The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has just come to an end in Las Vegas, and I was lucky enough to be there again. Since 2002, when CES was still focused on consumer electronics (TV, DVD, audio and some first smart home concepts), I have been visiting CES regularly.
To “skip a stone” takes more than just practice. It requires discriminating selection, as only a tiny subset of stones will do. The perfect stones for this are those that have been polished by time – rounded of rough edges and protected from too much mid-body girth. Slowly acquired features derived from countless collisions along the water’s edge and its constant energy and commotion. Skipping requires momentum, but not just speed. It requires a discrete angular velocity that will enable the first encounter to be rebounded into a series of repeating patterns that allow the stone to touch, taste, re-lift and return across the awaiting surface – again and again. A useful metaphor for many things, but particularly apropos as we gather our things, board our planes, trains or (likely time-shared) automobiles to rejoin as a community at the J.P. Morgan 2018 Healthcare Conference and, our 36th “skip” as an industry. Again, we are all returned to San Francisco to reflect on the trajectory of the biotechnology industry and now healthcare in general. To see how we, as a community, can bring forward new medical advances that are needed all across the world.