Some doctors are stuck ‘in the box’, but not Dr. Palter; he’s been locked in the machine for some time now. Luckily, it has been time well spent because he has another excellent piece about potential medical breakthroughs that we can thank DARPA for.
MAJOR FUTURE ICONIC PLANS: The Strategic plan for 2007 lays out the following major strategic plans of focus- along with my view of potential medical applications.
Chip-Scale Atomic Clock: miniaturizing an atomic clock to fit on a chip to provide very accurate time as required, for example, in assured network communications – technology could be used on various implantable diagnostic devices as well as for implantable next generation pacemakers and regulatory bioimplants. Global War on Terrorism: technologies to identify and defeat terrorist activities such as the manufacture and deployment of improvised explosive devices- will lead to the development of new smart diagnostic chips and devices. While initally (sic) these will screen for explosives and threat molecules, in the future these could identify tumor markers, metabolomic molecules, drug levels, and countless diagnostic and therapeutic molecules. Air Vehicles: unmanned air vehicles that quickly arrive at their mission station and can loiter there for very long periods. The development of unmanned rover devices will directly affet (sic) the ability to produce and control impnatable (sic) miniaturized diagnostic rovers placed into the human body.
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