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Biomedical Informatics – The next challenge

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 5/6/2008

With the introduction of more and more of complex computers which now use the same kind of logic that humans use, that is non linear logic system, but one based on certain experiences in childhood and growing all the time, where lies in the future?

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    With the introduction of more and more of complex computers which now use the same kind of logic that humans use, that is non linear logic system, but one based on certain experiences in childhood and growing all the time, where lies the future?

    As the genetic code is cracked, and people are now trying to use gene therapy to help the diseased, by replacing diseased tissue and organs with other non-diseased, tissue typed tissues organs (hearts, kidneys, liver), and some scientists are even offering to tissue type and genetic code derivation to couples and individuals so that they can have offspring which would be of a particular genetic code, thus hopefully avoiding the naturally occurring genetic transfers from the parents – a controversial issue that is currently preoccupying most people. Some say it is nothing but ‘Hitlerite’ style of tinkering with nature, and that nature should have its way.

    Is it possible that computers will, and can acquire the same kind of fuzzy logic that the human has? Some experiments have taken place, and it has been found that yes, it is possible for the computers to acquire data, using a pool of unrelated information (but controlled) lying around, and using it to deliver certain results, which are astounding even the scientists and technologists.

    One of these examples is that of the talking robots, the walking robots, which have neural ‘tab’ attached to their artificial limbs, and which sense impending danger or closeness and accordingly the artificial brain of the computer takes evasive action! These are yet in the rudimentary stage as far the scientists go, but for the humans as a whole, It is indeed a giant stride. 

    All these have been fuelled by the coalescence or the coming together of biology, the medical fraternity, and the computers, which together constitute Biomedical Informatics.