“It’s 2017, we should have a lunar base by now,” noted Elon Musk when he revealed his grandiose plans about going to Mars in at least five years. “What the hell is going on?”, he asked clearly not being satisfied with the current state of astronautics. However, I say, we should not only concentrate on the development of space technologies but devote more focus to advancing technologies to keep people well and alive on the Red Planet. Digital health opens amazing horizons there. That’s what I detailed in my paper in New Space.
Experts and visionaries such as Elon Musk (SpaceX) envisioned a trip to Mars in the near future. Knowing medicine and healthcare both as a physician and The Medical Futurist, I believe the biggest obstacle to reach this goal is not rocket technology. Improving medicine with the help of digital health technologies is actually a bigger challenge than rocket science (no offense to physicists) itself in astronautics.
Elon Musk has revealed his second Master Plan. In it, he paints a bold future for the transportation and solar industries. Strong visions like Musk’s help advance our technology and civilization – but he will also need a Master Plan for digital health.
NASA is set to send astronauts to orbit Mars and return them safely by the mid 2030s. And a manned landing on the Red Planet will soon follow. However, this work will be in vain if health technology does not advance.