Is There Any Limit to the Future?


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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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3 responses to “Is There Any Limit to the Future?

  1. Wow! I’m not sure where you’re heading with this reference to high tech fiber-optic implants in the human brain, nor what it might have to do with 21st century librarianship, Dr. Steve; but, I find it just as fascinating as you do. Even more fascinating, for me, is the prospect of humans becoming beings of light–not just having a few of our brain cells stimulated with light, as remarkable as that is–as we strive towards achieving our full potential as sons and daughters of the God of Light. He is the source of all light, and we can become like him one day. That truly excites me! Great discussion thread…I’ll be tuned in for more.

    • Thanks Doug.
      Since that example was a bit vague regarding the library, I added a second example to the Post that is more relevant to librarians of the future.
      “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.]

  2. Now you’ve got my attention! I was an eBook lover before seeing this interactive digital book demonstration on TED. Now, I just can’t wait to get ahold of my wife’s iPad and download the demo. But wait, is the future now? Is the book commercially available? They didn’t mention a price. Probably because right now it would scare me away. But no matter; I’ll be patient and wait for the public announcement that these books are now available. Definitely a 21st century library application–technology we need to be aware of, and–more importantly–be prepared for. iPads for checkout at the Circulation desk anybody?…

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