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May 7th, 2004
Conversations from Tech's Cutting Edge
Robots vacuum your house and take care of your Alzheimer's-afflicted parents. Nanoparticles glom onto cancer cells and attack tumors without harming surrounding tissue. Medical researchers plug your genetic information into a database and pull out all sorts of information about ailments that might one day afflict you and your children. Robotics, nanotech, genomics, and search and information retrieval are all rising stars that will play increasingly crucial roles in the way humans interact with technology. All hold the promise to improve human life in dramatic ways.