Futurists predict that in the next 10 or so years, your blood could contain medical nanobots that will help keep you healthy or even transmit your thoughts wirelessly. They travel inside your body on a molecular level, protecting your biological system and ensuring a long and healthy life. You are closer to your future than you may think.
We’re used to small devices and artificial intelligence in our daily lives; nano is no longer viewed as a unique term. The technology has advanced significantly, and so have the potential applications of these machines.
Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google and a futurist, claims to have a high accuracy rate when predicting future events. He is one of the most vocal advocates of nanobots coursing through our blood in the near future. The science behind this prediction may not be that far off from what we observe today.
Nanobots injected into the bloodstream
Scientists are already using nanobots in medicine as they hunt for and destroy cancer cells in animals in various studies. These DNA strands can move through the bloodstream and inject blood clotting drugs into blood vessels surrounding tumors, cutting off their blood supply.
If human trials go ahead, these tiny robots could revolutionize cancer treatment and other cell research. Despite these hurdles, injected nanobots are still far from surpassing current therapies.
While cancer detection and treatment is one thing, tiny nanobots could play an essential role in medicine in the future for other reasons. According to researchers, nanobots will deliver drugs to humans with a high degree of accuracy soon. Microdoses could be given precisely where the patient needs them, which could protect them from harmful side effects.
Nanobots could also be used to reduce plaque in veins and solve dietary issues and a variety of other medical applications. Nanobots could increase human connectivity beyond simple medicine.
In principle, nanobots could be used to continually monitor our bodies for disorders and other symptoms, constantly transmitting this information to a cloud for close monitoring by medical staff. This technique could turn colds or different types of conditions into easily preventable problems.
Transmitting our thoughts to the cloud is probably the most far-fetched of all the possible uses for nanobots. Though it is possible, this functionality is probably a long way off in the future. We would need major advances in neuroscience and nanorobotics, as well as a population willing to give Google direct access to our brains in order to accomplish this.
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is more than just a technology for sci-fi villains; it is a burgeoning field combining engineering and science. The area of nanorobotics is devoted to designing and building robots whose components are on the scale of a nanometer.
Nanometers are approximately ten times smaller than atoms and ten times smaller than DNA.
Where nanotechnology began
Nanotechnology has been around for quite some time. Some credit Nobel-laureate Richard Feynman with starting this field in 1959 when he spoke at Caltech.
Feynman is often called the father of nanotechnology. In his talk, he described a theoretical process that would allow researchers to manipulate singular atoms or molecules. Eventually, this process, which had not been invented yet, would become the core application of nanoscience.