BioMedical Engineering

Current Science Dependence

Biology
Chemistry
Genetics
General Medine as well as specific displines
Psychology
Neurology
Computer Science

Engineering Components

Manufacture
Drugs
Components
Delivery
Drugs
Physical objects within body
Properties
Component Material & chemical properties
Control Properties of mechanical components
Electrical Properties
Signal properties within body and brain
Enhancement
Functional enhancement of body components
Vision
Neuro-control
Auditory
Strength
Endurance

Likely Areas of Major Impact

Development

Positive Jobs Impact

Negative Jobs Impact

Precise Drug Delivery

Increase health industry jobs.

Fewer "replacement" jobs.

Replacement body parts

Increase health industry jobs.

Fewer "replacement" jobs.

Body-machine interfaces

Enhanced capabilities of individuals will offer greater opportunities for those with enhancements.

Increased efficiency likely to reduce job demand for those without the interfaces.

At least in the medium term this interfaces are likely to be expensive and thus not widespread.

Enhanced Mental Capabilities via drugs and direct brain-computer interfaces.

Enhanced capabilities of individuals will offer greater opportunities for those with enhancements.

Increased efficiency likely to reduce job demand for those without the interfaces.

Probable social reaction as these become common and side effects become evident.

They are initially also likely to be expensive and thus disenfranchise more workers.

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Update 10/19/97