Episode 35: Science Fiction Becomes Science Reality

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Episode 35 CardPeter and Dan discuss awarding the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, which involved designing a portable wireless device that can monitor and diagnose health conditions from the palm of your hand. The prize concept originated during a lunch with Qualcomm’s Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs, a fellow Star Trek fan, when they decided the Tricorder medical device should exist.

In this episode:

  • Peter describes the power of incentive prizes with examples dating back to 1714, including the invention of canned food.
  • Considering the vast amounts of data in the healthcare field, Dan and Peter explain why AI will have a major role in democratizing healthcare, and how an AI diagnosis will ultimately be better than the best human experts in the world.
  • Peter describes the process of awarding a XPRIZE and the roadmap needed to bring technology to market.

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