Jetpack Blog Train: Biotechnology in the Future

One of the other members of a group of writers I know through facebook suggested some of us science fiction writers take a stab at the new ‘jetpack’. The reference to a jetpack is something that was promised but turned out not to happen (at least not on a large scale). I volunteered to write a blog post as part of this series.

This post features a degree futurism. Normally I like to scoff at pie in the sky talk like this, but because I’m not here to predict how things will actually be, but rather how things could (Possibly) be, I think I’m off the hook.

In particular this post is about organic technology, both medical and non-medical. I don’t know all that much about this sort of thing, but I am quite interested in it.

So imagine, for a moment: a future, a hundred years from now.

A hundred years from now lost limbs will be regrown rather than replaced by prosthetics.

A hundred years from now bacterial injections will allow the blind to see again.

A hundred years from now the technology of life will assist humanity with the many challenges that await us.

A hundred years from now one will choose just mitochondria or to add on chloroplasts, and humans will turn green as we photosynthesize rather than simply eating.

A hundred years from now humanity will be modular, able to alter the body biologically.

A hundred years from now the human genome will be understood so tweaking the genetics of growing infants will be possible, if not common.

A hundred years from now, what sort of laws will govern modified humans? What sort of rules will keep them in or out of sports and competition? The stronger, the faster, will have to compete against only each other.

Computers will store data on DNA strands, to increase storage capacity over electronics.

When or if these advances occur, the repercussions will be large for society. If people can choose to not need food, but to nourish off sunlight and water, that could solve the hunger problems. And one hundred years from now, the population will have expanded so much that will be extremely necessary.

The world of a hundred years ago was unthinkably different from our world today. The future will most likely be even stranger than we can predict.

I feel strange trying to predict the future. Obviously I don’t know if these things will happen, but there is movement in these directions even today. From the mice that could see again, if only temporarily because of bacterial injections, to the study in DNA and information storage, the world is always on its way somewhere that is not the present.

Here’s hoping we see a future where technology is enough to make things better.

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This post is part of a blog train, where writers more skilled at prediction than myself are putting forth their thoughts on different subjects. Only one is out so far, but here is the link to that post: Share and enjoy.


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