My guest today is Robert Miller. Robert is a friend of mine, we share a lot of the same interests. He writes an excellent newsletter about business, data, and emerging technologies in healthcare. He is an expert on Crypto, Blockchain, and all things related to healthcare, and he is a great thinker. He studied Economics at The London School of Economics and Political Science and he is currently building a better healthcare system at ConsenSys Health, a Spun out from an internal ConsenSys team.
We start the conversation discussing why so many people from the crypto world are now interested in biotech and longevity, then we talk about internal motivation and social media. After that we cover health optimization and we discuss the idea of a "Strava for Health." Then Robert explains the idea behind prediction markets, and how we might use them in the future. We also touch on the problems of the funding of scientific innovations and Eroom's Law. We finish the conversation talking about philosophy, and why Robert loves Kierkegaard.
Please, enjoy my conversation with Robert Miller!
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💬 Topics we discuss
- Bio meets crypto: why so many people from the crypto world start to be interested in longevity right now?
- Internal motivation and social media.
- Health optimization and the idea of a "Strava for Health"
- Prediction markets and research
- The funding of scientific innovations and Eroom's Law
- Reading philosophy, and Kierkegaard in particular
- The books recommended by Robert.
Articles and concepts mentioned in the conversation:
Eroom's law is the observation that drug discovery is becoming slower and more expensive over time, despite improvements in technology (such as high-throughput screening, biotechnology, combinatorial chemistry, and computational drug design), a trend first observed in the 1980s. The cost of developing a new drug roughly doubles every nine years (inflation-adjusted).
How an Alzheimer's 'cabal' thwarted progress toward a cure - STAT
I n the 30 years that biomedical researchers have worked determinedly to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, their counterparts have developed drugs that helped cut deaths from cardiovascular disease by more than half, and cancer drugs able to eliminate tumors that had been incurable.
Prediction markets (also known as betting markets, political betting markets, predictive markets, information markets, decision markets, idea futures, event derivatives, or virtual markets) are exchange-traded markets created for the purpose of trading the outcome of events. The market prices can indicate what the crowd thinks the probability of the event is.
Strava for Health
It all started with this tweet. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how we could promote healthy behaviors and a healthy lifestyle. If we managed to create a product that people love using and where using it means engaging in a healthy life, it would be a big win.
Some interesting tweets from Robert:
📚 Books Recommended by Robert
Here are the books Robert recommended:
📖 Some of my Favorite Articles from Robert
The narrow path we must take
A path along a mountain, photo credit to Alexandre Chambon on Unsplash After many weeks of blindly denying there was or could be a problem America recognized the need for extraordinary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. And yet, just two weeks after this realization pundits and political leaders have already given in to a fatalistic pessimism.
Why federated learning is important
A paradox lies at the heart of health technology policy. On one hand we'd like to make the most of data, and this entails sharing it across many stakeholders. But on the other hand health data is extremely sensitive and there are justifiable cries for privacy.
Interoperability and blockchain networks in pharmaceutical supply chains
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Following up on MELLODDY and the accuracy and privacy frontier
Hi everyone, Sorry for not writing for a bit over a month. There was one week where I found myself too busy to write and I let my habit slip after that. I'm excited to start writing regularly again and I'll be doing so with an expanded focus.
Neutral platforms in healthcare
An announcement caught my eye this past week: Epic, who creates electronic health record (EHR) software, is working on an immunity passport. It is not all that surprising the health IT juggernaut is doing this, but it raised important questions in my mind about the future of similar projects.
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