“This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of BIOLIFE4D. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own”
Sometimes we forget just how much of a difference new and advancing technology is making;
When it comes to changing lives for the better, there are some incredible to procedures and creations available to those in need. These are things that I had no idea existed until they were mentioned to me or were highlighted in the news.
Conditions that were once life-ending, are able to be fixed through the use of new technology; and it’s looking like 2018 is going to be another incredible year for this to have a serious impact.
How New Technology is Helping Save Lives
Before I get more into how this research was presented to me, and the BioLife campaign; let’s take a look at some ground-breaking technology breakthroughs that have helped change, and even save, people’s lives who are suffering with disabilities and illnesses.
Here are just 3 ways new technology is helping change people’s lives:
1. Mechanical Prosthetic Limbs
Back in the day prosthetic limbs were just stumps. Today, advanced technology has allowed mechanical prosthetics to sense the nerve endings where people’s amputated arms end, and enable them to move the fingers on the prosthetic. Just like a real hand!
Want to see what I’m talking about? Check out this incredible Bionic hand creation by Ottobock, and tell me it’s not amazing!
2. Body Part Regeneration
Las year, researchers announced the development of a new technology called tissue nanotransfection. TNT technology, embedded in a tiny chip, that can essentially reprogram skin cells to repair organs and blood vessels.
Which essentially means we are one step closer to having the ability to re-generate ourselves whenever our body is in need of doing so. We’re not there yet, but this breakthrough is leading us in the right direction.
3. Viable 3D Printed Hearts
This is where BioLife4D comes into the picture. Heart transplants are rarer than the common kidney transplant or otherwise, and finding a donor, particular for younger children, can be incredibly tough.
The research being done currently will hopefully allow 3D printing technology to play a vital role in building viable hearts for patients in desperate need of a transplant. I’m talking about patients similar to Jack, the boy you’ll learn more about below.
This technology would help eliminate issues like waiting for donor organs, organ rejection, and would give more families time with their loved ones and a greater chance at surviving and thriving with a heart condition.
Jack Radandt’s Story: Heart Transplant At the Age of 11
Then I was introduced to Jack Radandt’s story. Jack was born with a rare condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The condition is a congenital heart defect affecting normal blood flow through the heart.
At the young age of 10, Jack was already undergoing surgeries to re-construct his heart. Which proved successful, but only for a short while; as a year later Jack’s family were told that he would need a complete heart transplant.
Young, and very unfortunate people, like Jack, are able to still be here today because of live changing technologies and procedures like heart transplant surgery. The work that companies like BioLife4D are doing to utlize 3D printing for viable heart development is simply amazing.
As part of the “Act of Hearts” campaign, I’ve been challenged to send a card to a child just like Jack, who has also been very unfortunate in life and has had to go through similar circumstances.
Check out the picture of myself completing the challenge below:
I encourage anyone reading this article to also take part in the campaign; by sending your own card to somebody in need of support and encouragement. You can learn more about doing this by following the links in the summary of this article.
You can watch the short video below to learn more about this technology.
BIOLIFE4D: The Technology to Save Lives
All around the world, companies are developing new and outstanding technologies, which are helping people suffering with life threatening illnesses, disabilities, conditions and more. They are not just helping, they are transforming those individual’s lives.
This article was of course sponsored by BioLife4D and their “Act of Hearts” campaign. It’s been an absolute honor for myself to get involved in this campaign and support the research that’s changing the lives of children like Jack.
If you want to learn more about BioLife’s research, you can find more about them below:
If you think the research being done here is truly life changing, and achievable, then you’re welcomed to jump aboard and invest in the company and their research. Biolife4D is planning an equity crowdfunding campaign in Feb where the general public can buy shares of stock and participate in this journey to save lives!
Want to get involved in the BioLife4D Act of Hearts campaign? Check out their website, and send a card to a brave young child who’s overcoming life-threatening conditions!
Elon Musk Abandons His Plans to Take Tesla Private
Elon Musk seems to have made a reverse on his decision to make Tesla private. The CEO of the electric car company revealed in a recent statement that investors have persuaded him not to follow up on his plans to privatize the company.
In a statement made by the unpredictable CEO, his decision to keep the company public is based on feedback from shareholders; who said they have internal rules limiting how much they can sink into a private company.
The statement also said that the business magnate met with Tesla’s board of directors on Thursday and informed them of his new decision, with the board indicating that they agree.
Staying Public https://t.co/gUrAnInBOu
— Tesla (@Tesla) August 25, 2018
Elon Musk’s Private Dream
In an earlier event, Musk shocked the company’s board and investors when he tweeted on Aug. 7 about his intentions to take the company private.
He said in his tweet that funding was already secured for the deal; but it was later revealed by the company that talks were still only in progress with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
The tweet also said that the electric company would offer shares at $420. Which as of Aug. 6 closing date was higher by 23 percent.
Assuming all the shares were bought, the said deal would be around $72 billion; though Musk later said he was expecting not more than one-third of the stakeholders to agree to the buyout.
The unexpected tweet posted by Musk on his way to the airport has triggered investigations from the federal government. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are reportedly probing whether Musk was deliberately attempting to manipulate stock prices.
Musk’s statement initially sent the company’s stock price soaring but it has since fallen.
In his new statement, Musk said he talked to investors and consulted investment powerhouses Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Silver Lake to carefully examine all his options:
“Given the feedback I’ve received, it’s apparent that most of Tesla’s existing shareholders believe we are better off as a public company.”
He went on to add that his belief that Suadi Arabia’s Investment fund could provide the billions of dollars necessary to take Tesla private was “reinforced during this process.”
What Now For Musk And Tesla?
Elon Musk may have put an end to his idea to take Tesla private, but still has a tough road ahead to meet profitability and production projections, especially as Tesla handles investigations and lawsuits stemming from his ridiculous “funding secured” tweet.
Amazon Just Hit $1 Trillion Dollars in Market Value
Amazon Inc. on Tuesday last week surpassed the $1 trillion market capitalization for the first time in its history.
The e-commerce giant became the second U.S.-based company ever to hit that milestone a month after Apple to hit the $1 trillion market valuation.
This happened after Amazon stock price raced to $2050.77 per share. It didn’t stay there for long though, slightly receding to $2040 later. You can do the math yourself. The current number of shares of AMZN totals about 487,741,189.
If we multiply this by the stock price, we have Amazon’s total market cap. As at Tuesday when the stock price was $2050.27, the market cap became $1,000,000, resulting from multiplying its number of shares, 487,741,189 by the stock price, $2050.27.
What Does This Mean For Jeff Bezos’ Net worth?
The American technology entrepreneur currently has ownership of 17% of Amazon which is about 83 million shares. Now that Jeff’s company is one of the world’s most valuable, his estimated net worth is about $170 billion.
Amazon hits $1 trillion market cap, second U.S. company reach milestone pic.twitter.com/N5i8aVp254
— Financial Post (@financialpost) September 4, 2018
Jeff Bezos is already the richest man in the world, with Bill Gates far behind with a net worth of $91 billion. This makes Jeff just a little shy of being twice as rich as Bill Gates.
This is incredible! Especially when you consider that just about seven months ago, Jeff Bezos was estimated to have a net worth of $100 billion. In fact, about 3 years, in July 2015, his net worth was “only” $50 billion.
However, a $170 billion net worth doesn’t really change Jeff’s rankings in the list of the richest people of all time. Right now, he holds the 12th position in that list and would need around $9 billion to move above Alan Rufus who is in 11th position.
He would also need an additional $10 billion to go above Henry Ford and move into the top 10 list of the richest human beings of all time.
You should also remember that in 2018 alone, Amazon’s market capitalization has moved around $500 billion. Every single billion dollar movement adds $170 to the net worth of Jeff Bezos. If over the next 9 months, the market turns in Amazon’s favor and it increases by another $500 billion,
Jeff could be having a net worth of $255 by May 2019. This will still not get him to the top of the list, but it would be an incredible number if reached.
There are different ways to look at this milestone achieved by Amazon. The stock market is trading at astonishingly high prices after several sequences of success that has lasted more than 10 years.
Amazon has already joined the $1 trillion club and there are several other companies looking to jump on the bandwagon. This may push the stock price higher, hurt wage growth, or widen income inequality.
What do you think about the current state of the stock market and what it could be in the next 12 months?
Apple’s Next iPhone X Release Could Be The Biggest One Ever
We are in that period again when rumors and news about Apple begin to pop up in every corner of the internet. Even though there has been no official confirmation yet; there is news everywhere that the next iPhone X release could be the biggest one since the start of the iPhone X series.
The $1 trillion company plans to unveil three new versions of the iPhone X soon, according to Bloomberg. The new devices will boast a wider range of prices, sizes, and features that are not present in previous versions.
Bloomberg reported that two of the new devices will be “high-end” X models. It is expected that these two iPhone X’s will feature 6.5-inch displays which will make them the largest ever.
This anticipated release can be compared with the new Samsung device; Galaxy Note 9 which has a 6.4-inch display.
If the rumors are true, then the new iPhone X’s will take the position for the largest phone screen. The new X models will also feature an all-glass back finish with stainless steel edges. There will also be an upgrade on the cameras and they will have dual cameras at the back.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 31, 2018
More Expectations For Apple’s 2018 iPhone X Lineup
The cameras are not the only features getting upgrades, the inside of the phones will too. The Bloomberg report also suggested that there be an increase in the processing speed of the new models.
One feature that would be really cool, if confirmed by Apple; is the ability to run apps and other content side-by-side.
One of the three new models will also be seen as a replacement for iPhone 8. In terms of price, the said iPhone will be cheaper than the earlier described high-end versions. It will be available in a variety of colors and will possess a 6.1-inch display.
We are not sure exactly what those colors will be but the current version of the iPhone X come in Silver and Space Gray with a 5.8-inch display. However, this model will have an aluminum edge finish and not the stainless steel casing as expected in the other two.
Apple isn’t stopping there, though. Bloomberg said that all the new X models will have a Face ID feature and a gesture-based interface system. The two larger and more expensive versions could also have two SIM card slots.
Here Is When Apple’s Next iPhone Will Likely Launch
Apple’s annual unveiling event comes up every September. With August already over, we can expect the announcement anytime soon. If the company’s previous product unveilings are anything to go by, we should look forward to seeing the much-anticipated news in the next few weeks.
Apple recently became a $1 trillion company and has always been the expert when it comes to releasing appealing products to customers. So we can almost certainly expect some high-tech features that have never appeared anywhere else.
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