Imagine a day, let’s say July 15th 2079, when CERN has resulted in major findings and we have the clockwork of space, time and the universe all figured out to the extent that we can time travel.
Now imagine on this day, we decide that a worldwide experiment is to be held. Since sending someone back to the past can alter the entire future, everyone on the planet is allowed to send a message to their past selves, a 1 minute video in which they can say anything. These videos are then sent back 20 years in time with a messenger and distributed to those who exist at that point in time.
Thought one: What would you say to a past self, knowing that what you say might alter your future course, and would the present self read it?
Thought two: What would happen? How will it unfold?
Some simple theories are;
Everything. As soon as the videos are sent, the person who sent them will no longer exist. The mare act of time travel will alter your choices and the course of the world that made the future you.
Almost Nothing. Assuming that things have a predetermined course, time travel might alter certain details of random events and choices, but since our personalities and our ability for choices are limited, the future you may not experience much change at all, except for minor details not nearly significant enough to alter the course of your life.
Nothing (with a modification). Now let’s assume this theory, or at least a fraction of it. The past self will receive the message but a future self won’t see any change because the act of time travel has created alternative time lines in which the world that has already been will continue, but an alternate world in which the messages have altered the future will also exist.
What more scenarios can you think of?
Take any movie that contains Zombies nowadays and the most common source is a virus. Mythical viruses or parasites that make the host crave flesh and therefore spreading the virus further by biting its victims.
In real life, what makes you look horrible and feel sick isn't the virus, it's your immune system reacting to the virus.
Viruses are as old as life itself and have time after time found ways to alter their existence, and in the process perhaps altering ours. They do so by hiding, adapting and tricking our bodies. Our immune system is not only a defense mechanism, but also a way to tell the others in our population that "this specimen is contagious, thus stay away". Making our very phenotype change in comparison to those healthy around us. So, why would a Zombie exhibit these extreme phenotypical changes, that far from benefit it.
Now imagine a zombie movie with another approach. The virus makes you more "beautiful"! Makes you smarter, more charming and socially adaptable, thus infecting more people before your immune system ultimately shows your true intentions, turning you in to a rotting zombie. Wouldn't that be scary. Is the girl you're dating a beautiful socialite, or the death of you?
Already as we speak a number of medical companies have realized that we use our phones probably more often than we use any other device in our everyday life. And what better way to both make money and make people’s lives easier than making the very thing they already use, even more useful, and eliminating carrying extra items around.
Notably not the first, but the most creative of such recent devices is an app and appendix to your iPhone that measures blood sugar. Making the lives of many Type 1 and 2 diabetics much more flexible (when you leave your house, you are bound to forget your phone less often than your blood sugar monitor).
More and more biotech companies are realizing that they too, in the future, are going to have to be mobile. Some may fear a loss of market, but what they don’t realize is that the evolution of products is on its way, with or without their participation.
Many have been reluctant to approve and even conceive such possibility due to fear of too little medical literacy among the potential users. But that is exactly what was said about home pregnancy tests, and no birthing and health care apocalypse was witnessed upon its introduction to the market. And though the fear is very legitimate as health is something we don't want people to experiment with, most people are, believe it or not, capable of understanding medical information. Sometimes those with chronic diseases are even more informed than their caregivers given that they live with their conditions 24/7 while they only spend a small fraction of that time being in professional care. If we inform, clearly and thoughtfully, information and user will unite.
So, I predict in the next 10 and 20 years, (IF apps and iPhones are still around and the way to make these viable); you will be poking yourself with your phone. Here are three small examples.
Ovulation and Pregnancy measurement
An extra small little device which you pee on, analysing hCG values and determining if you are pregnant or not as well as monitoring hCG levels throughout the first 12 weeks.
Another device, but same app can track ovulation hormones.
Measure your vitamins!
Just a prick and the results are in! What are you lacking, what are you in abundance of. A lot of the times fatigue and bad immunity can just be a result of lack of D-vitamin or one of his close friends responsible for many of the building blocks of your DNA and function.
Knowing when you are going to die is never scientifically viable, but knowing how your cells are living and dying might be worth monitoring. Measuring telomere length is no walk in the park, and in the end it can only tell us so much. But wouldn’t you like to know what your longevity may look like? If there is some form of stress and beginning of perhaps something worse to come in your body? And wouldn’t you want to know if you are lengthening or shortening it with your lifestyle? Hopefully in the future you will.
In no particular order here is a throwback to 2012 science discoveries that made us scratch our heads and once again be amazed about all that we still are not cognizant about. Click on the titles for full articles.
1 First-ever monkey-chimera grown from cells taken from different embryos.
2 We're getting closer to a language (not mind) reading MRI procedure
3 3D printer makes human jaw replacement
4 Drug removes pathology of Alzheimer's in only 72 hours in AD mice
5 Higgs Boson may have been discovered
6 A fly species, kept in complete darkness for 57 years (1,400 generations) becomes altered and gives supportive evidence to evolution
7 A rectangular galaxy is discovered
8 Chinese Physicists Smash Distance Record For Teleportation
10 American scientists create an artificial jellyfish out of silicone and lab-grown heart cells
11 Brain implants to enhance cognitive function in rhesus monkeys successful
12 Artificial muscles are stronger than superman?
13 Analysis of 6,515 exomes reveals the recent origin of most human protein-coding variants
14 American scientists use a particle accelerator to send a coherent neutrino message through 780 feet of rock.
15 Scientists successfully develop synthetic DNA compounds, dubbed "XNA"
16 New brain scanner helps paralysed people spell words
17 XX an XY unlikely to be replaced with a common W chromosome, male sex will not be extinct.
18 German physicists develop the world's first universal quantum computing network
19 The Antiparticle may have been found
20 American researchers demonstrate a rewritable DNA memory capable of storing digital data.