https://qz.com/1189730/google-is-using-46-billion-data-points-to-predict-the-medical- outcomes-of-hospital-patients/

The title of the article on the quartz website is  Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients’.   This includes the claim by Google that they have …. ‘the ability to predict patient deaths 24-48 hours before current methods… ‘

The research paper from Google apparently hasn’t been peer reviewed yet and it will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.

 

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A short video, four minutes in length, documenting some of the first games played of Racing Patience ICU.  The artist Fiona Davies plays against the performance artist Tom Isaacs and the curator Lizzy Marshall.

In the card game Racing Patience ICU there are two players. One draws a central card that describes the patient’s stats when entering ICU. Starting at the same time, one player represents the ICU team trying to bring the patient back into the normal or survivable ranges for blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygenation and rate of respiration. The other player sometimes called Death, attempts to take the patient out of those survivable ranges. Each player attempts to track the four parameters, keeping a rough tally in their head of the changes in the patient stats as each card is added to one of the four stacks. The players turn over their cards in groups of three, being able to play the top card only.

It is not a social or fair game. It is extremely competitive and can be rough and physical as each player tries to get their card onto the stacks in the centre. Importantly there is no concept of taking turns. It requires an ability to focus on many things which are changing, all at the same time.

At the end of five minutes an alarm sounds. The game is over. On a count-back the winner is decided. The winner is who determined whether the patient during that particular five minutes was in or out of the survivable range for the four vital signs. Who knows what happened in the next five minutes and if the ethics of particular interventions that drove the often widely swinging changes of the parameters were ever able to be considered.

https://wellcome.ac.uk/news/new-types-blood-cells-discovered

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Credit: NIH/Wikimedia Commons
A magnified dendritic cell.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, researchers from the Broad Institute spanning MIT and Harvard, have discovered four new subtypes of white blood cells using single cell genomics. The image above, from the Wellcome announcement is of a beautiful almost fungal shape, an expression of the body’s defence system.

This work is part of an ongoing project to map every cell type in the body.

 

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https://thekiosk.org.au/2018/01/14/holding-space-the-final-kiosk-exhibition/

Supported by CreateNSW, BMCC and a partnership between MAPBM and Toolo

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Just got back the redesigned cards from the printers. They are so easy to handle when playing and look good as well. What more do you want for a good robust game.

The cards need to be tough as this card game can be no holds barred with no notion of taking turns.

https://vimeo.com/249653277

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Still photo Credits: Alex Wisser 

 

The exhibition Explorers Narratives of Site in Contemporary Art Practice closed on Saturday with the launch of the catalogue documenting the works and contextualised by an essay by Dr Jacqueline Millner.

A low- res version of the catalogue is available online at this link

https://explorersnarrativesofsite.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CATALOGUE-EXPLORERS-FULL-v3.pdf

 

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https://vimeo.com/241351957

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Photo credit Alex Wisser

From someone who has had more than their fair share of failed attempts by staff to get blood out for testing this sounds like a great medical advance to me. On the flip side it does raise issues about how well it could be set up for the farming of humans.

Video credit – The National Science Foundation