LABMP 590: Technology and the Future of Medicine

CCIS 1-140, T R 2:00 - 3:20 pm


                             Fall 2015 Schedule for LABMP 590 “Technology and the Future of Medicine” CCIS L1-140, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:20 pm.


Course Prerequisites: None.


Course Goals/aims: The first two lectures provide an orientation to the basic structure and procedures of the course, and the concepts of the future of medicine, medicine writ large , and the technological Singularity. The next two lectures use these concepts to explore entrepreneurship in medicine and also provide an interactive bonding experience for the students so they become a cohesive group that works well together. The next eight lectures provide basic instruction on artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and medical ethics of the future, all key elements in the exponential change which medicine will experience over the next few years. The first 6 weeks of the course through October 15th fill in the basics needed to understand the technology future of medicine, the lectures beyond that then fill in related details in specific areas, quantum biology, the Singularity from the point of view of a surgeon, the question of whether pain and suffering can be eliminated in the future, the technology future as it plays out in resource limited setting in poor countries, the question of whether some of the imagined future is just hype, technology advance and gaming, the promise and perils of biotech - bioterrorism (the one lecture that does not go on YouTube), technology and global citizenship, writing as a technology, privacy of medical information in the future, virtual worlds and health (Second Life), optogenetics and translational medicine, and the state of the course and the future (a self-reflective lecture). Specific objectives for each lecture are given in the second slide in the slide set. The PowerPoint slide sets are available through the course website and Facebook page and as a component of the course videos at


Course Outcomes: By the end of this course students should have a clear idea of various scenarios for the future of medicine from utopia to apocalypse and everything in between, and should be able to define exponential change, the technological Singularity, Moore’s Law, and the concept of medicine writ large. In addition they should have a good grounding in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and medical ethics of the future. They should be comfortable enough with these subjects that they are able to argue the key questions about them from different vantage points and understand widely divergent points of view. A practical positive side effect of the course is that students become comfortable speaking into a microphone during the discussion period and becoming part of the broadcast quality videos.


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For further information:
 Rongjia Liu          or            Kim Solez, M.D.

780-407-8385                      780-710-1644



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