Would you insert a robot inside your body if it could change your appetite and improve your health? Artists Jakob and Lea Illera have created the Bebot, an imaginary nanobot that interferes with our nervous systems to suppress our conscious and subconscious desires. Designed in response to the growth in diet-related diseases such as diabetes and obesity, Bebots examine a future where we can all resort to DIY medical solutions that manipulate our fundamental thoughts and feelings.
NANOBOTS VIA DNA ORIGAMI
We are using the perfect most beautiful molecule on earth: DNA. It makes sense to use molecules, if we want a machine in the size of a molecule. In fact, every part of a nanobot, moving parts, software, everything is made of DNA. This technology already exists: recombinant DNA and origami DNA. We use these CAD tools to design our BeBots by forming and folding DNA, as we need it. Leading scientists like Ido Bachelet, Ph.D., already use DNA to build nanobots. They serve as cargo to load cancer drugs. This way, cancer drugs reach their specific destination, the cancer cells. / Watch this TED Med Video with Ido Bachelet: How Nanobots will revolutionize medicine /
DNA ORIAGMI is the nanoscale folding of DNA to create non-arbitrary two- and three-dimensional shapes at the nanoscale. The specificity of the interactions between complementary base pairs make DNA a useful construction material, through design of its base sequences.DNA is a well-understood material that is suitable for creating scaffolds that hold other molecules in place or to create structures all on its own. / Read more about DNA Origami at Wikipeadia /
This project is part of Sparks, a H2020 project funded by the European Commission
Credits and Special Thanks to
Christian Kittner - Inhaler Design / Elisabeth Leuthner - Logo and Graphic Design / Werner Pötzelberger - nanobots character design and 3D realization / Christopher Lindinger - futurelab / Claudia Schnugg - futurelab / Markus Scholl - futurelab