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July 24, 2003
The Neurotechnology Wave (2010-2060)
Before I take a few weeks to focus on my book, I'm posting a paper I wrote that was recently accepted by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. I, like James Canton's paper on human performance enhancement, wrote the piece as part of the NBIC conference which I blogged extensively. It is a short two-page paper that sits at the core of my book and the Brain Waves blog.
The nascent neurotechnology wave (2010-2060) is being accelerated by the development of biochips and brain imaging technologies that make biological analysis inexpensive and pervasive. Biochips that can perform the basic bio-analysis functions (genomic, proteomic, biosimulation, and microfluidics) at a low cost will transform biological analysis and production in a very similar fashion as the microprocessor did for data. Nano-imaging techniques will also play a vital role in making the analysis of neuro-molecular level events possible. When data from advanced biochips and brain imaging are combined they will accelerate the development of neurotechnology, the set of tools that can influence the human central nervous system, especially the brain. Neurotechnology will be used for therapeutic ends and to enhance human emotional, cognitive and sensory system performance. (check out the rest in the PDF)
I'll be discussing the topic in more detail at the Bay Area Futurist Salon on August 15th. Until then, enjoy the upcoming guest bloggers.
| Category: NeuroWave 2050
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