Computer Graphics Peers Into the Next Revolution in Medicine - Nanobiology Synthetic lifeforms, cloned and manufactured organisms, biobots . . . these are no longer fiction, but real.

What appears to be the future for many is already the past for some, who are now unfolding it into the present

Charles Ostman

"Strategic Synergist" - Research, trend analysis and forecasting, advanced technology development, author, lecturer

Nanobiology - Where Nanotechnology and Biology Come Together

The first examples of quasi-viral component molecular "devices" (synthetically engineered viral "entities") utilized for delivery of molecular protein components to specifically targeted cells are already in development. Synthetic organisms and biobots, quasi-viral components and engineered microbes as molecular scale medical "devices"; these are just a few of the technologies residing at the beginning edge of a new domain of development which redefines the very essense of what is traditionally referred to as "medicine".

Welcome to the new frontier of nanobiology.

Biomolecular components combined with integrated circuitry "devices", etc . . .

Neurochip

NeuroChipThis 3D rendering represents the latest development in a series of "biochip" devices, in this case, the precursory example technology which could have applications ranging from neural prosthetics to the next generation of biological computing and sensory system components. This example indicates molecular protein "snippets" induced into bonding with a receptor site, as a dynamic contact/ molecular conduction node embedded into a silicon micro device substrate.

Potential applications - Neural prosthetics, sensory enhancement systems, direct neural interconnect to implantable biochip components and integrated systems. Potential risks - applications which extend beyond benign or "situationally neutral" engineered solutions for human sensory and behavioral capacities

The topic of nanobiology is, in fact, not a singular "science" or technical discipline at all, but rather a concept, as fundamental as life itself, and will eventually affect what can even be described as life, as it is currently defined. And yet, it is the very nature of such a complex and diverse arena of development which is precisely what the latest genre' of computer visualization graphics techniques, incorporating the combination of complex molecular modelling, volumetric topographical scanning of biomolecular and subcellular objects, and 3D rendering and visuallization techniques that enables such a rapidly developing technology domain.

The paradigm of the near future (and even today, in some arenas of development) will be biomedical "systems" which are reconstructed or "assembled" from biomolecular components, and mimic the physiology of living organisms in their operational and behavioral characteristics. As a solution to a highly diverse range of medical conditions, to which the only treatment has been the delivery of drugs or physiologically altering treatments of chemicals or radiation, this is the beginning edge of a radical new design concept.

The world, as we currently know it to be, what it will become . . . . and beyond . . .Strategic Synergist - At the forefront of evolving technologies.

There is a state of change at hand, the rate and complexity of which is an acceleration vector never before experienced in human history. The relationships between rapidly evolving technologies, ever exapnding volumes and complexities of of information resources, and socio-economic system substrates are going to reshape almost every aspect of life as it is currently understood to be. To study the nuances and implications of this synergistic codependancy is to become an adaptable entity, capable of evolving and utilizing the tools embedded in this interactive, bi-directional experiential knowledge conveyance system which will be referred to here as the "media matrix".

Examine the details of this conceptual paradigm as a learning experience at the Multimedia Sudies Program, San Francisco State University, and as an ongoing media research and development program manifest in a variety of broadcast and published formats, and also via theInstitute for Global Futures (see below).

The Institute for Global Futures

The Institute for Global Futures is a strategic technologies research group which engages in trend analysis, technology development stream topology identification, and complex forecasting which examines synergistic thread linkages between various technologies and socio-economic systems. The activities of the institute include consulting services, strategic planning, reports, analysis, media programs, conferences, and strategic alliance building for a variety of global clients.

Complex new technologies are rapidly transforming markets, economies, and industries. The Institute for Global Futures was founded to promote the productive, sustainable, and strategic use of advanced leading edge technologies.

The included imgages are computer generated 3D renderings of theoretical and applied nanocomponents, created by the author as a visualization of various implementations of such molecular substructures and interactive symbiotic components. These are a few examples from a much larger collection of rendered, theoretical and applied nanosubcomponent systems, consisting of various "species" types with specific interactive and symbiotic properties.


The "Brain of Charles" . . .


The "Brain of Charles" - this "virtual brain" was created by the author by raytracing the volumetric data of a 3D scanned brain, which was subsequently surface mapped with a custom developed procedural texturing routine. The topology in the background is actually the result of a chunk of calcite which was also scanned in with the Cyberware 3D scanning system, and then also surface mapped with a procedural texturing routine. This entire scene, complete with the metallic probe entering the lower right corner of the "brain entity", was rendered as part of the scene art featured in the article written by the author for Mondo 2000 magazine, on the topic of current and near future mind-machine interface technology. For further exploration into this, and other such realms, and beyond, please visit the Mondo 2000 website

Enter the Entity . . . from the virtual beyond . . . I surrender my belief barrier, enraptured


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