A team of scientists in Switzerland, after years of testing, have created microrobots patterned after the intelligent design of E. coli bacteria that are just about ready to be tested on human patients. While E.coli can propel themselves using a built-in rotary motor at their tail-ends (flagellum), the scientists don’t have that capability yet and had to settle for moving the nanobots about using magnetic force.
The nanobots, as yet, will only be used for exploratory purposes and don’t have the capability to perform surgical procedures–but that will be the ultimate goal. Scientists expect doctors to use them for more precise diagnoses in certain areas of the body, such as the heart, brain, urinary track, and small intestines, after they are guided to those areas with a small catheter.
These micro-machines are manufactured in a sterile environment and have already been tested in the eyes, although the article where I got this information from fails to mention which eyes of which living creature had the test done. Not only are they forecasted for use in humans for medical purposes, but some have predicted their use for environmental cleanup, treating water, and feeding information directly to our brain cells.
Nevertheless, as with anything we humans create, embrace, and promote for our convenience, and considering that humanity is leaning towards becoming more corrupt, there will also be ethical, moral, and spiritual concerns for their intended use. For instance, what if abortionists decide this would be the perfect way to bring about their eugenics-based population control to kill the unborn or prevent human eggs from uniting with human sperm? Or what if they are injected into a human subject for a government’s psy-ops program to create false memories or other psychological manipulations?
As with all other technologies, nanobots can be a blessing, but also a curse if we’re not careful.
Source: Jacopo Prisco, Will nanotechnology soon allow you to ‘swallow the doctor’?, CNN.com, Friday, January 30, 2015.
Harry A. Gaylord