One of the fields of science that is really booming in recent decades is nanotechnology. This field of science is increasingly becoming prevalent in all of studies. In medical field innovations like targeted therapeutics will help with treatment of diseases like cancer. Instead of destroying all cells in chemotherapy, only targeted bad cells can be destroyed. Some other innovations include brain replication. Human brain is a very complicated machine. To replicate it is a very challenging and risky endeavor. However there are some interesting technological advancements being made in this arena.
“On the hardware side, Gizmag reported advancements with neuromorphic chips which aim to reverse engineer the brain. This goal is trying to be reached through ‘an interdisciplinary amalgam of neuroscience, biology, computer science and a number of other fields that attempts first to understand how the brain manipulates information, and then to replicate the same processes on a computer chip.’” . Since all hardware is useless without software, “researchers at IBM have created a new software program called Corelet which they say operates like the human brain when neuromorphic chips are used for processing” .
These innovations are extremely exciting and look like todays sci-fi movies. As a computer scientist, I can only dream of writing code for the human brain. It should be noted that these innovations are in a very early stage of development but they pose potential for great benefits and at the same time enormous misuses. Imagine a point of error and your brain is ‘hacked’ by someone else. Today if just our email address gets hacked, we run around crazy; imagine how helpless we would be if our brains were hacked. Apart from the security aspect, we need to consider ethical and moral aspect also. Our natural brains are extremely qualified and who is to say that the human-designed brains will be moral and ethical.
Scientific and technological advancement is only valuable if done for the right reasons and with right care. If nanotechnology is used to help with early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease or treatment of cancer cells then it is a righteous research endeavor. Today technological and scientific advancement is happening at a very fast pace. Advancements in gene manipulation, tissue engineering and so on are extremely high profile areas. Therefore now more than ever it is extremely important to conduct proper research with proper scientific methodologies. And also it is of utmost important to be transparent in the data and analysis for every research conducted.