Immortality by 2045? 3D Printers Are Reshaping Medicine… Electronic Pill, Future of Medicine?

Russian Tycoon Aims to Make Immortality a Reality Using Robots

A Russian multimillionaire is targeting the business community to raise money to fund a project that aims to make immortality a reality by 2045.

t may sound like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but 32-year-old Dmitry Itskov is seeking investors to fund research for technology that will make eternal life possible by transferring human consciousness in an artificial form to avatars (robotic bodies).

How 3D Printers Are Reshaping Medicine

Printing off a kidney or another human organ may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but with the advancements in 3D printing technology, the idea may not be so far-fetched.

While 3D printing has been successfully used in the health care sector to make prosthetic limbs, custom hearing aids and dental fixtures, the technology is now being used to create more complex structures — particularly human tissue.

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Electronic Pills May Be the Future of Medicine

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on edible electronic devices that can be taken to monitor people’s health and improve patient care.

“We are basically interested in electronically active medical devices that can perform some functions in the body and that can leave body in an innocuous way,” said Christopher Bettinger, an assistant professor in the biomedical engineering department at the university.

These electronic pills could perform functions like targeted drug delivery for certain types of cancer, stimulate damaged tissue, measure biomarkers or monitor gastric problems. But before these pills are actually possible, an edible power source is needed to charge the pills. That’s where Bettinger and his fellow researcher Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science and engineering, come in.


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