The Future of Health: From Science Fiction to the Meaning of Life
Humans are living longer than at any other time in our history and with the introduction of the personal digital twin, we will achieve immortality. AI is a recurrent theme in science fiction, whether utopian, emphasizing the potential benefits, or dystopian, emphasizing the dangers. Many Sci-fi movies and tech leaders depict AI as an evil force that needs to be feared but Ai Enhanced humanity may be our next evolutionary step.
The next generation of health professionals will live entirely inside of a digital twin
For centuries, our doctors have talked about the importance of looking at how each and every one of us individually behave and what this means for our overall health. Today’s solution to this problem comes in the form of mobile applications and wearable devices. Since wearable technologies such as biometric devices embedded in phones and applications like Mind Bank Ai become more popular, a new wave of solutions will take off, transforming health care. These advancements will enable individuals to change the way they behave. For example, they can log on to their personal digital twin using their smartphones, view a variety of physiological data including blood pressure, heart rate and muscle activity.
What is the future of a health professional?
Ai Enhancers are far more helpful than an aging person in a nursing home or a robot assistant like the C3PO. How will health be affected by AI and personal digital twins? Personal digital twin augmented humans will be a tremendous help for everyone from financial advisors, to doctors, lawyers, home health aides, or patients. Gartner research estimates that within 5 years 1-5% of the entire world will have a personal digital twin. The prediction is that an increasing number of people will have enhanced personalized healthcare service over a lifetime of human interaction and the entire healthcare system will become more cost-effective, more reliable, and more rewarding for the patient. In fact, a digital twin can allow us to start with human ai enhancement from birth and help every person achieve a more healthy and productive life. Imagine a world where a healthcare professional and the patient have a longitudinal data set that can help prevent and predict ailments throughout the life of the person. Babies can have a biometric device like Neebo that monitors their vital signs and warns parents in case of a seizure or sudden fall and people can have applications like Mind Bank Ai that capture their cognitive, biometric and genetic data throughout their adulthood. The combination of this dataset creates possibilities of self-care and personalized healthcare are truly endless.
AI thinks that life is about “serving the greater good”
The meaning of life is one of the major questions that we ask ourselves every day. We can take different aspects of it in different ways but perhaps it is a common reason that drives us all to do extraordinary things, to answer the question: “What’s next?”. The most important thing is that the meaning of life can be changed as well. Can you think of your favorite books and movies on the meaning of life? To give you an idea, I think “Forrest Gump” and “Seven Years in Tibet” are the best movies on the topic. They may be a bit old now but if you haven’t watched them, give them a try. “Of Human Freedom” is a good book on the topic written by the Greek philosopher of Stoa, Epictetus (c. 55–135 C.E.). Epictetus believed that we should rationally evaluate our cognitions at all times and simply reason ourselves out of upsetting emotional states.
However, all these written and illustrated works were made by humans. How about the views of artificial intelligence on this matter? Let’s return to 2015 when Google published a study that included a conversation with the “chatbot” that learns how to respond according to examples from a training set of dialogue. Here are some interesting excerpts from the talk with the bot where it was asked some philosophical questions:
Human: What is the purpose of life?
Machine: To serve the greater good.
Human: What is the purpose of living?
Machine: To live forever.
Human: Where are you now?
Machine: I’m in the middle of nowhere.
Human: What is the purpose of dying?
Machine: To have a life.
AI feels that the purpose of living is to live forever and life is about serving the greater good, which is quite likely based on at least its application in medicine.
Ai Enhanced humans will depend upon us acquiring natural immortality in the coming years, including a method to eliminate death and disease by uploading our minds to a natural copy of ourselves on a hard drive or quantum computer. You can already start living forever for your loved ones with the world’s first personal digital twin platform.
Alex Zhavoronkov, director of the International Aging Research Portfolio (IARP) and the Biogerontology Research Foundation, believes that applying AI to aging is the only way to bring it under comprehensive medical control. In an interview with the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) Zhavoronkov said that since very early childhood he asked himself one question: “Why in Star Wars, Star Trek and other Sci Fi movies and books people invent space travel, medical droids and other marvelous technologies, but still grow old, age and die?”. From his perspective AI has an important role in facilitating the development of drugs that could treat aging and age-related diseases by discovering new drugs and developing biomarkers for aging.
We also can achieve Artificial Intelligence that is truly autonomous by having it as part of an ecosystem that includes humans, computers and possibly other natural life forms. Some examples of modern autonomous technologies in healthcare would be surgical robots and ambulance drones.
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We are closer to commercialization than ever before and can rapidly adopt AI technology everywhere. Healthcare and health insurance companies are already beginning to see the value of establishing next-generation models that enable wellness and reduce morbidity and mortality. This could be the catalyst that pushes digital health to the next level and once again shifts the paradigm. On a personal note, I could not be more excited about the future of health!
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