Importing emerging Technologies is the only way Pakistan can get ahead of the curve. Only importing and then subsequently building on these technologies, Pakistan can solve its most intractable problems of job creation, security, food, education, healthcare, low cost & competitive products; environmental protection, and governance.
The first one is the medical diagnosis Tricorder, which can check patient’s blood pressure, blood oxygen, heart rate, temperature, and breathing, as well as diagnosing 12 different diseases on the spot including diabetes and Hepatitis.
Crop Genetics Engineering is inserting new DNA sequences into the plant genome using carrier viruses to eliminate the need for pesticides, water, fertilizers and increase production.
Micro Agricultural Drones with their airborne camera can take extensive pictures of a farm and can point out unhealthy areas of crops, irrigation problems, pest infections, soil issues and crop layout. The same drones can also be used as delivery mules in the urban setting as well.
Military applications of these drones are endless.
Although InVitro meat may not get with our conservative population but meat grown in labs has immense export potential.
Digital genome of Pakistanis can be cleaned up by splicing-in a better alternative to the defective gene. This would eliminate cancer, diabetes, heart ailments, Motor Neuron Disease and Hepatitis etc.
High Capacity, lightweight batteries are very useful to make the best of renewable energy in Pakistan, as villages would be able to enjoy solar & wind energy at night as well.
Life straw: This straw kills 99.9 percent of bacteria and filters 1,000 liters of water in its lifetime, costing around Rs 3000.
Babylon online health service is a personalized personal forum that brings patients and doctors together through an App.
Obi World smartphones are new affordable Android Lollipop smartphones for the developing world – costing under Rs 3000. BRCK battery-powered wireless modem, lasts 8 hrs, would act as a backup generator for the internet in far-flung villages of Pakistan.
The Luci Solar Lantern lasts for between 6 to 12 hours, ideal for off-grid communities. It’s collapsible for being used on the go and is waterproof and shatterproof.
Carbon Fiber, Carbon Nanotubes, and Graphene have exceptional uses. Tesla is developing graphene batteries that would extend cars range by 100%; carbon fiber can now be shaped and would be used for vehicle bodies due to its strength, light weight, and abundant recycling potential. Carbon nanotubes are being used for electrical storage to superconductors. Graphene is to be used for building a lift to the moon.
Nano sensors and the Internet of Nano things would work perfectly with 40 Million Pakistanis already connected to 3G/4G, and increasing rapidly. This sensor network sending data from inside the body and all around would be able to suggest prescription drugs, appropriate seed, realtime information and bad-guy monitoring. The military applications are quite obvious. It would improve governance tremendously. Coupled with Artificial Intelligence this network can run complex war tactics when needed.
Some honorable mentions are Recyclable thermoset plastics to cut landfill waste, 3-D printing from human organs to homes. 2-D materials for air and water filters, wearable’s’, camouflage and batteries, self driving cars, faster and miniaturized computers, Nanorobots in our blood to kill disease, Voice over IP to replace our phones and re-harvesting rare earth metals from garbage