Patrick Cox's Tech Digest - View by Tag "biotechnology"

Age Evasion or Compression of Morbidity

September 24, 2014

Last week, an FDA committee voted 20 to 1 to make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe testosterone products. The committee also recommended that pharmaceutical companies selling testosterone products be forced to perform additional safety tests, based mostly on a few studies indicating that patients with heart problems are more likely to experience cardiac events when they start using testosterone.

Moore’s Law, Popeye’s Spinach, and Some Really Weird and Possibly Life-Extending Tricks

October 9, 2015

Periodically, someone declares that Moore’s Law, the doubling in computer power at a given price every two years or so, will soon be over. We are warned that the pace of technological innovation and possibly even the computer industry itself will stall. Then, somebody announces a breakthrough that extends Moore’s Law once again, temporarily putting to rest fears of peak innovation.

The Drug-Cost Blame Game Gets Political

February 19, 2016

I’ve written a lot about the convergence of IT and biotech. Instead of repeating myself, I’ll refer you to a new book by Freeman Dyson, who spent most of his life as professor of physics at Princeton’s legendary Institute for Advanced Study. Dyson, who personally knew most of the giants of 20th-century science, has long maintained that the most important effect of computer technologies is the acceleration of biotechnology. He further develops that theme in Dreams of Earth and Sky, which I’ve just downloaded to my phone.

AI Will Help Us Find the Key to Immortality

July 11, 2016

The field of anti-aging medicine has finally entered the mainstream. It’s no longer controversial for scientists to talk about extending health spans by delaying the systems failures that spawn age-related disease. In fact, we’ve made great strides in identifying methods that will allow people to live closer to their approximately 120-year maximum life spans.

Illinois’ Budget Problems Are America’s Budget Problems

June 26, 2017

It looks like Illinois may soon be the first state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status. If you don’t know what that means, it’s beyond “broke.” The Illinois state government is already borrowing to pay its bills. Now, the cost of borrowing will become even more expensive. At some point, big lenders may simply cancel the state’s credit cards.

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