From Star Trek to Medical Tech

(Last Updated On: February 18, 2016)

When William Shatner played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, the show’s high tech communications, medical and computer technology were considered science fiction. Yet today high tech phones, IPads and micro computers are common place along with recently astounding advancements in medicine.

Photo Credit: theguardian.com

Photo Credit: theguardian.com

In those instances, where we saw Bones administer medicine without having to prescribe a pill or stick a needle, he simply placed a needleless medical device to the skin and healing drugs were administered into the bloodstream. Fast forward to today, and we find that modern medicine is on the verge of a medical payload breakthrough in the form of nano-robots (nanobots).  “Researchers working at the University of California, San Diego have claimed a world first in proving that artificial, microscopic machines can travel inside a living creature and deliver their medicinal load without any detrimental effects. Using micro-motor powered nanobots propelled by gas bubbles made from a reaction with the contents of the stomach in which they were deposited, these miniature machines have been successfully deployed in the body of a live mouse.” Click Here to read more.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly medical technology in concert with computer technology is now taking what was once considered farfetched fiction, and making it both real and medically sound. Yes – what was once only thinkable in science fiction TV shows and on the big screen, is now being placed at the fingertips of doctors for operating on and curing patients.

There is a lot to be said about the visionary minds of science fiction writers. The good ones seem to have a knack for stretching their minds beyond the boundaries of what they see, feel and experience in order to imagine what is possible in the future of mankind. And, we need look no further than the visionary genius of Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry  who “boldly went where no man had gone before” and created Star Trek. It was in and through Star Trek that we were given a futuristic view of the Medical technology that we are now experiencing today.

From Star Trek to Medical Tech