NYT: Rapid Rise and Fall for Body-Scanning Clinics

For a brief moment, Dr. Thomas Giannulli, a Seattle internist, thought
he was getting in at the start of an exciting new area of medicine. He
was opening a company to offer CT scans to the public – no doctor’s
referral necessary. The scans, he said, could find diseases like cancer
or heart disease early, long before there were symptoms. And, for the
scan centers, there was money to be made.

"I’ve never seen a market for a medical technology collapse so completely," Dr. Ramsey said.

Link: The New York Times > Health > Rapid Rise and Fall for Body-Scanning Clinics.

Kurzweil’s “health” books — is he out of his mind?

Maybe those 250 supplements he takes a day are messing with his brain…

I liked The 10% Solution to a Healthy Life — (I thought) a very sensible and useful description of how to take advantage of the latest science on heart disease, among other things.

When I spotted his new book, Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever, I figured he’d just brought 10% up to date.  But no, this is full-on "live forever through genetic enhancement and robots in your veins" propaganda, and some of the practices he recommends (for today) sound dangerous to me.  Without even thinking about all the practical and ethical issues involved in living forever, what kind of hubris does it take to think the world needs you around forever?

His next book sounds even loonier (The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, due April 2005 according to Amazon).  I guess he’s bought into the whole singularity cult nonsense now.

Kurzweil is undoubtedly brilliant and deserves immortality as much as any of us; I just wish he’d go back to inventing synthesizers.