How to never become a world expert in AI.
A few days ago I was invited by Josep María Mascaró to give a talk at the Academy of Medicine of Catalonia.
Dr. Mascaró is ninety-something years old and he is still skiing. With that I tell you everything.
If you have not met him, I feel sorry for you.
Because he is one of those luminous people of whom you come across no more than 3 or 4 in life, who radiates kindness, positivity and lucidity. To the maximum.
What I won’t be at his age, no way.
So I accepted because it was him.
Because I hardly ever accept talks in which I don’t have a direct contact with the researchers or companies I have to reach.
If you think it’s bad, you tell my investors.
Better yet, tell it to the children of Savana’s one hundred and some employees.
Well, I will continue.
Dr. Mascaró, who looked at me with the same excited face for having gone there that my 1-year-old son looks at me with when I show him a cookie, introduced me as “one of the world’s leading experts in AI in Medicine”.
Wait, wait, wait.
One thing is that I do not hide the fact that I was one of the first doctors who saw AI coming. That I still say that is so.
But as a world expert, not at all.
I have just been sent the T-shirt of my town’s festival and on the front it says “what a fart we are carrying” and on the back “fuck, fuck, the world is coming to an end”.
No world expert in anything would wear that T-shirt.
And I have bought two in case I stain one of them.
Mascaró made a full-throated defense of machine learning when he introduced me.
It was great to hear.
Most doctors are not like him and have not yet realized the power of AI.
This is a bummer for patients, but, in truth, it is a unique and unrepeatable opportunity for those who have already seen it.
Like the internet or bitcoin back in the day.
In the talk I dedicated myself to debunking myths, which is what I do now when I am invited.
People like this, because they feel everything closer to them.
Look. And I am finishing.
Like Mascaró, I have a clock.
It reminds me that I have less and less time left to leave something of impact. in the world
Something my son will be proud of someday.
And sometimes the ticking is so strong, I can’t even sleep.
If the same thing happens to you, give me a call. Maybe there’s still time to do something.