If there was ever line that seemed to transcend the ages, then William Gibson’s “the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed” would be near the top. It was the unshakable feeling I came away with after watching my fourth year of the Exponential Medicine Conference.
The conference which is live streamed each November showcases the world’s latest medical technology from around the world. Think of it like four 12 hour days of back to back 20 minutes TED Talks on the future of both medicine and humanity. The net of effect leaves one somewhat shell-shocked, from both the be the volume of information but also the ramifications that it will have on humanity – or perhaps I should say the slice of humanity that is able to take advantage of it for the foreseeable future.
The conference is really a technology conference in disguise. That’s because healthcare is gradually becoming a software business. After four years of annual viewing, I’ve seen a steady progression from the ‘that’s cool’ stage to the ‘this might just change the future of the world.’