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The sci-fi tech of “Prometheus” is closer to reality than you think…

June 11th, 2012 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

I’ve mentioned a few times now how much I enjoyed “Prometheus,” which is an extremely cool film that’s quickly becoming another reason why I don’t pay attention to what most “critics” are saying about, well… anything.

In a feature that ran over the weekend at Digital Trends, I put together a list of my five favorite elements of science-fiction tech in “Prometheus,” along with some notes on how close we are to seeing that tech in the real world.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Fully Automated Medical-Procedure Pod

One of the more terrifying scenes in Prometheus features Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) giving herself a makeshift Caesarian section with the help of an automated medical station. In the scene, she lies down in the pod, identifies what type of procedure she wants, and then watches as the machine opens her up, conducts the operation, and then staples her back together. It’s the sort of scene that manages to combine several different types of scares — in this case, claustrophobia, xenophobia, and tomophobia — in one squirm-inducing sequence.

How close we are: We haven’t abandoned the need for human surgeons, but we have come closer to a point when they don’t need to even be in the room to conduct a surgical operation. Recent innovations in robotics have produced machines like the Da Vinci surgical system and the Kymerax, which offer precise, mechanical tools that a surgeon operates remotely. These machines also feature helpful options like 3-D imaging and on-the-fly magnification of the surgical area — though they still require a living, breathing person to operate them.

You can read the rest of article at DigitalTrends.com.

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