Is Technology Good, Evil, or Neutral?

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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 […]

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 […]

Grand Rounds 3:24 is Up

Kudos to Gruntdoc the first 4 time grand rounds host.  Plus its a good one.  60 submissions, no theme, but tightly organized and wide reaching.  Love it.  Thanks also for including my post on DARPA’s military research plan for 2007 and my predictions for amazing medical offshoots.

Remote Controlled Flying Rats

Danger Room reports an English People’s Daily article on Chinese scientists success at controlling the flight of pigeons with brain implants.  I have written before on direct brain-computer interfaces such as the monkey brain controlled robot arm, a woman with a robotic brain controlled limb, soldiers with brain controlled limbs, a paraplegic with a matrix-neural plug in […]

3 New Approvals from the FDA

The FDA has announced 2 new device approvals (and one bonus end the end of the post).  All of these are pretty straight-forward in their uses so I’ll be brief this time! 1) FDA Clears First of Its Kind Suture Made Using DNA Technology The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it has cleared […]

DARPA 2007 Pt2: Major Achievements, Future Plans, & Medical Benefits

As I previously reported, DARPA has announced its strategic plan for 2007.  In this part 2 of my analysis of what their future will bring us, I will summarize their major system achievements to date. No doubt there have beeen hundreds of amazing projects with countless devices that were produced.  Here are the top major […]

Matrix Bullet-Time Slow Motion Camera

“Bullet time is a broken rule of the matrix that lets the one and the agents dodge bullets” Nova Sensors has developed an ultra high speed camera for the Air Force that can see and track speeding bullets in real time airflight.  While a military camera today the potential implications are huge… Current System and […]

DARPA Releases Strategic Plan 2007

DARPA (the defense advanced research projects agency) has released its 2007 strategic plan.  This magnum opus of military future tech neatly lays out the priorities and plans for this amazing agency that has led to so much medical innovation.  I will summarize the key points of the report in a series of posts and tie these […]

Gesture Control: For the Surgeon and the iPhone

Engadget reports on how Apple snapped up 2 hot engineers responsible for the Fingerworks device.  This was an anazing device that pushed the envelope of computer gesture control with nontouch finger movements directing the show. As they write: Word is getting out of John Elias and Wayne Westerman, co-founders of FingerWorks, who were struggling to […]

New Swallowable Pillcam Aims to Sniff not Just Look

I have written a lot about the coming radical transformation of medicine where traditional surgery will be replaced by remote sensing and interventional devices. You can read background about another pillcam here and a cardiac rover here. Medgadget reports on the development of the next stage of the Pillcam – a swallowable remote gut camera. Called Nemo […]