Re: jeff's cyborg cells

Spike Jones (
Fri, 09 Jul 1999 22:47:23 -0700

Billy Brown wrote:

> All of the more advanced uses of Drextech will give you a serious heat
> dissipation problem. I've seen energy dissipation figures as high as
> several hundred kilowatts per cc for the more ambitious devices ...
> What kinds of low-power applications are you thinking of?

Billy sorry about the slow answer. Ive been on the road a lot this summer and just now found this in my unanswered inbox.

The Star Wars movie got me to thinking that strong nanotech could result in a device that is kinda analogous to a neuron, except much smaller. I imagined that a number of them could interconnect themselves with carbon nanotubes, thereby forming a webby cocoon around a mitochondrion, living on a small amount of excess ATP. If each of these nanoneurons and its interconnection were made of, say sixty thousand carbon atoms, and there were a billion of them on the surface of a mitochondrion, the mitochondrion would never know they were there. The combined mass of the billion nanoneurons would be about one nanogram. Peach fuzz on an elephant.