Thinking About Medical Nanorobots

Nanomedicine, when fully developed, will radically change the scope of what is possible in medical science. While wet nanotechnology is currently only on the drawing board or restricted to diagnostic advances based on better nanoscale manufacturing, we can expect much more from the field in the decades ahead.

While perusing KurzweilAI today, I noticed this link to a Russian concept design for a medical nanorobot by Svidinenko Yuri. It looks rather Matrix-influenced, but it all more or less makes sense from a mechanical point of view - flagellae are how the old-style biological entities move around, after all.

Robert Freitas has been thinking about these sorts of design for a while, of course. The more the merrier to my mind - the sooner we get serious medical nanotechnology, the sooner we can reliably engineer away disease and aging.

In related news, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology is working with the Russian Nanotechnology News Network in order to help validate their Thirty Essential Studies. The studies are necessary to confirm - or at least pin down - a timeline for reliable development of molecular manufacturing. All of this work, much like that of the Foresight Institute, helps to provide the groundwork for safer scientific and commercial development of these technologies.

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I have keen intrest in nanorobotics field. and i have presented lots of paper on nanorobot in medical field. future i am going to present international level paper so i want your support.
plz swnd me animation clips of nanorobot in medical field.
thanking you ,waiting for your reply.

Posted by: Ajit at December 10th, 2004 10:23 PM

I'm not the person to be asking on this topic, but I can point you in the right direction. You should (politely) ask these folks in the list below if they can point you in the direction of nanorobot animations:

http://www.rfreitas.com
http://www.crnano.org
http://nanobot.blogspot.com/
http://www.foresight.org

You are more likely to get useful responses if you mention that you are preparing presentations and you give a fairly concise list of what you trying to find in terms of information, animations, etc. I know that some of these groups are working on or have used animations in the past.

You may find some existing animations here at Robert Freitas' nanomedicine site, but ask before using them:

http://www.nanomedicine.com

Posted by: Reason at December 10th, 2004 10:48 PM

Sir or Madam,
I was very pleased that I found your site. I have been very interested in the possibilities that nanotechnology may present life on this planet. I did have a couple of questions though. One do you think nanytes could be injected into the body with instructions to maintain the overall health and to repair damaged/ old cells? Lastly, do you think nanytes could be used increase muscle strength? Thank you.

Posted by: Phillip Clements at November 26th, 2005 1:08 AM

There do not seem to be any known limitations from the laws of physics that would prevent the development of nanobots capable of those tasks - but we're a good 20 years away from this class of technology, I would imagine. You might want to read Chris Phoenix's essay for more ideas:

http://www.longevitymeme.org/articles/viewarticle.cfm?article_id=10

Posted by: Reason at November 26th, 2005 11:11 AM

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