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Future Tech

The future is digital—It is not a question of if, but when

April 17, 2017

From Dental Tribune International: The future is digital and that is our focus at IDS. Everything that can go digital will go digital. It is not a question of if, but when. And the move to digital is accelerating. Our role at Henry Schein is to serve as the trusted adviser to our customers as they […]

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How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

April 13, 2017

From Longitudes: …additive manufacturing could bend the cost curve in a number of industries, especially healthcare. Source: How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare | Longitudes The primary issue in all healthcare including dentistry is cost. Insurance would not be an issue if people felt they could pay for quality care at a […]

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Code Maintenance Committee OKs teledentistry, A1c codes

April 10, 2017

From ADA News: Teledentistry will for the first time be included in the ADA’s Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT Code).  The Code Maintenance Committee approved two codes relating to the process during its March 9 meeting at ADA Headquarters. Source: Code Maintenance Committee OKs teledentistry, A1c codes It’s a start. The codes are […]

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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017

March 27, 2017

From MIT Technology Review: These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Source: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017 – MIT Technology Review All ten are fascinating, Three are specifically medical; Reversing paralysis, gene therapy and cell atlas. Three others, botnets, quantum computers and facial recognition […]

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The Tiny Robots Will See You Now

March 23, 2017

From IEEE Spectrum: With new design advances, nanorobots are inching closer to medical use Source: The Tiny Robots Will See You Now – IEEE Spectrum Absolutely amazing! Imagine nanobots examining enamel for decay then fixing it, then disapearing.

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Mary Otto, on the Dentistry-Medicine Divide

March 21, 2017

From The Atlantic: Doctors are doctors, and dentists are dentists, and never the twain shall meet. Whether you have health insurance is one thing, whether you have dental insurance is another. Your doctor doesn’t ask you if you’re flossing, and your dentist doesn’t ask you if you’re exercising. In America, we treat the mouth separately from […]

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Google’s artificial intelligence can diagnose cancer faster than human doctors

March 14, 2017

From Mirror Online: Making the decision on whether or not a patient has cancer usually involves trained professionals meticulously scanning tissue samples over weeks and months.But an artificial intelligence (AI) program owned by Alphabet, Google’s parent company, may be able to do it much, much faster. Source: Google’s artificial intelligence can diagnose cancer faster than human […]

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Supersmart Robots Will Outnumber Humans Within 30 Years, Says Bank CEO

March 6, 2017

From WSJ: Within three decades, artificial intelligence will be smarter than the human brain, supersmart robots will outnumber humans and over a trillion objects will be connected to the internet, says SoftBank’s CEO. Source: Supersmart Robots Will Outnumber Humans Within 30 Years, Says SoftBank CEO – WSJ What is true for business in general is […]

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Printed ‘lab on a chip’ costs a penny and catches disease early

February 23, 2017

From New Scientist: Each chip consists of a clear silicone chamber that houses a sample of cells for testing and a reusable electronic strip. The electronic strip can be printed onto flexible sheets of polyester using a regular inkjet printer and conductive nanoparticle ink. Users can download different designs for the strip, which let it test […]

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Artificial intelligence will increase productivity by sharpening human mind

February 21, 2017

Research shows that software robots will soon automate 80% of repetitive tasks currently being done by people and increase productivity by freeing up humans to use their brains. Source: Artificial intelligence will increase productivity by sharpening human mind The linked article takes a very positive approach to the coming disruptions of AI. Economists have estimated […]

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This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk

February 15, 2017

This friend could be yours for just a few hundred bucks thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Source: This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk Hmmm I see a robot arm like this as a huge help to lab techs or…maybe even as a chairside assistant?

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This is How IBM’s Watson will fight Cancer

February 6, 2017
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Artificial intelligence can now identify skin cancer as accurately as experts

February 2, 2017

From ScienceAlert: A new artificial intelligence system can spot the tell-tale signs of skin cancer just as accurately as human doctors, say researchers, and the next step is to get the tech on a smartphone, so anyone can run a self-diagnosis. Source: Artificial intelligence can now identify skin cancer as accurately as experts – ScienceAlert Next, […]

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11 technologies to watch in 2017

January 30, 2017

Much like The Force, technology surrounds us, penetrates us and binds together our galaxy, which is why it’s so hard to identify which technologies might have the most significant impact in the coming year. Source: 11 technologies to watch in 2017 All of these developing technologies with the possible exception of driverless cars will have […]

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This phone has a built-in tricorder. Really.

January 26, 2017

From Mashable: Well, another Star Trek gadget is on the verge of becoming common. The tricorder — the device that Spock and Dr. McCoy would use to analyze all kinds of objects and materials on the show — is becoming a real thing. And it’s coming to smartphones. Source: This phone has a built-in tricorder. […]

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Siri, Am I About to Have a Heart Attack?

January 16, 2017

From WSJ: …Technology now exists to provide cheaper and higher-quality health care, but giant roadblocks stand in the way. That technology is artificial intelligence and machine learning. The algorithms behind AI are painfully complex, but the final product is simple—think Google Translate or Amazon’s Alexa. Saying a phrase and immediately having it translated is cool. […]

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Scientists have found a drug that regenerates teeth, and it could reduce the need for fillings

January 12, 2017

From ScienceAlert: Researchers have identified a drug that can regenerate teeth from the inside out, possibly reducing the need for artificial fillings. The drug was previously used in Alzheimer’s clinical trials, and it now appears to improve the tooth’s natural ability to heal itself. It works by activating stem cells inside the tooth’s pulp centre, prompting […]

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Special Report: 2017 Top Tech to Watch

January 10, 2017

Fom IEEE Spectrum: Here are some of the technologies you’ll be reading about this year Source: Special Report: 2017 Top Tech to Watch – IEEE Spectrum More fun for the high tech gadget geek. A couple of items that might be used in dentistry in the near future. A robot arm and augmented (not virtual) reality.

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The Best of CES 2017

January 9, 2017

From PCMag.com: The Consumer Electronics Show (now officially simply termed CES) turned 50 this year. And yet, rather than turn stale or start to fade into irrelevance, the 2017 show brought some genuine innovation we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sure, wacky gadgets and pointless prototypes are all over the place at CES, but this […]

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Dental ultrasound firm S-Ray expands in Seattle to prepare for acquisition or IPO

January 5, 2017

From  Puget Sound Business Journal: S-Ray Inc. is developing its low-cost 3D imaging system with a patented ultrasound technology. The S-Ray system connects to a laptop or tablet and does everything an X-ray does using a simple mouthpiece that scans the teeth with ultrasound sensors rather than radiation and “bitewings” disliked by many patients. Source: Dental […]

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