Welcome to day #4 of my daily learning goal. I’m committed to watching one TedTalk and one cataract surgery video each day. In addition, I plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or other piece of significant work.

So each day — in between podcasts, Google News, YouTube, and countless other distractions — I will share 4 items of learning that I’ve viewed or read the same day. This page will be posted after I’ve completed the tasks.

Here’s today’s list:

  1. Ted Talk – Stuart Russell – 3 principles for creating safer AI – “How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertainty. Hear his vision for human-compatible AI that can solve problems using common sense, altruism and other human values.” (ted.com) I sometimes give presentations on Big Data and AI. I enjoyed Russell’s AI insights.

2. Cataract Surgery – JT Kavanagh MD – This YouTube video has 5 million views. Excellent technique utilizing the pre-chop technique. (My YouTube cataract surgery video has only 64,000 views here!)

3A. Journal article – Hainsworth D, Gangula A, Ghoshdastidar S, et al. Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Using a Gold Nanoparticle–Based Paper Strip Assay for the At-Home Detection of the Urinary Biomarker 8-Hydroxy-2′-Deoxyguanosine. American Journal of Ophthalmology, May 2020: 306-319. (Never thought I’d read an AOS thesis!) This was an “Editor’s Choice” on the AAO’s ONE Network site. If perfected, this could be an incredible way to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy using urine sample monitoring & an iPhone/Android.

4. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4. I found a great podcast version and listened to Book 4 twice today (28 minutes). I find the podcast version enjoyable versus reading with distractions. Here are links to free translations online:

Meditations on Guttenberg Project site (Produced by J. Boulton, and David Widger)

Meditations on mit.edu (George Long translation)

Meditations on Apple Podcast (Loyal Books). (George Long translation)

5. (Bonus) – Today was the Wills Eye Hospital’s annual meeting. The David M. Paton, MD Lecture was delivered by Benjamin W. Roberts, MD. Tenwek Mission Hospital – Bomet, Kenya. His talk was on “Academic Global Ophthalmology.” Dr. Roberts is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Humanitarian Award (2016). I hope Wills posts this lecture on the Wills Eye Hospital Knowledge Portal in the coming days/weeks.

I also had a cameo appearance in Wills Eye Ophthalmologist in Chief Julia Haller MD’s presentation. I participate in the Wills Eye residents introduction to cataract surgery course each July.

I hope you enjoy these selections.

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