“A figment of your imagination? It’s already someone else’s disruptive reality!” Futurist Jim Carroll
Imagine you’ve got about 5 minutes to go on stage. You are scrolling through your Twitter feed while some other speaker begins to wrap up. You’re about to do a keynote for several hundred executives & doctors who work in the orthopaedic industry. You’re keynote will talk about the disruptive ideas that are occurring with the 3D printing of hip & knee replacements.
And then you see a particular Tweet that has a picture of a young kid receiving a 3D printed prosthetic arm!
Suddenly, the future you were going to talk about isn’t quite futuristic enough, because the future is happening at a pace even faster than that you’ve prepared your slide deck for!
That’s the situation I found myself in recently with a recent keynote for the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives.
The tweet I saw mentioned a small initiative called Team Unlimbited – http://www.teamunlimbited.org. They provide free 3D prosthetic hands and arms for children who are born without.
The key fact? It’s basically two guys in a garage, driven by their passion, but who are developing an aspect of the global medical future that will provide profound opportunity for people, & massive disruption for an entire industry.
The plans for the prosthetic arms are ‘open-sourced’, meaning anyone can get involved, simply because the founders believe that the value of the enhancement to the lives of children is more important than the opportunities of a traditional startup.
(Read up on this fascinating initiative on the BBC at https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38290486)
Learn more about the acceleration of ‘human body part science” – its trend #1 of my ’19 Trends for 2019.‘
With that, you have the perfect example of how entire industries are being shaped and changed in dramatic and unforeseen ways.
The research that occurs in this garage, like many other small initiatives, will accelerate the R&D of human body part replacement. It will inspire others to pursue radical concepts in the industry. It will encourage those who think their own ideas are crazy to realize they are not.
It will accelerate the world around us.
That’s our future!