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We celebrate a new edition of Futuro Singular.

03 / 12 / 2019

Organized by ATAM, the fourth edition of Futuro Singular was held on 24 October at the Telefónica headquarters under the title “The phenomenon of complexity in health and disability.

On this occasion, it was held at the Telefónica headquarters in Madrid. More than 500 professionals from the world of science, academia, the health industry, and the technology sector attended the event.

Singular Future has been evolving and growing with each edition. This year, it has brought together some of the world’s leading experts in fields such as Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Management.

We live in a time in which technology is evolving almost daily. However, its implications for human life and our health or social organizations often go unnoticed. Futuro Singular aims to encourage participants to reflect on how technological advances can have a humanistic application and help to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people: people with disabilities, the chronically ill, and dependent people. This year’s experts have helped us to understand a little better the impact of technology on people’s health.

María Luz de los Mártires Almingol, General Director of Information Systems and Health Equipment of the Madrid Health Service, made the institutional opening of the event. Next, Ignacio Aizpún, Director General of ATAM, highlighted in his speech “Human Organizations for a Complex World” the need to understand what human life means from the perspective of thermodynamics and the mathematical models associated with complexity, probability, and non-linearity.

The following panel was “The Reality of the Complex Organism”, which Dr. Lola Morón moderated. She interviewed Dr. Jorge Trainini and Dr. Marta Bertolaso.

Dr. Trainini, a pioneer of complexity-based medicine, advocated recovering the more humanistic dimension of the medical profession, overcoming the fragmentation caused by the high degree of specialization in modern medicine.

For her part, Marta Bertolaso, professor at the Biomedical Campus in Rome, presented the possibility of better understanding certain pathologies such as cancer by the functioning of complex biological organisms.

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After the break, it was the turn of Dr. Jorge Sepulcre, a researcher at Harvard Medical School. In his talk entitled “From the neuron to the human connectome,” he presented his research on network theory to achieve a systemic understanding of the human connectome. The aim is to achieve an integral mapping of the brain to obtain data on the organization of its structural connections and the conformation of functional dynamics.

Later, it was the turn of Héctor Díez, director of Digital Transformation at ATAM, David Prieto, director of the Chair of Big Data at UCAM, and Alejandro García, neurobiologist in charge of clinical innovation projects at ATAM. They were responsible for presenting the ViveLibre technological platform. Through a combination of technologies that include Big Data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, the platform will become a cognitive system capable of producing knowledge to improve the health and autonomy of people with disabilities, dependent elderly people, and the chronically ill.

The last interview of the day was with Austrian management guru Fredmund Malik, conducted by Kirstie McAllum. During the talk, he explained the scientific foundations of a management model for social organizations that is necessary for the complex world and environment in which we live.

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