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Nanotechnology moves forward

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter


    Not all autonomous robots need artificial intelligence to power them. At the molecular level, nanobots can do pretty impressive things without lines of code dictating their moves. They do our bidding because the physical laws of their environment force them to do so.

    By exploiting such quirks of nature, scientists have now built nanobots that can repair broken circuits that are too small for a human eye to see. Such tiny repairs could help modern electronics have a longer shelf life, but these proof-of-concept, autonomous nanobots have bigger potential. They could one day soon be used for self-healing materials and delivering drugs inside the human body.

  2. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Does that mean they won't need to do this then?
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  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    But what about when they go rogue and start repairing things that don't need fixed?

  4. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Given how much of my body is rebelling it might just be worth the risk :D
  5. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    Did the name come from Mork & Mindy...

    ...having rejected the idea of Shazbotechnology?
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Is your body doing that too?

    Mine is very uncooperative!
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The fantasy of "Fantastic Voyage" is well on the way to being a reality (apart from the fact that most nanobots are not as attractive as Ms Welch).

    However nanoparticles as used in sunscreens and some plasters now are still an unknown quantity. For a start we are still not sure whether these particles can cross the fabled "Blood-Brain" barrier.

    They are also just the right size to get breathed into the lungs and be extremely difficult to remove once they get in there.

    For anyone who cares, a nanoparticle must be smaller than 0.000 000.001 metres in diameter. They have an unusually large surface area which makes them different (and potentially more useful) than other particles.

    Right .....enough Science...back to jokes.
  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    If we can just crack longevity before I get too old to appreciate it.... that's fine.
  9. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Can they do 100% effective contraception, do you think?
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Japanese scientists are working on programming nanobots that can go in through the tear duct in the eye, repair damage like torn retinas and then be extricated again the same way.

    That's cool science !
  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    That's English state education... working for me!

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