We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear, the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.
The fourth industrial revolution is building on the third, the digital revolution that has been taking place since the middle of the last century. This new revolution is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, electronic and digital spheres.
This revolution puts technology right at the heart of its catalytic engine and no sector is better placed for change than that of biology and medicine. But what does the future of digital health have in store for us? How will the intersecting realms of technology, medicine and the biological sciences shape our world in 2030? This is the question Global Shapers from across the world are coming together to address in this first of its kind collaborative project on Healthcare.
What is the Global Shapers community?
An Initiative of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to contribute towards their communities. With 6000 Shapers in more than 450 hubs across the World, this community is one of the largest leadership networks of its kind.
This book will represent the voice of the millennials, i.e. the Shapers community within the World Economic Forum. Each chapter will be 2,500 – 2,800 words in length and will be written by an individual or a working group – all selected for their thought leadership within their spheres of medical expertise. The resulting book will be the collaborative effort of more than 40 authors from across the globe.
Reading this publication will allow us to dare to dream big for the opportunities that could be available to us in the future. It will also force us to consider the potential risks, and to be aware of what we need to protect against. The themes covered in the book will include:
- Wearable devices, biological sensors & trackers
- Robotics in surgery, at home and inside our bodies
- Genomics: personalised medicine and biologics
- Chronic disease management: monitoring and treatment, including bionics, stem cells and regenerative medicine
- Telemedicine – remote diagnosis and virtual consults
- Point of care diagnostics – the lab on a chip
- 3D printing – prosthesis and implants
- Artificial intelligence: IoT, the blockchain, health records and data management
- Mental wellbeing: health and happiness
- Virtual reality
- Climate change and public health – water, air and land
- Underwater living habitats
- Space medicine and the journey to Mars
- Sports medicine and performance
- Human intelligence and its augmentation
- Dating, love, reproduction and parenting
- Food, diet and nutrition
- War and conflict on physical and mental health
- Quantum computing – data, imaging, encryption and entanglement
- Art based therapy
- Natural and alternative medicines and the theory of wellbeing
Each author will write about their own story and about what attracted them to this space and the future they are working towards. Whilst this is essentially a science publication, it is also targeted towards the wider community and aimed at inspiring us all to imagine a world in which technology works for us, to create a healthier life of wellbeing.
The aim of this unique publication is to inspire the youth of today to engage in STEM and a career in these areas of research, as well as educate the wider population on what possibilities lie ahead of us, and the work that we can all do in order to shape this future.
The chapter brief:
Imagine you have just woken up in 2030. How do you feel?
Let’s not worry about the feeling of apprehension of waking up 14 years from now. Just imagine what life would be like in your field. Walk down to your hospital, your lab, your office. Say hi to your colleagues whom are all still there. Say hi to your friends and family whom are all still at home. What does their life now look like for the vertical that you have chosen to focus your writing on?
Whether its how their diabetes is being managed, or how drones and autonomous vehicles are interacting with them, or how stem cells have transformed the way we treat diseases. This list goes on. The simple fact is that our digital lives of health and wellness will have been transformed more than we could have imagined. Technology has advanced at a pace outstripping even what Moore would have predicted. What impact has this now had on your field? That’s the leap of imagination we need to take here.
Please write from the heart. Allow us see the world through your eyes. Sometimes the technology may not always be a force for good. CRISPR for example may have been completely exploited in designer humans, the block chain effect on our health records may have removed any hint of secrecy from society of our health complaints, AI and robots may have completely replaced doctors leaving thousands without jobs… its your version of reality. Make it big.
Talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. What does 2030 look like? How did we get here and what happens now? Don’t worry, at the end of this amazing day, you go home to bed. Your head feels heavy, so you pop a nano-robot delivering paracetamol directly to your neurovascular tissue in your forehead and drop off to sleep…..
Key questions to be addressed in each chapter:
- What does the reality of 2030 look like?
- How did we broadly get here? With some mention of where you left off in 2016.
- What leaps of technology have been overcome?
- What risks have been protected against?
- Has the impact of your field benefited mankind, or causing harm/ been abused?
- Have there been any spillover effects of this technology on other industries?
- What does the world look like now because of this technological advancement?
- What have you learnt from being present in 2030?
Marketing/Buy Back potential:
Marcus is in the process of talking to a number of major global companies to explore the possibility of them purchasing a number of copies to circulate to their clients. He is also planning a series of international launch events through the WEF Shaper community to spread the word locally across regions.
With around 40 contributing authors and a Shaper network of 6000 + around the globe Marcus hopes that there will be multiple opportunities to spread the word and generate sales.