So to help celebrate Stephen Tremp's release of his latest novel, Escalation, it's time for National Wormhole Week! This year, the theme is to write about one thing where science advances mankind and another technology that could doom mankind.
I decided to discuss one kind of technology that is both a blessing and potential curse: Nanotechnology.
One of the most fascinating examples of nanotechnology is the respirocyte. This nanobot is microscopic. 1
The use of respirocytes would especially come in handy for heart attack victims. Getting respirocytes inside someone suffering a heart attack would keep them alive for literally several hours! An infusion of respirocytes would completely replace the need for any kind of blood transfusion. Imagine being able to give life-saving respirocytes to people who need blood, but are afraid of the side effects of rejection or contamination.
Also respirocytes would save the lives of those with deadly respiratory diseases like pneumonia and emphysema. Even asthma. Patients would no longer need to suffer or take any drugs.
The potential abuses of respirocytes would include creating super soldiers. Could you imagine an army of super-charged human beings that have many of their abilities a million times over? You can bet the government is investigating the use of respirocytes right now.
I know Captain America is a good guy, but what if you had a bunch of evil Captain Americas able and willing to do some evil-doers bidding?
Science can be so incredibly useful and good, but the potential for abuse always exists.