LIKE MEDICAL MYSTERIES?

What would you do if you burped 150 times a day?

Very rare conditions like this are hard to treat and many patients are turning to CrowdMed, an online community of case workers. The diagnosis for this patient was ‘supergastric belching’ which led to treatment by a speech pathologist.

There are some 7000 identified rare diseases in the word, each affecting fewer than 200,000 people, so diagnosis can take an average of 5 1/2 years. 

Since launching publicly in April 2013, CrowdMed has helped solve hundreds of medical cases for patients around the world through an easy-to-use online service. Volunteer diagnosticians are students, retired doctors, nurses and laymen who enjoy trying to solve a mystery.

Ever fancy being the solver of medical mysteries? Join the crowd.

PLANET OF THE APPS

"By 2020, almost 80% of every adult on the planet will own a smartphone - a highly sophisticated, really connected, powerful pocket computer to generate wealth.

In New Zealand it will be closer to 95%." 

In his thought provoking talk entitled, Planet of the Apps,  technology futurist,  Mark Pesce discusses how old and new business models are fighting it out and what it means when everyone will have the ability to trade in the palm of their hand. 

 Click here to listen to Mark Pesce's interview  with Kathryn Ryan  on National Radio.

Click here to listen to Mark Pesce's interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio.


NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

According to Jeffrey Katzenberg, the sixty-three-year-old C.E.O. of DreamWorks Animation, "YouTube will be the biggest media platform of any, by far, in the entire world within 5 years." 

 Click here to read "Hollywood and Vine".  How the entertainment industry is seeking the future in viral video.  By Tad Friend.  The New Yorker, Dec 15, 2014.

Click here to read "Hollywood and Vine".  How the entertainment industry is seeking the future in viral video.  By Tad Friend.  The New Yorker, Dec 15, 2014.

We are observing this megatrend and paying close attention to what the insiders are saying...

 "YouTube’s primacy as the place teen-agers go after school is already being challenged, especially by Vine, an app of looping six-second videos that launched last year.

The digital realm is no country for old men; younger, fleeter forms and stars are emerging faster and faster, and you almost can’t trust anyone over thirteen to understand them."