I’m a bit of a futurist geek. And while I’m not particularly prone to subscribing to prophesy (which is mostly bad news anyway), I do pay attention to visionaries and thinkers and others who make it their business to predict where things are going—at least until this infamous singularity point, at which none of us have a clue as to what will be happening.
One of the more striking predictions I’ve heard Ray Kurzweil make is the concept of nanobots. This is the idea that particle technology will enter the human bloodstream and do the work of modern medicine as we currently know it. He even predicts that within the next couple of decades these nanobots will replace the need to consume food. Not sure I want to live in that kind of world. I love eating nachos.
Anyway, I digress.
There are some people out there that pay attention to this stuff. They are entrepreneurs seeking the “next big thing,” positioning themselves to ride these inevitable waves of opportunity and make a difference in people’s lives.
Elisabet de los Pinos created Aura Biosciences, a business that uses groundbreaking technology to specifically target cancer cells without damaging surrounding tissue. In other words, viral-like particles (VLPs) attack malignant tumors without causing trauma to the rest of the patient’s body. It makes the idea of chemotherapy damn near barbaric.
She started her company, raised the funding, and secured the appropriate drug designations to move through the trials and begin production of this medication. Think of it. Medicine administered with technology (alongside chemistry) that can work on a molecular level.
It’s easy to dismiss the idea… but it’s happening. And it would be easy to turn away from this particular concept as a possible startup when you consider the level of education and experience required to even get acknowledgement from investors. But that’s not the point. The point is that the future is happening, and it’s barreling toward us faster than most of us seem to realize. Computing power doubles every year. Think about that.
Consider your own background and experience. What do you know? Couple that knowledge with your imagination and project what is coming five, ten, or even twenty years from now. How can you participate and ultimately succeed in the inevitable?
Noted futurists have long made remarkable predictions, and Mr. Kurzweil is among the leaders. Take a look at his credentials and honors and you’ll understand that this isn’t mere astrology or some other pseudo-science. These are true industrialists and entrepreneurs with legendary vision. It’s imperative for anyone in a startup to pay very close attention.