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Image 102
Cell Repair Machines I

Image 102      
Title:   Cell Repair Machines I  
Date:   1985  
Artist(s):   Michael G. Darwin  
Image Size:   60,381 bytes   [CLICK to download]
Image Dimensions:   600 X 656 pixels    
Image Palette:   Black & White    
Image Description:   In a cubic micron, you can construct the equivalent of a mainframe computer with a gigabyte of memory You have enough computational cycles within the volume, time, and heat-dissipation constraints to identify all the macromolecules of the cell (even if they're moderately damaged), by using certain algorithms that can already be specified in fairly great detail. Since you can identify all the molecules, you can map the cell structures: the patterns that you recognize are type-tagged by the molecules they contain (i.e. if it contains tubulin, it's a microtubule). Since this tells us the type of structure, it makes it easier to know how to probe and further characterize the structure.

This image shows the initiation of a cell repair sequence (cutaway view).
Copyright Info:   ©Copyright 1985 by K. Eric Drexler and Claustrophobia Magazine. For reprint permission, please contact foresight@foresight.org or The Foresight Institute at P.O. Box 61058, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Tel. 650.289.0860.
Print Source(s):   K. Eric Drexler, "Molecular Technology and Cell Repair Machines," paper presented at the 1985 Lake Tahoe Life Extension Festival, 25 May 1985; reprinted and published in Claustrophobia Magazine (August-October 1985) and in Cryonics Magazine (Dec 1985 - January 1986).
Online Source(s):   None.

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