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EDITORIAL Dear Readers, Just like many other technical magazines, we tend to overuse the word “revolution.” Granted, it is tempting to employ this term to describe everything that is new or exciting. What we will be faced with in the next 20 years, however, is truly revolutionary in every aspect. Most people still regard technology and biology as two totally separate aspects in our world. But almost all futurologists agree that these clear boundaries will start to blur very soon. Healthcare and wellbeing is the focus topic of this issue, and it is probably one of the first areas, where biology and technology will increasingly merge together. The OPE industry is already working on fully flexible skin patches, lighter wearables and medical solutions that are less cumbersome, easy to manage and enable communication between doctors, healthcare providers and patients. These are already fascinating developments, but if we move a bit further into the future, even more will be possible. At the moment, the concept of “transhumanism” is en vogue – a philosophy that sees a brighter future for humanity by incorporating technology into our bodies, or enhancing our senses. This development may result in even longer life expectations and unimaginable brainpower. Yes, this is still science fiction, but right now is the perfect time to consider these possibilities and ask the inevitable ethical, medical and technological questions that surround these visions of our future. One of the largest questions that still does not nearly receive the attention it deserves, concerns the way we treat the massive amounts of sensitive patient data that modern technology can and will collect, but there are many more questions to discuss … At the Converting Summit 2018, a conference recently hosted by our sister magazine C2, one of these futurologists recommended reading the fascinating book “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari, who paints a breathtaking and detailed picture of our probable future. I think I know what I will be reading this summer … Enjoy reading this issue as well Best regards Martin Hirschmann No 23 | 2018 OPE journal No 23 / July 2018 / 8 th Edition Published by: Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH Postal address: Mainzer Landstr. 251 60326 Frankfurt/Germany  +49 69 75 95-01 ,  +49 69 75 95-2999 , www.dfv.de Executive Management Board: Angela Wisken (Speaker of the Management Board), Peter Esser, Markus Gotta, Peter Kley, Holger Knapp, Sönke Reimers Supervisory Board: Klaus Kottmeier, Andreas Lorch, Catrin Lorch, Peter Ruß Publishing Director: Rainer Miserre,  +49 69 75 95-1291,  rainer.miserre@dfv.de Publisher: Franz Hermann,  +49 40 30712170 ,     +49 40 94775247  publisher@ope-journal.com Editor-in-Chief: Nora Heise,  +49 151 4251581 ,  editorial@ope-journal.com Editor: Martin Hirschmann,  +49 69 7595-1546 ,  martin.hirschmann@ope-journal.com Director printmedia services: Kurt Herzig,  +49 69 75 95-2461 Production: Hans Dreier (Ltg.),  +49 69 75 95-2463 Logistics: Ilja Sauer (Ltg.),  +49 69 75 95-2201 Graphics: Nadine Bauernfeind Advertising Director technical publications: Heidrun Dangl,  +49 69 75 95-2563 ,  heidrun.dangl@dfv.de Advertising Manager: Nina Pirchmoser,  +49 69 7595-1227 ,  sales@ope-journal.com Advertising fax:   +49 69 7595-1820 Subscription service: Petra Petrasch,  +49 69 75 95-1973,  petra.petrasch@dfv.de Distribution fax:   + 49 69 75 95-2570 Advisory Board: Thomas Kolbusch – Chairman (Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH / Germany), Prof Dr Reinhard Baumann (TU-Chemnitz / Germany), Dr Giovanni Nisato (CSEM / Switzerland), Dr Klaus Hecker (OE-A / Germany), Sorin G. 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