1A. Artificial Organs : Human Tech Interactions

The digital economy is vastly growing as human technology interactions continue to reach new levels of advancement. The impact of technology on individuals is so immense that our society is becoming more knowledgeable and educated on these high tech mechanisms.
Biotechnology is a growing field of study where technologies and products are developed based on living organisms and cells to help improve our lives (Biotechnology Industry Organisation, 2015). This blog post will explore the discovery of biotechnology on artificial human enhancements and how they will impact and shape our future.

The first organ transplant was conducted just 61 years ago, which in time demonstrates the rapid advancement in technology. With these surgeries however, we still face challenges today with implications of organ rejection, diseases, infections and waiting on the stand-by list for an organ donor. This stand-by list has doubled over the years due to the increasing population making it extremely difficult for suffering patients – every 30 seconds, a patient dies from diseases that could have been treated by tissue replacement (Anthony Atala, 2009).

Scientist have discovered a way to improve this complication by developing man-made artificial human organs produced by 3D printers that print living cells collected from patients. The purpose of this innovation is to improve and support patient’s quality and extension of life.

Despite the success and flourishing market of artificial organs, there may be a disruptive innovation on traditional donor organ transplants to some people with ethical concerns who fear that there is a limitation in replicating the original organ and possible defects of the structure may cause difficult long-term effects.

I believe that where a life is at stake, ethics shouldn’t be considered a priority but rather an opportunity to extend a life would be a blessing. I also believe that artificial organs will change future medical applications as they can be personalized to every patient and do not carry transmittable diseases thus the risk of infection will be quite low enabling a great enhancement to individual lives of ill patients. This successful newfound application of 3D printing enhances and supports the lives of people globally. The availability of artificial organs is much greater and the cost compared to traditional organ transplants are much more affordable.

Another complication in today’s world is Organ Trafficking that has become widespread globally. But with the innovation of technology on artificial organs, they can provide those seeking medical restoration a safer and legal option.

There are different types of artificial organs that can be produced such as the liver, kidney and other internal parts for patients who require immediate transplants. And there are external artificial limbs that can help patients mobility. Other implants such as cochlear and artificial eyes enable patients to improve on social interaction with the rest of the world. This advancement in technology has created a way for people to enhance their way of living both mentally and physically and will continue to further advance the lives of individuals in future.

Reference:

Atala, A. 2009, Growing New Organs, TEDMED video, California, October 2009, Viewed 27th of August 2015, <http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_growing_organs_engineering_tissue#t-671728>

Biotechnology Industry Organization 2015, What is Biotechnology?, Washington D.C, Viewed 27th of August 2015,
< https://www.bio.org/articles/what-biotechnology>

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2 comments

  1. Great I think biotechnology is certainly the way forward into the future, especially in terms of looking at technologies which can be eventually transformed into nanoscale devices and systems working within us. You bring about some good points to consider such as the ethical concerns of certain processes. I can think of many films where science fiction taps into this organ cloning theme: ‘Never Let Me Go’ (2010) and ‘The Island’ (2005) are some suggestions i recommend are worthwhile to watch.

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    1. Yes! I really loved ‘Never Let Me Go’ (2010) because it also deals with the ethical issues that come up whenever biotechnology is mentioned. I also think that at the rate science is moving, it won’t be long before nano-sized devices start making a real impact.

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