Kevin Lepton

I am the writer, editor and publisher behind this future technology blog and I predict you will keep reading to see what is coming right around that metaphorical corner.

Oct 172017
 

A lot of science fiction novels and movies have featured the use of Nano technology to shrink down people and machines. They are also sent inside human bodies to actively interfere with a threat to the health of the person they are inside of. Today, that idea is a little bit closer to reality. There has been a recent advancement with nanotechnology. Scientists at Caltech were able to programmed robots that are made of DNA.

It’s not a nano vessel where shrunken people can board yet, but this significant advancement has a lot of positive implications on the future of biotechnology.

In an article by the online publication of Science magazine, scientists at the California Institute of Technology has designed a nano robot made from DNA that has a functional body composed of hands, arms, and feet.

In their experiments, the researchers were able to create these DNA robots that can perform a preprogramed set of tasks.  The robots ‘walked’ and ‘carried’ around molecules to a defined location. Although this might not seem to be a lot at first glance, this is definitely a step into the right direction.

The California-based research team of scientists headed by Anupama Thubagere and Lulu Qian both leading bioengineers at Caltech were the ones who spearheaded this advancement. The potential application for this new capability to control DNA Robots is endless and they have yet to tap its full power.

What are the potential applications?

This development could be applied on how medicine is administered. Nano robots could directly neutralize a disease at the molecular level. In theory this will skyrocket the effectiveness of drugs being able to directly treat a sickness at it roots. A concrete example would be Nano robots being able to search and reach cancer cells accurately, which is still not entirely possible by the current medical technology available. With this new development they can program the robot to be able to set up molecular factories that manufacture medicine as needed.

What are the robots made of?

If you view the body at the Nano-level, you will see a whole new alien world that is teaming with life. A living body is composed of a system of interconnected living cells. There are thousands of naturally occurring nanomachines that are responsible for moving cargo in and out these cells, such as the Kinesin and Dynein.

The robots that were recently made are composed of nucleotides and the whole machines are only 20 nanometers in length each. A single robot has simple but functional parts, which includes an arm, a hand, foots, and a leg. Its walk is more like a crawl due to the natural structure of DNA – which is essentially what the robot is made of.

How does it move?

The secret of the movement of this particular nanobot lies within the nature of the behavior of the four bases of DNA, which are adenine, guanine, thymine, and cytosine. The adenine on a particular DNA can attach to the thymine of another DNA strand, while the cytosine of one DNA strand can connect to the guanine of another.

 

 

BlockChain Meets Jaguar Land Rover for Mobile Future

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Sep 062017
 

What is the BlockChain?

The system was created to function as an open-source, which is free and offers an accounting system with no centralization. At BlockChain, transactions are recorded on a range of computers. The system was initially designed for Bitcoin the first cryptocurrency. However, the system can adapt to anything, such as electrons. For example, it will allow you to record electricity unites flow, from your vehicle to the charging station. Allowing you to offer your services in the charging station industry.

What are other Uses of BlockChain?

Another use of BlockChain can be independent driving, where you will require an open platform. This will allow you to transfer data from the vehicle owner of the car, to you. You will be able to see the infrastructure, insurers, providers, and much more. This is the reason why many startups are playing with the idea of using Blockchain ideas and developments.

DOVU is a UK startup that plans to use the idea, and become a global marketplace, that transport data. The will open official token sale on the 3rd of October, 2017. The flow of cash will be used to fund their distributed marketplace. They will be powered using DOV tokens and will share their take on transport related APIs.

There is a range of startup’s that are pitching the same idea, and running the same concept. However, what sets DOVU a step ahead is their transport sector. In April this year, the startup received funding from Jaguar Land Rover’s investment arm, Creative England (funding that is backed by the local government), and InMotion Ventures.

Irfon Watkins, the CEO, and founder of DOVU is a well-known entrepreneur, who has founded and established many companies in the API range.

 

Transport Data Details

Currently, transport data is locked on a number of levels, but with the help of the BlockChain technology platform DOVU wishes to gain the trust of corporations, and individuals. Which will allow it to make the data available for enterprise and public use.

 

How Does The System Work?

The system DOVU is using creates a distributed platform that allows data transport. This will allow the insurance companies, car hire, car-pooling, and other matters can be brought together to create a transport data resource. This shared data is valuable because it is simply “shared data”.

During an interview, Watkins said “The transport sector is well aware of where it wishes to head and with the help of real time data, and technology. However, it does not know how to get there. Which is why DOVU will act as the missing piece of the puzzle and offer a reliable, efficient, and secure data sharing tool.”

With the help of DOVU, you will be able to combine the vehicle data with the vehicle’s insurance data, which will allow you to ensure efficient policies. In addition, you can use geolocation data, and combine them with weather statistics. This will offer great insight to ride-hailing corporations.

The platform will reward contributors with tokens, and the reward will be based on the quality of their contribution. This will not only allow you to unlock a shared vehicle using your smartphone, but you will be able to share the data while driving.

In addition, the system will allow you to track your every movement during cycling, running, driving, or walking. If you wish, you can sell this information to DOVU for tokens, which can be used to buy petrol, bus ride, or train rides.

So, baby pull me closer in the back of your Rover as we are about to ride this BlockChain train together (Okay, I ad-libbed this last part).

 

Tissue Nanotransfection and the Future

 Future Medical Technology  Comments Off on Tissue Nanotransfection and the Future
Aug 172017
 

Science fiction and fantasy has created a world where injuries are healed in a flash using certain devices and spells. What if that could be possible in the real world? That might well be the case thanks to a technology developed at the Ohio State University called Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT).

TNT is just a small silicone chip the size of a coin which delivers genetic code into skin cells, which are then transformed into a different kind of cell needed to treat a particular condition.

The technology clearly has the potential to save lives given what it can do. A car crash victim’s chance of survival is increased if their wounds can be tended to straightaway. There’s also a higher chance of saving a wounded soldier’s life if this technology is available in the battlefield.

Proof that it works

Of course, any new technology, including a breakthrough such as this one, needs to be tested. The Ohio State University team has so far conducted lab tests and all of them have been positive.

The device works by mounting it on the skin where it delivers genes to the tissue underneath it with the help of an electrical field.

In one test, TNT was able to completely repair the injured legs of mice in just a few weeks. After just one touch, active blood vessels started showing on the mice’s injured legs. By the second week, the mice’s legs look to have been healed.

TNT in this case reprogrammed the mice’s skin cells into vascular cells needed to regulate blood flow throughout the body.

Works on more than just skin cells

Chandan Sen, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies, said that TNT can restore any kind of tissue. A mouse that suffered a stroke regained brain function when it was treated with TNT, which grew brain cells on its skin.

The technology, according to Sen, can transform skin cells into elements of a different organ with just a single touch.

A breakthrough technology

The use of TNT marks the first reprogramming of cells on a live body. Many scientists are working in ways to reprogram cells in order to repair the body, but this one is different. What makes it stand out is the elimination of the step where pluripotent stem cells, which can convert into different cell types, are created.

A study published in Nature Nanotechnology notes that the current methods of cell therapy are risky because they involve introducing a virus and take too many steps.

With TNT, no laboratory or hospital is needed to perform the healing. The use of the technology in lab tests also showed no side effects. Plus, it will only take a second to treat a patient.

TNT weighs less than 100 grams and has a long shelf life.

Waiting for approval

Chen has been working on the project for four years and expects the technology to be carried out on human subjects within the year. For now, TNT is still awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration.