Do you remember IT 20 years ago? AltaVista, Win95, Linux 2.0, … and Deep Space Nine 🙂 Things have changed a lot. In 90s I was interested in Artificial Neural Networks and Artificial Life. Nothing could be farther from the real life that time. But our technology is developing very fast. So it is genetic engineering and biology. Our scientist are now able to create a real artificial cell. Or at least they have JCVI-syn3.0 – a working approximation of a minimal cellular genome, a compromise between small genome size and a workable growth rate for an experimental organism.
I can imagine that after some time we’ll be able to monitor and analyze the behavior of our cells in the same way as we’re monitoring the computer networks these days or as we want to do it with IoT. I doubt we’ll use SNMP, but surely some intelligent cells could trigger an alarm once they’ll register low sugar level or they’ll notice reduced activity of dopamine-secreting cells.
The research takes long and it is hard to predict the results. But our smart phones are not that far from tricoders in the DS9, are they? Looking at what the mankind was able to achieve within just one generation why not to be optimists? A better technology doesn’t mean better life anyway.