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Scientists build army of 1 million microrobots that can fit inside a hypodermic needle

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posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 06:15 PM
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Well this sure seems like coincidental timing with everything going on but researchers have developed microscopic robots small enough to be injected into the human body. Currently they're only able to be manually controlled but research is already moving towards giving them autonomy for complex tasks.

original paper

www.cnet.com...


A four-inch wafer of silicon has been turned into an army of one million microscopic, walking robots, thanks to some clever engineering employed by researchers at Cornell University in New York. 

a team of roboticists detail the creation of their invisible army of robots, which are less than 0.1mm in size (about the width of a human hair) and cannot be seen with the naked eye. The robots are rudimentary and are reminiscent of Frogger, the famous 1980s arcade game.

They've been designed to operate in all manner of environments such as extreme acidity and temperatures. One of their chief purposes, the researchers say, could be to investigate the human body from the inside.

The research team were able to show the microrobots devices could fit within the narrowest hypodermic needle and thus, could be "injected" into the body.

The researchers are now trying to program the robots to perform certain tasks, using more complex computation and autonomy. Improvements could pave the way for swarms of robots to head inside the body and repair wounds or go on the attack against diseases


Personally, I don't think I'd be comfortable with millions of fully autonomous microscopic robots inside me. Especially not with the talk lately about digital medical records, global IDs, contact tracing and such.




posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 06:23 PM
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And the other part is your kidneys, liver and lymphatic system would filter them out and become saturated with them, perhaps plugged up with them.



posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 06:33 PM
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Powered by solar cells. To operate inside the human body they will need a different power source. Unless you are going to inject tiny laser pointers too.


They are not programmable or autonomous. Pretty neat though.

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posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 06:44 PM
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a reply to: dug88

Funded by the Gates Foundation



posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 07:33 PM
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Would make a great weapon too. Micheal Chreighton was all over this stuff in his book 'Prey'.

Pretty good read if i remember correctly.



posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 07:36 PM
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Shoulders of giants.

In 1959, Nobel laureate and nanotechnology visionary Richard Feynman suggested that it would be interesting to “swallow the surgeon” — that is, to make a tiny robot that could travel through blood vessels to carry out surgery where needed.

www.nature.com...



posted on Aug, 27 2020 @ 07:44 PM
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We're at least a century away from this becoming really useful.

We need EMP when this stuff is everywhere.
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posted on Aug, 28 2020 @ 05:11 AM
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Well this sure seems like coincidental timing with everything going on but researchers have developed microscopic robots small enough to be injected into the human body. Currently they're only able to be manually controlled but research is already moving towards giving them autonomy for complex tasks.


^^ This! ^^

And therin began the process of truly merging man & machine.

A true Cyborg.

It gives me the shivers.

I think we need to change the presidential election laws so that Arnold "The Terminator" Schwarzenegger can run for president.

Seriously.



posted on Aug, 28 2020 @ 09:54 AM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: dug88

Powered by solar cells. To operate inside the human body they will need a different power source. Unless you are going to inject tiny laser pointers too.



What if we inject UV light, like the kind the President says kills COVID-19?




They are not programmable or autonomous. Pretty neat though.


Let's just hope they can't self-organize:



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posted on Aug, 28 2020 @ 11:17 AM
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Well, these can easily be improved from where they're at, and given different power sources.

That video claims "decades" but I'd say give it 3-5 years and there will be such a slew of breakthroughs with these, the PopSci news won't shut up about them.



posted on Aug, 28 2020 @ 06:02 PM
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originally posted by: FinallyAwake
Would make a great weapon too. Micheal Chreighton was all over this stuff in his book 'Prey'.

Pretty good read if i remember correctly.

That is one of my all-time favorite Chreighton books. A bit different than the OP topic though.

Imagine injecting a few hundred thousand of these into Biden and have a remote human answer debate questions.



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