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Technology Advances

January 22nd, 2009 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Science & Tech | 1 Comment

The idea of controlling machines with your mind has been a long-time quest. Now, as early as the Fall of 2009, you may be able to buy a game device with which you can train your mind to move matter with a machine. The concept was shown at the recent Las Vegas consumer electronics show, and the BBC has the video, which you should link to here. It is a toy, but still, it does use brainwaves to move something.

In a similar way, there has been a quest in field of nanotechnology to invent machines small enough to operate within the human body. Making things that small (the size of blood cells and smaller) is not so much the issue any longer. The challenge has remained to make such machines move in the body, to deliver drugs for example or to assist in surgery. In other words, they need a motor. Now, a team of researchers has invented one possible answer, and once again the video can be seen at the BBC, here.

Check these out. Each invention suggests that when it comes to technology, there is always another idea just over the horizon.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, consultant, blogger, internet TV show host and founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

1 Comment

  1. Eric Shaver
    Jan 28, 2009

    I really enjoyed the topics discussed in this post: neuro- and nanotechnology.

    As a human factors and ergonomics professional, I have a keen interest in these topics, along with their emerging disciplines – neuroergonomics and nanoergonomics. While some papers and books have been published on the former in the last couple years, the record is almost completely silent on the latter. I plan to write about both in future posts as I seek to identify innovative ways in which next-generation technologies can help meet the needs of future generations.

    I hope that you’ll continue to impart your thoughts on these topics. These are great examples of areas that will require a multidisciplinary approach to successfully meet the needs of tomorrow, thus your voice will be a welcomed addition to the discussion.