Date: September 27th, 2011
Cate: Systems

The questions posed by biology will likely transcend every technology to date.

Years ago, I lived and worked at an advanced science research lab in brussels housed in the former Czechoslovakian embassy, topics explored included everything from time travel to life sciences.  The lab’s shadow remains in operation in Barcelona. I was their chief analyst helping review and create value from 70 PhD’s projects. This included artificial intelligence, genetics, nano-technology, quantum computation and a few other cool buzzword projects.

One project I worked with was to be the world’s largest gene gathering and research project. We were going to get genetic material and medical histories from people all over the world and then wait for sequencing to get cheap enough.  Unfortunately, the lab business model met the realities of the dot-com crash in 2001.

Genetics is going to be bigger and more profound than most any one can imagine.

In 1991 I co-founded a software start-up on the University of Iowa campus dealing with pictoral relational databases. In my spare time, I came up with a way to lose money using neural networks to trade t-bond futures.  One day a colleague asked me, “What do you think will be the next big technology revolution.”  Everyone had been chattering about hard disks, processors and memory, the same way normal people talk about the best cars or baseball players. I didn’t hesitate a moment.  I replied, “Thats easy. genetics and biology.”

The reason applied genetics and biology as a technology are going to be so profound, isn’t because of the technology, it is because of the human factor in terms of answers or questions.  Google can give you facts, your i-phone can tell you where you are etc. Genetics may let you know how long you have, what you may become and where you are going. It will do the same for others.  Genetics applied will pose more answers than we have social conventions to deal with and it will do it faster than anything we can imagine.  I drafted a book outline on the topic back in 2001, that may be worth a review today.

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