Strategy for the Future of Health
Future of Intelligent and Extelligent Health Environment
Future of Health Technology
The Future of Health Technology Institute (FHTI) was founded in 1996 to address the long-term issues of health technology. FHTI is a think-tank aimed at defining an agenda for health technology development and determining the most critical focus areas for health technology investment in the new century. Founded on the 40th anniversary of the field of Artificial Intelligence, FHTI found inspiration in the intellectual legacy of Professor Marvin Minsky. He is one of the founders of Artificial Intelligence and one of the most creative minds of our times. I became his student in 1985 when he was working on the Society of Mind theory.
Since its foundation in 1996, FHTI has been doing what Professor Dertouzos describes as: “Put in a salad bowl the wildest, most forward-thinking technological ideas that you can imagine. Then add your best sense of what will be useful to people. Start mixing the salad. Something will pop up that begins to qualify on both counts”. Professor Dertouzos suggests that we should then “Grab it and run with it,” which agrees with the paradigm that the best way to define the future is to invent it.
Unfortunately this optimistic model leaves a lot to random chance. The salad- bowl approach is a good start, but each idea should be attributed impact value and compared against alternative ideas. The ideas rely on both technological novelty and human usefulness. The process of comparing various ideas can be an efficient way to save time and money. FHTI proposes to manage the coordination of the most promising ideas in health technology using top-level experts from the industry, government and academia during Future of Health Technology Summits.