“The Future is Here. It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed.”
Science fiction writer William Gibson said that right. We simply have to look around enough – now – to find out what the future holds.
The future may never be evenly distributed. But it’s surely becoming the present faster.
What would you do when…
Here are a series of what-would-you-do-when questions to think about. Each of these are a reality today, somewhere.
There’s more medical data than insight
Kaiser Permanente presently manages 30 petabytes of data. Images. Lab tests. EHRs. Patient data. Billing. Registries. Clinical trials. Sooner than later, most medical devices (big and small) will become smart. They will have an IP address like a Fitbit and send data over the cloud.
What would happen when medical data expands to exabytes, zettabytes, and may be even a yottabyte (10^24)?
What it means for jobs: Expect a boom in data-related opportunities. Data scientists. Visualization gurus. Statisticians. Mathematicians who can build predictive models. Anyone who can spot wisdom from information.
Genetic programming becomes the new software gig
People interested in programming are well-suited to become biologists of tomorrow because ATGC (the genomic alphabet) can now be tinkered digitally using tools like CRISPR.
If you are a developer, you could join a bio hackerspace or create your own. Explore how programming can make foul-smelling E.coli develop the fragrance of bananas.