2023—A Look Back

As the editors of OLLI Connects, we love to take one week each year to simply reflect on the stories and articles that you, our members, have shared over the previous twelve months. This year is no exception. Moreover, 2023 distinguished itself from others due to the sheer diversity of material we were able to publish.

So we invite you to take a little trip down memory lane and revisit the riches our subscribers and authors shared every week. You might even find a few stories you missed! The links provided in the body of this story will bring you to specific stories or categories; you can also use our search box to find specific authors or topics in the complete archive. Or….you can just look at the images.

We hope you enjoy the journey—Editors

Literary Challenge — The Story Unfolds

OLLI-USF Members

We published two unusual stories in our March 26 issue–one by Marilyn Myerson and one “by” Peter Terzian–and added a challenge to you, our readers, to create a story similar to Pete’s.  We gave you an opening line to get you started and let you weave the story by adding Comments. 

Unbeknownst to you, we gave ChatGPT the same challenge.  So, on the linked page you’ll find our challenge, the opening lines, your story, a list of the contributors, and the same challenge answered by ChatGPT.

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A Stormy Night in Paris

Bruce Gobioff
and a new talent

It’s a new year.  It’s 2023. A year we once thought of as being in the far distant future, long after “2001: A Space Odyssey”. But now it’s here, and we’d better get used to it.

And we have the perfect story to start our year. As you can tell by looking in the upper right, Bruce Gobioff is involved.  But he didn’t create this issue’s article alone. Who helped him?  And how?

Click here to find out

Deep Medicine

Michael Bice

Eric Topol’s Deep Medicine is a significant contribution to American medicine and should be required reading for anyone interested in the present and future of health delivery.  I read the book as a student and teacher of digital health technologies and quickly discovered that my understanding of AI and medicine is superficial at best. In my quest to overcome this deficit, I found the following observations from the Topol book to be of particular relevance.

The first major entry of AI into the practice of medicine was automated systems for reading ECGs, which were first applied in the 1970s and became routine in the 1980s.

Deep neural networks (DNN) are the driving force supporting AI innovations in health. The DNN era was made possible by these four components:  (More…)

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