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About the talk:

Marcin Kawalski is a doctor and medical entrepreneur, an innovation and technology addict, an avid marathon runner, diver and photographer, as well as a student at NASA’s Singularity University. A few years ago, Marcin used smuggled supplies, a pocket PC with notes from medical school and a single clinical app to bring medical care to a remote Himalayan village. This spurred an idea for an integrated platform that could revolutionise access to modern medicine in the developing world.

Recorded during: TEDxKraków 2012

About the speaker:

Marcin Kawalski is constantly intrigued by the human experience. Moving comfortably across cultures, languages and borders, he propels himself through photography and endurance sports. He’s a Katowice-based doctor with three years of international internship experience. He’s also medical entrepreneur who is introducing emerging technologies to the healthcare industry, an avid marathon runner, a diver and a photographer who frequently gives talks on underwater photography and is currently studying at Singularity University in the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, California.

As if that wasn’t enough, Marcin is also on the Board of the Lifeboat Foundation, a developing a world-class think tank with a rich cognitive diversity of philosophers, economists, biologists, nanotechnologists, AI researchers, educators, policy experts, engineers, lawyers, ethicists, futurists, neuroscientists, physicists, space experts, and other top thinkers, helping “humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics”.

Perhaps not surprising for a person who fits so much in to his life, Marcin is also interested in sleep. He’s the Medical Innovations Officer at the Sleep Research Laboratory and the Director of the I. Moscicki Hospital in Chorzow where his sleep research looks at the ways the sleep cycle can be limited and at the genetic make up of people who require as little as one hour of sleep per day to function normally.

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