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Jet packs

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 10 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8342
  1. Oliver Ellis, foundation year 1 doctor, Mersey Deanery
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“My generation never got the future it was promised . . . 35 years later, cars, air travel—it’s exactly the same. We don’t even have Concorde anymore. Technology stopped.” In the television series The West Wing one of the characters was complaining about how technology hasn’t lived up to the promises of science fiction. “Where’s my jet pack, my colonies on the moon?”

The vast majority of healthcare institutions are run on paper notes and dictation. I’m used to it now, but as a generation Y, digital native-type I remember …

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