Even as the pandemic-struck U.S. economy shrunk by 32% in the first quarter of this year, veterinary medicine saw a different story. Pet ownership soared at a record pace, and public pet supply companies, like Petco, registered increases in sales.
Donna Harris and Karen Rosenthal are both doctors of veterinary medicine and members of The Association of Professional Futurists. They join me for a wide ranging discussion of the future of veterinary medicine and how Covid-19 may be accelerating change in the field.
Richard Dawkins might disagree with Thomas Edison. He’d likely say the purpose of our bodies and our brains is to carry around–and perpetuate– our genes. Increasingly, though, the purpose of body is to carry around our technology and interface it with our brains. Wearable electronics…VR goggles…smart phones…our devices are becoming more than tools. They are merging with our being. Add to this the onrush of emerging BCI (brain-computer interface) technologies and one thing becomes clear. We are becoming what we build.
The IEEE brain initiative seeks to set standards for, and explore the ethics of, many of these technologies. Laura Cabrera is a brain researcher working with the initiative. In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ I talk to her about many issues surrounding the accelerating use of technology to diagnose, treat, and eventually enhance, the brain.
“If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.”–Irwin Redlener
There is no doubt about it. The after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for many years into the future. Healthcare. Economics. Social Interaction. Sports. Politics. Education. Just about everything will feel the effects for the rest of most of our natural lives.
In this, the first of a series looking at various scenarios for a post-pandemic world, we look at urban and social issues. Dr. Cindy Frewen is well qualified to discuss both of these areas. She is a fellow member of the Association of Professional Futurists–she served as its board chair for many years. She is an architect, has a Ph. D. in communication, and teaches social change in the University of Houston’s graduate foresight program. She also was a columnist for the Kansas City Star for many years.
“Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life.”–Alvin Toffler
Join me on Thrusday, February 13 at 12:00PM EST, 5PM GMT for a webinar discussion with three of the 50 contributors to After Shock, as we discuss the book and the 50 year legacy of Alvin Toffler. Panelists will include two previous Seeking Delphi™ guests, Cindy Frewen and Jerome Glenn. One new face–Andrew Curry–will also join us. All three are fellow members of the Association of Professional Futurists. Use this Zoom link to sit in and, if motivated, participate in the Q and A session at the end of the program. https://zoom.us/j/118159454
“A long life is a life well spent.”–Leonardo da Vinci
“The secret to longevity is to keep breathing.”–Sophie Tucker
Join me with Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Foundation, Liz Parrish of Biovivia Sciences, David Wood of the London Futurists, and co-moderator Keith Comito of The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, for an online panel to discuss the social implications of radical longevity extension. “The Dawn of Super-Longevity: Scenarios for a Post-Aging Future.” Thursday January 9 12PM-1:30PM EST. (AM PST, 17:00 GMT) Be early…limited to 100 total participants. https://zoom.us/j/761843875
Will also be streaming on the Seeking Delphi™ YouTube channel.
“The day healthcare can fully embrace AI is the day we have a revolution in terms of cutting costs and improving care.”–Fei-Fei Li
In part two of this 2-part series, Oriana Beaudet and Dan Pesut discuss a healthcare future that includes automation, artificial intelligence and robots. And what about potential disruptive futures that change everything?