Genetic engineering: Nanobots
Immortality has always been one of the greatest desires of mankind. “We don’t do anything worthwhile in our short life span so why not extend it till the whole of eternity” was a regular statement of ancient Greek philosophers. With advancements in medical science there’s a theoretical possibility of achieving that through the nanobot technology. And for those of who are screaming, “I don’t care about immortality, I am here for the Vampires” here we go. Consider this human: He has a body which doesn’t age, is able to heal his wounds, has an unnaturally good sense of hearing, heightened senses and most importantly virtual Immortality. Or the same features which partially define the vampire.
There may be questions like, I don’t want to be a vampire or what is a vampire or growing fangs and sucking people’s blood is fine but by turning into a vampire would I also have to adapt to the dressing sense of Dracula?
Now only in our society if someone is offered immortality at the expense of having to wear a cape, would we get the answer, ‘No thank you’.
So putting that aside, let’s look at how science will manage it all:
The answer is Nanobots – Small, microscopic, engineered, intelligent robots even tinier than the size of our blood cells. Once injected into our body via the bloodstream they would be able to move through our body, repair wounds, kill of diseases and maybe even disintegrate the coins we swallowed as kids.
Plus they can also be able to store our memories, enabling us to recall everything starting from to whom did we give our car away when we were drunk to how much of an Idiot were we as a kid. We would also not be able to make the excuse of, ‘But professor I had read it 10 times but forgot just now.’ In short we would turn ourselves into our wives.
The applications of Nanobots are only limited by our imagination. They can fully reprogram our body making us age slower or work harder or remove our body and tone our muscles making the health clubs go out of business. Also a full reprogram theoretically ensures that our senses heighten, wounds heal we gain superhuman strengths or in short gain all the desirable qualities present in a vampire.
So what about the not so desirable ones like we become psychopaths, develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD), grow pale, start preying on humans or animals for blood, develop a terrible fashion sense among others.
The side effects can be plenty but blood we may need as something must power the Nanobots. Once the bots are injected in the bloodstream they can be powered via the electrolytes present in our blood. But what happens when the bots need too much blood or energy? Like during the time you are running too fast as a mad dog is chasing you or when the bots are busy healing you as you accidentally hacked off your leg instead of the tree trunk. You can maybe bank upon your body to replenish it quickly which is a risk and you may start feeling the symptoms of loss of blood or go to a hospital for a transfusion. This might be a bit inconvenient as you need to keep running at full speed to escape the mad dog, so the answer is other humans.
Maybe locate the nearest human, give him a fiver, pierce your fangs into him and pour in the blood directly into veins and again start running. Or if you do it without consent then maybe the cops too would join the mad dog in chasing you.
So before we digress too much into the realm of science fiction where do things stand today. Well Nanobots in some form are already developed and are being tested on poor mice as we speak. Plus experts believe that in 20-30 years the first forms of Nanobots would be available for human use and in the next 40 years can also overcome disease and aging. Would it happen? Maybe. Should it happen? Well apart from the obvious protest by redundant doctors and Olympic athletes(everyone would have superhuman abilities thanks to Nanobots) people would more or less be benefited.
And immortality? That we have to wait and see…
12 Feb 2017 / rarikola / 0