Tuesday, November 08, 2005

"Nano Nano"

Just last week, I cited this NewScientist article by Kurzweil in one of my pedagogy assignments. I have been attending a "How to teach Critical and Creative thinking" class. There have been lots of ways we can boost our thinking skills and there are lots of gurus out there who write books on these, mainly giving structures and methods to increase creativity or using proper "habits of mind" if you will.

But hey, what can beat nanotech?

That is, if it delivers what it is touted to and all within the next few decades. There is mention of "direct brain to brain interaction over the internet" once we merge with with our technology giving us non-biological intelligence beyond our imaginings. Nanobots in our brains and swimming in our blood are going to the first step in that direction.

The National Cancer Institute of the U.S. National Institutes of Health says that nanotech would be vital to its goal of eliminating suffering and death from cancer by 2015. That's pretty soon.

"Human life: The next generation." By Ray Kurzweil. NewScientist.com news service, 24 September 2005"
"By the 2020s, nanotechnology will enable us to create almost any physical product we want from inexpensive materials, using information processes. We will be able to go beyond the limits of biology, and replace your current "human body version 1.0" with a dramatically upgraded version 2.0, providing radical life extension. The "killer app" of nanotechnology is "nanobots", blood-cell sized robots that can travel in the bloodstream destroying pathogens, removing debris, correcting errors in DNA and reversing ageing processes."

"A Nanotech Cure for Cancer?" By Brandon Keim. Wired News, 07 Nov 2005.
"Indeed, the National Cancer Institute, which recently announced two waves of funding for nanotech training and research, sees nanotechnology as vital to its stated goal of "eliminating suffering and death from cancer by 2015."


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Michael Yamashita said...

Dear Adrian,

You and your readers may want to check out the Methuselah Prize (www.mprize.org) - we're working to catallyze the technologies that will make it possible for us to live longer, and so that more of us will be able to enjoy the fruits of nanotech.

So come in and join in!


Michael Yamashita
Blog outreach volunteer
Methuselah Foundation