#1
Apparently in ~30 years we'll have these tiny microscopic machines that can't even be seen with the naked eye. We'll inject them into humans to perform maintenance around our body. We'll put them in the bloodstream to break up plaque, we'll put them in brains to act as neurons. Crazy, isn't it? We're going to be part biological and part non-biological in a few years.
I dunno, it kinda scares me to think about it... I'm not sure if I'd like tiny machines swimming around in my blood.

But here's some videos (no sound) to show what they're capable of:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7zw9fvfBZI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-2Xw-GNkUQ

So what does everyone think of nanobots?
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they could be very useful/helpful

but also lethal for military use. so as long as they are in the right hands i guess. and dont go all terminator on our asses we will be fine.
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they could be very useful/helpful

but also lethal for military use. so as long as they are in the right hands i guess. and dont go all terminator on our asses we will be fine.


Mhmm..

Actually, some scientists predict that our first encounter with extra terrestrial life will be similar to these nanobots...we won't even be able to see them. It's scary
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Will they help me shoot lightning?
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So they'll just mimic what some human cells are already doing. I think I prefer stem cells.
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So they'll just mimic what some human cells are already doing. I think I prefer stem cells.


Not exactly. They'll be doing a ton more....like getting rid of diseases (cancer for example). People won't have heart attacks or strokes...it'll basically allow for us to be immortal; I read that in about ~70 years, we'll inject millions of nanobots into the brain, and copy the brain exactly (i.e. the person's exact personality).
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#13
If you have machines inside of you, they can be manipulated by someone else.
It's dangerous waters to be swimming in methinks
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I can't wait till these are ready. They're going to be the biggest medical breakthrough of our times.
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If you have machines inside of you, they can be manipulated by someone else.
It's dangerous waters to be swimming in methinks


They're not actually "machines" in the traditional sense; just complex molecules created for specific purposes. As such, they can't be hacked, so you can't be manipulated
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If you have machines inside of you, they can be manipulated by someone else.
It's dangerous waters to be swimming in methinks


I would think that a machine as tiny as a nanobot would only be able to perform a basic function that it's programmed to do.

It's going to be hard enough for scientists to program them to maintain the human body; I don't think they'll bother with mind-control attributes.

But yeah, someone above me had a good point about the technology's use as weaponry. That would be terrible.
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30 years ago they said we'd have robot slaves to do the chores.
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Not exactly. They'll be doing a ton more....like getting rid of diseases (cancer for example). People won't have heart attacks or strokes...it'll basically allow for us to be immortal; I read that in about ~70 years, we'll inject millions of nanobots into the brain, and copy the brain exactly (i.e. the person's exact personality).


No thanks.

And telomeres will probably still shorten, even with those nanobots, cells won't divide eternally.
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Not exactly. They'll be doing a ton more....like getting rid of diseases (cancer for example). People won't have heart attacks or strokes...it'll basically allow for us to be immortal; I read that in about ~70 years, we'll inject millions of nanobots into the brain, and copy the brain exactly (i.e. the person's exact personality).


You gotta be pretty naieve to think that this will be of any benefit to the average person. it'll be the imperialist military forces and the super-rich parasites that fund them that'll be getting the immortallity treatment.
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Nano tech. will be the bane of our existence once it's used for weapons manufacturing purposes. It will be too hard to safely control and counter.

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#24
They also said we'd be living on the moon by the year 2000.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out though.
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I would think that a machine as tiny as a nanobot would only be able to perform a basic function that it's programmed to do.

It's going to be hard enough for scientists to program them to maintain the human body; I don't think they'll bother with mind-control attributes.

But yeah, someone above me had a good point about the technology's use as weaponry. That would be terrible.




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They're not actually "machines" in the traditional sense; just complex molecules created for specific purposes. As such, they can't be hacked, so you can't be manipulated


That's what I was thinking, really complex protien structures is what they'll most likely be if my fuzzy memory of 12th grade microbiology is right!
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You gotta be pretty naieve to think that this will be of any benefit to the average person. it'll be the imperialist military forces and the super-rich parasites that fund them that'll be getting the immortallity treatment.


Oh most likely. I'm sure it'll cost at least millions of dollars to actually have these things put into your body, so the average person will not have them. But in the future (if we are here long enough) I'm sure it'll be available for everyone.

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#29
well these are going to act like cells that can reapair right? well couldnt they get infections and diseases too? it could start an artificial epidemic! im such a nerd
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I would think that a machine as tiny as a nanobot would only be able to perform a basic function that it's programmed to do.

It's going to be hard enough for scientists to program them to maintain the human body; I don't think they'll bother with mind-control attributes.

But yeah, someone above me had a good point about the technology's use as weaponry. That would be terrible.

Most machinery is designed to perform it's own 'basic function'; doesn't mean it can't go wrong.

I didn't say anything about mind control... but if you've got little robots travelling through your organs every second, what happens if they go wrong?
(Please don't answer that, you don't know what will happen)
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