Protecting Sight #66: Art in the age of machine intelligence. Data becomes pigment.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Refik Anadol – Art in the age of machine intelligence. “What does it look like inside the mind of a machine? Inspired by the architectural vision of a futuristic Los Angeles in “Blade Runner,” media artist Refik Anadol melds art with artificial intelligence in his studio’s collaborations with architects, data scientists, neuroscientists, musicians and more. Witness otherworldly installations that might make you rethink the future of tech and creativity.” (

This is a brand new Ted Talk (12,000 views when I watched). Loved every minute and especially his concept of data as pigment. Worth a watch.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Resident Case: improve vertical chop.

3A. Journal article Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) for the Correction of Myopia with Astigmatism: Outcomes of the United States Food and Drug Administration Premarket Approval Clinical Trial. Jon G. Dishler, Stephen Slade, Stefanie Seifert, Steven C. Schallhorn. Ophthalmology August 2020: p1020–1034.

3B. Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE): What Now? What Next? J. Bradley Randleman. Ophthalmology. p1035–1036

Excellent articles on SMILE. To learn about SMILE Laser Eye Surgery, please visit my brother Sonny Goel MD’s website,


4. Book Chapter – Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapter 2, Part II.

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