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Miamian
06-26-2007, 08:03 AM
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/875277.html


"For the first time a miniature robot has been planned and constructed, that has the unique ability to crawl within the human body's veins and arteries," said Dr. Nir Shvalb of the College of Judea and Samaria on Monday.

This technology should be useful in treating a whole range of ailments. Think of all the possibilities: arteriosclerosis, maybe even AIDS. The potential for the world is enormous. Too bad that the British and many people in certain Arab/Muslim countries won't be eligible, seeing that they boycott the place where the robot was developed.

finswin56
06-26-2007, 09:32 AM
That's nuts. Anyone remember Inner Space?

ckb2001
06-26-2007, 03:29 PM
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/875277.html



This technology should be useful in treating a whole range of ailments. Think of all the possibilities: arteriosclerosis, maybe even AIDS. The potential for the world is enormous. Too bad that the British and many people in certain Arab/Muslim countries won't be eligible, seeing that they boycott the place where the robot was developed.

The boycott won't have any effect on the development of this technology. Not only is the research published, but this technology is being developed in many countries. It's a great development, sure, but it's just one among hundreds of steps labs worldwide need to take before it can be commercialized.

In general, people are developing micro-robots (as they are often now called) for work in inaccessible places, whether this is for industry or for working inside biological systems. Hell, even meteorologists are developing micro-robots with sensors to tell us about the weather (they'd be so small you can ingest them without worry and you can send millions into the atmosphere). Of course, the military is developing stuff like this too.

So, of course the Brits (especially though the Japanese and Americans, the two leaders in robotics) will benefit from this. Remember, none of these discoveries happen in isolation. It's usually the culmination of many papers from many labs that result in one or another new discovery, so the capabilities to do this kind of stuff are widely spread.

Miamian
06-26-2007, 03:35 PM
The boycott won't have any effect on the development of this technology. Not only is the research published, but this technology is being developed in many countries. It's a great development, sure, but it's just one among hundreds of steps labs worldwide need to take before it can be commercialized.

In general, people are developing micro-robots (as they are often now called) for work in inaccessible places, whether this is for industry or for working inside biological systems. Hell, even meteorologists are developing micro-robots with sensors to tell us about the weather (they'd be so small you can ingest them without worry and you can send millions into the atmosphere). Of course, the military is developing stuff like this too.

So, of course the Brits (especially though the Japanese and Americans, the two leaders in robotics) will benefit from this. Remember, none of these discoveries happen in isolation. It's usually the culmination of many papers from many labs that result in one or another new discovery, so the capabilities to do this kind of stuff are widely spread.That's not what I wrote. The boycott will have zero effect on the development of the technology, but since the technology was developed here, at least in part, they've opted out of using it. It's their loss entirely.

ckb2001
06-26-2007, 03:43 PM
That's not what I wrote. The boycott will have zero effect on the development of the technology, but since the technology was developed here, at least in part, they've opted out of using it. It's their loss entirely.

Wait... how are you deducing they will opt out of using this because of the boycott? Besides, micro-robots, even for use within blood vessels, isn't "Israeli" technology. Lots of countries are taking part in that research.

Miamian
06-26-2007, 03:46 PM
Wait... how are you deducing they will opt out of using this because of the boycott? Besides, micro-robots, even for use within blood vessels, isn't "Israeli" technology. Lots of countries are taking part in that research.
It's "tainted."

ckb2001
06-26-2007, 03:51 PM
It's "tainted."

:lol: I see.. No, I'm pretty sure it won't extend to things that are truly useful for technological leadership.

Eshlemon
06-27-2007, 01:29 PM
:lol: I see.. No, I'm pretty sure it won't extend to things that are truly useful for technological leadership.

:lol:

Yes, don't see Iran ending their nuclear program because a "tainted" Jew built the first nuclear reactor.

ckb2001
06-27-2007, 02:33 PM
:lol:

Yes, don't see Iran ending their nuclear program because a "tainted" Jew built the first nuclear reactor.

Fermi built the first nuclear reactor.. he was Italian. Well, of course he was just the leader of an entire team.