Singularity University is proud to present Exponential Medicine, a four-day conference in San Diego to explore upcoming, game-changing technologies and their imminent implications for health and medicine. Singularity Hub readers applying for Exponential Medicine with code 500HUB receive $500 off General Participant tickets.
In the last century, breakthroughs in modern medicine have driven big gains in quality and length of life. Antibiotics, immunization, imaging and radiology, complex surgery, minimally invasive surgery—and more. It’s a long, impressive list.
But what will the next hundred years bring?
The US spends some 18% of gross domestic product on healthcare and yet ranks last on a list of 17 developed countries by outcome. We face an increasing shortage of providers even as the healthcare burden and number of covered Americans is set to grow.
The challenges ahead appear daunting—but there’s reason to believe we can find powerful solutions, perhaps even sooner than imagined. The technological tools at our disposal are advancing as fast or faster than the problems they aim to solve.
Many technologies are developing at an exponential pace.
In 1990, it would have taken millennia to transcribe the human genome. Instead, it took only thirteen years. The technology moved quickly, surprising some, but it was still costly—hundreds of millions of dollars. A decade on? Illumina’s latest sequencing machine can map 18,000 full human genomes per year for $1,000 a genome.
As sequencing costs drop at twice the rate of Moore’s Law, we will likely see sub-$100 genomes in just a few years. This has the potential to bring us true personalized and precision medicine, especially with ‘omics done at scale and the crowdsourcing and advanced analytics applied to these massive datasets.
That’s the promise of exponential technologies—particularly at their convergence.
And of course, it isn’t just genomics. Artificial intelligence, robotics, information and data analytics, regenerative medicine, neuromedicine—these fields are on the exponential track too and will transform health and medicine as we know it.
How will accelerating technologies change healthcare? How can leaders implement today’s innovations to provide better care more cost-effectively tomorrow?
Running November 9-12, the four-day Exponential Medicine conference—Singularity University’s fifth annual program on the future of health and medicine—brings together a carefully curated group of talented faculty and participants to explore the world of exponential technology and reinvent health and medicine for the 21st century.
But what does that look like exactly?
Take Apple’s recently released Apple Watch. There’s little doubt that the device is squarely focusing on health. And it isn’t the first. The Apple Watch joins other smartwatches and fitness bands that use sensors to give users a real-time health dashboard. But this is only the beginning.
As the technology shrinks, health sensors may be embedded in clothing or discrete patches worn on the body. The data these devices collect may be integrated into a ‘check-engine light’ advanced warning system to help provide more continuous and proactive prevention and disease management.
Exponential Medicine participants will explore how maturing wearable and increasingly “inside-able” technologies can motivate patients to make better lifestyle choices for more powerful preventative care, help doctors spot anomalies for earlier diagnoses, and manage more feedback loop driven therapeutics.
Of course, the more data we have, the better our analytical tools need to be. To bring utility to the slew of body monitoring data, rapidly advancing artificial intelligence may have an answer. Learn how intelligent software can take the impending digital flood of health information and make it both intelligible and insightful—empowering patients and practitioners alike.
Find out how robotic surgeons are already being used to make major operations minimally invasive; enter a world where 3D-printed tissues and organs and stem cell therapies promise to better maintain or repair our bodies; see how detailed genetic and biological information can drive therapies personalized to individual patients.
Kevin Noble, senior director of commercial strategy at Exponential Medicine sponsor and biotechnology pioneer Genentech, says, “The Exponential Medicine conference provides both early exposure to the potentially disruptive technologies that will shape the future of medicine and patient care, and the forum for deep discussion with leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.”
This year’s event offers a packed lineup of thought leaders in tech and medicine including Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil, Intuitive Surgical’s Catherine Mohr, Harvard’s Isaac Kohane, UCSF’s Laura Esserman and Jeff Olgin, SENS Foundation’s Aubrey de Grey—and many more. (Go here for a full roster speakers and bios.)
The faculty is world class, but so are the participants.
Exponential Medicine participants bring along diverse accomplishments and rich experience. And the real magic is in the mixing and merging of ideas from different areas of expertise to create solutions that are altogether new and often surprising.
Steven Johnson says, “The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.”
Singularity University’s faculty chair for medicine, Dr. Daniel Kraft, is again chairing and curating the conference (check out Daniel’s perspectives on Medicine in 2064 here).
“Unlike most medical meetings, which are relatively siloed by medical speciality,” Kraft says, “What we have found most remarkable since our first cross-disciplinary programs is the mashup of forward-thinking innovators (many from outside of traditional biomedicine) who when exposed to exponential technologies, disruptive mindsets, and the many challenges in healthcare, are coming together with clinicians, pharma, the device world, and even payors and regulators, to drive impactful new thinking and innovations which are hitting the clinic sooner than most would have imagined possible.”
The venue—San Diego’s Hotel Del Coronado (the oldest and most iconic resort on West Coast)—facilitates an intimate and inspiring mix of innovation and ideas between participants and faculty alike. Talks are held in the main ballroom, while technology demos and networking happen in the extraordinary Crown Room. There are breakout sessions, workshops, meals, and entertainment throughout the hotel, on the main lawn, even on the beach itself.
The pace of progress is accelerating. As Peter Diamandis says, “The only constant is change.” The question is: Do you want to be proactive or reactive?
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