Is it AI or biotech, transformation, internet, future

Is it AI or biotech?

Mark Cuban says you need to understand how AI works, and we don’t disagree. But we also say — or at least I do — it’s biotech, more than AI. Biology is just getting started and we’re moving toward biotech because we humans are biotech. AI is mathematical, algorithmic, it is a part of biotech — yeah it sounds crazy, and maybe it is. But digital technology is basically biotech — it works because biologically we are receptive to it.

ZME Science ran an article on the neglected virtues of biotech — and how AI has eclipsed it unjustly —  last month. You can find it here.

Bitrates and services

In any case Mark is a big advocate and cheerleader of artificial intelligence, has put some of his own money into it. And here at Wharf21 we are also AI cheerleaders — at least in the sense that we can see it will be transforming our environment, our lives, the way we interact, and even more. AI, says Cuban, will dwarf the internet. The bitrates will go up, the resource pool will be larger and deeper (see Mark Cuban’s Vox interview from 2019 here). We’ll be able to do amazing things.

So we should all learn to program Alexa and Siri right now, and then hang on as the rocket ship takes us farther.

In the meantime, biotech survival guides

I think of biotech overviews sort of like emergency medicine guides. Stuff that we really are better off knowing. We just published an article on a medicine survival guide (The Ultimate Medicine Survival Guide – you can read our brief presentation here). Kind of goes along with the Waterlily Portable Power Generator, that we also featured recently. These utilities sometimes strike people like a red cart that looks a bit odd and rustic — until you need it.

Three books worth a look

Three biotech books worth our time — and hopefully yours — are listed below.  The How to Start a Life Science Company book is valid, largely, or any scientifically oriented start-up.  The same regulatory and institutional environments will loom. You’ll have to talk te language of venture capitalists or whoever is holding the purse strings in your specialty. You probably know much of this stuff already, but the book is worth reading just to keep up with changes if nothing else.




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