Friday, April 1, 2011

Science Fiction or Innovation

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. Issac Asimov

A few months back I asked a group of bright, talented researchers why they were bothering to cure cancer? They should do something bigger. Stop aging!

They thought and, probably as some of them read this, still think I'm crazy for suggesting it. But consider that at some point in the not so distant future that today's big problems will be no more. What should we be inventing that will meet the needs of such a new world.

Imagine the only way in which people die would be accidents and intentional killings. If you think OSHA, FDA and EPA have excessive safety procedures today, then consider the rules for zero risk tolerance that would come from a single death. Population growth, birth control, security, food supplies, education, retirement, health care.... everything we know would change.

Before you write off my challenge to consider such a world, read a few short stories by Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke or Robert Heinlein this weekend. Take a look at WHEN they were written. It could BE different is right around the corner.

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