This article on the BBC reporting on an Indian company unveiling a cheap Rotavac diarrhoea vaccine is a reminder that the rate of exponential growth in technology could quite possibly over the few decades as the size of the scientific community increases. Not only does technology assist its own improvement (resulting in the long proven exponential growth) but in doing so it is raising more people out of poverty into the knowledge community and thereby producing an even larger base of researchers, designers and inventors and push the growth on and on and on.
This month’s cover edition of National Geographic shows a picture of a baby and the proclamation that this baby will live to 120. I believe they are way off the mark and that any baby being born today (in the developed world at least) has a fighting chance of living forever. I’ve been meaning to write a blog to crystallize my thoughts on the exponential growth in medical technology and the implications for human health, longevity and society. Heavily influenced by Ray Kurzweil’s singularity prediction I see the early signs of embryonic technologies everywhere which combined will dramatically change the lives of everyone one of us.