Imagine a world where
you have your own medical avatar, a sci-fi-like profile that’s made
out of your real-time health data. After all, you can lift up your car hood and
diagnose your engine, or open up a program on your computer to see why
it’s not working properly. So, what if we could do that
with our own bodies? LARRY: When I talked to the doctor, I said,
‘Look, here’s a problem. You don’t really understand the three-dimensional
structure of the thing you’re gonna be operating on, and I do. But I’m gonna be under anesthesia, and I can’t help you. And you’re gonna have knives inside of me. And that’s messed up.’ Dr. Larry Smarr has been studying his anatomy
in such minute, extreme detail that he recently directed his own surgery, by providing doctors with what is essentially Google Maps for his body. This revolutionary, interdisciplinary thinking
is quickly earning Larry recognition as the father of personalized medicine. LARRY: ‘How ’bout you come over to my virtual
reality cave, and, as patient and doctor, we will look at my full colon and decide where
point A and point B is you’re gonna make the cut?’ And she says, ‘Wow, that’s like my 16-year-olds
do with video games.’ I said, ‘Yeah. We want to take video games
into the surgery suite.’ When I was a kid, I got the visible human. And that was a plastic doll, except it was
transparent, and all the organs were in there. And you could take it apart like that. It was only in the last ten or fifteen years
that I realized that using computer graphics and the amazing advances in imaging modalities
like MRI and CAT scan, that we could put those two together, and actually generate a transparent
version of basically anybody. Larry has been collecting 3D visualizations
and time-series data on his body for almost a decade, and amassing it all into a model
of himself that can be experienced in VR. He fondly calls this fascinating medical avatar
“Transparent Larry.” LARRY: I was tracking my colon
by using MRI imaging. Whenever I had a colonoscopy, I’d tell ’em,
‘okay, well, give me the video.’ I’d spend hours watching the video
inside me. It turns out mine comes up, and then it goes,
loops way down. Quite contorted compared to what the
textbook looked like. That’s different than the next person. And that’s different from the next person. How different? Well, we can, through the magic of computer
graphics, know that. By sifting through his own health data, Larry
was able to work with his doctor to diagnose himself with colonic Crohn’s, a form of
inflammatory bowel disease. LARRY: The time had come to have a resection
of about six to eight inches of the colon. When it came time for Larry’s operation,
he wanted to make sure his surgeon had access to all the comprehensive information that
he did, enhancing both their confidence in the operating room. LARRY: One thing that motivates me to do this
work: I just know how terrified people are of things like the unknown of surgery. They don’t know because they don’t see inside
themselves. This was a highly trained team; A+. So if you could remove all of the unknowns
they were gonna run into because it’s you instead of somebody else,
then I felt quite calm. And I think that actually meant my body was
able to heal itself much more quickly. Larry believes the future of medicine will
be to transform our ‘sick-care’ system into a true, preventative ‘health-care’
system — by allowing you full access to your body’s data to make better-informed decisions. But just how far away is this world of holistic
digital healthcare, where we take charge of our well-being using transparent Tamagotchi
versions of ourselves? LARRY: The combination of the technology and
the kind of responsibility for themselves that you’re seeing the millennials take, that’s
a good sign. If we can harness those things together, we
may just get that revolution in personalized medicine sooner than we think. This episode was presented by the U.S. Air
Force. Learn more at For more episodes of Science in the Extremes,
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100 thoughts on “Will Supercomputers Create Virtual Maps of Your Body in the Future?”

  1. Yes and no yes well make it easier and here's the no part of because government will say that violation a person privacy

  2. All those geniouses are developing the top of tech insuring that the mediocre political and stupid CEO's and rich dumb people and contemporary pop musician will live forever… life is cool, ¿nuh?

  3. A futuristic and healthier version of Narcissus, where he sees there's more to his own reflection and loses himself in the study of what lies underneath the surface.

  4. Now I am officially wearing my fitbit ionic watch for life I want everything high and advance technology nowadays for smarter ways of lives ever…. gratification guaranteed and granted it should be, and Virtual Maps of our Body definitely #YES# period.

  5. Right. In the US you'd have to get multiple expensive MRIs and other costly procedures in order to do this.

  6. You DO NOT want this shit, you do not need chips in us, the government wants to be there complete slaves, please reject this

  7. Don't leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
    It`s about time we harness the true power of supercomputers.

  8. I love this idea. getting tired of doctors trying to tell you things about you they have no idea about when you live with you everyday. everyone isnt an idiot lol. meanwhile everyone they are thinking they know so well are dying left and right!

  9. How far this is?
    Wehenever it's out for the rest of the world.
    Never for america unless universal healthcare becomes a thing.

  10. Have you all ever wondered what happens after death*? most of you here would say *nothingess but think about this for a second. Before you were born, you "WERE" that nothingness*. *BUT you came from that state of nothingness "INTO" existence. Can't after death be similar? coming back into another body? after all if eternal oblivion is to come after death then HOW did we come into existence FROM that eternal oblivion that was before BIRTH? therefor I believe we migrate into another body after death. Also The first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. For example, turning on a light would seem to produce energy; however, it is electrical energy that is converted. So, the cycles of universe coming into existence and going out of existence must have been eternal, it is extremely stupid to say that it isn't and it had a beginning and at the same time say energy cannot be created nor destroyed. THERE using simple science.

    If you still don't agree then from scientific view, if… only just "IF" universe after heat death or whatever, another Universe springs up then it is safe to say that existence and cycle of universe is eternal and we are all eternal.

    In the Bhagavad Gita, considered by Hindus to be a most holy scripture, Krishna tells Arjuna; "Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be."



    If the cycle of universe coming into existence and going back to nothingness is eternal then there are infinite possibilities of all happening meaning our consciousness is one of them! IF SO then our consciousness WILL happen infinite times forward if it can happen once. ALSO that it HAS happened infinite times before because of
    Infinite Time
    Infinite Possibilities

    Thank you!

  11. I hope this technology will rapidly improve and make it to everyone in the next few years. This will be a profound and life changing tool that will help some truly ill people in the years to come.

  12. This is fascinating but it does raise a few questions, in my mind at least.
    1) what would the cost to have something like this for each of us?
    2) Not all of us are savvy in biology so how easy will it be for the average or even the less average person to understand this and make proper use of it?
    3) can this be used against us? For example, going on a job interview will they want to see my medical AP and what it says about me?

  13. I had colon surgery in 2008, and between colonoscopies and a number of current imaging technologies, they knew exactly what was up before they cut me open. This new tech is awesome, but this guy makes it sound like we're at a 1918 level of technology. In fact, x-rays have been used in medicine since the late 19th century.

  14. Made possible by nuclear magnetic resonance, I.e. the vibrations made by proton dipoles when subjected to standardized fluctuations of an external magnetic field.

  15. Idk… after over 120 biIIion dollar increase in an aIready bIoated miIitary budget, l do not support the sponsor of this video.

  16. This is why our technology is advancing and this is one step forward to helping millions of people medical wise.

  17. Although the video is made by a body which kills numerous innocent people, being a Medico I must say that it is a great video…introduced great ideas regarding personalized surgical approach.

  18. Everything was all well and fine until he started talking nonsense about "healing faster" due to feeling more safe. That's downright bordering on the pseudoscience of the "power of thought" influencing the results.

    And what's with the tomogachi statement?! The medical avatar being proposed has absolutely no similarity to a tomogachi, a virtual "pet" which you had to virtually "care for".

    You're better than this Seeker, come on….

  19. If they mapped my body, They would be so confused. I'd have to explain to them why there are so many chickens inside me.

  20. This made me realize that I was born too early to enjoy such great technology.. but oh well.. I have memes..

  21. Y’all call this revolutionary? During the Middle Ages we already figured this out in Western Europe you dumbass

  22. I'm not expert but from what I've heard preventative healthcare won't work in America.
    Say your health insurance wants you to take a DNA test so they can predict what disease you will circum to in the future.

    If you have high risk of certain major and costly diseases there's nothing to stop the health insurance from using it as an excuse to hike your premiums or just outright refusing to cover you on the basis that they don't want to have to pay out in the event you do develop the disease.

    Like I said I AM NOT AN EXPERT , but im open to being corrected.

  23. Does someone saying " virtual reality cave" seem normal. I think this is just the beginning of a tech fueled medical future where the blindspots of the medical profession finally get light shined on them

  24. Doesn't matter if it's not affordable. Treatments exist now for certain conditions but that only the very rich can afford. People still die because they're too expensive.

  25. We’re in the 1920’s of the film industry as opposed to where we are having the tech this video describes.

  26. Surgeons should be the ones pushing for this. It must be a drag to open someone up and find the organs are not quite where you are expecting them to be.

  27. The fact that an individual is pioneering in this, instead of a government with trillions of dollar, shows how deeply wrong our version of capitalism is working.

  28. I'm glad it isn't literally taking video games and putting them in surgery. I don't want people playing Tekken with my balls.

  29. Thanks for presenting such a good video your videos always inspires me that the future is gonna be far more better than the present.

  30. Do you honestly think the assholes that have the power to make this happen are going to let go of their wads of money long enough to help any 1 human ever?

  31. This reminds me of that Netflix's movie called "Spectral" from 2016. How those anomalies are made into existence.

  32. combine this with robot body mechanics, to slice zap seal replace and doctors will be like the floppy disks for the poor population.

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