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Monday, November 30, 2020

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Traditional Operating Rooms are inefficient and overcrowded. Patient data are not integrated and displayed to caregivers in a timely fashion,   and turnover time between cases is lengthy. Technologies designed to impact procedural medicine are often introduced in isolation, usually failing to improve efficiency and safety, or reduce costs.

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Devices are often haphazardly introduced into a technologically complex environment. Integrating high technology components, however, is not   sufficient to achieve the goal of better patient care; teamwork and communication in a high tech environment is equally essential. To address many of these problems, CIMIT pioneered the MGH "Operating Room of the Future" (ORF) project.

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The technological singularity is the hypothetical future emergence of greater-than-human super intelligence through technological means. By promoting the "truth" of its coming through predictions that seem remarkable at the time but inevitable after the fact (a global computer network, a computer beating the chess champion, etc.), Ray Kurzweil's popular series of books reinforces the belief that a singularity is unavoidable.

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The difficult thing to keep sight of when you're talking about the Singularity is that even though it sounds like science fiction, it isn't, no more than a weather forecast is science fiction. It's not a fringe idea; it's a serious hypothesis about the future of life on Earth. There's an intellectual gag reflex that kicks in anytime you try to swallow an idea that involves super-intelligent immortal cyborgs, but suppress it if you can, because while the Singularity appears to be, on the face of it, preposterous, it's an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.

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When soldiers fall wounded on future battlefields, their smart uniforms may instantly report the location of gunshot wounds or even detect traces of nuclear, biological or chemical attacks in blood and sweat. That intelligent clothing could make a lifesaving difference in medical care and give U.S. commanders a sense of battles unfolding as casualties mount.

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The smart uniforms would include medical sensors built into the fabric to monitor the health of U.S. troops, according to a notice issued in the Spring of 2013 by the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Such clothes would not only detect where wounds occurred and how deep they go, but also report a fallen soldier's location with GPS coordinates and pass along other critical information for battlefield medics.  Smart clothing fibers might even "estimate the depth of penetration" from bullets or shrapnel and how they affect surrounding organs.

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From Vincent Callebaut Architects, this impressive project is meant to navigate through the rivers in Europe in order to clean water and make it drinkable. Its name comes from "Physalia physalis", meaning "water bubble".

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It is a project whose idea came from a major global issue which is the fact that one billion people nowadays don't have access to drinking water.

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Norman Joseph Woodland, the man who revolutionized the checkout counter with the invention of the bar code - scanned five-billion times a day - died at the age of 91 in his New Jersey home after suffering Alzheimer's disease.  The original 1952 patent for the bar code favoured a circle - allowing scan from any direction originally sold for $15,000 making the most ever earned by Woodland or co-inventor with Bernard Silver of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores today. 

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Scanned more than five million times a day, instantaneously encoding product data while boosting work production, it was with Norman Joseph Woodland's fingers in the sand that he first invented the revolutionizing bar code.