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Past Future Shock

Here's a good illustration of how fast technology is moving: My "Future Healing" post is three days old - and it's already a past-future.

In my story I imagined a doctor locating a stem cell line that is a near match for his patient. This match was a special type of stem cell now called a CBE (cord-blood-derived embryonic-like stem cells).

Our hero orders these CBE's and installs a DNA patch to make it a better, "practically perfect" match for his patient. He then coaxes these patched stem cells into becoming brain stem cells that can be used by his patient's brain to replace damaged neurons.

None of those steps were products of my imagination. This is real research going on right now (as the hyperlinks within the original post show).

But why would our hero go to the trouble of finding a near match at some distant location, ordering it, and then patching it if this technology is available?

Scientists for the first time have turned ordinary skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells -- without having to use human eggs or make new human embryos in the process, as has always been required in the past, a Harvard research team announced yesterday.

From hard sci-fi to past future in three days. Didn't this use to take decades?

Comments

Hmmmmm...I wonder if it could be that exponentially accelerating knowledge thingy??? Nah!

If so, then we must have hit the Singularity by now. ;-)

I've had that feeling too.  Makes you feel like it takes all the running you can do just to stay in the same place (oh, if the Rev. Dodgeson could be alive today, what would he make of it?).

EP:

I doubt that he'd be too surprised that it takes all the running we can do to keep in the same place.

He'd probably tell us that if we want to actually get somewhere, we'll have to run at least twice as fast as that.

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