Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two tremendous examples of human progress

In this post, I link to two recent articles at The Objective Standard blog that describe amazing high-tech products that promise to increase human productivity and further our control over mother nature.  In other words, two innovations that exemplify human progress at its highest level.  The first innovation involves extending the recent 3D printing breakthrough to include the use of metals:
The medical center focuses on using the machine to develop “prosthetic fingers, hands and arms.” But the technology has far broader possibilities. Once an individual or a group of designers can design and manufacture custom metal and plastic components, they can quickly, easily, and inexpensively produce kinds of machines and tools that already exist—and an unlimited number of machines and tools that have yet to be invented.
The second involves a tiny, under-the-skin implant that acts like a biological laboratory.  And it sends data to your cell phone or tablet! From the article:
Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have recently developed a new medical implant device that works with a person’s smartphone or tablet to relay medical conditions to its receiver. The 14 millimeter device can detect a variety of chemical levels in the blood and warn its user or a doctor of possible medical problems—from high blood sugar levels in a diabetes patient to indicators of an impending heart attack.