By Hockfield, Susan
A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies: radios, telephones, televisions, aircraft, radar, nuclear power, computers, the Internet, and a host of still- evolving digital tools. These technologies so r...adically reshaped our world that we can no longer conceive of life without them. Today we are on the cusp of a new convergence, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies. These next- generation products have the potential to be every bit as revolutionary as the twentieth century's digital wonders: Virusbuilt batteries. Protein- based water filters. Cancer- detecting nanoparticles. Mind- reading bionic limbs. Computer- engineered crops. These few examples illustrate the promise of the technology story of the twenty- first century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.Read more
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Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., president emerita and professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the first woman and first life scientist to lead MIT. She is a member of MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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