Good morning! Oh my goodness what a glorious morning.
Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m spending my days in Super Disney World, but the progress being made by Rachael and Jessica is stupifying and dizzifying.
I brought a seat belt in Wednesday as a prop – just b/c they are going so fast.
Turns out I actually needed it!
By 8:15 EST, they had that office going 72 mph in a 25 mph zone.
These women are reckless and dangerously effective.
Watch out – walking world – YOWWWW.
I bring this up b/c a slice of Wednesday’s energy can be attributed to the success of our Beta test just reaching Phase I completion.
We are excited to finally share with you.
Walk with a Robot Doc – Beta Version
Anybody who knows anything knows that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the new thing. Driverless cars, self-making pizzas, etc.
Well, our R and D has been on us for years about this.
Last August we finally broke – time to go. We grabbed coffees, reserved the Dr. Craig Kadooka
Theatre on Central Campus and watched a 60 Minutes segment (clip
) alongside our R&D team.
We addressed the potential benefits and downsides of applying it to our simple walking program, Walk with a Doc. Thanks for the clarification David.
Health care professionals would no longer be our limiting factor.
The only thing holding us back now would be the number of Super Robot Doctors (SRD’s) we could manufacture on our assembly line. As previously mentioned, we have completed our Phase I Run Through on our WWAD’s East Campus and what follow are the findings. (What? Self-making pizzas?)
- Acronym works beautifully– WWARD (Walk with a Robot Doc). Therefore our robot’s name is ‘Ward’ (Flounder was taken).
- We developed 3 different prototypes. We gave the 3 different robots the exact phenotype (physical appearance) as WardCleaver (fictional TV dad of the 50’s), Hines Ward (star wide receiver for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers from 1998-2011) and Ward Kimball famed early Disney cartoonist and creator of such icons as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, the Mad Hatter and others. People recognized him less than the other two.
- As the 60 Minutes clip shared, there are 8000 new journal articles everyday. Every medical journal is downloaded into ‘Ward’s’ “brain” every morning. For our adolescent docs, ‘Ward’ will also carry Instagram, and other popular apps. All this information is too much for us human docs to keep up, not too much for Ward.
- Additionally, we are able to give all the Wards (Super Robot Docs) a pleasant seasonal scent. Lilacs until September 1st at which time their scent will switch over to Pumpkin Spice. In November, they become Cranberry which is what they will end the calendar year with. We were unable to persuade our human docs to do this.
- By ordering in bulk, the cost of building a Super Robot Doc is slightly over $7,400 (not cheap). But, in the long run we’re saving. If these SRDs were to drink coffee and eat bananas at the rate of some of eh-hem, normal human docs (NHDs) that would cost the walk a total of $27, 324 in physician consumption. That’s a lot of Scooby Snacks.Cons
- During some of the Beta-testing, Ward was giving out the right medical advice but, unfortunately, for the wrong disease. For example, he attempted to perform the Dix Hallpike maneuver (typically reserved for those with benign positional vertigo) to someone who wanted antibiotics for a UTI. Needless to say, this was not well received.
- Ward was also approaching visitors on our WWAD Tram Tours and offering unsolicited diagnoses that were just plain wrong. One example, was one of our visitors from Turkey. He was wearing a royal blue shirt on the tour that day. Ward saw this gentleman, and interrupted our tour docent concerned that the visitor had amiodarone toxicity. Ward elbowed his way onto the tram and attempted to physically examine this gentleman’s thyroid and liver during the tour. In Ward’s defense, he was looking for other ‘collateral damage’ from this antiarrhythmic. Of course, Ahmet was not even taking amiodarone and this was an embarrassing situation for all involved except Ward. He doesn’t have any feelings because he’s a robot.
- Finally, one of 72 year-old guests, Jesse, had grown up watching and loving Leave it to Beaver. Jesse wanted his photo taken with Ward Cleaver. We sell facsimiles to the meerschaum pipe (blows bubbles) Ward received as a gift in Episode 9 (Season 2). Our guest purchased one and put it in Ward’s mouth for the photo. That would’ve been fine, but he lit a couple of dry leafs to make it look realistic for the photo. Unfortunately, the direct heat under Ward’s left eye “short-circuited”. This heat pressure ejected Ward Cleaver’s eye 40 yards forward at a blinding speed. This was followed shortly after by the his right eye. We absolutely understand that this caused significant emotional trauma to the 24 others on the 2:00 tour who were not yet aware that he was a robot.As we enter Phase II we will be looking for input from our Walk family on how we fine tune this incoming order of Super Robot Docs. We’ve had some ups and we’ve had some downs. But we’re thrilled with the potential to get more of our friends walking!
Thank you Dr. Matthew Everett, Andrea Reinaker, Deb Stubbs and Ashley Zvansky for walking the Walk at Memorial Health in Marysville, OH
. “Walking is a great form of exercise and this is a fun group setting for people to lace up their shoes and walk to wellness.” says Deb Stubbs, program coordinator and Wellness Center Director at Memorial Hospital. A big thank you to Dr. Matthew Everett who routinely engages our walkers, patiently answering questions and motivating them to keep walking. Ashley Zvansky, in the Wellness Center, is our cheerleader, rallying the community with her emails and gathering water and snacks for the walks. Finally, we are thankful for our local YMCA and Lowe’s store, who let us walk indoors in the winter months, and the City of Marysville, who provides the trail and shelter at Eljer Park in warmer weather.