Chance favors the connected mind


In the fast moving digitally connected  and complex world-  our beliefs ,skills,  assumptions , our knowledge is constantly  challenged.  Willing to accept that we need to refresh our knowledge, skills and other matters makes us better positioned to take on any kind of new challenges that come across.

RICHARD GREFÉ  :   “You know, a few years ago, whoever had the knowledge had the power. But today, the power resides in those who have a sense of the way that knowledge flows. And that becomes critical because knowledge is growing at an exponential rate. So what does that mean? That means that for any individual to succeed, has got to go beyond just knowing things. They have to be curious, they have to be thoughtful. And that doesn’t come from social media and that doesn’t come form deep-diving in data. That comes from thoughtful conversations.”

We are in a  era and times that requires us to think differently. 19th and 20th century education has built invisible walls around everything. We are trained to see things, learn , watch and use things individually.  Students are trained to learn subjects individually.    Civil engineers focus more on their subject and less on other engineering branch knowledge and similar is the story with all other branches. Computers science students focus more on software and less on industry’s domain knowledge  which is more vital in today’s market place. There is no one course that combines all these knowledge from different fields and provide us the insights of how interconnected everything is and how to acquire the right knowledge to face today’s smart planet’s requirements to stay successful with the right skills for the rapidly evolving nature of corporate work and society’s cultural shifts.  I always used to stress this point to graduate, post graduate and PhD Students of engineering and MBA to come out of their  specific subject knowledge and look afresh by learning how all the subjects knowledge works together to create solutions and products we use everyday. (Think Apple I Phone’s focus on Design more technology less) . Today Technology has erased the boundaries of  all branches of sciences, agriculture, medical and even changed our daily life habits. Why then are we not understanding that we have to have a open mind and inclination to learn something unrelated to our subject matter?

I get inspired when i look at some smart companies combining cross platform knowledge from different industries and come with a radical design and products. One such company is Dyson. James Dyson is famous for inventing something new that we never think possible.  They don’t hesitate to take inspiration and knowledge from different sources to come up with  new product. Here is a Blades less fan they invented using principles or aerospace fans. Click here to know more http://www.dyson.com/Fans/FansAndHeaters/Fans.aspx

For those who have guts to think differently and achieve something Dyson innovation awards is the platform to take on the challenges. Here is the link

http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/Prize.aspx

Similarly Companies such as Toyota come with some amazing ways of improving quality in their products , minimizing waste in production process and reduce the cost of making high quality products for less.  We already learnt their best practices such as Lean manufacturing, Kan-ban, Kaizan widely implemented in different industries.  They now use a new method called Andon Cord.

” The andon cord is literally a cord that workers can pull – a cord they should pull – any time something in the manufacturing process goes wrong that would compromise the quality of the product or safety of the people. The line stops immediately. Everyone’s attention is turned to the problem. Everyone helps to solve the problem. And the line doesn’t restart until the problem’s been fixed, thus ensuring that zero scrap or defects are allowed to perpetuate.”

http://www.toyotageorgetown.com/qualdex.asp

So innovation don’t need to be complex. we just need to think different.

World’s knowledge levels today (mostly Industry) are so mature that we don’t need PhD’s anymore because industry’s maturity levels are so high that until we think differently and look beyond  PhD’s  knowledge;  sustainable solutions are not possible for the complex problems we face today. Medical field is one such area where sufficient knowledge is not there to solve diseases such as Diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer or parkinson’s etc in spite of having top notch scientists with multiple PhD’s.   The only way to go is look into a different field , combine your subject knowledge with it to create a new idea or a cool product or a new medicine for a deadly disease.

We have different lifestyles than our parents. Youth today are in a constant flux of adopting to new lifestyles with high connectivity to the entire world. Mobile connectivity, social media interactions, crowd sourcing for solving complex problems of the planet,  Internet of things, body connected intelligent sensors, health tracking devices like Nike shoes and many more new technology gadgets allow us to look different , work differently than our predecessors and acquire knowledge differently than what is taught in our colleges today (the good old style).

The reach of internet to every nook and corner of the world allows us to know any kind of information , acquire knowledge and skills needed. Technology as i said above , erased the boundaries of everything and i want you to remove the mental blocks (the artificial silos in your mind)   and train  your mind to look at things differently with a open mind. Today we are connected so closely via social media, tech gadgets that we can collaborate with the world’s  best  on a massive scale that is not possible in a physical form. One of the courses  I’m doing on Coursera ( https://www.coursera.org/course/strategy101)  has 90, 000 students from across the globe. We are learning by doing  , something new but connected to a single platform on coursera No class rooms to go,  only online practicals using technology and internet connection. Cool way of learning something new,  Right?   Colleges and Universities should focus on building Labs to help today’s students to experiment, tinker with tools and gadgets. Otherwise we only produce paper engineers ,  MBA graduates who are just fit to do a service job  , does not provide any competitive advantage to students nor to the country as a whole. Today we should worry that we bring out very insignificant percentage of  cutting edge products to market  in spite of one billion population and large number of PhD’s and Master students.

Do you want to be a listless person or want to impact the world with your knowledge.  Remember the title of this blog  “Chance favors the connected Mind”  That power of Connectivity should become your major weapon to acquire skills needed for 22nd century companies. Many of the problems industry faces will be solved by individuals  from across the planet. This is the future of work. People won’t be working for a single company. There will be problems that need to solved and if you solve it you get paid. That is what will happen in Job markets going forward.

So why waiting. Go get connected with the world’s knowledge. My Previous blogs have several world class resource links to start with . so check them..

As part of this Blog here are some useful links for you to get on the fast track of 22nd century learning… Enjoy and good luck to you..

Learn something new here https://www.coursera.org/  or here https://www.udacity.com/  or here https://www.edx.org/ or from the whole internet which is at your finger tips.

Good luck to you and do not hesitate to reach out to me through your comments in this blog…

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Health Care Industry landscape and opportunities


Health care is the most promising field for innovations. This is the most happening field in today’s business landscape. Top technology companies such as Google (with its Glass and Diabetic testing Google Lens and many more), Apple corps with HealthKit are some examples of how technology and health care are evolving.

A wide array of health innovations are coming to the market. That includes Body wearable’s, Software apps, Smart gadgets to monitor vitals of the body and Data analytics to move towards personalized health services and drug delivery by patient.

I spent time in finding the trends and in my view the following are the present trends in Health care.

  1. Self-tracking of your body vitals 2. Gaming solutions to educate about health and wellbeing, 3. Do it yourselves Gadgets   4. Online and mobile patient services 5. Data driven treatments, 6. Physician to Physician connect 7. Cloud based Medical records 8. Remote support 9. Body implants and their monitoring. 10. Patients to Patients online forums 11. Global Standardizing of Health care records, treatment methods and finally constant improvements of Medical gadgets and personalized health care deliveries.

The future looks promising for all the stakeholders in health care and technology companies who are developing some cutting edge gadgets and solutions. There are several school level competitions (Intel science fair, google Science fair) that are promoting out of the box solutions in developing some fantastic solutions to cancer, diabetic treatments.

I categorized the health care industry solutions, players and provided some sample companies information just as a head start. This is the most dynamic field presently and attracting everyone to pitch in. Check the websites and see if some of them are useful to you.

I wrote a blog on finding alternative medicines for a branded drug here for those who cannot afford expensive medicine https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/sugar-soda-medicines-money-heart-and-your-health/

Medical trainings

http://www.touchsurgery.com/Touch Surgery as a game changing mobile surgical simulator enabling users to practise surgical procedures on their smartphones

http://www.thevisualmd.com/index.php  A rich source of videos and other health care information

http://www.anatomy.tv/tour.aspx another training website for Medical students

https://www.healthtap.com/ A comprehensive health care related website.

Medical devices

http://www.biosense.in/  This company devices that check anaemia and other deficiency of the body.

http://www.janacare.com/ It’s a diagnostic hardware sensor to analyse any fluid — blood, urine, sweat or saliva

https://cue.me/#influenza The device processes biofluid samples in real time, enabling a form of self-diagnosis of diseases.

http://www.withings.com/us/ A smart watch company from France which tracks Body vitals

http://www.artefactgroup.com/content/work/A set of health care devices for various purposes in health care delivery

https://www.scanadu.com/  A product to measure your body vitals and share the information with you and your doctor instantly. (temperature, BP, HeartRate, Oximetry, ECG, HRV, Stress and Urine Analysis)

https://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/health/ Apple’s new Health app gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data. And we’ve created a new tool for developers called HealthKit, which allows all the incredible health and fitness apps to work together, and work harder, for you. It just might be the beginning of a health revolution.

http://ubiome.com/ A gadget to identify the millions of microbes present in our body and provide details about them

http://mysugr.com/ The app provides immediate feedback on diabetics  and helps you stay motivated.

http://www.remedyonglass.com/ wearable technology to enable doctors to record their conversations with patients

http://www.odondevice.org/  The Odon device is a new low cost instrument to deliver the foetus when complications occur during the second stage of labor.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/quitbit/quitbit-the-first-smart-lighter-and-app-to-track-s?ref=discovery Quitbit to track smoking using software app.

http://googleblog.blogspot.in/2014/01/introducing-our-smart-contact-lens.html a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.

http://www.smartmci.com/ Products for disaster related triage and mass casualty equipment.

http://www.medicaldevice-network.com/contractors/wireless/gallery.html a news web on wireless medical devices technologies.

Medical advice

http://nppaindia.nic.in/index1eng.html NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established, inter alia, to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995.

http://senstore.com/  Virtual Nurse to advice on whether a doctor visit is necessary. It is a Andriod app developed using sensors, wireless connectivity and artificial intelligence to enable DIY healthcare for anyone, from anywhere.

http://www.patientslikeme.com/ Compare treatments, symptoms and experiences with people like you and take control of your health

http://www.healthcentral.com/ Provides comprehensive information about all health related topics.

Data analytics

http://ginger.io/ Cutting-edge predictive models developed by MIT scientists and engineers. Their data-driven approach helps unlock patterns in the massive amounts of health data we all generate today

http://www.binatechnologies.com/ Bina is the big data science platform accelerating personalized medicine for researchers and clinicians requiring fast, accurate and scalable genomic analysis.

Medical and drug research

http://dudleylab.org/ A research unit to solve critical challenges in systems Medicine and biomedical informatics by identifying and developing novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches for human disease through integration and analysis of molecular and clinical data, and also perform research to develop and evaluate methods to incorporate genomic sequencing data into clinical practice.

http://www.cureangelman.org/ A foundations that is working to cure Angelman Syndrome.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/aiop-hct052814.php A new way of delivering drugs by designing them as sperms. This tiny sperm-shaped robots could in fact help with in vitro fertilization (IVF) one day, when they’re not delivering your drugs, sorting your cells, cleaning your clogged arteries, or performing other surgical procedures.

Health services

http://www.mydentist.co.in/  Mydentist is India’s largest chain of dental clinics providing high quality & hi-tech dental care services at affordable prices. Prices are transparent and that makes it very attractive for everyone to try this out

http://www.thyrocare.com/ It is the World’s largest thyroid testing laboratory from India.

http://www.credihealth.com/ to provide our clients (domestic & international patients) with information on Indian healthcare providers.

http://www.narayanahealth.org/ A top healthcare provider from India

Medical Philanthropy:

https://watsi.org/ Watsi is a global crowdfunding platform for healthcare that enables anyone to donate as little as $5 to directly fund life-changing medical care for people in need.

Health Talks

http://www.tedmed.com/videos TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine. The result: unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.

Healthcare Competitions

http://www.qualcommtricorderxprize.org/ The XPRIZE developed the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to spur radical innovation in personal health care technology.

http://www.hultprizesix.com/ The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities

Health care news

http://www.who.int/topics/en/World health organization health news from across the world

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2010/itw-ventilator-0715 MIT’s innovations of Health care devices and other news

http://www.medgadget.com/   News on Health care and medical gadgets

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/news/industry/?vnsId=31250 Business wire health news

http://top-topics.thefullwiki.org/Top_open_source_healthcare_software:_All a complete information on healthcare software

http://www.medscape.com/  Health care learning

Health care software

http://openboxes.com/ is a supply chain management system designed to manage drugs and supplies for healthcare facilities in developing countries.

Health care Social activities

http://www.doctorshangout.com/ Promoted by Dr. Subrahmanyam Karuturi  of http://www.karuturi.org/ and our family doctor, it is  online community for Doctors and others to connect and use the platform for learning.

http://www.patient.co.in/ helps you to connect with similar patients like you to share disease experiences, treatment options, and knowledge and give support to each other.

http://www.ghdonline.org/ Improving health care delivery through global collaborations. I registered on this site and contribute my experiences in dealing health technology solutions

 

Facebook timeline as video. Facebook app for finding jobs


This blog will have some interesting things you can do. Come back regularly to check for new cool tools, toys,games and other links  to some useful apps for daily use.

Let me start with your Facebook profile as video..Read further…

Want to have your 2012 facebook timeline as a video. Then go to this website for doing that. http://animoto.com/apps/best-of-2012

Facebook announced a new job app. Use it to find jobs that suit you. https://www.facebook.com/socialjobs/app_417814418282098

Your resume me end up with these websites which are used be employers to find the right candidate. http://www.talentbin.com/ and https://www.path.to/

Social websites such as Facebook, twitter and others are collecting lot’s of your personal information that will be in turn sold to business to market to us back based on our likes and dislikes. The privacy of our life  is lost completely.  To know how companies track us check this website http://www.onomap.org/ and this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/gallery/2012/oct/23/twitter-ehtnicity-london-map?CMP=twt_gu#/?picture=398172423&index=1

Want know how much you are influencing on Facebook and Twitter. check this using the Klout score here.  http://klout.com/home

Want to search apps in ready to use mode on your mobile phones  then use this cool tool http://corp.everything.me/

Google won’t give you good results when you search for mobile apps. Here are some good websites to look for apps https://www.quixey.com/

http://xyo.net/   http://www.appolicious.com/    http://appsfire.com/   http://kinetik.com/ https://api.crosswa.lk/home

By the way there is a APP that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Check this here http://lift.do/ and details about this app here  http://allthingsd.com/20120829/lift-launches-incredibly-simple-personal-motivation-app/

How to fix the world? check here for info http://howtofixtheworld.org/

Facebook access thru your Phone


You can use FACEBOOK even on your most primitive phone without paying for any service plans. Just Dial *325# and login to your facebook account on your phone. Presently this is working on Airtel , TATA Docomo, IDEA and aircel. This service is brought by Fonet with help from FACEBOOK. Facebook is trying to reach the maximum users and India offers it to become a very rich company without much effort with millions of users having mobile phones. The more time we spend on Facebook the more money it makes thru advertisements. This service does not need any internet connection or 3G or 4G services and can also be used on the most primitive phones such as Nokia 1100. As per a report this service by Fonet will charge you one rupee per day for accessing Facebook on your phone.

Disclaimer: Please verify before using this service. We never know what kind of hidden charges and other issues will happen. This blog is just for letting you know what is available  to you. We will not be responsible for any issues with this service.

Foldable TV, Mobile devices


A new OLED design from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology for TV , mobile and computer screen displays is flexible enough to be folded in two like a sheet of paper, and resist the formation of picture-distorting creases for more than 100,000 re-folds. You can read more about this new technology at http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-foldable-crease.html