Where do we Stand? – Pause and Reflect (Dr. Manzoor-ul-Haque)

Life cycles for people and plants, for businesses, industries, economies and entire civilization have four distinct quarters: gestation, growth, maturity and decline. How did the human caravan pass through with its own breakthroughs? Take economies. Like every thing else, all economies have beginnings and endings. Economies end not because they cease out but because a challenge supplants them. First hunting-and-gathering economies ruled for hundreds of thousands of years before the humans were over-shadowed by agrarian economies, which ruled for about 10,000 year. Next came the industrial ones. The first began in Britain in the 1760’s, and the first to finish started unwinding in the U. S in the early 1950’s. Then started the information economies, the Internet. The last phase of it marked the widespread use of cheap chips and wireless technology that has partially connected and is connecting everything to everything else. As life cycles overlap, this information economy led to Bioeconomy for business in 1953 when the double-helix structure of DNA was identified. Completion and publication of the decoded human genome marked the end of its gestation period. Its growth quarter headed to hot new industries and brought semiconductors and software of the info economy. During the next two decades, organic biotech will overlap with inorganic silicon info tech and inorganic composite materials and nanotechnologies. During the overlap of infotech, we are digitizing many biological processes. Up until now we have digitized four kinds of information: numbers, words, sounds, and images. We are trying hard to digitize other forms of information such as smell, taste, touch, imagination and intuition. Companies like DigiScents of Oakland, Calif. Ambryx of La Jolla, Calif Cyrano Sciences of Pasadeno, Calif. are involved in the various aspects of this process. Infused by the bioec era are pharmaceuticals, health care, agriculture and food. Dozens of bioengineered drugs are on the market. Biotech is leading to transforming the health care paradigm from treatment to prediction and prevention. So in the bioeconomy, health care will work on a preventive model. It will consequently lead to the farm, which will be super bioengineered place with multimillion dollar manufacturing plants and not the fields. Today we bioengineered milk, neat and produce on our market shelves. These products are, of course, not without challenge. The effects and applications of biotech will spread into sectors seemingly unrelated to biology.

In the 1950s and 60s it was difficult to grasp that computers would change every industry from manufacturing to hotels to insurance – just as it is now tough to see how biotech will alter non-biological business. Bio applications will seep into many of the nooks and crannies of our non-biological lives. Each era produces its own side effects. The industrial era brought pollution and environment degradation. The major problem of information economy (the internet) is privacy. In the bioeconomy the issue will be ethics, the values under which the human will live. Here the humans will be at cross crosses. Cloning, bioengineered foods, eugenics, genetic patenting and certainty about inherited are just a few of the many developments that have already created a storm. And this storm will intensify in the U. S. and then the rest of this globe, our abode.

The new generation will experience three major economic shifts: first, from the crunching to the connecting halves of this information economy, the second, from a microwave based connected universe to the cell-based world of biologic and bionomics and third, from all economies past, present to the bioeconomy that will exert an impact making the infoeconomy look like the runt of the litter. Compounded with this will be multi-facet deprivation:. Economic deprivation, Political deprivation, and Social deprivation.

What are our responsibilities, my guys, believers of the Quran?

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