Protecting Sight #192: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI. Posterior polar cataracts and posterior capsule breaks. An OMIC-recommended GCA checklist. Elihu Yale & Why Moats Matter. US colleagues: Enter a book giveaway contest!

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, podcast, or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI. “What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.” (

Conti states that computers have gone “from a child’s game to the pinnacle of strategic thought.” This is a nice futurist Ted Talk. I hope one day to walk across the 3D-printed bridge! (see MX3D Bridge site)

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Capsule Break with I/A and rescue. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “Our guest surgeon today is Dr Ahmed Al Habash who shows us the best technique of dealing with a posterior capsule rupture during irrigation/aspiration. This patient has a posterior polar cataract and we know that the capsule is very weak and fragile at the site of the opacity.”

Love that Dr. Devgan has grouped many posterior capsule cases together. Great case & save.

Pathology Clues

3. EyeNet (December 2020) – GCA, Part 2: Malpractice Lessons and Case Studies. Written By: Arthur Stone, Contributing Writer, interviewing Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD, Andrew G. Lee, MD, Ronald W. Pelton, MD, PhD, and Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD

The article states, “A potential solution: the use of a “robust appointment and test tracking system,” which can play a pivotal role in preventing diagnostic error, Dr. Pelton said. He developed a GCA checklist to prompt ophthalmologists to ask key questions and document findings.”

With thanks to Ron Pelton and OMIC … this is a wonderful GCA checklist!

4A. Book Chapter – Why Moats Matter: The Morningstar Approach to Stock Investing. Chapter 3. This book was gifted to me by Guy Spier, a hedge fund investor. I listened to Guy when he was a guest on The Investors Podcast, which led me to his wonderful book The Education of a Value Investor.

4B. Diana Scarisbrick and Benjamin Zucker. Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron. Chapter 1. I received this book as a gift from the University. Want to crack the covers of the many books on my shelf.

5. US ophthalmologists, residents, and future ophthalmologists: Enter my first Giveaway contest! Enter a drawing for a copy of Mackool, Richard J. Phaco Tips: The First Ten Years (2002). See my Instagram post to enter!

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