Unbounded, Unconstrained Future Business Opportunities

Unbounded, Unconstrained Future Business Opportunities

It is October 1 2080; Ken’s parents have just renewed their marriage contract which expires every five years. This is the seventh time. Everyone is happy and they have reasons.

Two years ago, Ken was hospitalized for a severe fracture of the spinal cord. He had an accident and many thought he would never walk again. But thanks to experts in the state’s general hospital, his locomotion was restored through an electronic implant. They have used CPG (central pattern generators) implants to reactivate his motors.

For a young man who at youth joined a faith movement that considered implants immoral and unethical, it has been a long journey. He preached against it and even atoned to die to defend the sanctity of life by preventing human defilement caused by implants. He has reasoned along with the adherents of the faith that implants challenged the creative power of the deity.

But one afternoon while visiting his parents from college, he saw a boy he knew to be blind and deaf seeing and hearing. The joy, the hope and the energy from this boy and his parents enveloped him. The boy had gotten retina and cochlea implants. Ever since, Ken decided to become a neuromorphic engineer-a designer of implants.

Generally, technology takes time to penetrate and be accepted by the population. And in our contemporary society, the resistance to a new one like implants is expected. Unfortunately, that inertia to acceptability goes beyond safety and reliability concerns to morality and religiosity. But over time, the barriers usually crack and the technology is accepted. It could be inorganic food, medical MRI, medical robots, among others; attitudes change over time regarding innovations.

In the past, body enhancements for face and breast were despised until people began to appreciate how accident victims were remade by the technologies. Increasingly, in most societies, it is normal that people may want to improve their outlooks. Similarly for implants, some view that it is normal that someone could decide to hear better, see better and walk better. The issues of morality become blurred because man by nature wants to have a better quality of life. Why remain blind when there is a technology that can help you see?

Unfortunately, bionics touches a very potent area in religion because of apocryphal misinformation by some zealots. They say that implants are designed-ready for the biblical rule where doomed men will receive the mark of beast, ‘666’, in the reign of the anti-Christ as is documented in the book of Revelation. By avoiding implants, one inherently avoids readiness for this mark.

The reality is that the design of retina and cochlea all follow the typical processes used in making the microchips that power our cellphones and computers, except that quality controls are tighter because of their critical functions. As normal is the chip in the cellphone is the biochip in the implant.

We have been transformed by the phenomenal powers of microelectronics that opened the pathway to design tools that can restore vision, locomotion, among others; yet, many still cling on dogmas, denying themselves life-saving solutions. But with time, implants will be welcomed by the whole humanity and man will become mostly bionics. Moreso, as nanotechnology matures, we will see better implants with higher efficiency and lower cost as scientists take advantage of the migration from the classical Newtonian physics to quantum mechanics that provides more affinity to biology at sub-atomic level. Technology will triumph over dogmas with multiple ‘home-runs’.

Why? While it is easy to ignore vision implants on faith crusades, most will overcome personal beliefs to have their visions back through them. And if terrorists continue to ravage the world, governments may require implants in some troubled regions of the world to help save captives. In the near future, it is possible that military personnel will be bionics.

The human instinct to survival will continue to open opportunities for science to push further. As understanding of human biology improves, more efficient breeds of implants that seamlessly capture the event driven asynchronous parallelism of the nervous system will emerge. Will that be a path to attain that holy grail of human immortality? Can humanity in 20000 years today shop for bio-grade artificial brains on the Internet? In essence, this can go beyond body parts like retina, cochlea to all body. Simply put: can man electronically create biological quality human in the far future?

Possibly, this trend will be gradual that generations will experience techno-acculturation of gradual metamorphosis of Homo sapiens to bionics. It is very interesting that people are concerned about bionics when our present computing paradigm is simply a primitive system when compared to the way nature computes. There is going to be a quantum leap in bionics when spiking communication matures so that machine and nature could talk under a similar protocol.

In our time without looking deep into the future, man will be ready for bionics as more needs emerge for them. Our doctors will prescribe drugs that will take photos of our internal tissues and when needed reprogram them while inside us. To save us time, the drugs could be assigned Internet IPs so that irrespective of our location, our doctors can still help us. In other words, it is not just bionics, but man becoming an Internet node. Will this be welcomed? It all depends on the need for survival and life.

Our society will welcome implants as they mature and the health benefits well explained. The acceptance will positively correlate with the advancement. And as the buzz over the green tech fades in few decades, bionics will take central stage. But if society rejects bionics, the entertainment industry will help us break that barrier. When top golfers get new retinas for better vision on the course, we will hail them. And when we understand how those precisions come, the world will accept the inevitable outcome: the Homo sapiens will evolve to bionics.

I tell you today: the best companies have not been founded. Apple, Google, and Konga are placeholders. The world is unbounded, unconstrained and the future have possibilities and opportunities.

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12 thoughts on “Unbounded, Unconstrained Future Business Opportunities

  1. It is normal for humans to exhibit paranoia and skeptism against things they do not understand. In my lifetime, I have witnessed significant technological and cultural shifts from dressing to communication to adoption of life-saving technologies.

    I believe humans have a serious responsibility to improve the world and leave it in a better state than they found it.

    Thank you for the beautiful piece sir.

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  2. This piece is simply an eye opener. I believe greater technologies are yet to come and I hope every one of us will embrace them for better quality of life. Thanks Mr Ndubisi

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  3. There is one person, whose piece i will never dare to miss on the LinkedIn on a daily basis, i not only get inspired, but propelled as a youngman to explore and live out my dreams. Many thanks, always, sir.

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  4. This piece is timely for the world, Africa especially. Foot-dragging in this technological race – based on religious/moral biases – will only leave us as destitutes of the future.

    As you have posited, man is slow to embracing revolutionary innovation. But efforts like this (your article) will go a long way to ease the transition into this new age to come.

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  5. 1. Every good gift (future technologies) and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the (Almighty GOD) Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (Prophsied in James 1:17)

    2. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth…from such withdraw thyself. (Warning of 1 Timothy 6:5)

    3. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do (say or write) those things which are not convenient; (Retribution of Romans 1:28)

    4. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (in this life or at death). For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Becareful of your words and write ups as warned in Matthew 12:36?-?37)

    5. … Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again (in your spirit). John 3:3?, ?6?-?7

    6. …Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3

    7. The Lord (Jesus Christ) is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering (patient) to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (before death or coming of the Antichrist). 2 Peter 3:9.

    Accept Christ in your life today.

    N.B.
    All scriptures is from King James Version, and words in brackets and ones omitted are for emphasis. Thanks.

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