One big reason I wanted to be in the Bay Area for residency was because new ideas can grow and get cultivated here.
Today, I got to step away from clinical duties and momentarily into the world of ideas and innovation at this TEDxSF conference:
Check out the list of speakers: they covered topics including poverty, infectious and chronic diseases, yoga, obesity, mobile technology, gaming, the quantified self movement, women’s empowerment, and more. There was a palpable energy in the room, and I left with renewed optimism and a clearer vision of where medicine is heading.
One of the highlights Vinod Khosla‘s talk, where he argued that 80% of what doctor’s do will soon be able to be computerized. Initially a scary thought!
But honestly, I think I would feel relieved if 80% of what I did were replaced by a computer. It’s the <20% of true doctoring that we do (listening, reassuring, motivating, counseling, relationship-building) that we need more time for, and that I don’t think a computer could ever do very well.