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ROBOTICS and Life Extension

Replacing damaged and not functional parts of our body by mechanical parts is already an available tool for life extension. More precise information is coming.

And when one day we could transfer our spirit in other (mechanical?) body we could speak of indefinite lifespan as in Science Fiction novels.

Back in 1999, I found the description of the bush robot: a branched hierarchy of articulated limbs, starting from a macroscopically large trunk through successively smaller and more numerous branches, ultimately to microscopic twigs and nanoscale fingers.

Later, in October 2012 the created fund Google Ventures searches entrepreneurs with forward-thinking ideas and a healthy disregard for the impossible. The areas include businesses that are focused on radical life extension, cryogenics, organ replacement and nanotechnology.

Here is the recent news in the field of robotics on projects already applied in practice I found for you. Pls also, check my blog.

Exoskeleton suits have already been created in different size, powered by battery by enterprises and Universities in USA and Japan. They are designed to assist disabled people, allow labourers to carry heavier loads, and aid in emergency rescues.

Today the robotic surgery is used mainly to remove a cancerous prostate, but also in kidney and bladder surgery, heart surgery, hysterectomies and much more. These surgical methods decrease blood loss and provide a much closer view of the internal area. The robot compensates for tremors in the surgeon's hands, and the operations are more precise and therefore less damaging to the body, so hospital stays are much shorter. The popularity of is slowly expanding and it is the future of surgery.

food safety incidences, miniature robots are being designed to specifically monitor the operating and ambient conditions throughout the entire food production process.

Microscopic in size, nanorobots are being developed that can be injected into our bodies for use as mini-monitors of disease and instability in a humanís immune system. They will have the ability, through artificial intelligence systems, to treat different diseases or ailments automatically. Using multiple nanorobots, or swarms, these robots will be able to deliver specific tasks in the human body.

Robotís combat-proven robots protect those in harmís way and save lives every day. The robots perform multiple missions for troops and public safety professionals, enhancing situational awareness, reducing risk and increasing mission success. More than 5,000 have been delivered to military and civil defence forces worldwide.

The iRobot Seaglider is revolutionizing ocean data collection. Seaglider collects data, gathers surveillance and performs a variety of other subsurface missions for oceanographers, maritime researchers and military planners at government and research institutions worldwide.

Here a few images of the future:

It is not difficult to imagine an alternative approach to life extension where we cease attempting to maintain a "human" body at all and instead focus on replacing the body in whole or part with a quite different technological alternative that need not attempt to mirror internal human biology. We may build androids that house the human brain, may also become possible to interface the human brain directly into a computer system and

to "upload" our mind into cyberspace or direct computer-brain interfaces.

"2015-2020: The emergence and widespread use of affordable android "avatars" controlled by a "brain-computer" interface. Coupled with related technologies ďavatarsí will give people a number of new features: ability to work in dangerous environments, perform rescue operations, travel in extreme situations etc. Avatar components will be used in medicine for the rehabilitation of fully or partially disabled patients giving them prosthetic limbs or recover lost senses.

2020-2025: Creation of an autonomous life-support system for the human brain linked to a robot, Ďavatarí, will save people whose body is completely worn out or irreversibly damaged. Any patient with an intact brain will be able to return to a fully functioning bodily life. Such technologies will greatly enlarge the possibility of hybrid bio-electronic devices

Specially collected from me thorough information on the scientific ways to life extension, pls refer to me and my Japanese lecture, you can find here:

Calorie restriction Life extension drugs Genetic Engineering Cloning

Nanotechnology Robotics Social Life Sport

Nature magazine Science magazine Europe health

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