Futurist Shara Evans delves into an array of amazing technologies that are set to revolutionise healthcare. Find out how augmented reality is giving sight to people who are legally blind, how virtual reality is helping quadriplegics regain feeling in their limbs, and is also being used by surgeons in operating theatres around the world. Learn how 3D bio-printing is set to change everything from drug development to limb replacements.
And then there are robots and AI, which will be true game-changers for diagnostics, preventative healthcare, surgical procedures, prosthetics and much more.
Along with this are incredible advances in nanotechnology: tiny robots injected into our blood stream that surgeons can control with magnetics, DNA-based robots that unfurl when they come into contact with specific proteins affiliated with cancer tumours, and experimental work being done on nanobots that will be pervasive throughout our bodies – keeping watch on our physiology in real time.
Add in genetic engineering, and we’re rapidly approaching an age of customised medical care, and the potential to roll back ageing, or perhaps prevent the epigenetic changes that cause ageing to occur in the first place.’
The convergence of biotech, ICT, nanotechnologies and augmentation of our bodies may change what it means to be human!