“What we did for heart health in the 20th century, we can do for brain health in the 21st century!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
19 Trends for 2019 – and today, #4: The Acceleration of Brain Health Science!
Maybe we will figure out how to put our mind inside a yottabit ball! Stick with me on this one!
One of the most significant challenges of our time has to do with seniors care – simply put, we are going to live longer, but not very well within our minds.
The numbers are staggering. In the US alone, the number of Alzheimer’s patients is set to triple to 16 million by 2050. The typical Alzheimer patient is disabled for 9 to 20 years – and this will increase to 40- to 50 years as medical advances continue and life expectancy continues to grow. We are set to see a 10X increase in the cost of care. The same trend is accelerating worldwide – it is most pronounced in Japan, the epicentre of aging research.
We need big thinking to deal with the scope of the challenge!
How might it come about? Maybe through the acceleration of the science of brain-health technology, my 4th trend to watch in 2019.
How might we do it? Perhaps through the marriage of our mind to computer tech through Human-Computer Interface technology.
And in fact, as I spoke about on stage at the World Government Summit in Dubai, we might end up combining the science of data storage with optical science – and take advantage of the fact that we have learned how to stop light in tracks!
In doing so, maybe we can put our mind inside a yottabit ball!
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