Bitcoin and Medicine

All right, confession time. That was a clickbait title. What I really want to talk about is the blockchain technology underlying Bitcoin and its possibilities in health care. Basic definitions first. Blockchain is a public ledger, or database of every transaction conducted stored on it. It is decentralized in that no transaction is controlled by… Continue reading Bitcoin and Medicine

Artificial Intelligence and Medicine

Note: Apologies for not updating in a while. I've been working on a science fiction novel for National Novel Writing Month. Stay tuned, I might show some of it on this blog! Artificial intelligence, or more accurately machine learning, has exploded within the past couple of years. This is not the artificial intelligence of science… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and Medicine

When correlation collides with causation

Recently, an article caught my eye (link) entitled "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" It discusses the possible deleterious effects that smartphones may have on young people, or those born in the mid-1990s. The unique aspect of this cohort is that they were born after the start of the Internet age. For all their lives, they… Continue reading When correlation collides with causation

A Disquiet in the Machine

What greater test for Stoicism is there than addiction? How would you know what is truly in your control when there are external forces that can hijack that control? By now, we know that addiction is just as great a disease as hypertension and diabetes. None are immune to its pull and all are at… Continue reading A Disquiet in the Machine