Will your next surgeon be a robot? Can we end aging? What does a wireless band-aid do? These are among the issues addressed at the relaunch of the annual TEDMED, which is “bringing together the top leaders and luminaries from numerous disciplines that intersect the fields of medicine and healthcare,” TEDMED president Marc Hodosh told KurzweilAI.net.
TEDMED speakers include inventor Dean Kamen (“can a prosthesis be better than the real thing?”), pioneering genomic scientist Craig Venter on what we can do with synthetic life, White House special advisor Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D. on reforming healthcare in America, magician David Blaine on the science of holding his breath (for a world record 17 minutes and 4.4 seconds), eProteus CEO Andrew Thompson on a computer chip made from food ingredients in smart pills, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine director Anthony Atala, M.D. on growing bladders and other new organs, and David Sinclair on drugs to treat age-associated diseases.