Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 73

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Using AI To Treat Everyday Illnesses

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China’s leading one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform “Ping An Good Doctor” has launched its first staff-less medical clinic and pharmacy.

The ‘One Minute Clinics’ include a Smart Medicine Cabinet and Independent “Advisory Room” enabling patients to enter a booth to receive a virtual consultation with an AI doctor. The software helps assess a patient’s condition and create a diagnosis plan which is then passed on to a specialist consultant. Patients can even collect their prescriptions from the attached Smart Medicine Cabinet vending machine which stocks over 100 medications - and any medicines not in stock can be purchased through the ‘Ping An’ app and delivered within an hour.

Read more here

How can we develop virtual or staff-less solutions to quality of life for under-served and regional consumers?


 

Curated For The Real World

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It’s no secret that social media has changed the way people interact with each other, and many organisations are leveraging this to engage audiences in new and exciting ways.

The increasing popularity of Instagram has led to an emergence of Instagram-optimized exhibits solely focused on delivering photogenic displays for a unique social sharing experience. Think the Museum of Ice Cream or Rose Mansion.

The Color Factory is the latest iteration of this. Its’ installations are visually stimulating, brightly coloured and certainly feel optimized for Instagram. However, at The Colour Factory, visitors are encouraged to put down their phones and interact with the exhibits (and the people around them) in real time.  

 Each installation at The Color Factory is designed with ‘meaningful connections to people and the world’ in mind, and serve as a continuous reminder to live in the moment – and not through a curated newsfeed.

Read more about The Color Factory here.

In a time of social media backlash, how can we encourage consumers to unplug and have more meaningful experiences and connections with others and the world around them?


Artificial Glaciers Bring Water To The Dessert

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Farmers in the Himalayan Region of Ladakh have suffered the adverse effects of climate change with shrinking glaciers and unpredictable rainfall and temperatures wreaking havoc on local agriculture. 

Tackling this challenge head on, engineer Sonam Wangchuk who’s using a simple scientific solution to tackle climate challenges. Wangchuk crowdfunded $125,000 to build what he calls an ‘ice stupa’ – essentially, a 64 ft tall artificial glacier.

It works by running pipes from mountain streams into the village. Pressure from gravity pushes the water up into the air and as the droplets come out they are exposed to minus 20-degree air, freezing them into a cone-like shape. While at the base of the stupa is a ‘nucleus’ made of wire, branches and netting for the ice to form around.

Around Spring, the ice starts to melt, giving farmers a more reliable source of water.

There are plans to build several more, not only in Nepal but in regions of Europe such as the Swiss Alps. Wangchuk also ‘dreams of turning the stupas into tourist attractions by building ice bars and ice hotels inside them, which will raise money to further support the farmers.’ 

Read more here.   

How can simple science be leveraged to help tackle complex social and environmental challenges in our communities?