Originally Posted by Yeah
Originally Posted by PleasurePhD
Originally Posted by Yeah
How do you feel about the prospect of nano-machines? From what I've seen on the perimeter of the science world, they've been getting a lot more attention.
What exactly do you want to know? Just my opinion about its feasibility or viability?
Nanomedicine is a truly novel treatment field and holds TONS of potential.
During my Masters I used self assembling nanoparticles as part of my proposed targeted combination therapy system for curing breast cancer. It showed very high levels of success in tumor targeting. tumor regressions, and limited side effects. (In an in vivo
Nanomachines are the next step for nanomedicine and I truly believe that we will reach a point where we will be able to utilize these tiny robots in medicine very successfully.
In all, do you think that a cure to common forms of cancer will be achieved through the use of nanomachines?
Also, if you don't mind, do you think that nanomachines run the risk of becoming a bigger threat than anything else? I.E. do you think that biological weapons can ever be created through the use of nanomachines? I know that nanomachines and viruses have a lot in common (viruses are essentially nature's nanomachines, from what I understand,) and to imagine if a corporation could replicate something like the ebola virus... it's a scary thought.
I think that a lot is possible with nanomachines including the possibility to help cure/treat cancers. Specifically using them to directly target cancer cells instead of normal cells to destroy them or to deliver drugs to them, for example.
With any new technology there is the risk of bad people using them for bad things. Nanomachines which could be used to specifically target certain parts of the body to do very specific things for treatment could most certainly be used to wreck havoc on people as well. It wouldn't be classified as a biological weapon since robots are not organic "living things", but I get what you're asking. And, yes they could be used to create weapons, but hopefully that will never happen. You can't prevent a wonderful technology from being developed just cause there is risk involved, with that attitude there would never be any new technology. Also, its a problem with people not the technology itself.
Nanomachines aren't really like viruses except for the fact that they are small and can do a lot for their size. Viruses are organic and still use RNA/DNA and proteins to do their work, to live. Nanomachines are tiny robots which would mostly be composed of metal or other conducting materials.
Nanomachines don't really pose any additional threat then what's already out there that people can use to create biological weapons. Using genetic manipulation to create viral weapons for example. People can already do things like this. The only additional thing would be that nanomachines could be controlled directly, and viruses cant.