18 Mar A Century of Neuroscience: 20,000 Years of Progress in the Next 100 Years
Dear Community Members, Friends, Supporters, Former Patients, and Future Patients:
For the majority of human existence, it was safe to assume that the world in which you died would look pretty much the same as the one in which you were born. This is no longer the case. Technological change is occurring at an exponential rate. The doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore’s Law, is just one example that technological change is rapidly advancing.
Why this Matters
If we continue at our current rate, futurists predict not 100 years of progress in the 21st century (as one might expect), but more like 20,000 years of progress. Just think about how much things have changed in the past 10 years—wireless internet, smart phones, Facebook and Twitter—and then try to imagine how vastly different things will be in 2021, or even 2100.
Computers and the Future
Consider the power of limitless growth in computers. Your cellphone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful than the computers of the 1950s at MIT. Now, apply that same dynamic to other fields that depend on information technology.
- Energy – Solar power, which relies on nanotechnology, may be cheap and powerful enough to power the entire world within 20 years.
- Neuroscience – Projects to reverse-engineer the brain are targeting full, synthetic models by 2029, giving us greater insight into how the brain thinks.
- Genetics – Within 10 years we could have digital copies of our genome, leading to medical therapies that are personalized to our individual genetic makeup.
- Nanotechnology – As robots get smaller and smaller, the goal is to insert them into our bodies to repair damaged or aging tissue.
What Can You Do?
If you look at the implications of exponential growth and development, it creates a very different picture of the future. Problems that may seem intractable now could become eminently solvable in the near future. Not only should this inform investing and planning for the future, it should also change what you think of as possible for humanity. Soon, things which we could barely have imagined before will be within reach.
The message is simple: Embrace the future and the change it will bring.
The Power of the Halo Effect
This brings us to the power of The Halo Effect. At the NeuroCures™ Foundation, we believe neurological diseases and disorders have a common denominator at the genetic, molecular, and cellular level. This means that breakthroughs for one type of disorder inform similar diseases. This Synergistic Process allows us to find cures faster.
We can do more together.
Join us as our multidisciplinary research team transforms lives today with innovative clinical care while creating a Halo Effect for cures tomorrow. Choose Hope – Donate Today.
Sincerely Yours in Progress,