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Ave atque Vale

In case anyone wonders where I’ve gone, I’m resigning from Foresight for medical reasons (adhesive capsulitis — long and painful course of therapy) and to concentrate my few remaining neurons on my AI research.  I really wish nanomedicine had advanced further in the interim :-)

15 Responses to “Ave atque Vale”

  1. Al Fin Says:

    Don’t stop creating new ideas, whatever you do.
    The world needs your brain to keep working.

  2. Dave Says:

    Best of luck with the recovery. We’ll miss you.

  3. Gary Miloglav Says:

    Hang in there, we expect you back.

  4. Richard Says:

    Good luck. I’ve had adhesive capsulitis in both shoulders (1996/right; 2008/left). I did rehab with the right, and after 6 months had regained 95% of motion. With the left, I didn’t do rehab, just kept moving on my own, and in 6 months had regained about 90% of motion. You’ll get through it one way or the other.

  5. Will Says:

    I hope you come back. Your Foresight posts are some of my favorite things to read in my futurism/transhumanism newsfeed

  6. Joe Says:

    Thanks for your work with foresight and good luck. My friend developed shoulder problems from hours a day of mouse use at work. Here are 2 items that may help if computer use is a contributing factor:

  7. dhudson Says:

    Hang in there Josh. I’ve been following your posts since the mid-90′s. The entire community owes you a debt of gratitude.

  8. Alfred Neunzoller Says:

    Hope you get better soon JoSH.

  9. Erin Says:

    Josh, you have been such an encouragement to myself and others interested in nanotechnology, AI, and related fields, and aside from that you are a fun, cool, and great guy. I hope all of us can continue to read posts and your work wherever it takes you. Be well you and your family. Thank you for all the time and effort you have invested in this.

  10. jinsei Says:

    I don’t know the specifics of your case, buy my company’s safety officer has found armrests to be the source of most shoulder problems, and I agree. If those are raising up your sholders as you type (as all armrests do), you are causing serious damage right there. Get rid of the things–find yourself a chair without any armrests, and get a lower, pull-out keyboard tray.

    Good luck; hope you feel better soon.

  11. Doug Jones Says:

    Don’t we increasingly wish for nanomedicine? Get well, or at least well enough, and please return when you can.

    Looking back over the last couple months, I just HAD to unscramble your daisy chaining vs recursion post. Was that brought on by some LISP programming?

    the farmer sowing his corn kept the cock that crowed in the morn (that) waked the priest all shaven and shorn (that) married the man all tattered and torn (that) kissed the maiden all forlorn (that) milked the cow with the crumpled horn (that) tossed the dog (that) worried the cat (that) killed the rat (that) ate the malt (that) lay in The house (that) was built by Jack.

    I really needed that break from an ugly center of mass vs propellant utilization spreadsheet…

  12. Paul A'Barge Says:

    Sucks to be you, but where is there any evidence that nanotechnology would be of any use in treating “frozen shoulder”?

  13. moodygirl Says:

    I hope you don’t mind if I comment on your adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder. I’ve never commented here but I have noticed that InstaPundit links here occasionally.

    I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder a few years ago. I was not sure what it was when it began but I immediately went to a chiropractor rather than my physician who would have referred me to a physiotherapist. Within 10 or 12 appointments of brutal and intense therapy I was 90% better. He also prescribed home exercises which were very helpful, I took Tylenol for pain and I used a heating pad on the shoulder as much as I could.

    He thought that the problem was poor posture and my setup at home for my computer. The keyboard was too high or my chair was too low in which case the point is to keep the elbows and forearms on the same plane as the keyboard. Your chair must be adjustable, have arm rests, and not so high that you can’t keep your feet flat on the floor. Women should not cross their legs. It’s also important to take breaks to move.

    I had a mild relapse the following year at Christmas which absolutely ruined it but I did not go back to the chiropractor. I resumed the exercises, had lots of hot baths and got out my heating pad again, and took Tylenol for pain. It worked and within a few weeks I was fine.

    I hope this helps you even if it’s only one person’s personal experience. I know how painful it is and unfortunately it does tend to recur and often in the other shoulder. Hasn’t happened in my other shoulder yet but I’m prepared if it does.

    Best of luck to you.

  14. Robert Townshend Says:

    You’ve been a favourite read. Be well!

  15. Jay Dugger Says:

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. Thank you for posting here, and please keep up the good work.

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