This week Big Think didn't visit the consumer technology trade show in person in Las Vegas, but we did, as you should too, follow Peter Diamandis on Twitter, and we followed with great interest the latest X Prize competition that he officially unveiled, a development we have been following since May.
Read here about the latest X Prize competition to "develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians." That's right, robot doctors armed with awesome computing power. Will that disrupt the field of medicine? You bet, and just imagine the impact this technology could have on the bottom billion of the world who lack access to doctors, as well as for the developed world that is drowning in the rising cost of medical diagnosis.
No offense to human doctors. There just aren't enough of you. In fact, access to doctors ranges wildly around the world. To better understand the way doctors are distributed around the globe in relation to population, consider this illustrative map. Cuba is the global leader, with the lowest patient-to-doctor ratio of 170 to 1. Tanzania, on the other hand, is dead last with a 50,000 to 1 ratio.