'The technology industry will take over medicine'
Tech & health: Future perfect
The world is expecting more medical advances in the next decade than happened in the past century
Steve Austin, better known as the Six Million Dollar Man from the 1974 series of the same name, was on the brink of death after his spaceship crashed in the iconic TV show. A cutting-edge operation using bionic implants saved his life — and gave him bionic strength and artificially enhanced gifts. The show had all the makings of a gripping superhero action series. But that reality — artificial organs and limbs, not bionic strength — is suddenly not as far-fetched as it sounds. Technology has come so far that it can now be harnessed to replicate body parts. Anyone, anywhere can solve a problem or build a medical device that can cure diseases, says Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Speaking to website Futurism, he says: "The technology industry will take over medicine." Already, global tech firms such as Google, Facebook and IBM are expanding their footprints into health. They support the idea that technology can be used to develop h...