Better Retinal Implants for Blindness Cure Coming

I previously wrote about retinal implants that might cure blindness.  This idea is yet another in the line of machine-human implants that will first replace natural abilities – aqnd ultimately augment human abilities.  Look here for a video fest and link fest of bionic human implants in development. Researchers now claim to have developed another […]

If You Transfer Your Mind to Robot Which One of You is “You”?

Kurzweil and others have been forecasting the coming of the technological singularity for some time. The term, coined by Vernor Vinge, describes the creation of “humans 2.0″ when man and machine become connected in the creation of a new type of being.  For more background information on this concept and predictions for it s coming […]

The Most Life-Like Android Ever Made: Video

Meet Jules, the most life-like robot you have ever seen. The robot is programmed with the most sophisticated artificial intelligence features.  It can recognize babies vs. adults, its creator and people he has ‘met’.  video of “intelligent” android

Beyond Genetic & Prenatal Testing- Pre-embryo Testing – Hiding the Results From the Patient

Woody Guthrie Died from Huntington’s Chorea Medviews (host of next weeks grand rounds) has an interesting post about the dilemmas of genetic testing for deadly diseases such as Huntington’s Disease (he has one error- he calls it autosomal recessive but it is actually an autosomal dominant disease).  For those unfamiliar see notes from the Huntington’s […]

Genetic Engineering Mosquitos Resistant to Malaria

The BBC is reoprting that a new geneticaly medified mosquito has been created that is relatively reistant to malaria.  The study publsihed in PNAS reports The approach exploits the fact that the health of infected mosquitoes is itself compromised by the parasite they spread. Insects that cannot be invaded by the parasite are therefore likely […]

Docinthemachine Guest Blogging on Lifeboat Foundation Blog

 I am honored and excited to have been invited to guest blog on the Lifeboat Foundation Blog.  My first post is on the new DARPA 2007 focus plan and its relation to medical technology.  For those unfamiliar with them, their mission statements sums it up: The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging […]

Is Technology Good, Evil, or Neutral?

drsl.jpg

Technology is neither good nor evil, it’s the use that crosses the moral boundaries. As technology is leaping forward an unprecedented pace, this old question is more pressing now than ever. (If you’re short on time skip to the last paragraph for my conclusions) Is the TechDoc  Evil?   A review of this debate can be […]

Grand Rounds Vol. 3.25 is Up!

Grand Rounds 3.25 is up over at Scienceroll.  A gret blog I have mentioned before it is run by Bertalan Meskó, a Hungarian Medical Student wit a passion for genetics.  Definitely worth checking out there are about 60 posts but excellently organized in categories to make the reading clear and quick.  A nice variety. I am […]

Future Vision in Surgery: Let the Podcasts Begin!

Here it is folks, docinthemachine’s first podcast to play on the site.  This piece is near and dear to my heart.  The Topic is “Future Vision” – and it’s about the coming radical transformation of surgery.  I review how endoscopy allowed us to move from invasive to minimaly invasive surgery.  What’s next?  The transformation to microinvasive […]

New Drugs Enhance Performance, Eliminate Need to Sleep

this stuff makes crank look like candy Gizmag reports on the further evolution of no-sleep performance enhancing drugs. The original version of these substances was the “time-shifting” drug, Modafinil that enables you to stay awake for 40+ hours with close to full mental capacity and with few side effects. (produced by Cephalon as PROVIGIL®, MODIODAL® in France and […]