We all know and notice that the way we live today is totally different than ‘in the old days’. Everything is going faster and is controlled by electronics. We are all aware of the latest technologies and it has become obvious that everyone has multiple of these gadgets and knows how to work with them.
A large part of this technological revolution is due to the microchip. I think most of the people who have a little bit of science background know the ’law of Moore’. It states that the amount of transistors in an integrated circuit (microchip) doubles every two years due to the technological progress. To the present day this law still stands and for us it is very clear. Everything becomes faster, smaller, thinner,…
Personally I was not or am not surprised anymore when Steve Jobs or Tim Cook said that the new Iphone would be faster, had a better design… Or when Microsoft tells they will launch a new and better tablet.
What really intrigues me is the use of IC-technology in the biochemistry, the pharmaceutical and the medical sector. That’s what I find really attractive about the latest technology end this part of the technological era. And I think big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, … should invest more money in that kind of research instead of fighting each other for patents about some new application of making their new smartphone or tablet a few mm thinner. In my free time a sometimes read about new things they try to introduce and a few days ago I found an interesting article on the internet newspaper.
The title is ‘Human Body on a Microchip May Test Drugs’. It is about simulating the working of the 10 most important human organs on a microchip. Every microchip will ‘be’ one organ and they will be connected to each other. The designers go very deep because the can even simulate the muscle contraction of the organs. The goal is to replace laboratory animals for testing of new drugs and other pharmaceutical products because the test on these animals are not always accurate and may have a good effect on them but not on the human body. It is also a better and faster testing method.
You can find the link here: http://www.technewsdaily.com/6042-human-body-microchip-test-drugs.html
Maybe this post sounds crazy to you because it is a strange way to like technology but maybe that’s my abnormality of being a chemical engineer. What do you guys think about this subject?