Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, and AI: Toward the Dream of Global Health Care Equivalency

 

“Progress in medicine, global access to information and a global age pyramid that is already turning upside-down will increase the demand for good health care. This in turn will increase life expectancy and drive innovation. This re-enforcing circle will change societies’ views on health care. Whereas today it is seen as a cost that needs to be controlled — which slows down progress — it might become the global driving force of innovation and humanity, replacing other areas of public investment focus.”

Harald Stock, President & CEO, ArjoHuntleigh

 

 

Global Health Care Equivalency (GHCE) and Molecular Manufacturing (MM)

It is envisaged that nanomedicine, beyond the amazing possibilities that may materialize over the next 10-30 years toward advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capacities, might have a far more extensive role than to supplant existing medical technologies and procedures. The larger picture might be manifest via the emergence of a momentous paradigm shift that will have the potential capacity to dramatically transform the entire medical domain, through what is referred to as “Global Health Care Equivalency” (GHCE), where any individual on the planet may have access to the same advanced and cost effective nanomedical diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, no matter where they happen to reside, or under what conditions they live.

The attainment of GHCE might serve to significantly reduce the perception of individuals in the developing world of being marginalized, at least in terms of health care, which may ultimately translate to conflict reduction. In the developed world, GHCE would serve to dramatically reduce health care expenditures across the board. Synergies between nanotechnology, nanomedicine, and AI may enable this vision on a global scale. Progress toward this goal will be incremental, with each successive wave of nanomedical technologies being more advanced than the previous wave. The tipping point will arrive with the emergence of Molecular Manufacturing (MM), http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/boehm20160115, which will make possible the cost effective fabrication of the classes of advanced autonomous nanomedical devices that Boehm describes in his first book: Nanomedical Device and Systems Design: Challenges, Possibilities, Visions.

NanoApps Medical keenly recognizes that such a massive undertaking on a global scale will require intense and sustained high spirited collaboration between like minded individuals having widely varied backgrounds with diverse areas of expertise. Myriad research labs, institutions, regulatory bodies, and government agencies worldwide will also be vital prerequisites for its realization, as will significant resources and time. All of us are amazing individuals, each with our own unique talents and expertise that might contribute and be applied to this noble enterprise. Our working together will likely culminate in a global movement toward the actual realization of GHCE, which will ultimately be of benefit toward optimal health for each and every one of us.

NanoApps Medical strongly believes that the way forward to GHCE lies in the incremental and steady development of the tools that will get us there. These will include concentrated efforts toward progress in nanotechnology, nanomedicine, and AI, as well as the identification and implementation of intricate synergies between them. Initial questions to pose might begin with just how we envisage that GHCE would actually operate in the real world, taking multiple factors into account, including altered economics, job displacement, population (e.g., people will be much healthier for much longer… how will this impact society, education, work, energy, water, food production, the environment, etc…). Would there subsequently be a significant increase in collaboration among nations toward the development of a robust global space program to begin relocating willing pioneers/colonists toward seeding the solar system with humanity (commencing with Lunar and Mars colonies) and eventually, beyond, to exoplanets and deep space? On this note, the drive for the development of nanotechnologies and nanomedicine for space applications (e.g., to facilitate future human missions to the Moon and Mars) might serve to expedite the emergence of GHCE, as myriad space-developed technologies have typically filtered down to benefit all of humanity for terrestrial applications here on Earth.

This is also where MM blends in, as of itself, it would at a fundamental level, facilitate the transition to completely new social, industrial, energy, transportation, manufacturing, etc. paradigms, via personalized “Factory at Home” (FaH) systems. Through GHCE, we will essentially be proposing a completely new medical paradigm across the board, encompassing and changing virtually all existing infrastructures. For example, under a mature nanomedically enabled GHCE system will there still be the requirement of large hospitals, hospital beds, attending nurses, etc.? Since virtually all nanomedical procedures would be exponentially less invasive (in stark contrast to today’s standards, save for traumatic accidental injuries), significantly more rapid and efficacious, might they all be done on an outpatient basis within walk in clinics? Minor procedures could also be done in the comfort of one’s own home.

Infections due to surgical incisions would also be dramatically reduced or negated, as all scheduled nanosurgeries would be accomplished in vivo without having to breach the skin, which has the potential for exposing the patient to pathogenic microorganisms. Indeed, with the advent of sophisticated autonomous nanomedical devices, invasive surgeries would likely become obsolete, being replaced by nanorobotic surgical “teems” (as in teeming); there would likely be from many thousands to millions of nanodevices working in unison to conduct internal surgeries down to cellular resolution, as well as DNA editing or replacement, if deemed necessary. Further, any infectious diseases, cancers, exposure to toxins etc, would be almost instantaneously eradicated via “sentinel class” nanomedical devices that would imperceptibly patrol the human body, on a full time basis, to serve as a very robust immune system enhancement. Hence, there would be no requirement for hospital stays, as these pathogens, mutations, toxic agents, etc. would be quickly identified and nullified “on the fly” long before they have the opportunity to proliferate.

The potent technologies behind GHCE and MM would, no doubt, initiate far-reaching paradigm shifts on many fronts, even for the developed world, as it would involve the emergence of an entirely new health care system, from top to bottom. Further, MM would drive many other societal changes through the increased adoption of FaH systems, whereby individuals could fabricate just about any type of consumer product, ranging from toothbrushes, to running shoes, to nutritious gourmet foods, to advanced solar collectors and batteries, to sophisticated (prescribed) nanomedical devices, etc., as well as the components for the fabrications of additional MM systems.

One facet of the eventual (hypothetical) implementation of GHCE pertains to the adoption of inclusion as a strategy for minimizing resistance to significant change. Large pharmaceutical corporations, for example, would not necessarily go out of business, in fact, their businesses might expand immensely. With the emergence of advanced nanomedical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, expensive drugs would also likely become relegated to obsolescence, and thus, the demand for them would evaporate. As NanoApps states, “Optimal health, for life…it is the best that we can hope for, and is of vital importance for each one of us. Imagine a world in which invasive surgery is obsolete, where $1000 per dose drugs, and from $100,000 to $1.21 million per year in individual drug expenditures (alone) no longer exist. Imagine a world where families no longer have to forfeit their life savings to gain access to desperately needed top tier healthcare.”

Since pharmaceutical giants possess huge infrastructures that are already in place, they might, in the future, be adapted to the generation and distribution of advanced nanomedical devices and systems. From a business perspective; rather than having hundreds of millions of customers for the drugs that they currently produce, their market would (with the onset of GHCE and MM) be the entire population of the planet! Through the emergence of MM, advanced nanomedical diagnostic and therapeutic devices might be mass produced very cheaply, as the raw materials would be atoms and molecules. Hence, a significant profit might still be made due to the vastly expanded demographic. They would be selling very cheap, albeit highly advanced nanomedical devices; however, with every person on Earth as their market.

As stated above, invasive surgeries would also likely become a thing of the past, as anything that ails us might be rapidly addressed by legions of administered autonomous nanomedical devices. This does not mean, however, that physicians and surgeons would become unemployed. They would simply be working with a different and far more sophisticated set of tools. Health assessments would still need to be made and prescriptions would still be needed to be given. Beyond the medical realm, there would be entirely new industries built around the processing and distribution of the required atomic and molecular feedstock’s that would be required for the operation of the FaH units. At the opposite end of the spectrum, another set of industries dedicated to the disassembly and recycling of materials and wastes down to their molecular and atomic constituents would be born.

 

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Frank Boehm of NanoApps Medical joins Chakravarthy Lab team

September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The primary goals of the Chakravarthy Lab are to investigate the pathophysiology and mechanisms of chronic pain in the context of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), diabetic neuropathy, persistent postsurgical pain and neuropathic pain.  Further, our lab focuses [...]

Google Has Started Adding Imagination to Its DeepMind AI

September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

From futurism.com: Researchers have started developing artificial intelligence with imagination – AI that can reason through decisions and make plans for the future, without being bound by human instructions. Another way to put it would [...]

Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists 

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Sarah Knapton: Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists. The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they [...]

Global Nanomedicine Market 2017-2021- Analysis and Trends

August 31st, 2017|0 Comments

From an article at medgadget.com: This Nanomedicine market research is an intelligence report with meticulous efforts undertaken to study the right and valuable information. The data which has been looked upon is done considering both, [...]

How Medical Nanotech Will Change Humanity Forever

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by George Dvorsky: Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will revolutionise virtually every field it touches, medicine being no exception. [...]

Nanolaser can Identify, Kill Metastasized Cancer Cells in Blood Stream

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article written by AZoNano: According to a new research work, a nanolaser called the spaser is capable of acting as a water-soluble, super-bright, biocompatible probe that has the potential to find metastasized cancer [...]

Available to rent on Kindle! Nanomedical Device and Systems Design: Challenges, Possibilities, Visions

August 26th, 2017|0 Comments

To accommodate students who wish to read the book at an affordable cost, we announce that Nanomedical Device and Systems Design: Challenges, Possibilities, Visions by Frank Boehm (CEO NanoApps Medical Inc.) is available to rent on Kindle. [...]

Histone 1, the guardian of genome stability

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

By Dr Zara Kassam (Drug Target Review): Researchers have explained for the first time that the suppression of histone 1 causes cell damage and genomic instability… Researchers have explained for the first time that the [...]

Novel imaging approach offers insights into HIV’s lifecycle

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

By Dr Zara Kassam (Drug Target Review): A team of scientists have used a novel live-cell fluorescent imaging system that has allowed them for the first time to identify individual particles associated with HIV. The [...]

Researchers find switch that turns on immune cells tumour-killing ability

August 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers have shown how a microRNA molecule known as Lethal-7 (let-7) serves as a molecular control hub to direct the function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes by putting the brakes on their cell-killing activities. When let-7 [...]

Nanoapps Medical added to list of Top 50 nanotechnology blogs

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

We are pleased to advise that we have been added to Feedspot's list of the Top 50 nanotechnology blogs on the web. Feedspot is a browser-based RSS feed reader and we use it to stay [...]

Malware Stored in Synthetic DNA Can Take Over a PC, Researchers Find

August 13th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article in the Wall Street Journal: University of Washington researchers figured out a way to use biology to infect computers with malicious code. In their experiments, the researchers stored malware in synthetic DNA [...]

Elon Musk issues a stark warning about A.I. – calls it a bigger threat than North Korea

August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired off a new and ominous warning on Friday about artificial intelligence, suggesting the emerging technology poses an even greater risk to the world than a nuclear conflagration with North Korea. [...]

Test uses nanotechnology to quickly diagnose Zika virus

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article at medicalxpress.com: Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly detects the presence of Zika virus in blood. Currently, testing for Zika requires that a blood sample be [...]

Investors bet big on AI for health diagnostics

August 6th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Jonathan Norris, Silicon Valley Bank: We’re seeing a new wave of venture investments in healthtech companies — especially those with strong artifical intelligence and machine learning components. Led by some of the [...]

Neuroreality: The New Reality is Coming. And It’s a Brain Computer Interface

August 6th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Kristin Houser at futurism.com: With the release of the Oculus Rift in March 2016, the age of virtual reality (VR) truly began. VR tech had been generating buzz since the 1990s, but the Rift was [...]

Artificial Intelligence: Everything You Want to Know

August 5th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Liisi Ruuse at scoro.com: By the end of this 10-minute read, you will hopefully have a comprehensive overview about Artificial Intelligence (AI). What is Artificial Intelligence? We’ll try our best to give [...]

Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants

August 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Using nanoparticles, Yale researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that could reduce organ transplant complications by hiding the donated tissue from the recipient’s immune system. About 25,000 organ transplants are performed in the U.S. each [...]

Nano Robots Video – Fast Facts

August 5th, 2017|0 Comments

  The Fast Facts Collection was originally produced for the edutainment reality TV program Stars of Science, a Qatar Foundation initiative. The program has successfully brought science and technology closer to millions of [...]

Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology, Second Life, July 202017

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

  Terasem’s 12th Annual Workshop On Geoethical Nanotechnology took place as usual on July 20 2017 in the Terasem sim, Second Life, with great talks by David Brin, Yalda Mousavinia, David Orban, and [...]

Israel’s vital contributions to nanotechnology

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Lin Arison & Diana C. Stoll/The Desert and the Cities Sing: Writers Lin Arison and Diana C. Stoll speak to Yeshayahu Talmon, a chemical engineer, about nanotech in Israel. Yeshayahu Talmon is [...]

RNA used to make ‘living computers’ for nanotechnology

July 30th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Tim Sandle at Digital Journal: Researchers from Arizona State University have demonstrated that living cells can be induced to carry out complex computations in the manner of tiny robots or computers. [...]

Dynamic chemistry produces nano-derived anticancer drugs

July 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Aalto University in Finland scientists have produced a new range of anticancer nanomaterials inspired by volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean. The process involves creating synthesized zinc peroxide nanoparticles. The Finnish researchers have successfully [...]

Nanotechnology: A Promising New Paradigm for the Control of Pain

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

"Nanotechnology: A Promising New Paradigm for the Control of Pain" is a new article - available at Pain Medicine, published by Oxford University Press. Written by Krishnan V. Chakravarthy (MD, PhD), Frank J. Boehm and Paul [...]

Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg has ‘limited understanding’ of AI

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Mark Zuckerberg just commented on artificial intelligence, saying people who warn of "doomsday scenarios" regarding AI are "pretty irresponsible." This did not sit well with Elon Musk, who returned fire on Twitter, saying Zuckerberg's understanding [...]

Chemists perform ‘surgery’ on nanoparticles

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

A team of chemists led by Carnegie Mellon University's Rongchao Jin has for the first time conducted site-specific surgery on a nanoparticle. The procedure, which allows for the precise tailoring of nanoparticles, stands to advance [...]

Largest genome-wide study of lung cancer susceptibility conducted

July 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

A new study conducted by an international team of lung cancer researchers, including Professor John Field from the University of Liverpool, have identified new genetic variants for lung cancer risk. Lung cancer continues to be [...]

USDA announces $4.6 million for nanotechnology research

July 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on USDA announces $4.6 million for nanotechnology research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 13 grants totaling $4.6 million for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing [...]

International Conference On Nanomedicine And Nanobiotechnology – ICONAN 2017

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The International Conference On Nanomedicine And Nanobiotechnology is an annual event that hosts high-profile plenary speakers, world-class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks. It is a great opportunity to share your [...]

Elsevier launches The Hive to showcase Pharma/ biotech start-ups

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

From drugtargetreview.com: Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, has announced that applications and nominations for The Hive, its innovation hub for biotech and pharmaceutical startups, are now open. This year, at [...]

Rice U. nanoengineers create liquid-solid composites using clues from nature

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article at nanotech.now: In research appearing online in the journal Advanced Materials Interfaces, graduate student Peter Owuor, research scientist Chandra Sekhar Tiwary and colleagues from the laboratories of Rice Professor Pulickel Ajayan and [...]

Tesla wins bid to build world’s largest lithium-ion battery for South Australia

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised back in March that his electric car company, which also owns solar energy provider SolarCity, could help the state of South Australia with its routine weather-caused blackout issues. At the [...]

Huge Jupiter-like planet discovered by astronomers confounds theory of planetary development

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

A rare, massive planet that orbits a fast-spinning star has caused scientists to rethink current models of stars and solar systems. The planet HIP 65426b was discovered by a group of astronomers and researchers from [...]

Nano-sized drug carriers could be the future for patients with lung disease

July 8th, 2017|0 Comments

From an article at phys.org by Ryan O'hare : Metallic nanomolecules capable of carrying drugs to exactly where they are needed could one day help to treat patients with a fatal lung condition. Scientists based [...]

Nanotechnology to protect astronauts from harmful radiation, and turn windows into mirrors

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

  Imagine a window that could instantly turn into mirror — the possibility is real, thanks to a breakthrough in nanotechnology by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU). They have developed a [...]

What Happens When Cyborg Tech Goes Beyond Medicine?

July 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Edd Gent: The age of the cyborg may be closer than we think. Rapidly improving medical robotics, wearables, and implants means many humans are already part machine, and this trend is [...]

Deep Learning at the Speed of Light on Nanophotonic Chips

July 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Deep learning has transformed the field of artificial intelligence, but the limitations of conventional computer hardware are already hindering progress. Researchers at MIT think their new “nanophotonic” processor could be the answer by carrying out [...]

6 Things Quantum Computers Will Be Incredibly Useful For

July 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Computers don’t exist in a vacuum. They serve to solve problems, and the type of problems they can solve are influenced by their hardware. Graphics processors are specialized for rendering images; artificial intelligence processors for [...]

From Renewables to Batteries – Coatings to Sensors: How Nanotechnology is Helping to Combat Climate Change

July 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

From an article posted by Nanoneophyte: Hamburg, Germany: The Hamburg G20 Summit where 20 of the world’s largest economies following the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris climate pact, will be searching for and talking about ways to combat Climate [...]

Google’s AI-Building AI Is a Step Toward Self-Improving AI

July 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

From an article by Edd Gent: Reaching the technological singularity is almost certainly going to involve AI that is able to improve itself. Google may have now taken a small step along this path by [...]

How to train your drugs: from nanotherapeutics to nanobots (w/video)

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

  Nanotechnology is creating new opportunities for fighting disease – from delivering drugs in smart packaging to nanobots powered by the world’s tiniest engines. Chemotherapy benefits a great many patients but the side [...]

Nanostructured Filters in Shipping

June 24th, 2017|0 Comments

From Nano Orbit: Hardly anybody realizes that cargo ships rank among the biggest polluters of the planet. Approximately 55,000 cargo ships sail daily across oceans and are still powered by fuel that is much dirtier [...]

Nanotechnology Helps Expose Workings of Bacterial ‘Machines’

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

From AZoNano: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have probed the structure and material properties of protein mechanisms in bacteria, which have the ability to change carbon dioxide into sugar through photosynthesis. Details of this [...]

NASA Is Fast-Tracking Plans to Explore a Metal Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion

June 17th, 2017|0 Comments

NASA's mission to visit the asteroid 16 Psyched has been fast-tracked and should happen in 2026. The agency will look at but not extract metals from the $10,000 quadrillion asteroid, which is worth more than [...]

Creating human super intelligence: winner of Spotlight Award 2017

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

  A major new European research prize, the first annual Frontiers Spotlight Award 2017, has been awarded to the editors of an exceptional research collection, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, on the augmentation [...]