ROILO GOLEZ, Philippine National Security Adviser (2001-2004). The world and the Philippines as Roilo Golez sees it. With focus on national security, geopolitics, geo-security, economics, science and government.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Many Uses of Nanobots
"Medical uses for nanotechnology are numerous. Since these robots are so small, they can be inserted into a person’s biological system without any noticeable effects. They are so small, in fact, that they may be the same size as blood cells. They can either be remotely controlled or pre-programmed for a certain procedure. They could, theoretically, be programmed to seek out and deconstruct cancer cells and completely eliminate them without the need for lengthy treatments. They could also be employed to repair and reconstruct damaged tissue on the cellular level. This would have the effect of drastically increasing a person’s own natural ability to heal themselves. No matter how damaged a portion of a person’s body may be, these nanobots might be able to repair them."
Nanotechnology is an emerging field in robotics which has yet to truly blossom to its full potential. It does, however, promise a wealth of different solutions to problems which have plaguing mankind for all of existence. These microscopic robots will theoretically have the capability to do things which may seem like magic. From building things out of thin air to curing diseases and even solving environmental problems, nanobots can be one of the most important advances mankind has ever created.
Nanotechnology is still misunderstood by a majority of the public. The truth is that it refers to a rather broad range of study that can encompass quite a few different disciplines. As a whole, nanotechnology is concerned with the creation of microscopic objects. Many of these objects are so small that they’re constructed not with regular materials but with the very atomic building blocks of life. Nano-robotics is a part of this field. Its main focus is creating robots which are so small they are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Operating as a swarm, these tiny robots have the potential to do some truly amazing things.
One area of science which is eagerly developing new uses for these machines is that of medicine. There are a number of medical problems which represent significant challenges for doctors. While modern medical and surgical techniques have come a long way, there are still many things which doctors are powerless to change. Surgery itself is still extremely complicated and success is not always guaranteed. Part of the reason for this is that it is still incredibly invasive and can often cause much more damage than it had tried to fix.
Medical uses for nanotechnology are numerous. Since these robots are so small, they can be inserted into a person’s biological system without any noticeable effects. They are so small, in fact, that they may be the same size as blood cells. They can either be remotely controlled or pre-programmed for a certain procedure. They could, theoretically, be programmed to seek out and deconstruct cancer cells and completely eliminate them without the need for lengthy treatments. They could also be employed to repair and reconstruct damaged tissue on the cellular level. This would have the effect of drastically increasing a person’s own natural ability to heal themselves. No matter how damaged a portion of a person’s body may be, these nanobots might be able to repair them.
Following this same concept, we can apply the use of nanotechnology to much larger problems. Pollution has become a major concern in recent years and there seems to be no truly effective solution to this problem. Dangerous chemical emissions from things such as factories and cars are released into the atmosphere where they will often remain for decades. Since nanobots have the ability to change things at the molecular level, they can potentially solve our pollution problems. A swarm of nanobots released into the atmosphere could quickly set to work deconstructing the pollution molecules and turning them into entirely harmless material which could easily be removed from the air. These molecular scrubbers could stay in the atmosphere, cleaning the world’s air supply, until it was as fresh and clean as it hundreds of years ago.
The ability for nanobots to work on an atomic level has far reaching implications for industry as well. Industrial manufacturing, as it stands today, requires a wealth of resources, equipment and man power. This is due to the need to acquire resources, process them to a usable state and then assemble them into the products we use on a daily basis. Rather than building things piece by piece and then assembling the component parts, factories could employ nanotechnology to build complete products. Since they can use raw molecules, industrial nanobots would only need the most basic of raw materials to construct nearly anything. As long as they have enough raw materials, these factories could simply reprogram the nanobots to build something else. This would free them from the need to completely replace large portions of the factory just to change its output.
As with any technology, there is the potential for misuse. Since nanobots can basically deconstruct anything, they have obvious applications in the use of weapons. A maliciously coded swarm of nanobots could be unleashed on an enemy at which point they would begin dismantling everything at the molecular level. Not only will this affect inanimate objects but they could, possibly, be programmed to literally disintegrate living tissue. Using nanotechnology as a weapon is something that science hopes will not happen. Science has, however, almost always been distorted for destructive uses and there is likely little doubt that governments would pay significant amounts of money for such a weapon.
Nanotechnology is still a new science and nearly every advance made in this field is groundbreaking. It also represents an incredibly fascinating area of study and can hold solutions to many of the most pressing problems of our world. It has the potential to revolutionize medicine, environmental science, industry and even warfare. This is why DBD Industries has dedicated so much time and money to the advancement of this new field. While scientists may currently be somewhat hindered by available technology, DBD Industries has made significant steps towards making this a reality. Scientists and engineers are confident that this new area of science will soon prove itself to be an important and ubiquitous part of our life in the near future.