Superhumans Soon Created by Nanotechnology

If nanotechnology continues to advance as experts expect, within 30 years it could give us ‘superhuman’ abilities. For example, we could survive for hours without needing to breathe.

Nanotechnology Revolution Phase 1

Click to read about Phase 1

We are already seeing the effects of Phase 1 of the Nanotechnology Revolution. It is supplying new super strong materials such as Graphene, it is providing next-gen waterproofing, super efficient water purification, and advanced battery power.
Phase 1 features the creation of Passive Nanostructures. Phase 2 features Active Nanostructures. These active structures are able to interact with their environment at the molecular level. It effectively allows us to reprogram nature. When we gain the ability to create these Active Nanostructures (phase 2 nanotechnology products), we will also have the power to create phase 3+4 nanotechnology products, which are already being designed: Three-dimensional heterogeneous molecular nanosystems, where each molecule in the nanosystem has a specific structure and plays a different role: We will have smart nano robots, that can be programmed to perform specific tasks, ie cancer destruction.

Basic phase 1 products are already on the market. Phase 2 products are currently in the laboratory experimental stage; we can expect to see phase 2 products on the market within 20 years. Advanced phase 3+4 products are already in the computational experiment and modeling stages, and are expected to be on the market within 30 years. The invisible robotic devices that will be created, will be used to enhance our bodies, computers, transportation systems, and our power supplies.

Check out the video below for an introduction to the capabilities of nanotechnology

Nanomedicine represents the most important area of Active Nanostructure research. Huge successes have already been achieved; since 2010, two nanotechnology-based cancer drugs have passed regulatory scrutiny and are on the market—Doxil and Abraxane. But we won’t even begin to see the incredible potential of nanomedicine until the 2020’s.

Nanomedicine Cancer Treatment

The ability to detect cancerous cells in their early development stages relies on the ability to monitor slight changes in the molecular composition of cells. Nanotechnology will allow us to do this far more precisely than ever before. Nanodevices are small enough to infiltrate areas of the body which were once only accessible on the operating table.  In the 2020’s, early phase 3 versions of nanodevices will be used in the body to track signs of cancerous cells, allowing early diagnosis.

Early phase 3 treatments, already in development, will radically improve the results of radiotherapy and new targeted infrared treatment, increasing the damage caused to cancerous cells, and allowing less/zero damage to occur to healthy cells. The video below shows brilliantly how nanomedicine will soon be used the treat cancer.

Further advanced phase 4 treatments, will be nanodevices that can independently track and destroy cancerous cells. Sounds easy? Soon it will be.

Further medical applications

Phase 1 Nanotechnology is already being used as the basis for new, more effective targeted drug delivery systems, as well as a new generation of ‘smartdrugs’. Also in early development are phase 3 nanodevices that can build scaffolding to allow the regeneration of damaged nerves, which for example will cure alzheimer’s disease. We are often told about how dangerous the free radical toxins are in our bodies; they damage cells and speed up aging. Currently in development are ‘nanosponges’, phase 2 nanostructures which absorb these toxins and remove them from the bloodstream. At three different universities, they are researching phase 2 methods of stimulating  the production of cartilage in damaged joints through the use of specially designed nanofibres.

Above is a display of just a snippet of what nanomedicine will achieve. Nanomedicines will lead to the prevention of all illnesses, even aging.



The Humanity+ Website

How it will enhance us

Not only will nanotechnology merely provide us with healthy lives, they will enhance us. They will make us ‘Superhuman’. We will transcend our natural biology. Some call the process ‘transhumanism‘, others call it Humanity+ (H+ or h+). Bioengineering is also contributing to transhumanism.

The most exciting human enhancements will be the ones which will have an effect to slow down, and even halt and reverse the aging process. You can read more about anti-aging on our Immortality Information Page.

Respirocyte (an artificial red blood cell)

Respirocyte (Artist: R. A. Freitas Jr.)

Enhanced cell oxygenation

New artificial red blood cells, called Respirocyte, will massively reduce our need to breath. This phase 4 technology has already been designed and is currently undergoing further research, while awaiting the creation of technology to allow its development. They are spherical in design, 8 times smaller than red blood cells, and will each hold 236 times more oxygen and carbon dioxide. They are described as elegantly simplistic in design. They are powered by glucose in the blood and are able to manage carbonic acidity via an onboard internal nanocomputer and a multitude of chemical/pressure sensors. When developed, 3D nanoscale fabrication will allow Respirocytes to be manufactured in practically unlimited supply very inexpensively.

Respirocyte Diagram

Diagram of Respirocyte


Once injected, Respirocyte will allow us to survive for 4 hours without breathing, or we could run at top speed for 15 minutes. It is possible that Respirocyte could be on the market within 20 years, but safety testing could see it take a further decade.

Find Out More

We have only just entered phase 1 of the Nanotech Revolution, and we can already foresee as possible the above incredible innovations. New developments are reported every day. Future announcements will explain how, with nanotechnology, we will extremely enhance our intelligence levels and memory capacity, significantly heighten our sense of awareness, and massively advance our athletic capability. All leading to the creation of the perfect human body, which doesn’t even age.

Below is listed other websites where you can find out more about the Nanotechnology Revolution.

The Foresight Institute
The first and oldest public think tank dedicated to the advance of beneficial nanotechnology. Foresight works with governments, researchers, and others, offering education about the risks and potential of nanotechnology

A site packed with essays and information touching on almost every aspect of transhumanism, nanotechnology, life extension, and artificial intelligence, maintained by Ray Kurzweil.

The Singularity Hub
The Singularity Hub is a partner with the Singularity University, it is a news network covering the latest in nanotechnologyrobotics,  genetics, longevityartificial intelligence, and more.

An organization dedicated to the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. Delivers news, and organizes events.

Nanotechnology Now
The Portal to Everything Nanotech: Covers everything from new innovations in nanotechnology to investment news, research reports, and government and political issues surrounding nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology news, products, and jobs. Also offers a free weekly email bulletin.


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  • Sasha Rolinski

    I have a good friend with many health problems… High triglycerides, high blood preasure, and C.O.P.D…. I would love to see him involved in experiments with this level, just dor him to find out what it is like to be “normal” again, and in hopes that the future this awesome technology…if real…. could help, even prevent these types of issues. I am hopeful, but doubtful that there could even be such a breakthrough for the human race.

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  • Ryan Hanton

    Everyone has an opinion on this but, it can really be divided into for and against. All I will say is that if you are against you should not prohibit the development of this technology. Who are you to halt progress? How is ut any of your business what I do with my body, mind, etc. Nobodies forcing you to use these technologies, it’s your choice. If others choose to make use of these technologies don’t shun them, hate them, kill them. Just accept that they made a different decision.

  • Eric Zeigler

    I think some of you guys are missing some points. Yes nanotech can lead to some dangerous ideas, like changing out the organic parts of you for robotic. But should fear of what could happen stop us? If we can use this to cure cancer don’t we have an obligation to do so? Robotic red blood cells are said to be able give a person minutes to live during a heart attack instead of just seconds.

    We are a fragile species. Nanotechnology won’t change that, but it can allow us to become better. Is that not what we strive for?


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    Add fur where there was no fur before.

  • William Price

    What is really means is the powers that be will use this technology to advance there own interest at the expense of rank and file citizens of all nations, Subjugating them under repressive rule, like police states, totalitarian Governments, with little hope of any kind of freedom. All you have to do is read, Brave new world, and 1984. This just the beginning.

    • The way I see it, basically, is that people have always tried to oppress others through greed and fear – things as they are now for ‘democracy’/freedom, are better than ever. Yes, the powerful are getting smarter, they are making it look as though they are not even doing anything wrong while they soak up the money at the expense of the more deserving.

      But, we are all getting smarter. To have a lot of power in one place, it has to have been sourced from a lot of other places. When all those deprived places act as one, they become just as powerful as those few who hold the power. Therefore the will of the many always become equal to the will of the few.

      Companies and governments only survive if we support them.

      I believe the main dangers from new technologies, is, as you said, the threat that could be posed once they are possessed by irrational/greedy terrorists/criminals.

  • myname

    It is important to note that the idea of singularity and transhumanism are interesting and thought provoking. It certainly looks like “we (current drivers)” are at least open to trying these things. At the same time, it’s important to put the movement in context. I suggest Jaron Lanier’s Half Manifesto as a must read.

    Ideally, in life, we’d want to understand, as much as we can, why we do things.


  • Impressed

    Great to hear and see advances in medicine and material science continue. But don’t forget how the sci fi story always ends for the evil genius who wants to love forever – badly. Better to go for a walk with loved one or play and enjoy your life and live forever in these moments. And accept your fate that our bodies pass on like sand blowing in the desert.

  • Andrew Batstone

    I’m sorry to say this, but the diamondoid nanotech revolution – promised by Drexler decades ago – won’t happen, or will be much, much harder to develop. Richard Jones explained it all back in 2008.

    Progress in “bio-nano” or “soft” nano is moving along nicely, though.

  • Sang Kang

    The application for Nano tech is as your imagination would allow it to go. The ability to manipulate down to atomic scale has a profound implications. One might even say, having such technology will change how we live day to day. Just like computer has ushered us in to information age, nano technology will probably bring us to a different life style for everyone.

  • Christopher Murray

    Nanotech is only a stopgap. Beyond nanotech, we will engineer bacteria and viruses to do the same thing.

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  • Don Andrews

    What makes us human is the fact that we are aware of ourselves and of our place in the universe. That’s not going away, we’re just starting to realize how small we are in relation to everything else. Our bodies don’t make us human, our minds do, it’s what separates us from all other living things on planet Earth. Will it change us – yes. But if we don’t make this move, if we don’t keep trying to discover new things, then what’s the point. It’s part of what makes us human, the urge to discover. It’s why nobody writes epics about people who sit around not doing anything with their lives – which is most people. Time to look over the precipice of existence and take a leap.

  • Corey

    You guys and gals need to get a grip on reality. If you think creating superhuman cyborgs is the way to a brighter future you have been mislead. There are some dangerous side effects that we have not even yet to consider when thinking and experimenting with transhumanism. I really think everybody who is supporting this should do research on Dan Winters ( not the photographer). He has a brilliant video series on youtube where he discusses the nature of DNA and how when we start to use nanotechnology it can indeed destroy the spacing sequences in the genome thus creating a loss of things that make us truly human, ie.. emotions, passion, compassion and so on. Most of our science needs a better perspective on the human physiology, its not just some machine, its it a spiritual- conscious technology of its own. The sooner we realize that there already is a spiritual technology inside of us and explore that the sooner our true evolution will occur.
    I’m not saying that all nanotechnology, body hacking, and transhuman endeavors are bad however, they should be done in the proper context and perspective of what we humans truly are. As with all technology they can be used for good or bad and that will lay with the people who use them but as for the individual we have a choice to turn into some cyborg- robotic creature or become fully human.

    • Diax

      Best reply ever. Future is scary and this technology is terrifying.

      • LazyBones

        I think it is absolutely fascinating. It should be noted that all technology is terrifying whilst still in its infancy. We already exist in an age where technology and robotics are supplementing, and in many instances completely revolutionising the human anatomy and the ways in which we treat disease. Pacemakers, ICD’s, the advancement of prothestic moving limbs controlled by thought etc. would all have been unthinkable a generation ago. Nanotechnology should not be seen solely as a stand alone paradigm shift in how we treat the human body, but rather as an extension of our pre-existing knowledge of the anatomy and medical science. We are on the eve of the greatest 2 decades of medical advancement in the history of the human race. Progress is inevitable.

    • leila javan

      Yes u are right. People need to wake up. stop and take a look around, see where we are heading.

  • your name

    not like anyone reading about it here will ever be able to afford it. and if you think you can, you wouldn’t be here reading about it.

  • Warren D

    I see this really changing things in the 2020’s.

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  • Brad Arnold

    Perhaps nanotechnology is uniquely suited to pass regulation hurtles, and so can be expected to flow smoothly into the market, whereas other augmentation technologies (genetic and computer) are by their very nature more regulatorily questionable. For instance, I want a full body prosthesis, so at the end of my body’s lifespan I can transplant my still viable brain into a durable mechanical structure. Unfortunately, regulations retard the experimentation generally. Why, when my body isn’t viable anymore anyway? Because we still maintain the old paradigm of ethics and morals based upon a false assumption of risk and nature.

    Perhaps nanotechnology will pass seamless past such antiquated cultural bureaucratic barriers.

  • RedneckCryonicist

    But “nanotechnology” can’t exist:

    BTW, saying that we’ll “become immortal” by arbitrary dates in this century like 2045 makes no logical sense. Plenty of people alive in 2014 could survive for another 31 years through natural maturation and aging. They won’t mysteriously “become immortal” by lasting to January 1, 2045.

    Besides, do the math. I thought “immortality” would last longer than 31 years. What a gyp!

    • Yannick Roy

      I think you’re missing the whole point of Immortality (from a non science-fiction angle). As pointed out by Aubrey de Grey, there is a HUGE misunderstanding about what it means to become immortal. The goal here is to have the ability by 2045 to add enough time to your life to have a time frame to add some more time and then add some more, etc. Therefore, reach the point where technology goes quick enough that we can add more years to your life, quicker than you spend them -> Immortality. Stop thinking that one day we will find a pill that we swallow and become immortal, it’s a continuous process, started long ago when we start increasing average time life.

      • Shinawatra HatyaiRelax

        I’m a scientist, and there is this immortal cell called “HeLa cell.” Yes, it is a cancer cell, but it can divide itself indefinitely, that makes it immortal.
        Another is called “Immortal Jellyfish.”

        If soon, human can have their cell divide indefinitely with limit, then immortality is possible without the need of continuous process. 30 years is too short, I dont think it is possible.

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  • dr_mabeuse

    Every new technology that comes along is predicted to do great things. We don’t even know how the human body works yet, and you’re going to start screwing with it with nanobots? What happens when these things meet our immune system? Or start messing with our proteins and enzymes? The future is highly overrated.

    • Ruffian

      Progress is not always easy. The possibility that things might go wrong is no reason not to try new things. Seems to me that being driven forward by curiosity is better than stagnantly living in fear and never attempting to try or create.

      • Turmoil Calmness

        The ramifications of nanotechnology is still unknown. Humans have messed around with nature too much and we cannot fix our damages. This will lead to our downfall. Our future will not be as humans, but robots. We put ourselves in a situation where we are vulnerable to other humans. Humans are flawed and what we create have more flaws. There is no perfect thing. Imagine an entire population hacked and nanotech is turned against the human race? We won’t die of disease from nature. We will die on our own hands.

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  • jason

    what about the natural reflex to breath in and out continuously how do you get around that under water

  • Matt Damon

    “without needing to breath”?

    I’m sorry, but I can’t read an article, least of all scientific, with such an elementary spelling error.
    There’s no excuse for this.

    • You have enough interest in the subject to begin reading, but what? A simple mistake in proofreading filled you with such overwhelming rage that you were forced off track; your complete thought process was derailed by the urge to correct such an offencive mistake, by giving the writer an equally offence reply?

      No, that is not what happened.

      I’m sorry but I can’t have a conversation, let alone an intellectual one, with somebody that jumps to pettiness to such extremes that he is willing to take time out of his life to write, not constructive comments, but bare face insults down to the detail of even his choice of alias.

      The reality is clear. You began reading, not with interest in the subject, but with the interest of looking for something to belittle to feed your deep rooted need to place yourself on a deluded high ground from where you can compensate for the insecurities of which you must fight to prevent your feeling defenceless.

      Sometimes you must look beyond the quality of a persons spelling, not that you have any desire to. But you have failed to belittle this potential victim I am afraid, so feel free to try and get your troll kicks elsewhere.

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  • Tyson

    That means you could change your eye colour, muscle strength and maybe bone density

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