Marty Cooper (Twitter: @MartyMobile) is the inventor of the cell phone, a TIME Magazine Top 100 Inventor in History, a Wireless Hall of Fame inductee, a Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering and Marconi Prize winner and chair of the business advisory team at Owaves. We are honored to speak to Marty as he launches his first and only book detailing the invention of the cell phone during his years at Motorola, and to discuss where he sees the future of wireless technology heading. Joining Marty for this discussion are the Founder and CEO of Owaves, Royan Kamyar, M.D., MBA; Senior Director of Community at Owaves, Lauren Serpico, Ph.D., CPT; and Elaine Fang, M.S. candidate at the London School of Economics. ~ With gratitude to Marty for this wonderful interview, from the whole Owaves team!
Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone has Transformed Humanity, Rosetta Books, 2021.
Show Notes & References:
00:00-07:25 ~ A Retrospective Introduction
Reference: The Cell Phone: Marty Cooper’s Big Idea, 60 Minutes, 5.21.10
07:26-12:15 ~ Glimpse of the Future
* Marty is Owaves’ Chairman of the Business Advisory team.
Reference: Owaves team page
* Life has evolved on earth for almost 4 billion years
Reference: Early Life on Earth — Animal Origins, Smithsonian Institute
* The first humans are believed to be over 6 million years old.
Reference: Introduction to Human Evolution, Smithsonian Institute
* “I think we have an amazing opportunity to use the data that comes from the cell phones that we carry with us, to understand what it takes to live an appropriate life.”
* “I think that’s what Owaves is all about. What is the fundamental nature of a human being?… The human body/being is the result of a billion years of evolution. If we don’t take all the inherent aspects of evolution into account as we live, we live a less complete life.”
* “I’m enchanted by the opportunities for data analytics. Just think about how much we could learn about a person, if we measured virtually everything that is happening to you in life, in a way that doesn’t intrude in your privacy. Wow, is that an important, and difficult problem… But if you could take all that data, and just analyze the data, think about what you’ll learn about what it is appropriate to have a full and complete life that is consistent with evolution!”
* Wellness tip: Go Hiking!!
* Over 35 million older adults fall each year in the United States, according to the CDC.
* 1 out of 4 older adults will fall each year, making falls a major public health concern.
Reference: Fall risk statistics from CDC
* Apple Watch introduced fall detection with the Series 4 in fall of 2018.
* “It’s interesting,