Your Future Doctor’s Visit

It seems we’re all preparing for a future doctor’s visit where we deal more with screens than people. And that might soon be the case in a hectic ER, but if we’re just visiting our general physician, I predict we’ll still be greeted by nurses for the foreseeable future.

I see AI’s march into the medical world starting in one area: Specialists.

Alphabet’s DeepMind just announced its intention to make a product that will be able to scan human eyeballs for disease just as well as any specialist. I can’t imagine skin disorders being too far off after that.

Mole checks, foot fungus, freaky toenails, everything that can receive a “Yep, that’s [blank]” from a doctor will more frequently be handled by your general practitioner. You’ll get fewer recommendations to head to a separate doctor’s office. This might sound like chimes of liberation to those with an HMO!

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Find Your Edges

At a shockingly early age we get pushed towards identity-defining metrics like good grades. High marks become the target for a successful life to children whose life experience measures in the single digits.

Unfortunately, this simplification of our identity leaves many bewildered graduates on the other end of the education system. Diploma clutched in one hand, head scratched by the other.

Hunting for good grades can muddy the vital process of self-discovery, which is arguably the best use of higher education.

College has added value if you can remain adaptive to your own interests. I changed my major three times before landing on what I loved, which required me to admit I was wrong, and then wrong again.

College provided me the time to take classes focused on the edges of my interest. Allowing me to discover at least as much about myself as the facts we were compelled to regurgitate on tests for grades that we’ve lived our entire lives to earn.

Running headlong toward my edges allowed me to find what I loved and what I didn’t, what I’m good at and what I’m not. It helped me understand how I might best fit in the world.

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