Technology is awesome. It is in fact the main reason why we love our job. Innovations are introduced almost on a daily basis. One particular development that caught our attention is the emerging technology field of nanorobotics that has the potential to unleash a revolution in health care. Basically, tiny machines or robots whose components are not even close to the width of a human hair can be injected into our blood. Here, they will not only detect viruses and other malicious ‘invaders’ but deliver a cure on precisely the right spot as well. No way!

Internet of Nano Things

But there is more. The information gathered by these ‘nanobots’ can be disclosed wirelessly to a GP or other doctor. In this way, he or she will know about an imminent illness or condition even before it reveals itself to the patient. These mini-vehicles may even be enabled to assemble components within the human body or, for example, add membranes at a desired location. Or recognize DNA damage and fix it subsequently. Or add twenty or thirty years to our lives. In the long run they may assist in surgery or even make surgeons redundant. This Internet of Nano Things (IoNT) is aimed at keeping us healthier and preventing traumatizing medical interventions. At the same time, chances are that nanobots will execute their duties more accurately than any person could.

Cure or secure?

On top of that, it will lead to substantial savings on medical costs. However, concerns regarding our privacy are significantly slowing down progress compared with other sectors. It’s a bit like having to choose between cure and secure. Meanwhile, our entire society depends on ICT and yet we move on. We simply accept the fact that most things in life are error-prone. Besides, there is always a certain risk of burglary but that doesn’t stop us from living in a house, does it? Also, privacy-issues haven’t stopped social media from attracting billions of users many of whom obviously see no harm in exposing themselves to the world. Mankind has always shown a high degree of adaptability, hence the principle of survival of the fittest. Ultimately, cancer patients will no doubt worry a lot more about their health than about their records falling into the wrong hands.

Another explosion of data

The explosion of data that would come with IoNT does create a challenge though. There is no way all of these data can be stored and processed with the current equipment. Here, nature proves to be way ahead of us once more as all data on the internet today could be absorbed by just one kilo of human DNA. Or so we’ve been told. With our proven agility, the network components market will no doubt live up to that challenge in due time as well. We at Terabit Systems will follow future developments with great interest and make sure that data centers will always have access to high-quality and secure hardware components, either new or refurbished.

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