Coming to a Mall Near You: Personalized Medicine?

Coming to a Mall Near You: Personalized Medicine?

March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014, March 5-7, promises to be a “Carnival of the Future” – a radically creative, playful and challenging approach to the future world we actually want to make. It will feature massively public, evening-long adventures under a big tent showcasing cutting-edge performance and swarming, flying technology along with incisive visions of the future that obliterate the traditional boundaries between engineering, arts, sciences and humanities. Learn more at emerge.asu.edu
 
The theme for Emerge 2014 is “The Future of Me,” for we find ourselves at a challenging intersection:
Individuals have never had so much power – from Edward Snowden challenging nation states, to Bill Gates personally deciding to eradicate polio. Medicine is personalized, learning platforms are personalized, and entrepreneurs run global businesses out of their smartphones.
 
Are we on the verge of the triumph of the individual? Will the future be dominated by systems where self-determination is only a memory? Or, inevitably, is something more complicated afoot? Emerge co-directors and collaborators discuss our theme in the accompanying video for Emerge 2014, “The Future of Me."
 
At the same time, individuals have become nothing more than tiny motes in networked systems that are so staggering in complexity as to be beyond understanding, much less control. The idea of individual human agency seems fanciful in a world of Big Data and ubiquitous surveillance.
 
Emerge 2014 challenges engineers, artists, scientists, designers, story tellers, ethicists, humanists, makers and futurists to explore questions of individuality, autonomy and freedom, as well as control, automation and facelessness.
 
Among the participants are the Biodesign Institute's Cathy Seiler, Ph.D., and Gregg Turnbull. They are hard at work making an interactive kiosk for Emerge 2014 to tackle the theme of: "When Medicine Becomes Extremely Personal."
 
Imagine that at birth, your genome is sequenced, and forever after, disease prevention and treatment is unique to you.
 
Forget routine annual checkups. You now have continuous health feedback through mobile devices and wearables. Imagine a future where this checkup could even be available at your local mall, much like the cholesterol screenings done today. 
 
Biodesign's Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics is making this future reality. Imagine a vastly healthier you, now empowered with the knowledge to transform your life.
 
Emerge 2014 is part of Artlink Phoenix's First Friday, the nation's largest self-guided art walk! We encourage you to travel to Emerge using the Phoenix Metro Light Rail system, using the stop at Roosevelt Street & Central Avenue. For more information on parking, trolleys and other transit options, visit the First Fridays website.
 
See the Future of Me, today! 
 
UPDATE: Good news for those who couldn't attend. Try the virtual simulation of myHealth: http://bits.biodesign.asu.edu/

 

Written by: Joe Caspermeyer