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April 23, 2014
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The Future

I saw the movie Her recently. If you’re not familiar, it’s about a lonely guy who falls in love with his operating system named Samantha. It takes place in the not-too-distant future where people REALLY love their technology and REALLY love high-waisted trousers.


I also saw the movie Minority Report for maybe the fifth time – a movie about preventing murders before they occur using precognition and fancy futuristic holograms that can be manipulated from Tom Cruise’s fingertips. What CAN’T be manipulated by Tom Cruise’s fingertips??? You hear me, ladies???

I also saw the news of the Google glucose contact lenses and was amazed that such brilliant minds are hard at work on projects such as this. All of this got me thinking about what Charlie’s diabetes might look like in the future.

Obviously the artificial pancreas. It’s real and it’s happening in our not-too-distant future. But what will it look like 15 years down the road? 30 years? Continuous glucose monitors already have its own version of “precog” technology. Insulin pumps are already integrated with predicted high blood sugars and predicted lows. It can’t predict murder as in Minority Report but it can predict danger.

And what about artificial intelligence like in the movie Her?

Will I become smitten with Charlie’s artificial pancreas if it has a smoky voice like Scarlett Johansson and tells me I look good in my high-waisted pants?

“Who’s that you’re giggling with down there?” Susanne might ask from the upstairs bedroom.

“Oh, nothing, nothing. It’s just artificial pancreas … I mean, Linda. She just told me the funniest story. I’ll be up in a minute.”

“Oh … Now it’s Linda?”

”It’s … um … in Settings.”

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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