Creating innovative bio-convergent technologies for better human life

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이 내용이 학회지인 IEEE Spectrum 2004년 1월호에 나왔습니다.


아래 기사에서 보듯이, 72% 응답자들이 BioMolecular Eng.를 꼽아서 1위이고, 2위는 Nano기술, 3위는 Massive computing으로 나왔습니다.


특히 인상적인 말은 아래 있는 문장입니다.
"Bioengineering will be in the 21st century what electronic engineering was in the 20th century"


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Here, the Fellows showed little doubt: 72 percent are betting that biomolecular engineering will have the biggest social impact [see figure, “Which Field Will Have…”], while 60 percent said the United States would remain the center of technology R&D in 2014.
The possibilities posed by biology’s intersection with the traditional engineering world caused considerable enthusiasm. “Potential breakthroughs in medicine could dominate everything,” wrote Michael C. Driver, director of information services at the Materials Research Society in Warrendale, Pa. “Bioengineering will be in the 21st century what electronic engineering was in the 20th century,” wrote another Fellow. And Dimitris
Anastassiou, director of Columbia University’s genomic information systems laboratory in New York City, predicted that “electrical engineering systems-based approaches will play a major role in ‘post-genomic’ computational biology, in which the intracellular processes are seen as components of an information/computational system.”

A good share of the respondents, 58 percent, also felt nanotechnology would prove important, though several noted that its impact was probably still 20 years away. Megacomputing and robotics, meanwhile, came in a distant third and fourth. Quite a few respondents predicted that the synergies created by the integration of all these technologies would have more impact than any one alone. “I see great opportunities at the intersection of different and more established disciplines, such as nanoelectronics and molecular biology, telecommunication and sensor technology, and more generally, system engineering and the related enabling technologies,” wrote Giorgio Baccarani, a professor of digital electronics at the University of Bologna in Italy.