Worm Hole Earth: Medicine

I was watching one of the “The Great Debates: Origins of the Future” hosted by Lawrence Krauss at the Arizona State University.  Craig Venter was talking about DNA sequencing and it struck me, I need to say something like that for my Universe.

So here is the first draft of it.  I think I can already think up a few story lines about how this works or gets rewired to harm. Hmmmm

In the future, each person’s MindNet connection also has connectivity to a medical facility. A person has a small patch on their arm, leg and back, where a special type of nanite is hosted. They remain inactive,on the patch, until a medicine patch is applied. Via a MindNet connection, they activate, attach to the newly placed patch that has the medicine and remove the medicine. These nanites have been instructed where the medicine is to be delivered and will go there with molecules of the medicine. These patches also can contain other biologic nanites to re-enforce those already in the human’s system.

Other nanites are instructed to assist these medicinal carriers as needed. The nanites will continue traveling between the patch and the target area until the patch is clean of medicine. The MindNet will tell the human when the patch is clean. They can remove and place back in the Medicinal Unit’s receptacle. Nanites in the Medicinal Unit will sanitize the patch for it’s next use.

In each home, vehicle, store, etc.. are Medicinal Units. These are units that house active biologic building blocks (bio soup) and nanites. They build medicines or additional bionanites that humans can apply instead of going to a hospital or before they can get to one, in case of emergencies.

If a person is ill, they would contact a medical facility and give access to their MindNet’s medical sub-unit. The person’s bio-info is reviewed as well as a medical playback of the last 12 hours of body interactions with their environment (eating, exertions, smells, sounds, etc..). The body’s nanites also log their interactions. If they detect foreign substances, they will commence a fight and log the interactions as well as call for assistance from other nanites. If they are getting overwhelmed by the trespasser, they will advise the human via the MindNet. Basic remedies can be ordered from the location’s Medicinal Unit or contact with the medical facility will be made.

The MindNet connection will tell the medical facility technician or doctor where the closest Medicinal Unit is for the person to go to. The technician will code the solution into that Medicinal Unit so the person can pick up a patch as soon as possible, when they get to the Medicinal Unit.

When a person is wounded with a loss of limb, they would go to a medical facility. At the facility, their patch locations would be connected to a special unit that sends medicine or nanites to the body on a near constant basis. These medicines and nanites help stimulate the body to regrow tissue to replace the body part lost.

This is how humanity can live to almost 200 years. Each person is advised to schedule a medical check up every 10 years, starting at their 30th birthday. They get a thorough review and then are scheduled for a therapy day at a medical facility. There they agree to what therapies they wish to partake in. They can make themselves a little younger, change eye color, facial features, re-energize their muscles, tissues, organs, etc.. Then they go into a sleep tank for anywhere from 1 day to 1 month to become revitalized.

Having the therapy at every 10 year anniversary is the best way to keep the time off to a minimum and the costs down. Those that can not or choose not to visit regularly, will have more substantial length visits when they do go.

There are those that refuse this and decide to only accept therapy for medical issues. It is up to the individual to decide. The Imperial government even has grant programs for those that need a lot of work and do not have the money to afford it. A happy population is a non-rioting population.

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Jim

Living in Japan, the land of Anime, the Samurai, the ultra modern and extremely old. These contrasting themes fuel my worlds. Both the ancient and new meld together into worlds where super-powered school kids defeat evil; forest spirits help or fight humans; and giant, futuristic robots battle to save civilization. Where else to live for inspiration! A screenwriter and novelist living in the suburbs of Tokyo. A love of history, space and science in general and the beauty of life inspire his tales. He is currently writing an epic adventure trilogy about the downfall of Atlantis.

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