier -- And More Human-- Introduction To Deep Medicine -- Shallow Medicine -- Medical Diagnosis -- The Skinny On Deep Learning -- Deep Liabilities -- Doctors And Patterns -- Clinicians Without Patterns -- Mental Health -- Ai And Health Systems -- Deep Discovery -- Deep Diet -- The Virtual Medical Assistant -- Deep Empathy. Eric Topol. Includes Bibliographical References (pages 313-355) And Index.
The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
A Professor Of Medicine Reveals How Technology Like Wireless Internet, Individual Data, And Personal Genomics Can Be Used To Save Lives. Part I. Setting The Foundation. 1. The Digital Landscape : Cult...ivating A Data-driven, Participatory Culture -- 2. The Orientation Of Medicine Today : Population Versus Individual -- 3. To What Extent Are Consumers Empowered? : Clicks And Tricks -- Part Ii. Capturing The Data. 4. Physiology : Wireless Sensors -- 5. Biology : Sequencing The Genome -- 6. Anatomy : From Imaging To Printing Organs -- 7. Electronic Health Records And Health Information Technology -- 8. The Convergence Of Human Data Capture -- Part Iii. The Impact Of Homo Digitus. 9. Doctors With Plasticity? -- 10. Rebooting The Life Science Industry -- 11. Homo Digitus And The Individual. Eric Topol. Includes Bibliographical References And Index.
The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age
The New York Times Science Bestseller from Robert Wachter, Modern Healthcare’s #1 Most Influential Physician-Executive in the US While modern medicine produces miracles, it also delivers care that is ...too often unsafe, unreliable, unsatisfying, and impossibly expensive. For the past few decades, technology has been touted as the cure for all of healthcare’s ills. But medicine stubbornly resisted computerization – until now. Over the past five years, thanks largely to billions of dollars in federal incentives, healthcare has finally gone digital. Yet once clinicians started using computers to actually deliver care, it dawned on them that something was deeply wrong. Why were doctors no longer making eye contact with their patients? How could one of America’s leading hospitals give a teenager a 39-fold overdose of a common antibiotic, despite a state-of-the-art computerized prescribing system? How could a recruiting ad for physicians tout the absence of an electronic medical record as a major selling point? Logically enough, we’ve pinned the problems on clunky software, flawed implementations, absurd regulations, and bad karma. It was all of those things, but it was also something far more complicated. And far more interesting . . . Written with a rare combination of compelling stories and hard-hitting analysis by one of the nation’s most thoughtful physicians, The Digital Doctor examines healthcare at the dawn of its computer age. It tackles the hard questions, from how technology is changing care at the bedside to whether government intervention has been useful or destructive. And it does so with clarity, insight, humor, and compassion. Ultimately, it is a hopeful story. "We need to recognize that computers in healthcare don’t simply replace my doctor’s scrawl with Helvetica 12," writes the author Dr. Robert Wachter. "Instead, they transform the work, the people who do it, and their relationships with each other and with patients. . . . Sure, we should have thought of this sooner. But it’s not too late to get it right." This riveting book offers the prescription for getting it right, making it essential reading for everyone – patient and provider alike – who cares about our healthcare system.
Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World
In This Book, The Author Tells The Hidden Stories Of History's Most Amazing Medical Discoveries. This Isn't Dry History: These Are Life And Death Mysteries Uncovered, Tales Of Passionate, Often Mocked... Individuals Who Stood Their Ground And Were Proven Right; They Include A Colorful Cast Of Characters Whose Discoveries Were Often Driven Not Only By Personal Tragedy, Curiosity, And Hard Work, But Also Petty Bickering, Dumb Luck, And A Healthy Dose Of Humor. From Germs To Genetics, The Ancient Hippocrates To The Cutting Edge, These Are Events That Have Changed The World, And Saved Lives. He Discusses Ten World Changing Revolutions In Medicine And The Human Discoveries That Made Them Possible, The Stories Behind Antibiotics, Vaccines, Dna, X-rays, And More. He Relates What Happened, How It Happened, And What It Means Today. Revolutionary Medical Breakthroughs Like These Haven't Just Changed The Way We Treat Disease, They Have Transformed How We Understand Ourselves And The World We Live In. The World's First Physician : Hippocrates And The Discovery Of Medicine -- How Cholera Saved Civilization : The Discovery Of Sanitation -- Invisible Invaders : The Discovery Of Germs And How They Cause Disease -- For The Relief Of Unbearable Pain : The Discovery Of Anesthesia -- I'm Looking Through You : The Discovery Of X-rays -- The Scratch That Saved A Million Lives : The Discovery Of Vaccines -- From Ancient Molds To Modern Miracles : The Discovery Of Antibiotics -- Breaking God's Code : The Discovery Of Heredity, Genetics, And Dna -- Medicines For The Mind : The Discovery Of Drugs For Madness, Sadness, And Fear -- A Return To Tradition : The Rediscovery Of Alternative Medicine -- Epilogue. Jon Queijo. Includes Bibliographical References (p. 261-278) And Index.
The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century
A brilliant ensemble of the world’s most visionary scientists provides twenty-five original never-before-published essays about the advances in science and technology that we may see within our ...lifetimes.Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Paul Davies examines the likelihood that by the year 2050 we will be able to establish a continuing human presence on Mars. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi investigates the ramifications of engineering high-IQ, geneticially happy babies. Psychiatrist Nancy Etcoff explains current research into the creation of emotion-sensing jewelry that could gauge our moods and tell us when to take an anti-depressant pill. And evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explores the probability that we will soon be able to obtain a genome printout that predicts our natural end for the same cost as a chest x-ray. (Will we want to read it? And will insurance companies and governments have access to it?) This fascinating and unprecedented book explores not only the practical possibilities of the near future, but also the social and political ramifications of the developments of the strange new world to come.Also includes original essays by:Lee Smolin Martin Rees Ian Stewart Brian Goodwin Marc D. Hauser Alison Gopnik Paul Bloom Geoffrey Miller Robert M. Sapolsky Steven Strogatz Stuart Kauffman John H. Holland Rodney Brooks Peter Atkins Roger C. Schank Jaron Lanier David Gelernter Joseph LeDoux Judith Rich Harris Samuel Barondes Paul W. Ewald Publishers Weekly Agent Brockman has collected 25 of his writers to discuss the future of science in their respective fields of study. Several of these writers surpass ordinary trend spotting to entertain some rather pulse-quickening ideas completely beyond the kin of the so-called dominant paradigm. And some are of a magnitude to radically advance the nature of humans' interaction with each other, the planet and beyond. The neurologist Robert Sapolsky, for example, posits that sadness will take its place alongside AIDS and Alzheimer's as the most notorious medical disasters of the next half-century. Brockman, who is also an author-editor (The Third Culture; The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, etc.), divides his collection into two parts: the future in theory and the future in practice. Theoretical topics include cosmology, what it means to be alive, the nature of consciousness and the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence. Mars exploration, DNA sequencing, neuroscience, child rearing and the like are addressed in the practical half. These essays can be quite technical, intended as they are to make the latest scientific information available for cross-disciplinary research. The intellectual adventures collected here point to a future that is dazzlingly bright, at least to the eyes of these unorthodox thinkers. The general public, for whom these essays are also written, should be similarly bedazzled. (May 21) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Doctors: The Biography of Medicine
How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as r...enowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth.Through the centuries, the men and women Who have shaped the world of medicine have been not only very human people but also very much the products of their own times and places. Presenting compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers, Doctors gives us the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine — told through the lives of the physician-scientists whose deeds and determination paved the way. Ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original "blue baby" operation, here is a volume filled with the spirit of ideas and the thrill of discovery. Says The New York Times, "Doctors can be warmly recommended. Dr. Nuland succeeds in bringing his subjects vividly to life, and he leaves you with a much better understanding of what they achieved." Publishers Weekly To tell the story of medicine since Hippocrates and Galen, Nuland, a surgeon and faculty member of the Yale School of Medicine, focuses on the personalities and careers of medical innovators since the 16th century who epitomized the scientific climate and culture of their period. His enthusiastic and anecdote-rich narrative ranges from Vesalius, whose magnificently illustrated text on anatomy reflected the Renaissance rediscovery of the human body, to Barnard's high-tech heart transplants and other organ-replacement surgery of today. Medical landmarks include Harvey's charting of the circulatory system, Laennec's invention of the diagnostic stethoscope, and the discovery of germs and antisepsis by Pasteur and Lister. Nuland also notes contributions by Americans (Halsted and Cushing among them), as well as advances in transfusions, anesthesia, medical training and surgery. Having documented the transition of doctors from personal healers to reductionist technicians concerned primarily with disease, he welcomes efforts by today's physicians to return to a more humanistic approach. (May)
Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge
Eighteen Of The Top Young Scientists At Work Today Present For The Lay Reader The Latest Developments In The Fields Of Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience, Genetic Engineering, And Climate Science--...provided By Publisher. On The Coming Age Of Ocean Exploration / Kevin P. Hand -- Children's Helping Hands / Felix Warneken -- Molecular Cut And Paste : The New Generation Of Biological Tools / William Mcewan -- Next Step : Infinity / Anthony Aguirre -- Nurture, Nature, And The Stress That Is Life / Daniela Kaufer And Darlene Francis -- What Can Huge Data Sets Teach Us About Society And Ourselves? / Jon Kleinberg -- On The Universality Of Attractiveness / Coren Apicella -- To Err Is Primate / Laurie R. Santos -- Our Brains Know Why We Do What We Do / Samuel M. Mcclure -- Is Shame Necessary? / Jennifer Jacquet -- Plant Immunity In A Changing World / Kirsten Bomblies -- The Emergence Of Human Audiovisual Communication / Asif A. Ghazanfar -- Why Rejection Hurts / Naomi I. Eisenberger -- Finding The Mind In The Body / Joshua Knobe -- Should The Law Depend On Luck? / Fiery Cushman -- How We Read People's Moral Minds / Liane Young -- How Odd I Am! / Daniel Haun -- Where Does Human Diversity Come From? / Joan Y. Chiao. Edited And With A Preface By Max Brockman. A Vintage Original--t.p. Verso. Editor Max Brockman Introduces The Work Of Some Of Today's Brightest And Most Innovative Young Scientists In This Fascinating And Exciting Collection Of Writings That Describe The Very Boundaries Of Our Knowledge. Future Science Features Nineteen Young Scientists, Most Of Whom Are Presenting Their Innovative Work And Ideas To A General Audience For The First Time. Featured In This Collection Are William Mcewan, A Virologist, Discussing His Research Into The Biology Of Antiviral Immunity; Naomi Eisenberger, A Neuroscientist, Wondering How Social Rejection Affects Us Physically; Jon Kleinberg, A Computer Scientist, Showing What Massive Datasets Can Teach Us About Society And Ourselves; And Anthony Aguirre, A Physicist, Who Gives Readers A Tantalizing Glimpse Of Infinity-- Provided By Publisher. Includes Bibliographical References.
Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine
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