Future medical technology is not as distant
as some believe. There are incredible medical breakthroughs every
week that get little publicity because they seem too leading edge.
Future Medical Technology
Future medical technology has already been
mentioned on other pages on this website. I've already talked
inventions including robotic surgery which is here
now. On another page I've talked about future
robots that include medical nanobots that target specific
cancer cells and other diseased cells and either deliver medicine
or remove them altogether.
But, what I didn't talk about on those
other pages is that future trends in medicine involving robotic
surgery will include the use of lasers, ultra high frequency sound
wave, microwaves and pinpoint electromagnetic vibrations.
To expand upon future medical technology
involving nanobots, this microscopic robots will not only deliver
medicine and cut out unwanted cells, but they will do so precisely,
automatically and thoughtfully. Just like robotic surgical machines
will have access to large medical databases and make decisions
on the fly more accurately than humans, medical nanobots a few
years after this will be afforded the same empowerment.
At first, the future
medical nanobots will take wireless instructions from a
"thinking" computer host outside of the patient's
body. But, as the medical nanorobotics field grows and chips
and hard drive further downsized, then swarms of nanobots
can be release into a human body, load sharing information
and working as a team to cure illnesses, conditions and
Now, let's talk about some other future
trends in medicine such as brain-computer interfaces, regenerative
medicine, organ replacement, mental health reclamation, dream
decoding, gene therapy, home self-monitoring, personalized drugs,
bioengineering, bionic limbs and bionic organs, human cloning
and customized babies.
It his here I have to note that not all
of these future medical technology advances will occur concurrently.
Social and moral discourse along with the zigzag evolutionary
progression of the technology will hold some advances back while
others will shoot to the forefront of popularity and functionality.
Brain-computer interfaces are nothing new.
For several years now patients with organic brain diseases or
traumatic brain injuries have been able to move a cursor around
on a computer monitor using their thoughts. With future medical
technology this interface will be much more robust especially
in the areas of brain injuries and mental illness.
The brain-computer interface for brain
injuries will be able to localize the specific cell-by-cell damage,
report the areas of localization and help the patient through
brain plasticity to migrate this functionality to other portions
of the non-damaged tissue.
For patients with mental illness diagnoses
such as thought disorders, hallucinations, delusions, OCD and
a myriad of other disorders listed in the DSM IV will be recorded
and dealt with using either localized brain stimulation or engaging
other technologies such as nanorobots to deliver targeted medication.
As this future medical
technology advances, traditional talk therapy from a psychotherapist
will be replaced by computers with large databases that
can cross reference case studies in nanoseconds and communicate
directly with patients. Other applications for brain-computer
communication for mental illness will be dealing with cases
of PTSD where patients relive traumatic experiences such
as war or rape.
The computer will be able to manage flashbacks,
help the patient to deal with memories, loss, grief through using
the most efficient and effective neural pathways to optimize brain
function and healing channels.
Moving on to regenerative medicine, future
medical technology will dictate that at first this will take place
outside the human body and then through robotic surgery or nanorobots
tissue will be replaced. Another offshoot of this process will
be organ replacement.
At first, organs from other animals will
be used as they are now. But future medical technology will dictate
that this tissue will be combined with human tissue, then be transplanted
into the patient. A little further down the road, medical technology
will advance to the point where patients will grow new organs
based upon their own tissue samples.
And based upon this technology this new
organ growth will take place inside the body so the transplantation
will become unnecessary. The old tissue will simply overtake the
diseased tissue regenerating and replacing diseased or damaged
tissue at an accelerated rate.
Mental health reclamation I've already
discussed, but this will be aided by dream decoding. Right now
medical science still does not know the function of dreams and
dreaming. Future medical technology however, will crack the code
of the healing power of dreaming, deciphering symbols and will
use the power of this to not only cure insomnia and other sleep
disorders, but to empower one's own dreams for optimal mental
The use of computers with large dream databases
will be used along with large social dreaming networks where people
can interact with others who are also dreaming worldwide. Safety
and security nets will need to be employed to prevent all sorts
of misuse such as dream bullying or other scare tactics. The dreamer
will be able to opt out, change social networks or go off onto
other peaceful tangents and fantasies of one's one if desired.
Gene therapy is already happening now and
will become more robust in the future. With the Human Genome Project
fully analyzed, future medical technology will be able to target
specific defective genes in one's DNA and replace those genes
with healthy ones. Future
computers will easily track, record, analyze and put
these in a huge medical database for others to use as needed.
Home self monitoring is also something
that is already happening. Diabetics can export data into their
home computer and graph insulin usage and other details. Those
on CPAP for sleep apnea can also download results and track progress.
But future medical technology will reach
a new level of home self monitoring never imagined before. In
fact, for some patients, hospitals will become decentralized in
that patients will be able to monitor their own conditions from
the comfort of their own homes as the first line of defense, then
upload the data to a more centralized medical center.
This medical center will analyze the data
with a large database and neural network of cloud computing and
may engage in some medical procedures with the patient at their
own home. Adjusting medication intake, tracking cancer cell growth
and deploying nanorobots as necessary and dealing with mental
health issues are a few tasks that may be initiated by self monitoring
but acted upon in locations outside the home.
In the future, personalized drugs will
become increasingly common. No longer will huge pharmaceutical
drug cartels roll out common pills for the masses that may have
a host of side effects for a percentage of individuals. Small
decentralized drug companies will take over that will serve individuals
in certain regions.
Future medical technology will get to the
point that medicine can be created to individual specifications
on an economic basis. Drug companies will have access to a persons
medical files from fetus to present age including genetics, diseases,
DNA, data from nanorobots, from brain-computer communications,
from dream decoding, gene therapy, home self-monitoring, bioengineering,
cloning, bionics and a myriad of other medical information per
individual. All of this cumulative data will be used to create
designer medication specific to each human.
Now to move onto bionic limbs, they already
exist and people are using them in the now. No longer is this
science fiction, but it is indeed science fact. In the future,
however, bionic limbs will be much more elegant and fluid in nature.
People will be able to choose bionics over natural limbs and then
have these procedures reverse.
Before some of the other more sophisticated
technologies that I've already talked about come of age,
bionic organs will be in place assisting people to stay
alive and remain healthy. This will, however, most likely
be more transitional technology than a permanent mainstay.
Cold plasma will also be used in fighting disease and
will become the norm not too many years from now.
meets much resistance today and will continue to
meet resistance though future
gene splicing in a step-by-step fashion
will help to curb some of this resistance. Conservative
religious groups will thwart the growth of science
and technology in this area in the near future.
Because science and technology will continue to
struggle to analyze and quantify the "soul"
and "consciousness" to the satisfaction
of the masses, this area will not advance as quickly
as other areas.
Another area of moral objection will be customized babies.
Some parents are presently engaging in this practice today,
though it is very controversial. Some parents today create
their children using only sperm or eggs from Mensa donors
or other "super donors".
There are also some parents that today
engage in genetic screening and use artificial insemination to
pick suitable candidates basic partly upon genetics and partly
upon other factors such as a donor's history, family, status,
abilities and many more criteria.
Not all countries will have laws discouraging
the future medical technology in this area, so people without
moral reservations can shop abroad for services to create their
This is just a glimpse into the future
medical technology that is not very far off. What I have
outlined here is happening right now either commercially
or in the research labs. This is not science fiction,
but rather a prognostication of how the medical technology
will play out in the months and years to come.
Written by Kevin Lepton