Less than a week ago, published in the science journal Small, researchers revealed their latest invention: nanorobotics which mimic the locomotion of fish in order to target drugs throughout the human circulatory system.
“While innovative robotic devices, inspired by physicomechanical designs evolved in fish, have been created for underwater propulsion of large swimmers, scaling such powerful locomotion into micro-/nanoscale propulsion remains challenging. Here, a magnetically propelled fish-like artificial nanoswimmer is demonstrated that emulates the body and caudal fin propulsion swimming mechanism displayed by fish.”
– Tianlong Li et al., Small
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The only problem is that they’re currently not biodegradable. Plus gold and silver are hard to come by. But the researchers have said they’re currently working on biodegradable applications.
Nanorobotics is moving in a direction of human augmentation. We’re not just talking about nanobots being used to help deliver drugs throughout the human body, but subsequently act as a carrying host for individual cells. They’ll be injected into our brain to help augment the neocortex and have it connected to online systems. This is the emergence of man and machine symbiosis, whereby the human biological substrate becomes a technology in and of itself. And with the help of nanorobotics, we might just get there in the coming decades.