Where will they be in five to ten years? While we can expect them to get faster, cheaper and more reliable, the bigger issue will be in handling and interpetting the vast quantities of data generated by such devices... and this is just one aspect of the life sciences where the data stream is exploding and overwhelming.
It is no surprise that Google has launched the Calico project.
As a cautionary note however, I'd suggest that even with perfect data and perfect interpretation we wouldn't be able to exercise perfect control when implementing/deploying "solutions" to real-world health and environmental problems.
Such is the nature of complexe systems that are subject to probability and the "butterfly effect", particularly when these systems can themselves spontaneously evolve and are de facto limited by human paradigms, such as the market-economics contexts in which they are conceived.
So I find these developments exciting, but warn against concluding, as has been done with previous technological advances, that the human race is on the verge of conquering nature.
You may need to squint to see that it is me!
This is a Jordan Curve rendering of my profile photo. I came across the concept of a Jordan Curve today via 's post here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KevinKelly/posts/VaPWXEQmZvr and have always loved mathematical art; the abstract, the chaos, the perfection. Commenter was nice enough to point me towards StippleGen http://wiki.evilmadscientist.com/StippleGen a free piece of software for taking images and crunching them into Voronoi diagrams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram), and Jordan Curves based on TSP (travelling salesman problem) calculations to minimise the path of a continuous line between points.
This image was made with StippleGen by simply opening my profile photo in the program and tinkering with the parameters until I had something I thought was okay. The image below contains a single continuous line that optimises the path between 7,003 points or vertices.
What other examples of mathematical art like this do you know about?
#art #mathematics #tsp
Interestingly, all the assignment deadlines for this course were set to a couple weeks after the end of the course, so I was able to start late and do the whole thing in less than 3 weeks. Moreover, if they hadn't done this, I would have missed most of the deadlines and wouldn't have been sufficiently motivated to do the class.
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