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Will You Adopt New Technologies in Future? Ask Your Health

Health would also not predict wealth as effectively as it does overall adoption and future readiness

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Your health will play a key role in determining whether you would adopt as well as adapt to advanced technologies like Artificial Inteliegence (AI) and gene editing, an expert has emphasised.

“The healthier a person, he or she will be more likely to be open to the new beneficial thing than the less healthy person. And that openness dials up future readiness very severely,” said James L. McQuivey, Vice President, Principal Analyst, at global research firm Forrester, in a blog post on Friday.

Openness to risk resides in the body, which then shapes the mind.

“Looking ahead to the innovations coming, this means that healthier people are more likely to benefit from everything coming down the innovation pike than those who are less healthy,” McQuivey added.

According to him, physical health may influence emotional health, which would lead to intellectual agility, openness to innovation and finally to technology adoption.

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Health would also not predict wealth as effectively as it does overall adoption and future readiness. Pixabay

“The product implications of this are huge, but so are the social ones, because many of the innovations about to occur will involve health and wellness.

“This will make health the new digital divide: Those who have it will use technology to have more of it; those who don’t won’t,” the expert said.

However, physical health will not predict whether someone is a fashionista (that’s driven by social and personality needs, which are influenced by health but not always in one direction) nor will it predict timing of adoption, because in the end, you have to have money to buy a Tesla.

Also Read: Plant-Based Food May Boost Your Heart Health

Health would also not predict wealth as effectively as it does overall adoption and future readiness.

“But the point is the healthier you are, the more likely you are to be ready for the future – from AI to gene editing,” McQuivey noted, saying that “the future manager will only want to hire the healthiest people. And the future marketer will want the healthiest customers!” (IANS)

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WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Congo’s Ebola

Congo's health ministry says there are now 179 confirmed cases, including 104 deaths.

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In this photo taken Sept 9, 2018, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, DRC. VOA

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Aid organizations have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month and community resistance to Ebola containment efforts in some cases has turned violent.

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Photo taken Sept 9, 2018, shows health workers walking with a boy suspected of having the Ebola virus at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. VOA

This is Congo’s tenth Ebola outbreak but this is the first time the deadly virus has appeared in the far northeast, an area of active rebel attacks that health workers have compared to a war zone.

WHO recently said the risk of regional spread was “very high” as confirmed cases were reported close to the heavily traveled border with Uganda.

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Congo’s health ministry says there are now 179 confirmed cases, including 104 deaths. (VOA)

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