Daily Archives: May 18, 2011

Is There Any Limit to the Future?

How will these changes affect you – the librarian?

Remember “The Borg”, part of the Star Trek saga where human and machine combined? Think it was too fantastical to be believable?

Ed Boyden leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group at the MIT Media Lab, and in this TED2011 presentation he “shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he’s managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness.”

If that doesn’t totally blow your mind with possibilities, Mike Matas, also at TED2011, presents A next-generation digital book, “the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -with clever, swipeable video and graphics…” [Emphasis added.]

So, you think there are limits to science or technology? You think the exponential weight of all these changes won’t impact your role as librarian?

Better think again!


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