Why this piece of AI art can’t be copyrighted (Wired.com)

The next evolution is here: court battles about what constitutes original artwork, where products of machines or non-humans are not copyrightable, even though the human painter generated 624 prompts and numerous photoshop adjustments to the combined artwork…


The most important question about long COVID (Harvard news)

It is not a single disease. We still don’t have a grasp of the underlying mechanism. We see several collections of symptoms: loss of smell and taste, severe fatigue, myocarditis (heart inflammation), lung disease / shortness of breath, mimicry of Chronic fatigue syndrome. I am glad there is significant work in this area, as it is possible that up to 1 million people are out of the workforce in America as a result of this illness. 


Image from Harvard News.


How to build resilience against loneliness in aging (Harvard news)

Harvard researchers have some insights into older adults and some recommendations and concrete actions to take to combat loneliness as we age.



The Happiest Man Alive shares his 3 rules for life (NYTimes)


From NYTimes: Photo of Matthieu Ricard by Braulio Amado

What can an ordained Buddhist Monk who is also a cellular geneticist and the Dalai Lama’s French interpreter, tell us about happiness? This is a fascinating read. Perhaps all of us in healthcare could learn a thing or two for ourselves, and to teach our patients.

What is Screen Apnea? Why you may breathe less when online (NYTimes)

What do studies show about your breathing when you’re on email on your phone, or doing work online? …. uh-oh, I’m talking to ALL OF YOU out there.


This thought-provoking New York Times article hits me pretty hard. Our breathing is tied into our thoughts. When thinking hard, we will (as I know) stop pedaling on our Desk-cycle under the desk. Turns out, we also slow down and at times stop breathing.


Read the article and figure out what to do about it for yourself.

Will Your Next Doctor Be … A Bot? (SunFest) with bonus uke song

What happens when you put a news reporter, and AI researcher, a Bioethicist and a CMIO together to discuss AI, Chatbots, Bias and emerging trends? You get this highly interactive and entertaining panel. And maybe a song.

Thanks to the Colorado Sun, and XCEL Energy for sponsoring our panel on AI in Healthcare at SunFest, held in Denver on the Auraria Campus of the University of Colorado.

I very much enjoyed this conversation with my colleagues at the University of Colorado, including Dr. Casey Greene, Director of the Center for Health AI, Dr. Matthew DeCamp, Bioethicist at the Center for Bioethics, and practicing general internist.

Among other topics, we covered:

  • AI, Large Language Models and Chatbots, defined
  • Predictive analytics and how they’re different from Chatbot AI
  • The potential dark side of AI in healthcare
  • Using ChatGPT-like tools in summarizing electronic health records, in helping doctors write progress notes, and in helping physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses, reply to patients via online messages.
  • Risks of automation, including Automation Complacency
  • The risk of hidden bias in AI, and how that compares with existing bias in healthcare today
  • Future plans for AI in healthcare

Listen to the end for an updated version of “Hospital of the Rising Sun – Pandemic Edition” with me and my trusty ukulele.

SunFest 2023: Watch every session with Colorado politicians, expert panels and more

Doomsayer, Reformer, Warrior: Which AI Attitude are You? (NYTimes opinion)

From the ethics debate, the AI Wars are heating up and there are 3 distinct factions predicting our AI future. Which one are you?



Designing for Health podcast (Salmi, Steitz, Lin) on Patients Receiving Test Results Immediately

Caution: humor and high quality research facts ahead! What percent of patients worry? What percent of patients prefer immediate release even if result is abnormal? There are research findings?



Listen in! This was a great conversation, with Drs. Steitz of Vanderbilt University and Liz Salmi, citizen scientist, patient researcher, punk rock star. I’m there too. Interviewed by Jerome Pagani and Craig Joseph MD. Will there be ukulele?

Here’s the paper:


As more patients email docs, health systems start charging fees (KFF Health News)

What’s the buzz about physicians and APP’s charging patients for online messages? This is a nicely balanced and informative article on the current state of health system billing for patient messages.

As More Patients Email Doctors, Health Systems Start Charging Fees

Upon Comparing Oneself to Others (del Giorgio)

This beautiful essay by Paul del Giorgio in the Bulletin of Limnology and Oceanography is timely and prompts a lot of self-reflection on my part. I’m talking to you: all you high-achieving physicians/APP’s who had to be top of your class year after year and never turned off that competitive streak in your career…

Original Article Here:

This prompts several questions for me:

  • Who is this thoughtful person?
  • What the heck is Limnology?
  • Is he writing this for me? (yes, he is)
  • Can Dall-E draw this for me? What would that look like?

from Bing - Dall-E generator

(from Dall-E: except this unhappy self-comparing doctor has 3 hands… and maybe extra fingers too)

CMIO’s take? This is reminiscent of my Failure Resumé. And so articulate. The entire article is a brief read, maybe 5 minutes. It was very much worth my time and maybe worth it for you. Be well, friends.