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Robots to the Rescue: Racing Through Our Blood to Cure Disease

By OZY

The future of medicine? Miniature robots communicating with doctors from inside our bodiesRead full story

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  • I’m wary of premature declarations of “ new frontiers” but oh my the idea of a pill capsule-sized “robot” that a patient could swallow and a doctor could direct ..to figure out what’s wrong inside a patient is crazy great stuff. Onward

  • Exciting times in nanotechnology and medicine. It’s amazing to think that somewhere down the line this could be possible. Like the idea that this nano bot will require interplay from doctors and medical providers (ie humans). And potentially designing bots that dissolve inside the body is smart from a waste perspective.

  • Incredible developments from which we’re already seeing tangible benefits. Once fine-tuned and available in the medical marketplace, this stuff will revolutionize healthcare.

    “Since the turn of the century, scientists have eyed implantable medical devices or particles, sometimes as tiny as ingestible pills, as a long-awaited solution that could allow them to monitor body functions from the outside while avoiding painful, and at times costly, surgeries. But now, researchers are leapfrogging those

    Incredible developments from which we’re already seeing tangible benefits. Once fine-tuned and available in the medical marketplace, this stuff will revolutionize healthcare.

    “Since the turn of the century, scientists have eyed implantable medical devices or particles, sometimes as tiny as ingestible pills, as a long-awaited solution that could allow them to monitor body functions from the outside while avoiding painful, and at times costly, surgeries. But now, researchers are leapfrogging those implants, instead developing minuscule robots that are emerging as the next frontier in medical science.

    Until this decade, there were about 10 labs globally that were trying to develop such robots. Today, most of those efforts have advanced to a stage where they’re no longer science fiction, and the field is taking off as a major industry of the future. More than two dozen labs — from China to Canada and Israel to Italy, and at other research institutions across the U.S. and Europe — have now published research on their nanobot projects. And a June 2018 report by Market Research Future estimates that the medical nanobots industry will grow annually at 21 percent to reach $100 billion — the size of Morocco’s entire economy — by 2023.

    Unlike implantable devices that stay where they are placed, these robots are mobile and can be directed by outside human operators or even move around with some autonomy. This mobility lets them carry out diagnostics, organ repair and even perform surgeries from the inside, reducing the extent to which tissues need to be cut...

    ‘These advancements can really create a lot of impact,’ says roboticist Hod Lipson, who directs Columbia University’s Creative Machines Lab. ‘They can be delivering drugs to organs, continuously gather information or do localized treatments where you need to open up a particular artery inside.’”

  • Mind blowing that a robot injected into our bloodstream could take on a disease Ninja style.... the future ... well the changes are only accelerating not settling.

  • This is amazing. First of all, the fact that it’s real and that it will work is amazing. Second of all, the fact that the nanobot industry is estimated to grow at 21% per year with a potential $100 billion valuation is amazing. We’re not just talking about medicine. Use your imagination and think of all the other applications for nano technology. It’s literally the type of game changer that moves humanity to its next evolution.

  • “Inner Space” is real! “INNER SPACE” IS REAL!!!

  • Very excited for transient electronic nanobots!

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