Here lies the future..

Recently, I read the following 2 articles in NY times, which made me think that these are two good opportunities for youngsters to pursue in the future.

 
One is in genetics. Science had advanced and has become common place to the point that we can get our genes mapped and also identify genetic markers for known diseases. The next step, genetic engineering, I think will reach its hey day in the coming years. Short of creating an utopian state, scientists will increasingly interfere right at the time of birth or before it so that the future generation can get its genes right. Without going into any ethical debate, I think that there is going to be plenty of opportunities to pursue a successful & rewarding career in this field.
 
 
The article is not really about genetic engineering but gets you to think on the possibilities. (If someone has a better link about genetics of the future, pls post).
 
The article below, again, makes you think on the possibilities of robotics, which is the other area poised for immense growth.
 
 
 
While big manufacturing industries, research & prospecting industries already use robots, they have not invaded our personal space so far. However, that is slowly changing. Similar to the computer revolution of the 90’s another big revolution in domestic robotics is just on the horizon. One good example is Roomba – the robotic vacuum cleaner. In recent years, this is one tiny little robot that has made in roads into domestic help. (Btw has anybody purchased it? I looked at a demo & decided our existing vacuum cleaner is better. But unfortunately, I am still from the generation which thinks the broom is better; the vacuum cleaner in my house has a cosy corner to sleep).
 
Rumour has it that Microsoft is developing a robot operating system (aka DOS) that will inspire another generation of robotic developers to write code to get robots to a zillion things. They already have a Robotics Developer Studio which I think is still miles away from robo-paradise. (http://www.microsoft.com/robotics/)
 
The invasion of the robots is much nearer than most of us think. Isaac Asimov thought that by 2000 the world would have been taken over by robots. Perhaps he was just 20-25 years off the mark.
 
Disclosure: Both my kids did robotics courses at school.
 
Some more articles on robots:
 
 
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