The Kind of Selfie That Saves Lives


I am not a fan of selfies. I view them as the epitome of our age’s selfish abomination. That is unless I’m taking one of myself or my friends on a personal occasion of course; Then it is extremely cool and I know that because a large statistically irrelevant number of people will Like it on my Facebook or Twitter profile.

Last week a gentleman by the name of Steven Keating convinced me that the problem is not with the concept itself, but perhaps the way we approach our new abilities to document data about ourselves. The Selfie concept, as it turned out, literally saved Steven’s life and made him a phenomenon in the world of healthcare innovation.

It was the end of a very full mind-bending day at Exponential Medicine, when I was sitting in the Press room wrapping up work and I was told that I could interview Steven Keating who had a slot free up. I Googled him and it seemed like he was my age, with double the number of titles. He is a PhD student at MIT doing a lot of amazing projects involving additive fabrication (including manufacturing using a blend of biology and 3D printing techniques).

I was immediately intrigued and grabbed the interview spot.



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