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Envisioning The Future Of Health Technology

“Technology is the ultimate democratizing force in society. Over time, technology raises lowest common denominators by reducing costs and connecting people across the world. Medical technology is no exception to this trend: previously siloed repositories of information and expensive diagnostic methods are rapidly finding a global reach and enabling both patients and practitioners to make better use of information.

This visualization is an exercise in speculating about which individual technologies are likely to affect the scenario of health in the coming decades. Arranged in six broad areas, the forecast covers a multitude of research and developments that are likely to disrupt the future of healthcare.”

Technologies mentioned: Regeneration, biogerontology, treatments, telemedicine, augmentation, diagnostics


A leader in the field of synthetic biology, J. Craig Venter considers himself an optimist, but he can see the halfway point on the glass that’s not full.

Venter, a perennial candidate for the Nobel Prize, talked about investment into scientific research during The Atlantic Meets the Pacific forum in La Jolla, Calif., Monday. The event looks at the intersection of technology and ideas with society and human use.

“You can’t be a successful researcher and not be an optimist,” he said. “If you talk yourself out of doing the experiment, you’ll never get any research done.”

The most exciting idea he’s working on is what he calls biological teleportation — translated: downloading insulin at home from the Internet.

“We found a way we can move proteins, viruses and single human cells at the speed of light,” he said. “We can digitize biology, send it at the speed of light and reconfigure the biology at the other end. ”

Right now, Venter’s lab can get a pandemic virus via electromagnetic wave, download it and have a vaccine ready to fight the virus made much sooner.

The first try was successfully synthesizing a bacterial cell two years ago, on the heels of his successes at sequencing the human genome. Despite that, he says, we don’t know much about biology — we don’t fully understand the fundamentals. For instance, there hasn’t been as much emphasis on writing the genome code as there is on reading it.

Even though we have a huge overlap between the digital world and the biological world, we can’t replicate it, he observed. He’s working on a robot that can synthesize research much faster than humans.

“Imagine being able to download a vaccine or your medicine on your computer at home,” Venter said. “That’s the not-to-distant future, and it wipes out the possibility of an epidemic.”

The progress, he suggested, will come from privately supported research.

“When you’re working in the middle of it and you see how slow things are, you should be outraged by the amount of federal money that goes into research and how few breakthroughs there are,” Venter said. “All the breakthroughs have come from private money that allows you to do what federal money won’t let you do.”

DNA can survive for hundreds of thousands of years in a box in your garage.

“its like a laser printer for dna”
Creating tools that enable the design and creation of useful living things, and more.

One of the landmark events of 20th century science was celebrated and reinterpreted for the 21st century in Trinity College Dublin on 12 July 2012 as part of the Science in the City programme of ESOF2012. Dr Craig Venter, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project in the 1990s and a pioneer of synthetic biology delivered a lecture entitled, ‘What is Life? A 21st century perspective’ recreating the Irish event that inspired the discovery of the structure of DNA.

In February, 1943 one of the most distinguished scientists of the 20th Century, Erwin Schrödinger, delivered a seminal lecture, entitled ‘What is Life?’, under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, in Trinity College Dublin. The lecture presented far-sighted ideas on how hereditary information could be encoded in a chemical structure (aperiodic crystal) in living cells. Schrödinger’s book (1944) of the same title is considered to be a scientific classic. The book was cited by Crick and Watson as one of the inspirations which ultimately led them to unravel the structure of DNA in 1953, a breakthrough which won them the Nobel prize.

seems a man is indeed a bridge as Nietzsche says. life is just passing the code down the matrix :> Craig Venter is like Morpheus, so cool :>

“The major modeling insight we had a few years ago was to break up the functionality of the cell into subgroups, which we could model individually, each with its own mathematics, and then to integrate these submodels together into a whole. It turned out to be a very exciting idea.”

But we’re not quite there yet: Dr. Covert told The Times, “Right now, running a simulation for a single cell to divide only one time takes around 10 hours and generates half a gigabyte of data.”

Holy Genetically-Engineered Organisms Batman – Synthetic Biology Has A Banner Month!

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Progress occurs when inventive people solve problems and create opportunities. Here are just a few of the breakthroughs that offer the brightest prospects for a future that leaves austerity and deprivation behind..

Most importantly, the game itself is no longer zero-sum. For the first time ever, we don’t need to figure out how to divide our pie into more slices, because we now know how to bake more pies. Everyone can win.

Because of the exponential growth rate of technology, this progress will continue at a rate unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. What all this means is that—if the hole we’re in isn’t even a hole, the gap between poor and rich is not much of a gap, and the current rate of technological progress is moving more than fast enough to meet the challenges we now face—then the three most common criticisms against abundance should trouble us no more..

In the menagerie of Craig Venter’s imagination, tiny bugs will save the world. They will be custom bugs, designer bugs — bugs that only Venter can create. He will mix them up in his private laboratory from bits and pieces of DNA, and then he will release them into the air and the water, into smokestacks and oil spills, hospitals and factories and your house…

Simply amazing read. I’m so happy all this is happening right now. Hope I can meet Venter soon :>