Salvatore Iaconesi: What Happened When I Open-Sourced My Brain Cancer

(Last Updated On: November 2, 2017)

When artist Salvatore Iaconesi was diagnosed with brain cancer, he refused to be a passive patient — which, he points out, means “one who waits.” So he hacked his brain scans, posted them online, and invited a global community to pitch in on a “cure.” This sometimes meant medical advice, and it sometimes meant art, music, emotional support — from more than half a million people.

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