Melbourne festival off. Great day today in a cold and wet Melbourne. Very excited to meet up the next two days with the many participants, speakers and panelists of the Digital Health festival 2022. For the occasion, I got inspired by the European/French “festival off” tradition and decided to organise a couple of get-togethers, after hours and in parallel with the official festival program. For starters, I will welcome all early founders, including founders so early that they haven’t flicked the switch yet, to a cozy “blues counseling” session.
Regs never sleep. And they can wake you up early. Early in the day and early in the startups life-cycle. When pitching for an early round, it’s tempting to think “Investors at this stage just need 1 slide or 2 to present our classification and a vague regulatory plan. In any case, they can always ask later, during the due diligence”. Experience proves that investors have done their homework:
Groove of the day - Tiro Cruzado - Cross Fire A groovy bassline is the best possible start for a Wednesday. I discovered the track on Remi’s Delirium, an Orbital Radio show, also available here. Released by Sergio Mendes on Brazil 1988. This infectious bassline is from Nathan Watts, who has played on many of Stevie Wonder’s hits and tours. I experienced for the first time with this track the fact that music.
Linkedin, Digital Health and Ethics The development of self driving cars has shine a bright light on the tramway challenge, which has reached meme status. The digital health revolution is no different and has created gazillions of ethical challenges. You can call that a goldmine of ethic questions, if you like your glass half-full or are a professional ethicist. Or you can call it a minefield, if you are an entrepreneur in health tech, or an investor backing such a venture.
I posted this as a Linkedin article - after I started a post and was out of room. After several instances of being temporarily banned from linkedin, I decided to safekeep it here. Nature is a continuous and multidimensional system. Any model based on a discrete classification will necessarily be a dimension-reducing projection, and will create arbitrary and energy-hungry distortions. Justin Kunimune, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons This article started as a comment to this post.
This fascinating article explains very well how pareidolia combined with the fire lit environment of a paleolithic dwelling could have given birth to different forms of pictorial art. The hypothesis is highly relevant and the story is easily envisioned ; the aura of a campfire and its impact on our mental state is undeniable. I’m curious about the statement that (at that time) “huge amounts of time and effort would have gone into finding food, water and shelter, it’s fascinating to think that people still found the time and capacity to create art”.
Random Regulatory fact of the day: Apple is the sponsor of four medical devices in Australia. As expected, two are the two features of the Applewatch that are medical devices in Australia (registered in February and March 2021). Two others are gloves and infrared thermometers that Apple registered as importer at the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Technically, Apple started they #healthtech journey in Australia with thermometers and nitrile gloves.
Brilliant example of Innovation. Moving our energy grids away from fossil fuel comes with many challenges, among them the storage of energy at the yearly/seasonal scale. There are several existing solutions already developed, based on different principles. But pushing these solutions further is raising other, new challenges: using more rare materials creates further environmental damage and generate politico-economic incidents. Some tech may be dangerous at large scale, or too costly, or have a too large footprint.
Selftech Pioneers https://events.humanitix.com/diy-loopers-pioneers-of-self-tech Jasmine Schipp will introduce us to the communities of DIY Loopers and share with us her research on their reasons to choose to use DIY systems, how they navigate the challenges, and the future of this movement. After Jasmine’s presentation, Jon Schull, Anthony DiFranco, Renza Scibilia and I will discuss further the place and scope of this movement within the entire diabete-care ecosystem, and its relationships with other communities of DYI makers, open-source advocates and healthtech enthusiasts.