I was listening to the radio while driving into work earlier this week when I heard a story about a biomedical engineering professor who is working on a new kind of imaging that combines sound and light energy. Dr. Lihong Wang’s goal is to combine the deeper penetration of sound energy with the clarity of light energy to deliver better results than either ultrasound or MRI technology can deliver today.
Photo-acoustic imaging will be used to better find brain cancer in patients. It has been used only on mice so far, but it shows incredible promise. According to the story, Wang follows one simple rule in his lab: “Never say impossible.”
Dr. Wang’s attitude reminded me of another inspiring individual, Mick Ebeling.
Honored by Advertising Age as one of the “Top 50 Most Creative People” in 2014 and the recipient of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mick is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker.
He’s also CEO of Not Impossible Labs, an organization that develops creative solutions to address real-world problems. Not Impossible Labs was founded on Ebeling’s firm belief that nothing is impossible.
A Mission for All of Us
Mick runs an animation studio with no technical background. But when he heard about Tony “TEMPT” Quan, a young graffiti artist who had lost his ability to work due to ALS, he surrounded himself with top technology talent to help.
Their common goal was to invent something that could enable Quan and others like him to perform visual art through optic movements. The results are astounding.
Meanwhile, Dr. Wang is already thinking about a real-world tricorder – yes, the device from the original Star Trek series.
What could you accomplish if you shook off the fear of failure and the clouds of self-doubt? What could you do if you focused on goals that really matter to you to improve people’s lives and not just your boss’s objectives at work?
Mick will deliver an inspiring keynote address for our customers and partners at the xMatters user conference, September 16-18, in Las Vegas. But we can’t “beam you there” just yet, so you have to be there to check it out.
We’ll also have product training, case studies, and breakout sessions. For our software, on premise clients we really encourage you to attend to learn more about the future of xMatters. And of course, it’s Vegas baby. Register today to make sure you get a seat at our baddest event of the year.